The Volt has been our go-to headlamp for two years. Now there’s an updated model with a built-in USB charger for its rechargeable batteries. On long trips, you can swap in alkalines to ensure you won’t be stumbling in the dark.
Every year, LED lights get brighter, rechargeable batteries get stronger for their size, and circuitry shrinks and gets more affordable. Half a dozen nocturnal testers took 10 new lamps and put them through their paces in five states and two countries, on rock, ice, and snow. Here are their favorites.
The devil is in the details, as the saying goes, and no one nails details better than Petzl. Here, Petzl, which in 1973 brought to market the first modern mountaineering headlamp, continues to push forward with headlamp tech, producing the TIKKA XP2. This unit has all the basics in place: it’s lightweight (3.1oz, with batteries)...
One LED will easily run for over 100 hours off of three fresh AA alkaline batteries.