Whether you’re after a lightweight headlamp for early morning starts and urban night runs, or in need of a small second light as part of your mandatory gear, the Black Diamond Iota Headlamp is a nice bit of kit. It’s simple to use, weighs in at only 56g and packs a punch with 150 lumens at full power.
The rechargeable battery is quick to go from empty to full and there’s a power indicator on the side to let you know how much juice you’ve got left. The website says it has an average burn time of 3 hours at full power, which is about what we got out of it.
The ‘Powertap’ technology makes it easy to adjust between full and low power, so when you whip out a map while on the trail you can dim the light to avoid wasting battery and bright reflection. There’s also a strobe function for when you’re at a rave! The lockout feature prevents it from turning on when in your pack or pocket, which is a nice touch.
Apart from the previously mentioned features it’s very comfortable to run in with a nice headband that fits firmly while being soft. The Iota is also quite durable and splash resistant, so will get through a long run in the rain.
Cost: Approx $50