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|Pathfinder 21 LED Headlight|
|FX LED Headlamp|
|HiHill 8 Mode Headlamp|
|HeroBeam LED Head Torch|
Running is a great pastime, and excellent exercise, and is further enhanced by the fact you can run anywhere you want – on footpaths, in public parks, anywhere that is open and accessible – whenever you want. That means day or night, and for those of us with busy working lives, the latter is often the preferred option. For people who run in rural areas, the evenings are attractive too as the roads feature less traffic. Of course, you will understand the need to be visible and wear reflective clothing, but you might not have yet invested in a head torch.
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Many runners wear such a light as they believe it not only gives them added visibility, but it makes them even more visible to oncoming traffic. There is also the advantage of being able to see in unlit areas where you may prefer to run – perhaps cross-country, or the less-used paths in a park. We took a look at some of the best models of head torch that are suitable for runners so you can choose the best one for you, but before we list them, here’s a bit more about what they are, and why you should consider buying one.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Top 10
- 1.1 1: Pathfinder 21 LED Headlight
- 1.2 2: FX LED Headlamp
- 1.3 3: HeroBeam Ultimate Head Torch – USB Rechargeable Headlamp
- 1.4 4: HiHill 8 Mode Headlamp
- 1.5 5: HeroBeam LED Head Torch
- 1.6 6: Linkax LED Headlamp
- 1.7 7: SUVON Rechargeable 1000-Lumens LED Headlamp
- 1.8 8: LuminoLite Ultra Bright
- 1.9 9: Omeril USB Head Torch
- 1.10 10: Blusmart CREE Head Torch
- 2 Important Features to Look For
- 3 How It Works
- 4 Let’s Wrap It Up!
The Top 10
1: Pathfinder 21 LED Headlight
We begin our list with a typical product of this type, which should give you an idea of what to expect. You will find that, in fact, we repeat quite a lot of the features and specifications of these, as they tend to be very similar indeed. This one features a strap that goes both around and over the head for added stability, and features 21 LED as its light source. It’s a neat design, and one that is powerful enough for running – or indeed cycling and many other sports.
It comes with four different modes – power save, bright, ultra bright and blinking, the latter being useful for emergencies. This is done by using either one, 8 or all 21 LED, so you get different levels at the touch of a button. It is water resistant and powered by 3 AAA batteries – not included – and lights up to 50metres ahead. It’s a pretty basic model in every way, but decent enough, and very cheap.
2: FX LED Headlamp
You may find that two or more of these items are so similar it is possible they are the same thing; this is not uncommon with such products as they are often made in large numbers and sold under different brand names. It also means you can shop around for the best price. We think this is a candidate for multiple entries. It’s simple, with a nice headband that can be adjusted right through the range so will be suitable for adults as well as kids. It’s waterproof, and would be great for running, camping and many other pursuits.
This one has additional bulbs either side of the main light, is LED lit, and can be used in five functions including the usual different brightness levels, and a red light that is great for night use when you don’t want to be too bright. It has 160lumens output at full power, and has a USB chargeable battery so you have no need for buying new ones. This is pretty much everything you want in a headband lamp, but the price will put many buyers off as we think it expensive for what it is.
3: HeroBeam Ultimate Head Torch – USB Rechargeable Headlamp
The next on our list is this very affordable and aesthetically-appealing rechargeable head torch from HeroBeam. This features a high-intensity spot beam, in addition to a broad beam COB component. It can provide illumination at a variety of intensities. Furthermore, the easy-off selection means you don’t have to go through all the different modes until you reach off. With its 168-lumens spot beam you can light up 110-metres or 360-feet ahead of you, making It perfect for various activities and applications.
One of the most stunning features of the HeroBeam Ultimate is the Wave Activation. When you have this mode selected you are ale to just swipe across the front of the torch’s lens to turn the light on or off. Perfect for when you are using gloves and the buttons are harder to control or when your hands are dirty, and you don’t want to mess the torch. As we’ve established, this head torch is rechargeable and is powered by a 1200mAh battery that gives you a full 30-hours on full charge, with each charge taking four hours. A great bargain for the price tag, considering the quality and features.
4: HiHill 8 Mode Headlamp
One thing we have yet to mention is that these devices are not just usable for outdoor pursuits such as running, cycling, fishing and more, they are also very useful to have around the house. If you have a power cut, the old method of lighting candles can be overcome with one of these. If you need to fix something in a dark and awkward space then these are very useful. This one is a neat design that comes with no fewer than 8 lighting modes: these include a red light and various flashing functions.
The brightness from the LED is 120lumens – not the brightest but enough for casual use – and the lamp can be adjusted through 90-degrees. It’s a nice design with a comfortable head strap, and it can be used with a small red rear light for added visibility. This one is powered by 3 x AAA batteries (included) that will give you up to 45-hours so you will need to renew them every now and again, but it’s a decent price and a usable item.
5: HeroBeam LED Head Torch
This is a very nicely made head torch that comes with some interesting features, a few of which are not seen elsewhere. It’s LED, but it claims to use the very latest technology that not only adds to the brightness but also reduces energy usage. It has no fewer than six light modes, one of which is an emergency light that can be seen a kilometre away, which is a useful addition to peace of mind at least. There’s also the red night light feature.
We’ve come to the conclusion there are two types of this product: the very cheap, and the very good. This one is among the latter, but is not expensive. It provides an enhanced 168lumens that can reach 110m in beam, and it is fitted with a comfortable, adjustable headband. It’s very light at 90g, including the batteries (it uses AAA and is supplied with them) and is easy to use with simple controls that can be operated with one hand. In this class, it’s not expensive, and is a contender for a shortlist.
