Looking for a new headlamp to allow you to see and be seen on your evening runs as we push through until summer? The new BioLite Headlamp 200 may very well fit the bill. This is one of the lightest headlamps I’ve used and also one of the most comfortable. Weighing in at only 50g with a max output of 200 lumens, you’re not sacrificing brightness for weight.
Some of you may already be using the BioLite Headlamp 330 that has been out for awhile with excellent reviews, again, due to its high output, light weight, and relatively long battery life. Think of the BioLite Headlamp 200 as its lighter brother. As a runner in Oregon during the winter who works 10 hour days, most of the time that means I have to run at night after work or early in the morning beforehand when it’s still dark out. Having a headlamp is a necessity for both safety and visibility. Putting this one through the ringer would be an easy task.
My first thoughts when I took this out of the box were focused on how light the thing was. I have several headlamps from various manufacturers that I’ve used throughout the years but this one was shockingly light. I’ll admit, at first I thought it may be a cheaply made one due to it’s light weight. Normally, losing weight equates to losing power due to a smaller battery, or lower output, or both. I charged it up and decided to take it for a run and see how well it performed before letting my bias affect my review.
Adjusting the lamp is extremely easy (as it should be) and was relatively quick to fit to my head. Now, here’s where things get good. You forget you are wearing it. The fit and weight are very easy to forget about which is a huge bonus in my book. If I’m wearing gear while running and I continue to notice it, it gets thrown in a drawer never to be seen or heard from again. The headlamp is not only adjustable both in fit, angle, and output, but the darn thing keeps going. They tout 3 hour battery life at full output and 40 hours on low. I’ll be honest, I didn’t go on a 3 hour run at full output, nor did I test it for 40 hours on low. I will say though, it never died on any of my runs and maybe I’m not the norm here but I charge my gear the night before I use it so I can’t contest to the longevity of the battery other than I only used it at full output on multiple runs without any problems.
Final thoughts on the BioLite HeadLamp 200 are pretty positive. It has great battery life, sufficient output (200 lumens), and is extremely lightweight. Cons would be the shorter battery life (I know, how is 3 hrs short?) for all of you ultra runners out there, and the cost, while worth it, is about twice what you can purchase a very basic Black Diamond headlamp for, again though, basic. I would much rather spend a few extra dollars for a more wearable and usable (for running at least) headlamp that will continue to be used than skimp on price to end up buying something more expensive in the end.
- BioLite HeadLamp 200 ($44.95)
Specs from BioLite:
- Weighs only 50g
- Max Output: 200 lumens
- White + Dim , Red + Dim, White Strobe, Red Strobe
- Front panel tilts downward with one hand
- 40 hours on LO, 3 hours on HIGH
- Recharge via micro USB
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