Running Head and Chest Torches
Head Torches For Running
Autumn and Winter training can be tough, running in the dark and more importantly getting up in the dark can affect how you feel and train. Getting the correct equipment is key to ensure your training doesn’t suffer.
A head torch for running in these conditions is key whether you're on the road or the trails. So what is the best head torch for running? Well it depends, on a number of factors. Like anything it depends what you need it for.
The question maybe, "what is the best head torch for trail running?" as for trail running you may need a higher lumen with a shorter range to ensure you can see exactly where your feet are landing!
How bright do you need it? For this measurement you can look at how many lumens. The higher the number, the brighter the output.
A head torch of 100-250 lumens should be sufficient for road running where for the majority of the run you'll be within distance of street lights anyway. In slightly less lit areas, look for something like 300-500 lumens. Trail runner? As mentioned previously, something above 500 lumens will be in order so you can see where you're stepping and the terrain around you.
Just because the lumens are higher, it doesn’t mean the light shines further. Distance is also an important factor. As per the above point, where you're running will determine how far ahead you need to see.
The battery life of the head torch.
There's a balance between how bright the torch is against the length of time the battery will last. Most head torches will also have multiple settings for Brightness, so you can use a dimmer light when in better lit areas to conserve battery for when you need it.
Also, what battery type are you using? Do you want a head torch with a battery pack, where you put in your AA or AAA batteries and carry spares? Or do you want a rechargeable head torch for running, which comes with rechargeable lithium-ion battery you can re-use time and time again. Some models even come with both a rechargeable battery (normally USB-C) and a "hybrid battery pack" which you keep as a spare in your pack, in case the charge runs out.
Having a hybrid approach or using AA or AAA alkaline batteries can give a runner peace of mind during an Ultra Marathon, where you really don't want the rechargeable battery to run out and be unable to charge it.