Black Diamond Sprinter 500 ($80)

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4.9 oz.

Rechargeable/AAA

Oval beam is great for lighting up the trail and taillight offers visibility.

Heavier and pricier than the BioLite 330.

This Black Diamond Sprinter 500 is specifically designed for runners who run at night and features a well-balanced construction, a solid and steady beam to see the path ahead, and a red taillights to improve visibility. The latest version comes with 500 lumens of illumination (almost twice as bright as the previous models) and is equipped with the Dual-Fuel system that gives you the option of using either a AAA rechargeable via USB or AAA (the rechargeable model is available in the purchase). Similar to Petzl’s Core technology this is our top power source: You’ll get all the benefits of lithium-ion battery with the flexibility of alkalines, ideal for long-distance runs and hiking in which you don’t need to take on the burden of batteries and chargers.

The single LED on the Sprinter’s unit provides an excellent combination of proximity and distance lighting, however, without a specific flood mode or a red light Its use is restricted for use in camping. Furthermore, compared with our top choice for running (the BioLite 330), the BD is twice as bulky with a price tag of $20, making it more difficult to pack for athletes who are space conscious (the rear light unit and battery are extremely heavy). There is no doubt that there’s value in the bright oval beam that can be used for both hiking and running as well as the red taillight can be beneficial in urban settings. Note: Black Diamond also makes the 2-ounce Sprint 225 for running. It eliminates the top strap and rear battery to create an edgier, less powerful and more cost-effective ($50) configuration.