For a caving piece we did in our summer print issue we got to field test the Fenix HL60R Rechargeable Headlamp, so I thought I’d pop in and let everyone know how it went.

If you’re in the caving world you know Fenix has been around for some time. They’re known for making durable, even heavy-duty, lighting devices. If you’re looking for something stylish and sleek, go elsewhere. But if you’re looking for something that is going to get you out of that cave, turn to Fenix.

That, really, is this review in a nutshell.

IMG_7464This headlamp is heavier than most, and clunky, but it’s incredibly bright, unwaveringly reliable, and, perhaps most importantly, easy to use.

Pro: It has a top-strap for comfort and stability when worn on a helmet. It’s straps are also very easy to adjust!

Pro: It shines some major light on the subject. It’s got the power of 950 lumens and can beam rays up to a distance of 381ft. That’s a lot of feet. 

Pro: It can get wet — in up to 2m of water.

Pro: It has two power sources: USB and rechargeable battery. This is a huge plus. First, the USB is convenient and the charge lasts hours. Second, it means you always have a backup. 

Pro: It has a bright red light setting, as well as four other brightness settings.

Pro: It’s billed as all-season, meaning that it won’t rust or burst in the cold, cold snow. IMG_7474

Now for the cons!

Con: It costs $74.95 on sale. Normally, it’s $96.oo. That’s a pretty penny for a headlamp. But, if you add up the cost of all those broken, flimsy ones you have, it may just even out in the long run.

Con: It’s very heavy. If you’re looking for something to wear backpacking or on a weekend hike, this may not be it. This thing is no joke. And it is not counting its ounces. 

IMG_7469Not too many cons! This headlamp is a great tool for cavers, mountaineers, naturalists, and anyone doing some dark exploring. For fieldwork, I imagine this is tough to beat and worth the price. Their motto is, after all, “see what matters.”

4.5 stars! Great for the specialist. Get your own Fenix HL60R Rechargeable Headlamp on their site.