Skiing is arguably one of the most exhilarating sports to participate in; from committing yourself to the freshly powered, daring slopes, through to the social prerequisite of Apres-ski, skiing is an all-round thrill.
Perhaps the recent Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022 has instilled some curiosity in skiing in you for the first time, or you’re a seasoned pro destined for the slopes this winter. Whichever end of the spectrum you may be, there are some essential winter sports accessories that are a must have on everyone’s shopping list.
Assuming you’ve ticked off the typical skiing accessories such as; goggles, gloves and hats, salopettes etc, at NightSearcher we’re presenting the humble head torch as an essential accessory for night time skiing and snowboarding.
Your health and safety whilst skiing is of high importance, with a lot of resorts in Europe making now skiing helmets an advisory, or sometimes even a compulsory requirement. Whilst helping to reduce the risk of head injury for skiers and snowboarders is of the utmost importance, combating and reducing the risks associated with low-light, or night time skiing is just as important to us.
Both the weather and the lighting conditions can change in an instant whether you’re on or off piste. Therefore, having a primary or backup source of lighting is essential.
If you are one for the thrill of winter sports in the dark, or you want a to feel protected in the frequently changing conditions of the mountains, then a head torch from NightSearcher is one of the best accessories for skiing and snowboarding.
The handsfree feature of a head torch is a fantastic solution for night skiing, but there are other crucial features to consider too. This buyers guide will help ensure you find the best head torch for night skiing and winter sports.
Key Features – How to Find the Best Head Torch for Skiing and Winter Sports
All of NightSearcher’s head torches make use of LEDs (light emitting diodes), which increases the efficiency, reliability and durability of any light.
As small, compact lamps, LED’s are usually attached directly to printed circuit boards. Their high efficacy means that they do not require big and bulky batteries to operate, and this low power dependence makes LED products incredibly light overall. This lightweight design is a key consideration for head torches.
Another advantage of LEDs is their incredibly quick warmup time. They reach full brightness in milliseconds and their low power draw means they radiate very little heat too. Ideal for comfort when worn on the body.
Lastly, LEDs are solid-state components. They have no moving parts, or delicate filaments like incandescent lights do. This gives LED head torches high shock resistance as the lamps themselves are difficult to damage with external shock.
Lumens is a measurement of the total quantity of visible light emitted from a bulb or source. The higher the lumens of a light, the brighter it appears and the greater the size of beam it can emit.
Typically, a high lumens light will consume more energy however, LEDs emit more lumens per watt than incandescent light bulbs, and so they’re less power-hungry. This doesn’t always mean that the highest lumens head torch is the best option for night skiing though. You will need to consider the reflection from the snow and try to prevent any glare brought on by this.
With this in mind, we recommend head torches ranging from 300 to 800 lumens.
Beam Distance and Size
A crucial feature to consider when choosing a head torch for skiing is beam distance. This determines how far in front of you the head torch can shine.
We disclose our beam distances in metres, and we also differentiate between a wide beam and a spot beam too.
Most of our head torches at NightSearcher have dual lighting modes, allowing you to switch from a spot beam (for long distances), to a flood / wide beam for shorter and wider coverage. This spot-to-flood beam feature makes our head torches ideal for skiing and winter sports.
Battery Life and Battery Type
Battery life is a key consideration when choosing a head torch for night time skiing. This configuration is how long the battery usually lasts and is represented as “runtime hours”.
The life of a battery is dependent on usage, size and type of bulb, and the lighting mode your using too. The majority of NightSearcher head torches have High, Medium and Low settings which varies the brightness and therefore, runtime of the head torch. Changing from spot beam to flood beam and vice versa can also affect the battery life too.
Some of our head torches operate with either Lithium Ion (Li-ion) or Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) batteries, which are built into the product and are fully rechargeable. Whereas other models require interchangeable alkaline batteries for operation. We also have a range of dual-powered / hybrid head torches which allow you to swap between battery packs and disposable batteries.
Both the battery life and type for each of our NightSearcher head torches is stated in their technical specifications.
The security and comfort of your new head torch is essential. You want to ensure the head light fits on your head or ski helmet properly and securely, and won’t fall off easily.
With this in mind, it’s usually best to opt for a head torch with an “over the head” strap for added comfort and security, as opposed to a single strap model. However, all of our head lights feature fully adjustable straps and optional clips for helmets, so you’re bound to find a combination which works best for you.
Buyer’s Guide – The Best Head Torch for Night Skiing and Winter Sports
Now that your fully armed with the information you need when choosing a head torch for your winter sport, we’ve highlighted an overall list of our best head torches for night time skiing and snowboarding.
#1 NightSearcher HT800RX – Rechargeable Head Torch with Automatic Beam Adjustment
First in our line up is the HT800RX, our newest torch model which features advanced reactive proximity distance dimming. This incredible feature allows the head light to automatically switch between a spot beam for long distances, to a flood beam for a close-up beam.
Great for your situational awareness whilst on the slopes, this head torch automatically adjusts the beam according to its surroundings, and offers up to 500 metre beam at 800 lumens.
Powered by a built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the HT800RX has a runtime of up to 169 hours and features a safety lock to prevent the accidental powering on or off.
Available to buy now from our online store, the HT800RX is only £88.15 and comes with an over-head strap and USB charging cable.
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#2 NightSearcher Zoom 580R – Rechargeable, 580 Lumen Spot-to-Flood Head Torch
Next, we have the Zoom 580R - the rechargeable version of the Zoom 580 series, it features a removable 800mAh lithium battery which gives the head torch a runtime of up to 18 hours.
With 3 lighting modes ranging from high, to medium, to low, the Zoom 580R has a maximum beam distance of 150m at a full brightness of 580 lumens.
Fully adjustable, you can also rotate from spot light to flood beam to vary the light path in front of you. The over-head strap is adjustable and non-slip for an optimum fit and comfort on your head or skiing helmet.
Weighing in at just 95 grams, the Zoom 580R is IK07 shock proof, light and secure.
At just £50.35 the Zoom 580R is the only head torch you’ll ever need for outdoor activities and winter sports.
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#3 NightSearcher Zoom 580 – AAA Battery Operated 580 Lumen Head Torch
If you’re planning to be on the slopes for a great length of time, then the Zoom 580 head torch is a great alternative to the 580R as it’s powered by 3x AAA batteries that can be changed out quickly and easily.
The Zoom 580 offers the exact same features and benefits of the 580R and can also be powered by an optional rechargeable lithium battery pack.
#4 HeadStar-R – Hybrid Rechargeable Dual Beam Head Torch
Offering a modest 330 lumens via dual-beam LEDs, the HeadStar-R is extremely bright and clear as a hybrid head torch.
Powered by either 3x AAA batteries or the supplied rechargeable li-po battery pack, the HeadStar-R boasts a 130-metre beam at full power. With a runtime of up to 7 hours and an adjustable spot-to-flood beam, the HeadStar-R also features a handy safety lock to prevent the accidental turning on or off of the unit.
At just 89 grams, this is one of the lightest head torches available and at a price of just £33.95 the HeadStar-R will see you well on the slopes this winter.
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We hope that you found this buyer’s guide useful and we’d love to see your photos from the slopes (or even at the bar, Apres-style!). Be sure to like, follow and tag us on our social channels.
Until next time,