The Best Running Headlamps – For Road & Trail

(Last Updated On: September 9, 2018)

When selecting expensive running accessories, it can be overwhelming being faced with too much choice – especially with gadgets like running headlamps! Based on our experience and reviews from road and trail runners across multiple brands and retailers, this post summarizes the Lookfly-recommended shortlist of the best running headlamps available.

Key considerations when selecting a running headlamp

The following are key to consider when deciding which running headlamp to buy, and will vary depending on how and when you intend on using it:

  • Brightness output (lumens)
  • Battery life
  • Comfort
  • Water-resistant
  • Additional features such as locking function (to stop you accidentally turning it on while it is in your running hydration pack / backpack).

Top 5 highly-rated running headlamps

Lightweight running headlamp

This innovative Petzl Bindi Headlamp is ideal when you want a lightweight headlamp with a minimum of weight and a very small headband. It fits easily into a pocket so is great to take with you when the sun is setting and you know you’ll need a light at the end of your run.

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  • $43.99 - September 11, 2019
  • $44.99 - September 9, 2019
  • $47.90 - September 6, 2019
  • $53.00 - August 29, 2019
  • $51.90 - August 12, 2019
  • $52.90 - August 7, 2019
  • $53.00 - July 31, 2019
  • $52.90 - July 8, 2019
Since: March 19, 2019
  • Highest Price: $59.85 - March 27, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $43.99 - September 11, 2019
Last Amazon price update was: September 14, 2019 8:47 pm
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Simple, low-profile running headlamp

If you want a low-profile headlamp which uses replaceable (as opposed to rechargeable) batteries, the Nathan Halo or the Black Diamond Spot headlamps are both great choices.

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  • $60.19 - September 5, 2019
  • $57.16 - August 30, 2019
  • $40.00 - August 28, 2019
  • $57.16 - August 27, 2019
  • $62.29 - August 23, 2019
  • $59.99 - August 22, 2019
  • $62.29 - August 20, 2019
  • $64.99 - August 17, 2019
Since: March 18, 2019
  • Highest Price: $64.99 - August 17, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $40.00 - August 28, 2019
Last Amazon price update was: September 14, 2019 8:47 pm
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  • $29.99 - September 8, 2019
  • $28.60 - September 7, 2019
  • $29.99 - September 6, 2019
  • $24.98 - September 5, 2019
  • $29.99 - September 3, 2019
  • $29.96 - August 24, 2019
  • $24.98 - August 23, 2019
  • $29.99 - August 4, 2019
Since: March 24, 2019
  • Highest Price: $29.99 - April 1, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $20.00 - May 31, 2019
Last Amazon price update was: September 14, 2019 7:46 pm
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Daily run… or mountain ultra running headlamp

The Petzl Reactik+ is a highly rated running headlamp which is suitable for anything from your regular morning run to an overnight ultramarathon run, and features app-control, reactive lighting technology, a long-life rechargable battery, and a fit that is comfortable on your forehead even when worn for hours on end on the trails. The lumen output is greater than the running headlamps listed above, and it is proven to last through the night for up to 15 hours.

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  • $76.97 - July 20, 2019
  • $71.47 - July 18, 2019
  • $76.97 - July 12, 2019
  • $109.95 - June 1, 2019
  • $87.96 - May 24, 2019
  • $109.95 - April 5, 2019
  • $82.46 - March 24, 2019
Since: March 24, 2019
  • Highest Price: $109.95 - April 5, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $71.47 - July 18, 2019
Last Amazon price update was: September 14, 2019 7:46 pm
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Running headlamp for wilderness ultramarathons

The recommendations above assume you are looking for a high-quality headlamp that can be comfortable worn for several hours at a time, but do not need it to be super-bright or have a super-long-lasting battery, which can have weight and/or price implications. These are, however, features you may want if you are planning on running an ultramarathon through the night.

The best headlamp we have seen for long ultramarathons is the Petzl Nao, which has all the features you would need, at a reasonable price.

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  • $169.12 - September 14, 2019
  • $166.91 - September 13, 2019
  • $168.08 - September 11, 2019
  • $167.89 - September 8, 2019
  • $168.36 - September 7, 2019
  • $168.00 - September 6, 2019
  • $166.99 - September 3, 2019
  • $167.97 - September 2, 2019
Since: March 19, 2019
  • Highest Price: $169.24 - August 27, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $136.26 - July 10, 2019
Last Amazon price update was: September 14, 2019 1:48 pm
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For more reviews, prices and running kit…

If you’re planning on running in the dark or low light, also consider whether you need to wear more clothing with reflective features, so you can be seen more easily by other road or trail users and have a read of these posts for suggestions:

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Women's Reflective Running Clothing For Night Runs
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