Nathan Headlamps: Running In The Dark

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Daylight Savings serves as a reminder that though we are momentarily getting a brighter morning (relatively speaking), it will not be lasting long, so we need to prepare for even darker days as fall turns to winter. Headlamps are an excellent way to not only be more visible as you run, but also to light the path in front of you. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve stumbled or nearly twisted an ankle as I ran through the early morning hours… well, I’d have a lot of nickels. Having a lighted path will help you guide your steps as you run, avoiding potential injury and hidden hazards in your path.

Nathan is a company that is known for quality running gear, and they have some super awesome illumination technologies that set them apart from the competition. Though Nathan has been making safety lights for years, these are the first headlamps they have produced, and they are designed specifically for running. Why is that a big deal? Well, many other headlamps are designed for hiking, climbing, and other outdoor activities. That’s fine, but runners have different needs when it comes to illumination.


RunWave technology (top); AutoStrobe technology (bottom)

We carry two Nathan headlamps, the Nathan Halo Fire and the Nathan Nebula Fire. They are both pretty futuristic, with technology that will change your illumination game. One of the most annoying things about most headlamps is when the time comes to adjust the settings, and you’re fumbling around with your headlamp while trying to maintain your stride. That just doesn’t work out too well. Thankfully, Nathan thought of this when developing their RunWave technology, making it possible to change the light setting by simply waving your hand in front of the headlamp. Another feature that sets these headlamps apart is the the Auto-Strobe feature. A sensor within the headlamp picks up ambient light from highly populated areas, such as the headlights of a vehicle, and activates a safety strobe, calling attention to your presence and making you more visible to an oncoming car.


The only difference between the two Nathan headlamps we carry comes down to the light emitted. The Halo Fire is built with three LEDs, one high-output distance and two proximity, so you will be able to see objects in the path right in front of you as well as in the distance ahead of you. With over 280 lumens of light and 5 lighting modes, the Halo Fire headlamp is useful in a wide variety of situations. The Nebula Fire is at a lower price point simply because it is built with one LED instead of three, and provides over 190 lumens of light (less than the Halo Fire), but still offers 5 lighting modes to adapt to your various lighting needs.

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