For pursuits like alpine climbing at high altitudes, mountaineering at high altitudes as well as Backcountry rescues, you’ll require the right headlamp to stand up to a lot of abuse. Fenix’s HM50R meets the criteria perfectly. It is tough with a fully aluminum casing, strong with a max output of 500-lumens and beam length of about 220 feet. It’s also waterproof and dust-proof that has an IP68 rating that means it’s capable of being submerged for 2-meters of water in up to 30 minutes. The rest of the design is similarly well-designed and includes one side switch which makes it simple to switch between different options (the headlamp is equipped with four levels of output) as well as a reflective headband and compatibility with cold-resistant batteries.
There aren’t many who require the high-end features or the ultra-tough construction However, the good news is that Fenix is priced reasonably for the performance and output you can expect to get. It is possible to upgrade to a higher-end model, such as the HL60R above however, it will cost you another $14 and add a larger design. Remember that for all headlamps with high power that you should only select the most bright setting when you need to. With the Fenix’s high-lumen “turbo” mode can drain the battery in less than 2.5 hours, whereas the lower settings span between 10 hours and 4 days (and for longer with battery CR123A).