Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gear Closet: UCO A-120 Comfort-Fit Headlamp

It seems like these days everyone and their brother is making a headlamp. As a result, there are more options to chose from than ever before, and the list of included features is growing longer than I'd ever thought possible. That's why it is so refreshing to come across a headlamp that is focuses on getting the simple things right. For me, a good headlamp should be easy to operate, provide plenty of light, and be comfortable to wear – three qualities I found in the A-120 Comfort-Fit Headlamp from UCO.

Tipping the scales at just 3.7 ounces with its three AAA batteries installed, the A-120 is one of the lightest headlamps on the market. It features a neoprene strap that is easy to adjust to the perfect fit, and offers enough flexibility that it can rest directly against the skin, or worn over a stocking cap or helmet as well. An adjustable mount on the front of the lamp allows the wearer to tilt the light at an angle that is most suitable, while the lightweight battery pack has adjustable positioning to maximize comfort as well.

Simplicity is at the core of the A-120, and UCO made it extremely easy to operate. A single dial is used to not only turn the white LED light on, but adjust its brightness as well. Turn that same dial the opposite direction and it will activate the built-in red light mode as well. The use of the dial also makes it almost impossible for the light to be turned on accidentally while inside your pack too, unintentionally draining the batteries without you even realizing that it is on.

On its highest setting, the headlamp is capable of putting out as much as 120 Lumens of light. That's actually very bright in a dark setting, so chances are you'll actually dial it back to something a bit less intense. UCO says the burn time on a single set of AAA batteries is up 200 hours as well, making this one very efficient light to carry with you while camping, backpacking, or traveling.

I found that the A-120 definitely lives up to the "comfort" label that is found right in its name. Thanks to its lightweight design and comfortable headband, this is the kind of headlamp you can put on, and forget that you're even wearing it. It puts no strain at all on the forehead either, which means you won't get a headache from using it for extended periods of time.

The A-120 has a unique, almost retro look about it that I like a lot as well. It almost looks like a piece of vintage gear that you might have seen around the campsite back in the 1950's or 60's. Don't be fooled by the look however, as there are a lot of modern technologies and materials in this product which allow it to perform at a high level. It is even IPX4 water resistant too, bring a nice level of durability to the headlamp as well.

Priced at $39.95, the UCO A-120 Comfort-fit Headlamp is an affordable option for anyone looking for a lightweight lighting solution that is bright, easy to use, and well built. This is a real winner in all of those categories, making it very easy to recommend.

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