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NiteHawk Eco Headlamp Review

The new kid on the block, NiteHawk, a Canadian outfit, enters the lamp fray with a proprietary light “emitter” that its designers say is “beyond the LED”—and will “replace existing lighting in the not-so-distant future.”

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NiteHawk Eco |
$79.95 | nite-hawk.com

Weight (with batteries): 10.8 ounces

Batteries: 4 AA Light Settings: 2

Burn time: 10 to 96 hours

The new kid on the block, NiteHawk, a Canadian outfit, enters the lamp fray with a proprietary light “emitter” that its designers say is “beyond the LED”—and will “replace existing lighting in the not-so-distant future.”

For sure, the Eco is the brightest headlamp I’ve used, LED or otherwise. This powerhouse throws a searchlight-like blast farther than I can even see. And it should. Powered by four AA batteries and sporting a plum-sized light housing, this is the largest and heaviest headlamp, more so even than my old Petzl Zoom. The bulk and heft are somewhat offset by a battery life of between 10 and 96 hours. (As with all headlamps, longevity varies by brightness level and battery type.) At its brightest setting, the Eco runs all night. At its dimmest (10 percent) setting, you can power through the Old Testament, though with some eye strain. A mid-range setting, one that would burn for 50 hours but at half the brightness, would be a welcome improvement, as would shedding ounces by trimming the beefy harness and scaling down the heavy-gauge wiring.