Coast HL8 Headlamp: $71


Certain animals see very well in low-light and no-light environments. Humans - not so much. Backtrack in history and note we’ve used various methods of illuminating our surroundings: fire, lightbulbs… ok, fire and lightbulbs. Unfortunately, strapping fire to your forehead doesn’t work out too well. The headlamp is obviously the most PRACTICAL tool for hands-free night-exploring. However, the Coast HL8 is the ULTIMATE tool for hands-free night exploring.


The HL8 was certainly well thought out. THREE lighting modes (the website lists two): a super bright high, a pretty faint low, but a perfect mid-point that’s juuuussstttt right. I haven’t had the opportunity to sit for what I’d imagine is about 30-50 hours straight to monitor the runtime on this mode, but that’s what I’d guess is a good approximation. I love it. Unfortunately, I had to give it up to my uncle who has a real world need for something this badass. (He works at night, as a stonemason, in a poorly lit environment, in the cold, with the threat of debris constantly raining from above…literally the perfect candidate to test this headlamp.)

Quick Specs

  • Pure Beam Focusing Optic
  • Twist focus
  • 390 lumen output
  • 2hr runtime (on high)
  • 83hr runtime (on low)
  • 217 meter (678ft) beam distance
  • Removeable battery pack w/ 3ft extension cord Z cord in headband for added durability
  • Adjustable elastic straps Hinged beam adjustment Weight: 12.8oz. / 363g (including batteries)


  • THREE lighting modes. High, Medium, and Low. The website tells you runtime on high and low, but there’s a middle too! Includes 4 AA batteries for immediate use. Backed by Coast’s lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship!

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(by: Joe N. - October 2014)