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.