Imagine running in the dark without the best running headlamp. You’re running on the shoulder facing traffic since there’s no sidewalk. You come around a corner and a giant hummer is screaming down the road with its lights on bright shining right at you, but the only thing that made it swerve out the way in time was your white teeth.
First of all, be glad that you brushed your teeth that day, and second, maybe it’s time you invested in a running light.
When I first thought about getting a running headlight, to be honest I didn’t think I’d use it that much. At best I thought it would be annoying to use, bouncing around my forehead as I ran down the street; at worst I figured it wouldn’t even work in a way I hoped and would end up in the bottom of my junk drawer.
But after I spent some time researching running headlamps, I realized that there are some great options out there for those of us that run at night. However, there are three things to look for in order to make sure that you get a headlight that will both keep you seen and help you see.
Probably the most important characteristic of a usable runner’s headlamp is the weight of the device. Running is a jarring activity for even the smoothest of runners, and a heavy lamp will easily bounce around your forehead as you run down the road. It’s best if you keep the weight under 60 grams.
Of course weight and size sometimes go hand in hand, but not always. A light headlamp can still be a big size and that is something you want to avoid. While it might not bounce around as much as a heavy light, it will still be uncomfortable as you run. In addition, wearing a large headlamp would make it even more difficult while wearing warm headgear during the winter.
A running headlamp isn’t any good if you don’t wear it because it’s too heavy or too big, but a lamp can’t do it’s job if it isn’t bright enough. The best way to measure brightness is by lumens. A lamp with a higher number of lumens will provide a stronger light for you to see with.
As long as you keep track of the weight, size, and brightness of the running lamps you look at, you’ll be sure to find a headlight that fits your needs.