What type of head torch is best for your night-time outings?
More and more of us are taking advantage of the hours of low light to practise our favourite sport. Whether for lack of time during the day, to avoid the hottest hours or because we propose long routes that force us to leave before dawn or arrive at our destination at night; the front light has taken weight in all sports beyond its classic use in hiking. But have you ever wondered what kind of head torch is best for your night-time outings?
In this article, alongside Toni Bravo, technical specialist in Deporvillage, we will tell you how to choose the right head torch that will accompany you on those outings in low-light conditions.
1. The importance of the head torch
Before we get into the subject, a note: a head torch should be one of the items that you should never be without in your backpack when you go out to do sports. Even if your route is planned only during the day. You never know if you might need it and it can get you out of a jam in case your excursion is extended for any reason.
That said, it is clear that the head torch is necessary, but what type of torch is best for you among all the offerings on the market? There are many types and characteristics of head torches and it will depend on the use we want to give one or the other.
Here are the factors you should consider when choosing yours.
2. The type of power supply
If we look at the type of power supply, we can divide head torches into 2 main categories: head torches with internal batteries and ones with removable throw-away batteries. It will depend on the use we want to give it, to choose one or the other. These are the main characteristics:
Head torches with internal batteries
The main advantage of carrying an internal battery-powered head torch is that you can recharge it as many times as you want. If you are a person who uses a head torch frequently or you do long night runs, it is always much better than using standard packet batteries. These are head torches that tend to weigh a little more to incorporate the battery, but it is also true that they are the ones with more lumens, something important to consider if you’re going out cycling or running at night.
Head torches with throw-away batteries
On the other hand, there are the head torches with throw-away batteries. They are a good alternative for sporadic outings where you don’t need very intense light. They weigh a little less and you can change the batteries in case they run out halfway through the outing. While it’s true that they tend to have less lumens, these head torches are great for night hikes or not very technical terrain.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that there are head torches that allow both options: they have an internal battery which can be replaced by throw-away batteries in case it runs out and cannot be recharged. These head torches become a great option for multi-day routes where we can’t be sure to recharge the battery.
3. The amount of light
We mentioned lumens earlier, but what exactly are they? It is the unit that allows us to measure the luminous flux of a light source, that is, they indicate the amount of light that it radiates. Taking this into account, we have to know that the more lumens the torch has, the more light we will have.
But which type of head torch is better: with more or less lumens?
It depends on the use we are going to give it. If you’re going to be running in the mountains, on technical terrain or looking for a head torch to accompany you on your night-time bike rides, we recommend that you choose a torch with at least 400 lumens. In addition, head torches now incorporate various light modes that allow you a greater or lesser intensity depending on the needs of the moment and for energy saving.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a head torch for hiking, short walks, an overnight stay in a cabin or just an emergency, a torch with fewer lumens will suffice.
Even if your route is planned during the day, an accessory like a head torch should never be missing from your backpack. Evaluate what you need yours for so that you can make the right choice about which type of head torch is best for you. And remember, whatever type of head torch you choose, take some batteries or a spare battery pack with you whenever you go out with your torch (or plan to use it). You won’t be the first to run out in the middle of their outing!
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