It’s that time of year when the sun rises later and sets earlier, making it more difficult to drag yourself out of bed for a run or ride. Perfect timing: LED Lenser, a division of Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group, refreshed its popular line of lightweight SEO headlamps, adding customer-requested features such as boosted lumen performance and a modern makeover to the award-winning SEO 3, SEO 5, and SEO 7.
The SEO 3, available in a green or orange option, provides 100 lumens on high; the SEO 5 headlamp, which comes in a gray or red option, provides 180 lumens; the blue SEO 7R provides 220 lumens. All three operate on only three AAA batteries, which is impressive considering the SEO 7R, for instance, burns for up to 20 hours.
Refreshed features for 2015/16, like the silver focusing ring that eliminates light loss from the edges of the lens, and new ergonomic headbands, give the existing models a completely new feel. The SEO 3 has been rethought with Advanced Focus System and a new LED chip that boosts lumen performance by 10 percent.
The SEO 7R pioneered a new, patented technology called Optisense, which measures the light level in the user’s surrounding in real time. Then the light automatically adjusts its brightness to match, saving battery life and providing the perfect amount of hands free shine. LED Lenser also equipped the SEO 7R with a rechargeable battery pack with the option of charging via conventional plug, USB or AAA batteries.
Furthermore, each SEO headlamp weighs less than 3.5 ounces, meaning minimal weight pressing against the wearer’s forehead, and has a carabiner clip for convenient carrying. The model’s swiveling head is another cool feature, allowing for moveable light focus.
LED Lenser, the Leatherman Tool Group company, produces lights and headlamps for everything from camping, diving, running, hunting and fishing, to industrial trades, DIY and law enforcement.