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Headlamps



Tech Talk: Trailproofing Headlamps

Learn what a headlamps IP code is. Plus, three more multifunctional lights.

Field Test: Headlamps

Seven ways to light up the night.

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Black Diamond Orbit Lantern

A lightweight lantern that illuminates any tent perfectly.

Readers Choice 2012 Online Exclusive Gear Reviews

We didn't have room to print these readers in our January 2012 Readers Choice Issue--but they still tested some great gear.

Review: Camp Lights and Headlamps

Find the perfect backcountry glow for any occasion.

Gear Review: Mammut X-Shot

The brightest headlamp we tested.

Gear Review: Princeton Tec Byte

A great headlamp for ultralighters.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Storm

The Storm has multiple setting options for only $50 and four ounces.

Gear Review: Fenix HL20 Headlamp

Some headlamps only provide a little light to get you by. Not so with the 105-lumen Fenix HL20–and it runs on a normal AA battery too!

Gear School: Headlamps

Improve your night sight with the latest headlamp technology.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Petzl Tikka2 Headlamp

A tough, dependable nightlight

Gear Review: Petzl Core Headlamp

A rechargeable and programmable headlamp.

Gear Review: Primus PrimeTorch 1010

A 140-lumen beam in a lipstick-size flashlight.

Gear Review: Coghlan's Cooler Light

A light for your cooler–perfect for car camping.

Gear Review: Pelican HeadsUP Lite 2690 LED Headlamp

An easy-to-use headlamp (even with gloves on).

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Mammut TR1+Ambient Light Set

All backpackers carry a headlamp in their pack, but many often hesitate to carry a mini-lantern–this smart two-fer solves the problem.

Gear Review: GoMotion 3-Watt Sternum Luxeon LED Kit

This headlamp for your chest is ideal for night hikers.

Gear Review: Eureka Glide 51

A lightweight flashlight that converts to a lantern

Gear Review: Black Diamond Sprinter

Runners will love this headlamp.

Headlamps Test: Lightest of the Lights

We hike and camped through 78 inky nights from Whitney to Katahdin to evaluate five featherweight headlamps--then ran a battery of controlled tests to rank brightness and longevity.

Gear Review: Coast LED Lenser Micro Headlamp

The Coast Lenser is the lightest and cheapest headlamp we tested.

Gear Review: Mammut Lucido TXlite Headlamp

The Mammut Lucido provides the steadiest light.

Gear Review: Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp

The Petzl Tikka features the best light quality.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

The Black Diamond Spot has the brightest light and best battery life.

Gear Review: Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp

This best all-around headlamp passed every test we threw at it.

Editors' Choice 2009: Mammut X-Zoom Headlamp

Forget brightest or lightest–get the most versatile headlamp. Ever.

Get This Gear: Essentials From A to Z

We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.

Mediastreet eMotion MP3 Player

Solar charge all your outdoor electronics with Mediastreet's MP3 Player.

Survival Gear: Ultimate Survival Kit

Want to make it out alive? Consider packing these 17 items carried by a veteran Yosemite search-and-rescue ranger.

Camera Pack Review: Crumpler Karachi Outpost

This hearty camera bag has plenty of room, and padding, to haul picture-taking paraphernalia plus hiking gear.

Backpacker Editors' Choice 2008

The year's best packs, boots, tents, jackets, and sleeping bags. Period. Plus, a never-die headlamp, a life-saving beacon, a back-saving ultralight chair, and more innovative, trail-tested gear.

Headlamp Reviews



Become a Savvy Sleeping Bag Shopper

Five questions to ask yourself before you buy a sleeping bag

Backpacker February '08 Gear Test

It's cold out there -- but don't fret. We've tested and reviewed all the best gear to keep you warm, dry, and comfy when the mercury drops.

The Best Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment and can save you money. Learn about the pros and cons of the different types of rechargeable batteries.

How to See In the Dark

Expert tips for improving your night vision

Headlamp Review: Petzl Tikka XP

For just over 3 ounces, you get a smart, powerhouse light with all the functions you'll ever need.

Headlamp Review: Black Diamond Spot

A headlamp with a swiveling compact head and easy-to-use buttons.

Headlamp Review: Petzl Tikka XP

A bright mini-lamp with one-click operation.

Headlamp Review: Streamlight Enduro LED

A two-setting headlamp with sharp, shadow-free light and a great price.

Dead Flashlight Battery Blues

Keep your flashlights and headlamps alive longer with these trail tips.

Gear For A Dayhike

10 essentials for long day adventures

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