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Petzl Nao RL Headlamp


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Petzl's Nao RL is here to make your ambitions a reality if your childhood dream was to staff a lighthouse, direct a spotlight, or otherwise command ultra-powerful photon beams. Wielding an absurd 1500 lumen rating, this headlamp melds an ergonomic strap design reminiscent of the Iko with the adaptive light of the Swift RL, which preserves headlamp battery and reduces manual input by automatically adjusting the brightness and beam pattern depending on ambient light conditions. In tricky light such as heavy snow, a standard non-reactive light setting is also available. At a scant 145 grams, this headlamp is unlikely to weigh anyone’s head awkwardly, but the rear battery pack has nonetheless been designed to counterbalance any front weight while preserving battery life to at least seven hours in reactive lighting mode. Comfortable, adaptive, and ridiculously bright: the Nao RL is an essential tool for nocturnal adventurers.

  • 1500 lumens increases the safety of nighttime skiing or running.
  • Flood or focused beam settings adapt to the task at hand.
  • Reactive lighting is easier on the eyes, saves battery, and does not require manual adjustment.
  • Continuous or strobe red lighting increases rear visibility.
  • Uses USB-C rechargeable lithium-ion R1 battery so you don't have to remember extra AAAs!
  • Lock function means you can throw the Nao in your pack without worrying about draining the battery.
  • Easily adjustable strap with flexible front plate suits different head shapes.
  • Five-level gauge for rechargeable R1 battery makes it easy to monitor juice levels.
  • Comes with a storage pouch to convert into a lantern.
Charging Time 3.5 hrs
Lumens 1500 lumens
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Battery Life 2 hrs max brightness
5 hrs standard level in reactive mode
10 hrs minimum level
Waterproof Rating IPX4
Specs Verified Yes
Skimo Co Says
Usage Nighttime speed
Notes 160m max visibility distance!
Bottom Line Like carrying the sun on your head
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Questions & Reviews

Question from John B
Hey all! I've been using the Iko Core on the Petzl Meteor helmet for training sessions since I'm always in the dark. I'm looking to upgrade and was wondering if anyone was aware of the compatibility of the Nao Rl with the Meteor helmet? The Iko Core fits the Meteor pretty well and since I'm out almost everyday I'm looking for a streamlined system. Thanks!
Answer from Teddy Young
While the IKO's polymer headband and light weight might offer a more streamlined system, the NAO RL will still have a secure attachment with the Meteor's clips and bungee cord. I found that the bungee seemed to work best tucked under the ends of the battery.
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Joel Z (used product regularly)
As the other reviewer said, this is a good mix between the Iko and Swift, both of which I have used extensively. The brightness is awesome, but more importantly for skiing, which is all I have used it for so far, the beam is broader than the Swift. I don't use the adaptive lighting setting for skiing. The on/off button is a little tough to use with ski gloves, although as a cold handed person, I am wearing pretty thick gloves. Battery life is good so far. After an hour of use in the medium setting, I usually still have 4/5 battery life. Fits okay on Ski Trab Attivo helmet. The rear retention is not an ideal match though. The other down side is with the back-side battery pack, it may interfere with goggle straps.
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Travis (used product a few times)
This is legit. To my this is a blend of the Iko and Swift headlamps. It’s crazy lightweight and sits very nicely. I run with it and the comfort is uncanny. I didn’t have to adjust it once the first time I used it. Attaches easily to a Sirocco helmet, but not my Poc helmet. Beam has a very bright center that casts a soft glow into the periphery, and I don’t have to angle the lens to what’s just in front of me. Glowing red strobe on the back is icing on the cake. Cannot wait to ski with it. I imagine it will be easier to manipulate with gloves on then the Swift RL, that on/off button is tricky.
Reply from Travis
Just used them skiing. They are great! I’ll report back after a few thousand more vert. Also, love the USB C plug.
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Question from Chris Masada
Any updates re. availability of the Petzl Nao RL?
Answer from Cole P
Hey Chris, we are expecting them in early January. We will update this answer as we get more information.
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Model: NAO RL MPN: E105AA00 UPC: 3342540838215

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