Lighter & Brighter: The Best Ultralight Headlamp

August 27, 2018

Clocking in at less than 1 ounce, the e+LITE has been the ultralight headlamp standard for years and a solid weigh-nothing emergency option that you can keep in your pack at all times. Last year Petzl upgraded the model with a noticeably brighter LED bulb—50 lumens, up from 26—which makes it a viable around-camp option, as well as a better nighttime trail finder. Powered by two CR2032 coin batteries, the new e+LITE (; $29.95) is fully waterproof, with a rating of IPX-7, and a battery life of roughly nine to 12 hours, depending on setting.


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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.

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