Petzl Bindi ($45)

From the trail and camp to the crag, a bright headlamp is an endlessly useful piece of gear that you
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1.2 oz.

Rechargeable

The lightest and most streamlined headlamp on our list.

Lower light output and a little pricier than the Nitecore NU25 above.

As a companion to Nitecore’s NU25 previously the Petzl Bindi is another ultralight choice for minimalists and the ounce-counters. Its Bindi has the lightest model that we have reviewed with a mere 1.2 grams (0.7 oz. less than Nitecore) with a modern and sleek design to be matched. The strap is thin and cord-like. makes the entire package very compact. It also has reflective threads to increase visibility in the dark. Similar to the Nitecore Petzl, the Petzl is easy to operate with just a single button to switch between lighting modes (proximity or movement as well as distance) as well as an LED red to help night-vision as well as two lock functions to keep the light from coming on when packed away in a bag. In all it’s a very capable UL choice that doesn’t sacrifice in terms of attributes.

For those interested in the finer details it is clear that the Petzl Bindi comes with the highest output of 200 lumens (compared to 360 lumens for Nitecore NU25), a maximum brightness of 200 lumens (compared to Nitecore NU25) with a maximum beam distance of 36m (the Nitecore reaches up to 81 meters) It lasts for between 50 and 50 hours at its lowest settings (the NU65 can last up to 160)–all at a cost of $8 more. Due to its higher output and longer runtime it is clear that the Nitecore is the best option for those who are serious about hiking and require light on the trail however, the Bindi is ideal for use at camp when hiking. If you’re looking for a different cord-equipped UL option with a lower cost, Black Diamond offers the Flare which is the best for backup, emergency use. It is rated at 40 lumens and weighs at 1 ounce flat and costs $15 less than $30. In addition to the lower output it is also a bit more expensive. BD is also powered by CR2032 (rather rather than rechargeable) batteries, which can make it a problem for some.

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