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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  • $33.71 - September 23, 2020
  • $44.95 - August 21, 2020
  • $59.95 - July 28, 2020
Since: July 28, 2020
  • Highest Price: $59.95 - July 28, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $33.71 - September 23, 2020
Last Amazon price update was: September 24, 2020 3:00 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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  • $62.14 - September 24, 2020
  • $61.16 - September 21, 2020
  • $67.20 - September 17, 2020
  • $67.21 - September 14, 2020
  • $63.19 - September 9, 2020
  • $67.22 - September 6, 2020
  • $50.97 - September 5, 2020
  • $51.06 - September 4, 2020
Since: May 5, 2020
  • Highest Price: $75.39 - August 25, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $36.99 - July 28, 2020
Last Amazon price update was: September 24, 2020 3:01 pm
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  • $31.99 - September 13, 2020
  • $38.25 - September 10, 2020
  • $37.95 - September 8, 2020
  • $29.95 - August 28, 2020
  • $30.00 - August 25, 2020
  • $39.95 - August 24, 2020
  • $37.95 - August 23, 2020
  • $38.95 - August 21, 2020
Since: April 20, 2020
  • Highest Price: $40.00 - August 1, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $24.88 - June 20, 2020
Last Amazon price update was: September 24, 2020 2:00 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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  • $99.99 - August 12, 2020
  • $93.99 - July 30, 2020
  • $91.17 - July 23, 2020
  • $93.99 - July 22, 2020
  • $93.97 - July 19, 2020
  • $94.99 - July 17, 2020
  • $93.97 - July 11, 2020
  • $93.99 - June 30, 2020
Since: April 30, 2020
  • Highest Price: $99.99 - August 12, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $82.19 - June 22, 2020
Last Amazon price update was: September 24, 2020 2:00 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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  • $199.95 - September 11, 2020
  • $149.96 - September 1, 2020
  • $199.95 - May 29, 2020
  • $149.96 - May 20, 2020
Since: May 20, 2020
  • Highest Price: $199.95 - May 29, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $149.96 - May 20, 2020
Last Amazon price update was: September 24, 2020 10:30 am
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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:

SEE ALSO
Women's Reflective Running Clothing For Night Runs
SEE ALSO
Best Women's Trail Running Shoes for Hiking

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