With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking seriously about getting that holiday shopping list tackled. When it comes to those outdoorsy types on your list, Fenix has got you covered. With a wide range of flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, and even bike lights, you’re sure to find something that will excite even the pickiest outdoor gearheads on your list. We picked a few of our favorite lights, broke them down by outdoor activity it is best suited for, and gave a quick rundown on why we think they’re so great.
What are the Best Flashlight and Headlamp Gifts for Outdoorsy Types?
The best flashlight and headlamp gifts for outdoorsy people are the Fenix PD36R, HL18RW, HM61R, and LR40R. Hunting, hiking, or fishing, no matter the activity, there is a Fenix flashlight for it.
Flashlights for Hunters
For hunters, lighting is always a tricky business. You need enough light to get where you need to go, whether a stand or blind, but you also do not want to attract attention to yourself while you do so, potentially spooking away any animals nearby and ruining your hunt. The PD36R is your perfect hunting light. The lowest setting has an output of only 30 lumens which is perfect for lighting your way through the dark without being detected. That’s not to say it isn’t bright though.
This handheld light which stands only five and a half inches from tail to tip can throw up to 1600 lumens for two hours straight on a single charge. With five different lighting settings to choose from, plus a strobe in case you need it, this light is basically five flashlights in one.
Headlamps can also be very helpful in hunting when you need both light and use of your hand – such as when dressing a deer. Fenix has a great line of user-recommended headlamps made with hunter’s needs in mind. Built with rugged construction made to last, there’s no need to bring any other light besides your Fenix on your hunting expeditions.
Headlamps for Trail Runners and Climbers
Having good lighting while out in the wilderness is important, it is especially important when doing strenuous activities like climbing and trail running. The HL18R-T is specifically designed for optimal trail running. With a max output of 500 lumens at a distance of 85 meters, this headlamp can outrun and outlast as long as you can. The head strap is made with perforated, quality material to ensure that when wearing, the headlamp is both comfortable and stays in place. Reflective striping on the sides can be seen from 50 meters away, keeping you safe and visible wherever you go.
If mountain climbing is your game, you know how critical having enough light can be. When hanging from hundreds of feet above the ground, there’s no room for error. Ensuring all your ropes, knots and equipment is functioning properly so you can safely repel down the rock face can be tricky business in the dark. For that reason, a headlamp is an essential part of your safety gear.
The HM61R is a great choice for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. What makes this light so great is its versatility. Not only is it a fantastic, high-performing headlamp, it also doubles as a great right-angle detachable flashlight, when removed from its headband—which includes a magnetic base and belt clip for continued hands-free use.
Powered by an included high-capacity 18650 battery, this light can emit light for up to 300 hours on Eco mode on a single charge. It is also magnetically rechargeable with a battery level indicator so you always know you can count on it when you need it. Plus, it is IP68 rated waterproof and dustproof so it can come along wherever your climbing adventures take you. Fans also mention how useful the red light and flashing red light is for nighttime navigation to not disturb the wildlife around you. While great for rock climbers, this multi-use light is the ultimate hands-free lighting tool and would be a great buy for kayakers, paddleboarders, and night fishers.
Flashlights for Campers and Hikers
When it comes to getting your camping and hiking gear together, a high-performance flashlight is always top of the list. When out in the wilderness, having a reliable source of light, whether that be a lantern, headlamp, or handheld flashlight is crucial to day-to-day camping activities. All of Fenix’s camping flashlights are water-resistant, durable, LED, and incredibly bright. So whether you’re cooking a meal at dusk, need to leave your tent in the middle of the night, or are heading out for a sunrise hike, Fenix will light your way. Whether you’re a minimalist camper or a glamper, there’s bound to be a light to fit your needs.
If you’re looking for the brightest and best camping flashlight, we suggest the LR40R. We’ll warn you though, this flashlight is not for the faint of heart. It combines a spotlight and floodlight to blast a max of 12000 lumens 2100 feet (700 yards). For perspective, that’s seven football fields and just a dash under half a mile. So, you won’t have any trouble doing some nighttime exploring and finding your way back to your campsite. It also comes equipped with a strobe and SOS mode so should you find yourself stranded, you’ll have enough power to shine your way to safety and call for help.
Whatever you’re into, be it hunting or hiking, Fenix shares your love for the outdoors and has a lighting solution to make your time out in the wilderness even better. Take a look at our full line of quality tactical and every day use flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns and find which flashlight fits you and your lifestyle.