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When do I need a hiking light or headlamp?

If your hiking involves nontechnical trail navigation at night, or hitting the trails in the early morning or on short winter days, a headlamp is a useful hiking light. Key features to consider when selecting a headlamp include:

  • Power: Many hiking light brands offer headlamps that provide enough power for doing chores around the campsite at night, as well as for hiking in low-light conditions. As an energy-saving measure, the Black Diamond Gizmo powers down after four hours.
  • Design: Different headlamp styles include a single band that goes around the head, or a headband/top strap combination. If space and weight are at a premium, choose a compact headlamp such as the Black Diamond Gizmo, which features two triple A batteries located within the unit.
  • Durability: Different headlamps have different special features. For extreme temperatures, consider the Petzl E Lite Headlamp, which weighs in at just 27 grams, and functions in temperatures as cold as minus 30 degrees Celsius.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports Shop for expert advice on selecting the right headlamp for your outdoor needs.

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