Petzl NAO+ Headlamp
Have you been looking forward to and training for an ultra marathon race? Maybe you’re still not sure about it but have been thinking about it pretty hard. Whether you’ve got a race around the corner or you’re gearing up for one, it’s important to outfit yourself with the right kind of gear. If you’ll be running a race longer than a marathon, it’s entirely possible that you’ll find yourself running in the evening hours and depending on the time of year, that can mean low light or pitch black darkness. A headlamp is an essential piece of gear for anyone who plans to run in the dark. It provides not only light but safety by ensuring you can see and be aware of your surroundings. Even if you’re just a nighttime city runner, a headlamp can be a valuable tool that can provide you with extra confidence as you take to the streets under cover of darkness. Cars will be able to see a bouncing light ahead and know to watch out for you. The Petzl NAO+ Headlamp is a high tech headlamp that’s suitable for tech-geeks and newbies alike. It’s easy to use and has plenty of features to suit various needs. If you’ve ever thought about getting yourself a headlamp, why not opt for one with Bluetooth connectivity and smart features?
- Bright light
- Feature heavy
- Customizable lighting
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Battery indicator
- USB charging
- Very impressive technology
- Battery life may not be enough for some
- A little bulky
There's also a built-in light sensor that ensures optimum light output and adjusts according to conditions. A red light at the back of the headlamp provides extra visibility and acts as a battery indicator. It can be seen up to 1 kilometer away. Users can enable a lock mode to prevent accidental powering of the device, and there's also a reserve mode for the battery for emergency situations. The reserve time has a maximum run time of 2 hours. The light can be programmed via the app, or you can choose to rely on the headlamp's sensors. The headlamp offers two beam patterns: wide and spotlight. Each useful in different situations.
Reviewers found the Petzl NAO+ Headlamp extremely useful. They appreciated the bright light (brighter than the previous version of the headlamp) and liked all of the extra features it came with. Something to note about this updated version is that is no longer accommodates AAA batteries in the case of an emergency. Some users were disappointed with this change.
A long battery life makes it appropriate for long-distance running events. It's perfect for ultra-marathoners doing 100-mile races that will last into the night. Although a few reviewers just weren't impressed with the battery life - an advertised maximum of 15 hours - the majority found the battery life suited them just fine. The lack of back battery option (mentioned previously) is definitely a glaring omission, though.
The Petzl NAO+ Headlamp features an incredible variety of lighting modes that can be accessed via the MyPetzl app, and although it's a bit heavier than some other headlamp models, users have the option of moving the battery pack from the head to their waist with a belt attachment kit.
Some users found the Bluetooth app options a bit superfluous. For those who prefer to ignore the app features the light works well without customization and Bluetooth can be disabled to conserve battery power.
The headlamp is also compatible with a belt kit that allows users to swap the battery pack's location to the waist instead of on the head.
- Use with MyPetzl app to customize lighting modes
- Can be used without the app
- Reactive Lighting Tech thanks to built-in sensor
- Long battery life
- Wide beam or spotlight options
- Battery indicator (via app or on headlamp itself)
- LOCK mechanism prevents accidental powering on and waste of battery life
- Rechargeable (via USB)
- Adjustable fit
- Extra strap at top of headlamp for even more secure fit
Via Bluetooth, the Smartphone app can tell you how much light you have left and whether you have enough battery power to light your way to your destination. Athletes can choose to create their own activity profiles, select from the four preset options, or use the light's intelligent sensor to light a path. The Petzl NAO+ Headlamp may offer more features than some need, but gadget geeks will enjoy its bevy of functions and options.