Last week we shared our picks for the best headlamps available on the market today, with some outstanding products from Petzl, Black Diamond, and Coast all getting the nod. But as you’re probably aware, the market for headlamps is a competitive one, and there are excellent offerings from a number of different companies. Take for example the Adventure 180 from Nite Rider, which didn’t make it into our test group but packs some impressive features nonetheless.
At first glance, the Adventure 180 looks like just about any other headlamp you might find in your favorite outdoor gear shop. It includes a headband that appears very thin, but is actually quite comfortable to wear, and a plastic case that houses the lamp, complete with a single on-off button on top. But dig a bit deeper, and you’ll start to see that Nite Rider’s designers have put a lot of thought into the design of this product. For example, that same thin headband features extra padding on the front, right where the lamp itself rests, and exactly where you need it most. It also packs a surprising amount of tension, holding the lamp in place without a hint of movement.
In terms of lighting options, the Adventure 180 has you well covered as well. It features six different modes includes three different brightness levels, a diffused light mode, and red night vision. There are also several different flash modes, including an SOS function. On its brightest setting, the headlamp is capable of putting out as much as 180 lumens of light, with a run time of 2.5 hours. But on lower settings that time actually extends to as much as 37 hours, which is enough to last most of us through a fairly long trip.
One of my favorite features of this product is its built-in rechargealbe battery. A USB port hidden on the back of the plastic housing allows you to charge up before embarking on a trip, and chances are you’ll be set for the duration. They will be no worries about having to replace the batteries mid-journey, or trying to track down the proper size battery while wandering in a remote location. And if you do need to charge the Adventure 180 while on the go, an included USB cable and a portable battery pack will do the trick.
The Adventure 180 features solid build construction, and weighs just 3 ounces, which puts it about on par with most other headlamps you’ll find. It is priced at $69, which is also quite competitive for a product that has this many features and comes with a rechargeable battery.
Find out more at NiteRider.com.