Which Headlamp are Ultra-Runners Wearing?

I follow the ultra-running scene a bit, and I pay attention to what they’re wearing on their feet, body and heads. I frequently see headlamps I recognize. During an ultra-run which goes through the night, which most of them do because it’s cooler then, headlamps are a crucial bit of technology that must be taken seriously. No ultra-runner wants to be caught in the middle of the forest or the Great Outback with a faulty light, so runners tend to spend whatever they need to in order to get a reliable and very bright headlamp.

Which Headlamps Do Ultra Runners Wear?

Petzl Headlamps

The following athletes have been known to wear, or are still wearing Petzl brand headlamps during their ultra runs. It isn’t just the pros that wear Petzl, if you take a look at the start of any ultra-run which begins at night – you’ll see hundreds of Petzl headlamps lighting up the starting line. They are known worldwide since the 1980’s for making great climbing and lighting technology.

Kilian Jornet

Kilian Jornet and Jason Schlarb winning the Hardrock 100 race together, both using Petzl headlamps.
Kilian Jornet wearing his Petzl Nao headlamp and Jason Schlarb wearing the Petzl Reactik+ or maybe the Tikka RXP headlamp during the Hardrock 100 ultra race where they tied for first place.
Kilian Jornet running ultra-race wearing a Petzl headlamp.
A young Kilian Jornet wearing some model of Petzl headlamp, it looks like the Ultra Rush.
Kilian Jornet talking with Anna Frost before Ultra Race. Kilian wearing a petzl Nao headlamp.
Kilian Jornet – race number 1 – wearing the Petzl Nao headlamp and talking to Anna Frost.
Kilian Jornet World Best Ultra Runner with Petzl Nao Headlamp for his profile portrait.
Kilian’s portrait at Petzl.com – wearing the new Nao from 2016 with 700 lumens.

One of the best ever trail runners in the world, has worn Petzl headlamps since at least 2010. Kilian still wears Petzl today – and so does his girlfriend, and female ultra-running legend, Emily Forsberg.

Emily Forsberg

Anton Krupicka

Anton (Tony) Krupicka wearing a Petzl Nao headlamp during an ultra race.
Anton is wearing one of the Nao series headlamps, possibly the Nao+ Plus.

Sebastien

Jason Schlarb

Pictured above with Kilian Jornet as they came across the finish of the Hardrock 100 tied for first place. Jason wearing the Petzl Reactik+ Plus headlamp I believe.

Dakota Jones

Dakota Jones, ultra-runner, wearing an older model Petzl brand headlamp for one of his ultra-races.
Dakota wearing some model of Petzl headlamp while running the Transvulcania ultra marathon race at night.

Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell before an ultra running race wearing the Petzl Nao 575 lumens headlamp (Nao 1)
Adam appears overjoyed at sporting his Petzl Nao – 575 lumens headlamp at an ultra run.

Andre

Sondre Amdahl

Sondre Amdahl racing with a Petzl Nao ultra runners headlamp in a race.
You’re probably not going to get in the way of this guy if you see him like this coming at you. Sondre Amdahl shows what ultra-running focus is all about. Wearing the Petzl Nao 700 lumens headlamp during the UTMB ultra trail race.

Sophie Grant

Sophie Grant wearing a Petzl headlamp for the Lavaredo ultra-running race.
Sophie wearing a Petzl Nao 2 headlamp at the Lavaredo ultra race.

Various Ultra-runners Wearing Petzl Headlamps

Ultra runner wearing a Petzl Co. running headlamp during a night race.

Ultra runner wearing Petzl headlamp at night.