A quality head torch for running can be a transformative item of equipment when it comes to year-long exercise, allowing you to safely keep up with your fitness even when the clocks go forward and the winter gloom arrives.
Once upon a time if you had a head torch for running, the chances are it was the Petzl Zoom; there wasn’t really much alternative. Things have moved on and nowadays the choice isn’t so simple: there’s Intelligent Lighting, Reactive Lighting, Regulated Output, USB Rechargeable and Programmable torches to consider.
With prices ranging from less than £20 up to ten times that, it can be difficult to make the right choice and get value for money. And of course there’s the L word – Lumens. It’s tempting to go down the “mine’s brighter than yours” road but is brighter really better?
For some runners a torch giving three hours battery life is perfectly adequate whereas those doing 24 hour “rounds” like the Bob Graham or UTMB need something that will stay lit for longer. Bear in mind that with battery life the manufacturers’ claims might not be what you actually get – the middle of a misty moor in winter is not the place to find out that the claimed burn time is over optimistic!
Which Running Head Torch Do You Need?
For off road running at night you need a torch that satisfies a number of criteria. First of all, consider the brightness – is it sufficient for the terrain? Then there’s battery Life – will it last the run before the batteries need changing? Ease of operation is important too – how easy is it to turn on / off, adjust and change batteries especially when wearing gloves? Finally you want to consider the comfort levels and how it might feel when it’s on your head for several hours.
The 10 Best Head Torches For Running
Here are the options that tick all of the right boxes for us when it comes to running at night – safely and with confidence.
- Silva Trail Speed Elite
- Petzl Swift RL
- Petzl Tikka RXP
- Petzl Bindi
- Black Diamond Spot 325
- BioLite HeadLamp 330
- Alpkit Gamma III
- Nathan Neutron Fire RX
- Nitecore HC65
- LEDLenser MH3