Jogging in autumn: which headlamp is right for you?
Once smiled at as fearful weirdos, joggers with headlamps have long since arrived in the running community. However, some people lack the right touch when making a purchase. Which headlamp is right for you?
First of all, I have to admit that even at the zenith of my hobby running career, I never did a single training session with a headlamp. I can’t really say why. The headlamp and I – we just didn’t want to become friends while doing sports. I am well aware that headlamps make running life much easier and, above all, safer for us joggers. But what type of headlamp are you? An overview of different models for runner larks, owls and everyone else who prefer to slip into their running shoes at nightfall or even later.
1. Runner type “City lights”
At the latest when the clocks are set back to winter time in Europe at the end of October, it is almost impossible for most amateur runners to do a training lap in daylight after work. Those who prefer to jog on illuminated park paths or in gardens do not have to struggle with a headlight on their head, even in the dark. Light headlamps like that e + Lite from Petzl are completely sufficient. Because here it is less about illuminating the path than about being noticed by cyclists and also by car drivers. A headlamp with a maximum of 100 lumens and reflectors on the running clothing are the best prerequisites for this.
2. Runner type “all-rounder”
Parks and gardens are not your first choice for running training? All joggers who occasionally hang around on unlit paths, circling the nearby lake on the riverside path, or hitting the city forest unsafe should upgrade a little when it comes to lighting. The LEDs in all-round headlamps, like the H3.2 from Ledlenser, bring it to a luminosity of up to 200 lumens. That is enough to shine more than 50 meters forward with the light cone. Models like that Headled II from Sigma Sport are also equipped with a small red taillight. This rear headlight can be used as life insurance, especially at dusk. Another highlight: all-round headlamps, including them Petzl Bindi have different lighting modes so that the luminosity of the LEDs can be easily adjusted when leaving the city gates.
Important: Make sure that you first illuminate the path in front of you, for example to avoid falls. Headlamps that are set too high not only dazzle oncoming runners, but also cyclists and motorists. On the other hand, lamps that are set too low can lead to neck problems in the long run.
3. Runner type “Nightwalker”
Last but not least, there are headlamps for joggers that put some construction spotlights or high beam headlights in cars in the shade. Head torches like that send up to 600 lumens Klarus HR1 into the forest. Some even bring it to 1500 to 2000 lumens. With models like this one from Fenix the adventurers among the joggers can easily and safely beat their way through the undergrowth in absolute darkness. The problem: the energy has to come from somewhere. And that matters. Because both the rechargeable battery and batteries must of course be carried along. Usually on a belt or in a backpack, because both are too heavy for the headband on the headlamp.
Headlamps for joggers: what else is important
- Headlamps for jogging should at least go with the Protection class IPX4 be certified and thus protected against splashing water. Even better: IPX6 or even IPX8 (waterproof), whereby the degree of water protection is usually reflected in the price.
- Practical tip: If you run with a headlamp in the rain, you should Don’t forget your barrel cap. This not only prevents the water from running into your face, but also prevents you from being disturbed by the reflections of the raindrops.
- Whether you can get the LEDs of your headlamp from one Rechargeable battery or batteries Lets eat is basically a matter of taste and very individual. Batteries are lighter, but a little less powerful. Marathon runners should therefore use batteries, especially for long runs.
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