An excerpt from The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook
Favored by miners in historic times, and campers, hunters, and spelunkers more recently, the outdoor sports community finally began to embrace headlamps, this hands-free lighting option about 25 years ago.
Since then, the brands and features in the marketplace have boomed. The beauty of a headlamp is that it puts the light you need right in front of you, yet it leaves both hands free to work. Gone are the days of juggling a heavy flashlight or lantern while you peer under the hood of your truck or fight for survival in the wilderness. Not all headlamps are alike, however, so be choosy in your search.
Look for a headlamp that offers a long battery life. LED bulbs allow standard AA or AAA batteries to crank out over 100 hours of light in some models. This is an amazing development compared to the battery-gobbling flashlights of the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Your headlamp should also have some margin of waterproofing. You may need it in the rain or under other conditions where it may get wet. Waterproofing can save the device from water damage, and keep your dark world illuminated.
A nice side feature for your headlamp is an optional setting that activates a bright incandescent bulb. LED bulbs can be very bright at short range, but the incandescent bulb can produce a strong beam that can reach out some distance. This is perfect for inspecting the shadowy creature rustling the bushes 30 meters into the black forest (it was just your dog, by the way).
Bring a Backup
Always pack some spare batteries with your headlamp. Batteries are always at risk of leaking, or the lamp could get bumped into the “on” mode during storage and drain the supply.
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