Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nathan: Halo Fire Headlamp Review

Nathan is one of the sports leading manufacturers of hydration, visibility and essential performance gears for many years now. They have been named to the 2013 Inc. 500/5000 list, an elite ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.

Nathan products are available in 45 countries and the chances that you’ll see their products when you go to your specialty running stores and outdoor retailers are very likely. I have been using some of Nathan’s hydration systems for a long time now and they are exceptionally good. Nathan just recently released two distinctive headlamps designed specifically for runners, the Halo Fire (3 LEDs) and the Nebula Fire (1 LED). They let me test the Halo Fire (with cross over kit so that it can be attach to bikes) and I have to say that it is packed with cool features that other competitors don’t have. 

Halo Fire
Main Features
·   Lightweight, multi-beam, rechargeable headlamp offers over 280 lumens of clean, eye-pleasing light.
·   Two down-angled proximity LED's light the path at your feet, while a powerful spotlight shines ahead.
·   There are five lighting modes – low, medium, high, sprint, & strobe – and the maximum burn time tops out at 22 hours.
·   Change light settings touch-free with Halo Fire's RunWave technology

Additional Features
·   LED: 3 LED’s, 288+ max lumen
·   Battery: 1500mAh Rechargeable Lithium Ion Polymer Battery
·   Charge Time: 5 hours
·   Minimum USB Charger Amperage: 0.5A
·   Water Resistant: IPX4 – Weather resistant
·   Adjustable headlamp angle

 Below are the Intensity, Distance and Burn time for each mode:
·   LOW: 20 Lu, 12 meters, 22 hrs burn time
·   MEDIUM: 80 Lu, 26 meters, 7 hrs burn time
·   HIGH: 240 Lu, 47 meters, 2.5 hrs burn time
·   SPRINT: 288 Lu, 51 meters, (Sprint mode availability resets after 3 minutes of running time)
·   STROBE: 100 Lu

Functionality
RunWave Technology
The Nathan Halo Fire Headlamp is definitely one of the best headlamps on the market today. There are so many cool features with this product, so let’s discuss them one at a time. First is my favorite of all the settings, the RunWave technology. It is one of the three settings where you literally wave your hand in front of the headlamp. There is a sensor in front that triggers the headlight to switch it to different lighting modes/ intensity. There are five modes that the headlamp will cycle thru using the RunWave: Low, Medium, High, Sprint, and Strobe. While some runners may argue that changing light setting is no big deal, but fumbling with the buttons with gloves on is definitely a challenge especially during fall and winter.

Run-Right Light Technology
The next cool feature is the Run-Right Light technology where it features two down angled floodlights that illuminates the path on reasonable distance while the other light (the one on top) serves as a spotlight that illuminates the path far ahead. This gives me more peripheral vision of my surroundings. If you’re the type of runner that is pretty much happy on one setting, then this mode is where you want to be. Most runners will likely stay on this mode and you can even prolong the life of the battery by staying on this setting.

Auto-Strobe Technology
The last cool feature is the Auto-Strobe technology. This is the feature that I am so excited about. This is definitely for runners (even cyclists) that spend most of their time running (cycling) on areas where vehicles are prevalent. The auto-strobe sensor reacts to car’s headlight. While on the steady mode, it will switch to strobe once it senses the oncoming car’s headlight. It is sad to say that most drivers now a days are distracted while driving. This feature is one of the best ways to alert and communicate your presence to drivers. I tested this while cycling on one of my morning rides and really impressed with how it alerted the drivers. I love this safety feature and Nathan really put a lot of thought in it. As an added safety feature, the comfortable head strap has Nathan's very own BlackLight material in it, offering a reflective hit to make you even more visible to drivers. Below is a video where all these cool features are discussed.


 My Verdict
The Halo Fire is the first ever headlamp designed specifically for runners. It’s lightweight, multi-beam, rechargeable headlamp that offers over 280+ lumens of clean, eye-pleasing light. It is is packed with features that will make your night or early morning runs safer. There are so many things that we need to consider when running, and SAFETY should always be our top priority and this headlamp should be on every runner’s top priority list.

I’m really satisfied with Nathan Halo and frankly speaking, I didn’t have any problems while testing it on my runs and cycling contrary to what others said on their review. It does what it supposed to do. It’s a bit pricey in my opinion and that’s the only downside I can say. The Nathan Halo is available on most specialty and retail stores, it sells for $120 at REI to $97.74 thru Amazon. Nathan stands behind their product and as their motto said “No matter how hard you push our gear, we guarantee it”. Nathan will repair or replace at its discretion any manufacturing defect free of charge.

Thanks for reading and let me know how this works for you.

5 comments:

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