Gear Review: BioLite Headlamp

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Wildly Capable. Simply Comfortable. Meet the BioLite HeadLamp: I never thought I would love …

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Wildly Capable. Simply Comfortable. Meet the BioLite HeadLamp:
I never thought I would love a headlamp as much as this one, but BioLite has knocked it out of the park with the slimmest headlamp I’ve ever worn. In comparison to previous headlamps I’ve used, the design of the HeadLamp is unbeatable: a slim-profile, breathable fabric, and a whole lot of functionality packed in a powerful little light. It’s pleasant for extended wear without any of that pesky bouncing or slippage! With a combination of smart fabrics and rebalanced weight, the HeadLamp creates such a comfortable fit, you won’t even know you’re wearing it!


BioLite’s HeadLamp boasts some pretty tech impressive specs that says a lot about the innovation behind this piece of gear:

Weight: 2.42oz (69 grams)

Output: 330 Lumens

Run Time: 3.5 hours on high (White Flood + White Spot) and 40 hours on low (White Flood)

Battery: 900mAh Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Beam Distance: Flood – 16 Meters, Spot – 75 Meters

Modes: Dimmable White Spot, Dimmable White Flood, Dimmable Spot/Flood, Red Flood, and Strobe

Dimensions: 3.74 x 1.38 x 2.36 in (95 x 35 x 60 mm)

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This unique unit uses a 3D SlimFit construction that allows it to sit flush on your forehead and won’t bounce or shift. Its moisture-wicking fabric won’t abrade and the whole thing moves seamlessly with you, whether you are trail running or climbing vertical faces. There is nothing bulky or uncomfortable about the HeadLamp’s smarter, lighter design.

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Because the power source sits in the rear of the HeadLamp, there isn’t any slipping. With the front weight so minimal and the grams are redistributed towards the back, the BioLite HeadLamp offers a gravity-friendly design and weightless feel.

The HeadLamp angles downward to illuminate below and is easy to operate. Lock mode is easy to engage: when the HeadLamp is off, just press and hold the “on” button for 8 seconds and it will be locked (so you won’t accidentally drain battery life while it sits in your pack.)


The most important features for me are functionality, fit and comfort, and battery life. The BioLite HeadLamp meets all three of these for me. There is no aggravating bounce while I am actively using it and its compact and lightweight design feels almost downright soothing to wear. The battery life is quite long (and thanks to its recharging feature, the entire unit can be powered up with any micro-USB source). And, finally, its bright lumens help me immensely when I get stuck night climbing against my will as it lights up the entire route. This thing cranks out lumens like that’s its job; imagine that!

The fact that BioLite’s Kickstarter is over 600% funded says a lot to me. There are plenty of headlamps available on the market, but to find one that fits and functions as well as this one, not to mention at an MSRP of $50, is like striking gold. Say goodbye to the bulky, saggy-banded headlamps of the past as BioLite innovates what smart outdoor gear looks like.


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