Headlamps are a dime a dozen these days, which is great—more competition means constant improvement and increasing options. My new favorite just happens to be from Petzl, the company that pioneered headlamp-development back in the ‘70s, making hands-free lights for cavers and mountaineers. Forty years later, their tiny Tactikka+ is on track to set the standard once again, boasting 160 lumens at full power, with three brightness settings in a light, compact, and simple design. The large push-button can be activated with gloves on, the headband has a snap-buckle for quick release without removing headgear, and the boost function gives you a ten-second high-beam. Here’s the best part: an integrated red-lens option means you can scan a map or get quick eyes on a trail-obstruction without ruining your night vision. Available at Bob Ward's. $45; petzl.com.
- O/B Store