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Headlamp hints and tips
Use your head to beat the darkness
Headlamps are really effective if reflective markers have been used to mark the way. The light reflects straight back into your eyes which does not happen as much with a hand-held torch. Andrew Booth, KZN Trail Running
Use a headlamp with a hand torch
I carry a small hand-held torch attached to my pack on all my runs, day or night. I take spare batteries for my headlamp if I am doing a night run. This helps if you need to replace batteries in the dark; having a small light will save you time and reduce risk of accidentally losing a battery .
In winter it is easy to be caught in the mountains by an early sunset. If this happens, you will be grateful for your trusty hand-held torch.
A mini hand-held torch is also useful if you are close to the finish of your run and you don’t want to haul out your headlamp or replace dead batteries on the trail. Also useful for day runs when you happen across a grotto that you want to briefly survey.
It is worthwhile knowing how much juice your current batteries have before a run. My headlamp has a built-in battery meter which indicates green, orange or red for the amount of power left. I recharge the batteries when it indicates orange.
When loading your pack, put the headlamp in last so when it gets dark you can easily find it and take it out.
The speed at which you are running will determine how far ahead of you the beam should cast. Don’t be afraid to adjust the beam for downhill and flat running. Once your path is illuminated, keep your focus on the ground. There’s no view to look at so don’t be tempted to take a peek around you until you are stationary. Charl Souma, Team Vivobarefoot elite runner