The Coast HL8R LED Headlamp produces over 800 lumens of light and you can recharge it for nearly endless use. The design features a rear-mounted power supply that takes some of the weight off the front of your head. In the case of this light, however, it does more of a balancing act since the front optics have a rather robust design.
The Coast Pure Beam Focusing Optic System lets you rotate the lens and adjust the beam. You can choose between a Bulls-Eye Spot that projects a long distance, or a flood light with a broad, consistent beam. In spot mode, you get up to 214 meters of throw.
The Coast HL8R headlamp (like the Coast HP7 flashlight) can also use four AA batteries for power. That makes it incredibly versatile (and instantly obsoletes the HL8 headlamp)
Coast HL8R LED Headlamp Features
- Over 800 lumens
- Rechargeable battery pack can be attached to belt with extended battery cord (included)
- 4 hour run time (estimated until confirmed by ANSI)
- Pure Beam Focusing Optic System
- Z Cord in headband
- Hinged attachment to position beam
- Adjustable elastic straps
- Max, high and low output modes
- Rubber sealed battery pack for water resistance
When I go camping, which I love to do, I notice that some people bring a weapon. Others, CS gas or some other bear-deterrent. Me? I like to bring along my brightest headlamp, previously the HP7 flashlight by Coast (which is in the family of the HL7 Headlamp in terms of features).
Now, Coast has upped the output of its newest headlamp, the HL8R, to over 800 lumens. I guarantee you shine that into the face of anything and you will put it down long enough to at least get a head start running. As the saying goes, you don’t have to be the fastest runner, just faster than the slowest guy in your group.
In any case, the HL8R is a high-powered LED headlamp designed for industrial applications and professional-level outdoor use. They don’t mention bear-attack prevention, but we’re going to add it to the list anyway. This light is BRIGHT.
Coast HL8R LED Headlamp Pricing
Want one? We do. The Coast HL8R LED Headlamp costs about $99 and includes the rechargeable battery pack and hard hat clips.