6: Linkax LED Headlamp
The market for these devices is broad yet the very simple idea doesn’t offer much scope for innovation. This is one of the budget models yet it is perfectly good at what it is designed for, and at the price we really can’t fault it. It has the simplest form of headband and is fully adjustable, and offers easy use with simple controls. What else is there to say about this one?
This one has additional bulbs either side of the main light, is LED lit, and can be used in four functions including the usual different brightness levels, and a red light that is great for night use when you don’t want to be too bright. It has 110lumens output at full power and can light up to 80m, and has a USB chargeable battery so you have no need for buying new ones. This is pretty much everything you want in a basic headband lamp, and it’s very cheap.
7: SUVON Rechargeable 1000-Lumens LED Headlamp
One of the newer models on our list, the SUVON 1000-Lumens rechargeable headlamp was recently upgraded for 2019. This is a very cool-looking accessory that offers you four working modes and 1000-lumens of bright light. The four modes include ‘Low’, ‘Middle’, ‘High’ and ‘Strobe’ and it can provide illumination for up to 1500m ahead. This, therefore, makes it suitable for a wide range of different applications, including anything from working in low light and dark conditions to biking, hunting camping and even boating.
Our favourite feature of this model, by far, is the 90-degree adjustable head, that enables you to choose the angle of illumination – perfect for working in close quarters. As an additional safety feature, this headlamp also features the Red Safety Light to its rear, helping anyone behind you see where you are. Although it’s always going to last longer if it’s kept dry, this SUVON headtorch has been awarded a waterproof rating of IPX5, meaning it is more than capable of working even during heavy rainfall or snow. We think this is a steal, and there are many satisfied customers who agree.
8: LuminoLite Ultra Bright
This is another – like that above and a couple of others on the list – that uses the latest LED technology: this is known as CREE XPE LED, and it is designed to boost the brightness and effectiveness while saving energy, and improving lifespan. This model is a neat design that offers 160lumens and can light around 90m, and it comes with a fully adjustable headband for added comfort. It’s also easy to use, with simple one-hand controls.
It is waterproof, as one would expect, and battery powered (they are included) so not rechargeable, and it can be used in then usual various brightness modes and with a red light and strobe. The beam can be adjusted through 90 degrees vertically, and it offers a battery life of several days, according to manufacturer specs. Suitable and adjustable for kids and adults, this is a decent example with some nice features – although nothing special – at a very attractive price.
9: Omeril USB Head Torch
We can’t help admitting that this model looks spectacular, and when you get into the specifications it is spectacular, too. It’s a standard LED head torch with a fully adjustable head strap that goes around and over for added stability and comfort. It uses the CREE technology and can provide you with a massive 2000lumens of light power. This is enough to cast a beam 200metres, and it is fully adjustable so you can zoom your light to anywhere within.
The three lighting modes are bright, normal and strobe – there is no red light option – it is fully waterproof and comes equipped with 2 x rechargeable batteries that can provide you with as much as 8 hours of use. It is, quite simply, a very good choice for running, cycling or other active use, and even for use around the house or at the waterside when fishing. At the price it is good value, so certainly one for the shortlist.
10: Blusmart CREE Head Torch
The final one for our list is this one, and it’s a pretty standard type of head torch in every way, apart from the fact it has three separate LED, the central one white – giving 150 lumens – and the two either side providing the red light function. This is one of the budget models yet it is perfectly good at what it is designed for, and at the price we really can’t fault it. It has the simplest form of headband and is fully adjustable, and offers easy use with simple controls. What else is there to say about this one?
This one has additional bulbs either side of the main light, is LED lit, and can be used in four functions including the usual different brightness levels, and a red light that is great for night use when you don’t want to be too bright. It can light up to 80m, and has a USB chargeable battery so you have no need for buying new ones. This is pretty much everything you want in a basic headband lamp, and it’s very cheap.
That’s our selection of the 10 best head torches for running, but which one is right for you? Before we give you our selection, let’s have a look at some important features you need to consider.
Important Features to Look For
All of these very handy head torches are LED powered, so that’s not a consideration, but here’s a quick a look at a few things to consider when buying one of these:
- Brightness – light output is measured in lumens, and the range here is from around 100m, to an astonishing 6000lumens.
- Distance – the focus and brightness will also affect the distance of the beam; the longest here is some 300metres, which is more than enough for running.
- Red Light – some have a red light option, but do you need it? We’re not sure for running, but it might be useful for other uses.
- Emergency Strobe – a few of these have a very bright strobe option for emergencies
- Comfort – you want a headband that is comfortable, fully adjustable, and will accommodate adults and kids
- Weight – these are all light enough to be worn without discomfort
- Battery – the list is split roughly half and half between those that are powered by standard AAA batteries, and those that are rechargeable. It’s up to you which you prefer.
How It Works
You probably get the idea of how a head torch works: it’s a torch that attaches to a headband you wear on your head, you switch it on, and it lights your way. Most use LEDs – the most efficient method of lighting for such as these – and they come in different levels of lumens (that’s the measure of brightness, the more the brighter). They often have a variety of functions, some including a handy red night light feature, and they may be powered by batteries or rechargeable.
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That’s really about it, as they are very simple yet practical items, and can be extremely cheap.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
Our review is about head torches for runners, and we are aware that some of these may be more suitable for other uses so we’ll stick to the point. First, if you want a light that is more to be seen than to see – and many runners do – you need not spend a lot of money as there are couple here – the first on the list, for example – which will give you change from a tenner, so check them out if that’s all you need.
If you do want something more sophisticated, have another look at no.7 on the list, the Witmoving model with 5 different torchlights giving you 15000lumens, and the Omeril model, no.9, which is also very impressive. Both of these give you excellent performance at a great price, they are each rechargeable, and would serve you well running as well as for any other night time pursuit you may wish to enjoy.