The biggest advantages of headlamps
You can trust your headlamp. After all, a lack of daylight should not interrupt or prevent your run or your trip into nature. It is important that you see what is directly in front of you so that you can avoid roots, stones and obstacles in time. Especially in the city, you also want to be seen. Now you can stick to illuminated paths. But that limits your choice considerably.
You also don't want to hold your smartphone in your hand all the time to light your way. Setting off for an after-work run or a night hike with a torch is not the best of all options either. Instead, the headlamp is the best option. You put it over your head, where it sits comfortably and securely and illuminates the path exactly where you are going.
The headlamp follows your gaze. And lights the way. In the Keller Sports headlamp shop, there are particularly powerful models that help you to easily recognise even small bumps. Other headlamp models have a red light that does not dazzle others. This means you can run easily and safely even in a running group. The best headlamps are often equipped with reflective strips that make you even more visible at dusk and in the dark. Even in the rain. Because most headlamps for running or outdoor trips are waterproof.
What types of headlamps are there?
Not every headlamp is suitable for an evening trail run. You don't need 700 lumens for every outdoor activity. You can therefore choose from the following headlamp variants:
- Mini headlamps have less luminosity than other models and are therefore particularly suitable once you have arrived. If you have to go to the toilet at night from your tent or self-catering hut. If you use it while walking, it will only light your way in an emergency, but it will improve your visibility. Mini headlamps are nice and light, but have narrower headbands.
- Compact headlamps shine brighter and further than the mini version. You can therefore put them on during the hike if you want to set off early in the morning or cover the last few kilometres to your destination at dusk. The wider straps compared to the mini lamp make it more comfortable to wear, while also being relatively lightweight.
- With multifunctional headlamps, everything is open to you. You run and hike when and where you want. With up to 500 lumens, the lamps illuminate even dark hiking paths, trails and descents. Even over longer distances. You can adjust the light level to the respective conditions with the help of different modes. Multifunctional headlamps fit securely on the head, have a powerful battery and are often waterproof.
- Depending on the lumens - up to 1000 lumens are possible - high-performance headlamps can also illuminate distances of more than 100 metres. And that in complete darkness. This is particularly suitable if you want to move forward as quickly as possible at night under pitch-black skies. To provide you with enough light for as long as possible, high-performance headlamps have an enormously powerful rechargeable battery and are therefore somewhat heavier and a little more unwieldy. On the other hand, as with the multifunctional version, different light modes are standard in the package.
Headlamps: What are the most important factors?
How far and intensively does your headlamp shine? What shape is the light cone - and how powerful is the headlamp's battery? As small as the lamps are, there is a lot of technology in them:
- Luminous intensity: The luminous flux describes the radiation of the headlamp. Its unit: lumen. The higher the lumen value, the more intense the radiation. Particularly powerful headlamps produce around 1,000 lumens. If you are jogging in town or for orientation, 10 is enough, which is roughly the same as the luminosity of a candle. For a trail run in poor light conditions, it should be at least 250 lumens, just like on a night ski or mountain tour.
- Different light cones: Not every headlamp focuses its light in the same way. How much it illuminates is determined by the light cone. If you also want to see what is happening in the periphery, you should therefore opt for a model with a wider light cone. Some headlamps allow you to adjust different settings.
- Red light: Run without being dazzled. This works with headlamps with red light. It is less bright than white light, so it does not disable the eye's night vision. This can be particularly useful if you are running in a group. However, you do not need a pure red light lamp. Instead, use a model with a red light function.
- Weatherproof headlamps: Not only darkness, but also the weather should not keep you away from outdoor trips. That's why you'll find mostly waterproof models in our headlamp store. There are different values that describe the degree of resistance to moisture. IPX4 is effective against splashing water, IPX8 makes the headlamp completely waterproof.
- Headlamp with rear light: Illuminate from the front, visible from behind. Some headlamps have a red rear light like on a bicycle. This ensures that you remain visible in the city and in nature.
- Battery performance: The brighter the headlamp, the greater the load on the battery. The manufacturers specify how long the respective model will shine. Just remember that they always assume the minimum luminosity. If you use a headlamp with LED lights, the time increases because they require less energy. Alternatively, there are also models with batteries. However, this is expensive in the long run and pollutes the environment more intensively.
What are the features of a headlamp?
Headlamps are compact and still provide light. How much depends on the power of the battery and how bright the lamp is. If you go on trail runs, hikes, skiing or mountain bike tours in the great outdoors - even in the dark - you need light-intensive models. Due to their larger batteries, they are somewhat heavier than lightweight headlamps, but they will only provide enough light for a city run or for orientation around your tent. However, the headlamp should always be waterproof.
How should a headlamp fit?
The type of attachment is also important for a headlamp. After all, it should sit comfortably and not slip at the same time. That's why heavier models often have sophisticated fastening systems that are designed to prevent pressure on one side and slipping. One option is a central strap over the head. Other models allow you to stow the battery on your body, which takes weight and pressure off your head. Most headlamps have adjustable straps or bands that you can adjust to fit your head fairly precisely.
Headlamp Shop at Keller Sports
The headlamp store at Keller Sports brings light to your run, your hike, your ski tour. In our online shop you can easily order the premium headlamp you need for your outdoor trips. Large luminous distances. Different light modes. Small models for the after-work run in the city. Keller Sports offers you the full range - plus regularly interesting deals that can even help you save some money when buying a headlamp.