6.1 oz.

Max lumens:

950 (burst); 400 (high)



What we like:

Ultra-bright turbo setting, durable construction, and relatively affordable price.

What we don’t:

Heavy and short battery life on turbo mode.

The headlamps listed here are reliable and provide adequate illumination for all kinds of outdoor activities However, for extreme high-quality and long-lasting performance the Fenix HL60R is the real top of the line. Its 950-lumen LED produces an impressive 381-foot beam with “turbo” mode and the all-metal body and IPX8 rating for waterproofing (submersible for up at 2 meters) ensure that the light is shining no matter what the lighting conditions. A headlamp with this much brightness isn’t enough for the majority of uses however for volunteers in search and rescue or other activities such as night-time biking, spelunking or hunting, this is a vital feature. It’s also good to know it’s you can still use the Fenix HL60R still manages to be a full-featured headlamp that includes five brightness levels and a red-light mode USB rechargeable batteries and a sleek design.

The Fenix HL60R is one of the most bright headlamps on our list, however it’s not unopposed. Its rival, the Ledlenser MH11 below has a maximum brightness of 1,000 lumens while in “boost” mode and beam distances of more than 1,000 feet. petzl’s Duo S (not listed here) boosts the brightness to 1,100 lumens and has an arc of about 650 feet. The area where the Fenix is clear on the other hand is its value. It provides excellent, reliable illumination at less than hundred dollars (the Ledlenser and Petzl check at $180 and $350, respectively) which makes it an absolute top choice in terms of value for your money. Remember that, with all headlamps powered by high-end technology you should only select the most bright setting when you need it. The Fenix’s 950-lumen option can drain your battery in just one hour, while it’s “high” 400-lumen mode will give you just 3 hours of use.


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