For a couple years now, headlamps have become a fixture in the consumer market, giving folks a hands-free option for illuminating their way. Due to this newfound popularity, we’ve seen a number of makes and models roll out over that time, each one bringing its own main selling point, whether it be high brightness, wider field of lighting, or versatile mounting options. The Eukarya Origin 2 makes its case to be your headlamp of choice by putting sustainability at the forefront.
Unlike other headlamps that use plastic extensively, this second-generation model ditches the fossil fuel byproduct completely. That’s right, there’s no plastic on this headlamp, so you won’t end up contributing to our ever-growing plastic waste even long after the headlamp’s lifespan has run its course.
The Eukarya Origin 2 uses a headlamp enclosure that’s cut in cherry wood, machined aluminum, and high-strength tempered glass, allowing it to eliminate the need for any plastic parts. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, the combo of materials give it an aesthetic that’s really unique in the category, ensuring your headlamp looks quite unlike the Biolites and Petzls that everyone else is wearing. It pairs that unique case with a proprietary optical design that, the outfit claims, achieves powerful and evenly distributed illumination, whether you’re working on the basement at home, hiking a trail at night, or exploring a cave deep in the forests.
Despite the unusual build, the headlamp is actually IP52 rated, so it has some level of protection from rain and incidental splashes in the field. While that’s not the most rugged seal when it comes to keeping out water and dust, it does give you some amount of leeway for the kind of things it will encounter when exposed to the elements. Just don’t submerge it in any kind of water for whatever reason because that won’t end well for this type of enclosure.
The Eukarya Origin 2 has a maximum brightness of 300 lumens, which is pretty good for a headlamp, with high, medium, and low modes allowing you to adjust the level of illumination to exactly what you need, as well as a strobe mode if you need intermittent flashing lights coming from your forehead for whatever reason. It remembers your last brightness setting, too, so if you set it to medium the last time, it will start off at the same level the next time you power up the lamp. According to the outfit, it has a color temperature of 5,000K, which is close enough to the type of light you get from natural daylight.
Like to use your headlamp while cleaning your tools, patching up gear, or preparing dinner at camp? For those times, it offers tilt adjustment up to 50 degrees downwards, so you can focus the light at items directly in front, allowing you to illuminate whatever it is you’re working on at the moment. The onboard rechargeable battery, by the way, can keep it running for up to 10 hours between charges.
The Eukarya Origin 2 is available now, priced at $129.