True outdoor enthusiasts aren’t slowed down by winter weather and cold temperatures. Camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country cross-country skiing in the winter offer the opportunity to witness the beauty of snow-covered mountains and a clear, star-filled winter sky. However, when embarking on an outdoor adventure in the winter, you need gear that’s well-made and reliable.
Fenix lights are the perfect choice for anyone who enjoys testing their limits, who is self-sufficient and practical, and who knows the importance of high-quality gear when spending time in the wilderness in wintertime.
If you’re looking for a functional gift for your favorite outdoor enthusiast or as the perfect companion for your next adventure, we’ve created a guide to help you find the best flashlights and headlamps for your use.
The Best Winter Flashlights and Headlamps for Camping and Hiking
When you’re camping and backpacking you need to maximize space—everything you pack has to be highly functional and lightweight.
The Fenix E28 V2.0 Rechargeable EDC Flashlight is a pocket-sized flashlight that is bright enough to light up even the darkest night. It can shine a maximum of 1700 lumens at a distance of 896 ft (273 m) and includes a battery level indicator so you always know how much charge is left. The light can stand on its tail and be used for hands-free lighting while cooking or reading, making it ideal to use when camping.
In addition to a magnetic base that can be attached to most metal surfaces, the ED28 V2.0 also has a two-way body clip, which offers another hands-free lighting method. It’s tough, durable, and meant to stand up to extreme environments—even camping in the coldest conditions. Its compact size also makes this rechargeable EDC a perfect backup light when you are out in the wilderness.
Every experienced camper and backpacker knows the value of a good quality headlamp. Weighing only 2.75 oz. (78g) including battery and headband, the Fenix HM50R V2.0 Rechargeable Headlamp is lightweight but blasts an impressive 700 lumens.
This light is also a headlamp and a flashlight all in one—the light can be removed from the headband and can be used as a right-angled flashlight. Its four modes of white light allow the light to be used for up-close illumination, equipment inspection, and long-distance searching. The red light mode, which helps preserve night vision, works well for up-close tasks like reading a map. The red flash mode can also be used as a signaling device, a useful safety feature when backpacking or back-country camping.
The Best Winter Flashlights and Headlamps for Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
Hands-free illumination is essential when snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, especially in the shorter days of winter. The Fenix HL32R-T Rechargeable Headlamp is an excellent winter flashlight that provides a long-reaching spotlight and a floodlight for broader illumination.
The SPORT Headband Fit System means you can comfortably wear the headlamp for long periods of time. This headlamp is powered by an included battery pack that lasts a maximum of 20 hours on its lowest setting. For added versatility, this light also runs on three AAA batteries, so you have options when on an extended winter trek. This light is built to withstand even the coldest temperatures and will operate normally in temperatures ranging from -35 degrees C/-31 degrees F up to 45 degrees C/113 degrees F. This Fenix headlamp is a great gift for your favorite cross-country skier or snowshoe enthusiast and makes an excellent addition to any winter wilderness adventure.
If you are looking for a winter flashlight, Fenix’s best-selling flashlight now has a more powerful version, the PD36R PRO Rechargeable Flashlight. This light makes an excellent backup light when out exploring in the winter, because the dual tail switches allow for smooth and effortless operation, providing light exactly when needed. At only 5.96 oz. (169g) including battery, it won’t weigh you down when walking through the snow, but its six lighting modes illuminate your environment up close and at a distance. This winter flashlight is impact-resistant, dustproof, and waterproof so it can perform even under the most rugged conditions.
Winter Flashlights to Stay Light and Bright
Outdoor adventurers are particular about their gear—with good reason. When you’re in the wilderness backpacking or trekking, you need a light you can rely on. Fenix flashlights and headlamps are high-quality, durable, and long-lasting. They can withstand extreme temperatures and keep working even under the toughest conditions. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast yourself, or you’re searching for the perfect gift for a wilderness-loving friend or relative, Fenix has a great selection of lights for the adventure ahead.