Handy little headlamp
OK, so I’m blind. Or rather, a specter is hanging in the air, everywhere I look. Because I was just examining the Biolite headlamp, flicking the switches, and guess what, the thing’s pretty bright.
Apparently one day Biolite just thought, Headlamps. Why don’t we make one? So they did, and this first foray produced a friendly and functional product. It’s light at 2.4 ounces, it’s affordable at $49.95, and take it from me, those 330 lumens are plenty.
The headlamp stays on high for three hours, low for 40. Its light has four settings, including red (night missions) and blinking, and tilts via an adjustable angle if you just dig your thumbnail back behind it. It recharges with a USB power source, so no alkaline batteries.
What the company, a startup based in Brooklyn, New York, calls an “integrated design” means that the whole unit is one, i.e. the lamp is part of the headband. In practice that means it sits tight rather than moving or bouncing around as you hike in or out, or mess with gear.
I have worn it both in the heat (the headband wicks moisture) and cold. After one hike, I dropped it down to my neck, and it is so light I forgot about it until seeing it show up, dorklike, in a photo taken in a restaurant.
Biolite, a company that prides itself on being welcoming, has made an affordable and easy-wear piece.
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