Editor’s Note: We originally published this review in February under the wrong product name, which took a bit of work to find/figure out. Sorry NiteRider! This one is correct, we promise.

The main draw of the NiteRider headlamp, at least if you ask me, which I’ll just assume you did if you’re reading this, is that it defaults to come on in red mode. This means you don’t fry your night vision accidentally when you turn it on. As a night dweller (read: Alaskan), I really appreciate this feature.  I tried my darndest to destroy this headlamp on some winter trips, by throwing it in my backpack, dropping it in the water, and generally just neglecting it. My complaint is that no one has yet invented a headlamp that will not be accidentally switched on by being bumped up against something while jostling around in my backpack. Other than that, the Adventure 180 passed this test of abuse with flying colors.

What I liked:

  • It’s tough – it survived a few trips seemingly designed to kill headlamps
  • It’s very bright and has lots of cool modes, like SOS, bright adjustments, red, flashing red, etc
  • It switches on in red mode
  • It’s light and small
  • Recharges quickly

Slight downsides to consider:

  • Doesn’t use batteries, uses USB charging, which can be difficult in the field, especially if you live in a dark place and can’t really count on solar chargers.
  • The band adjustment is kind of complicated and annoying. This isn’t a factor if you can set it and forget it, but switching between fitting this to a helmet vs. a toque can be more of a job than I’d like it to be.

All in all, a solid choice for a mid-price-range headlamp that needs to take some abuse.

  • Niterider
    The NiteRider Adventure 180 packs a powerful punch. With high performance led's the Adventure 180 Headlamp emits 180 lumens providing superior lighting for the adventure ahead. The Adventure 180 Headlamp is situated on a ComfortFit adjustable headband that will sit securely on your head or helmet. With a quick charging time of a little over 2 hours the headlamp can stay powered for up to 37 hours. With four lighting modes and two red lighting modes, the Adventure 180 is versatile for any conditions that you come across. Seen and be seen and put on all-rounder, the Adventure 180 Headlamp. NiteRider Adventure 180 Headlamp Features: 180 lumens High performance LED's Comfort fit adjustable headband Run time: 2.5-37 hours Lithium polymer battery, usb rechargeable 4 white light modes: High, medium, low, low diffuser 2 red light modes: Steady and flash Charge time: 2.25 hours Weight: 87g
    $69.99  from Jenson USA
  • NiteRider
    NiteRider Adventure 180The Adventure 180 features advanced components that deliver optimal performance with multiple output settings including a red SOS safety flash. Inside the lightweight body, a lithium polymer battery conveniently charges via USB, reducing waste of disposable alkaline batteries. The Adventure 180 is a well-rounded performer that shines right where you need it so that you can focus on your night adventure. Meets FL 1 Standard IP64, water resistant.Features:Run time: 2:30-37:00 hoursLight Modes: Red night vision, white diffused, white walk, white medium, white highFlash modes: Red safety flash, white daylight flash, white locator beacon, white SOSWeight: 85 gramsLumens: 180Charge Time: 2:15 hoursBattery: Li-PoWhat's in the Box:LED headlampComfort headband Micro USB cable
    $59.95  from Clever Training
  • NiteRider
    NiteRider Adventure Pro 180 Headlamp (Helmet Stick-On Pivot Mount) Take on the darkness with confidence while wearing the Adventure Pro 180 Headlamp from NiteRider. Boasting a 180 lumens, this bright and versatile light is reliable with 4 flash modes and 4 lights modes, including a white SOS and red safety flash. At only 85 grams, this compact light is extremely powerful and portable. Features: 180 lumen output About 35 hours maximum runtime FL 1 Standard IP64, water resistant Convenient USB rechargeable 4 Light Modes - red night vision, white diffused, white walk, white medium, white high 4 Flash Modes - red safety flash, white daylight flash, white locator beacon, white SOS Li-Pro Battery 85g What's in the Box LED Headlamp Pivot Mount Micro USB Cable
    $69.99  from Clever Training