Headlamps are great when you need illumination while staying active. Problem is, traditional headlamps tend to have a narrow beam, leaving you with no peripheral vision, which can be a big issue when trekking back to camp at night. And while there are now headlamps with a wider beam, we doubt they can offer anything as wide as the One80.
Instead of putting the LEDs on a housing at the center of your headband, the lighting gear spreads its LEDs across a 180-degree arc (hence the name). Covering the full front of your head, the LEDs should deliver a wider illumination than any headlamp you’ve used before, ensuring you can clearly see that mountain lion coming at you from the side. And, yes, you probably want to start running/climbing a tree/pulling a rifle out at that very instant.
The One80 spreads 20 individual LEDs across the front of the band, delivering 360 lumens of brightness to light up your way. Since there’s no central housing that moves up and down while you’re running, the light stays steady the whole time, with a regulated output ensuring it delivers the full glow the entire time instead of dimming gradually like other headlamps. A swappable 1,800 mAh battery pack slides into a compartment on the headband for powering the lights, which it does for three hours on a full charge. It weighs just 3.3 ounces, too (battery included), so there should be no discomfort while running around camp with this thing in tow.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the One80. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $44.