Headlamps first found their niche in the mining industry, allowing workers to illuminate the area in front of them while keeping both of their hands free. Its use has expanded remarkably since then, with headlamps turning out to be a favored tool in all sorts of trades, from search-and-rescue and plumbing to surgery and more. One area it’s seen plenty of use in recent years is the outdoor industry, with head-mounted lamps proving themselves indispensable as soon as the sun goes down. The Knog Bilby offers one of the brightest headlamps we’ve seen.
Billed as “the world’s most powerful silicone headlamp,” the contraption boasts 400 lumens of light output, allowing you to illuminate your immediate vicinity like never before. Whether you like taking out the boat to fish well before sunrise, continue exploring trails well after sunset, or just need to keep your hands free while getting around camp, this thing should help you get your activities done.
The Knog Bilby can keep shining its full 400 lumens of brightness for over five hours, which should be enough to let you illuminate the water until daylight when you’re fishing in the wee hours or light the way back to camp when you find yourself a good distance away when dark sets in. In case you want to conserve your power, that’s an option, too, as it offers over different brightness settings, allowing you to fire up the exact light intensity required in any condition. Put on the lowest setting when you’re simply checking for some gear in the tent, turn it up to 200 lumens when you’re searching for something in the woods, and blow it up to the full capability when you need maximum illumination.
It’s IP67 rated for dust and water, so you can take this on the dustiest trails in the wettest weather without worrying about damaging the electronics. Suffice to say, you don’t have to treat this gently, whether you’re in the beach, the backcountry, or the basement, trying to do repairs after the lights go out in your home.
The Knog Bilby has six lighting modes (boost, mid, wide, spot, red, and reading), each with four brightness settings, so you can cycle through the exact type of light you need for every activity. The boost, by the way, is a special setting that turns the brightness up to full power for 10 minutes, regardless of the battery remaining, which can be useful for those moments you require brief bursts of strong illumination. Because it offers a whopping 24 settings, the lamp comes with a companion app that lets you customize everything, so you can get rid of settings you don’t need to streamline operation in the field.
Unlike many headlamps, which use fabric headbands that can develop odor, the device is mounted on a medical-grade silicone band, making it easy to clean, comfortable, and unlikely to develop those nasty smells from sweating. Other features include an integrated USB connector for charging and interfacing with the PC software, a toggle clip for adjusting the fit, and three colors of headbands.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Knog Bilby. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $48.