How To Choose The Best Headlamp For Hunting
When checking the compass, loading your rifle or bow, tying a knot, or making those after-dark and pre-dawn tasks much easier, you need your hands free. With a convenient headlamp for hunting, you won’t drool on yourself while you hold a flashlight between your teeth.
So, whether you’re trying to cross a creek on the way to your deer stand, sneak through the woods during turkey season, or have an hours-long hike back to basecamp during elk season, invest in the best headlamp for your journey that is comfortable, durable, and performs up to the mark.
How To Decide On Your Hunting Headlamp
When looking for a new headlamp for hunting, you will realize that the market is flooded with different companies offering a diverse range of headlamps, making your odds of finding the right headlamp low. In this article, we will help make your decision easier by discussing all the important factors you must consider while making the purchase.
Spotlight, floodlight, or a headlamp that has both?
For hunting trips, you likely need one that has both beams. A variety of beam options will come in handy because you will need to be able to get things done around camp and travel through the forest in low light.
Another important factor to consider is the beam distance. Normally, it is advised to pick the headlamp with the best beam distance that fits your budget. Also, when choosing your headlamp for hunting, always try to get a high-lumen headlamp.
Battery & Battery Life
Among other important factors, battery life is also a significant factor to consider when choosing your headlamp for hunting. You need headlamp batteries that can last as long as your hunting trip requires. Always try to go for rechargeable batteries.
Waterproof & Dustproof
If you've been looking for a headlamp, you must have come across the term "IP rating." The term IP Rating stands for 'Ingress Protection Rating,' which refers to how well a product is protected against water and dust. The higher the number, the more protected the product is.
For hunting trips, go for an IP rating of 4 and above so that it is at least somewhat waterproof.
Headlamps come in different materials, but for hunting trips, you need to invest in a unit that is made with magnesium, aluminum, and silicone for water/weatherproofing is best. Comfort is a priority, but so is durability.
Size & Weight
It is commonly agreed that safety is important when hunting, and a well-fitted headlamp can save your life. To have a snug fit and keep your beam focused, a headlamp with an adjustable headband is important.
Another important factor to consider is the weight of the headlamp because the heavier it may be, the more uncomfortable it can become.
Additional Headlamp Features
Unlike regular headlamps, regulated headlamps don't dim as the batteries drain. Rather offer a steady brightness level throughout the life of the batteries. However, the downside of these batteries is that when they are exhausted, the light can go dark abruptly.
Red light mode
This is a must-have! Headlamps that offer a red-light mode can protect your eyes. Unlike white light, red light does not cause our pupils to shrink, so it's good for nighttime use.
External battery packs, top straps
Some high-power headlamps require more than two batteries; therefore, the batteries are positioned on the rear of the headband and connected through a small cable. These headlamps are a good choice if you need to spend long hours outdoors.
Our Recommended Headlamp?
Coast FL75R, 156M Beam 530 Lumens Rechargeable Focusing LED Headlamp
- Dual Power
- Dual-Color White & Red Beam
- Flex Charge
- Hardhat Compatible
- Hinged Beam
- Pure-Beam Focusing Optic
- Reflective Strap
- Twist Focus
- Water Resistance
COAST FL75R is a rechargeable headlamp with 530 lumens of lighting power and 156 meters of beam distance. With cutting-edge optical technology, focus better and brighten your work. In addition, this headlamp comes with COAST PURE BEAM® system and TWIST FOCUS™, enabling you to seamlessly transition between Ultra View Flood Beam and BULLS-EYE™ Spot Beam.
You can also choose from five different colors to suit your style or match your workwear. The unit also offers COAST Dual Power technology, enabling it to run on a COAST ZITHION-X™ rechargeable battery that can be charged inside or outside, with a max run time of 11 hours on one charge.
The hardhat compatible design, hinged beam, and reflective strap increase functionality and safety on the job site. Constructed of top-grade materials, the FL75R is stormproof and dust resistant.
We hope this guide helps you find the perfect gear for your needs and make an informed decision about your new headlamp for hunting. If you have more questions, feel free to get in touch with one of our experts at ProServices Supply. If you found this guide helpful, please give it a share on social media! Also, be sure to check out our online store to browse through our extensive range of headlamps, flashlights, work lights, and area lights.