• Weight 100 grams
  • Colours Orange, Blue, Black
  • Maximum Power 900 Lumens
  • Cost $274.99

Petzl Swift RL Headlamp



Rating: 8 / 10
Value for Money 1.6 / 2
Weight 1.6 / 2
Ease of Use 1.7 / 2
Comfort 1.6 / 2
Versatility 1.5 / 2

Petzl Swift RL Headlamp Review

A couple of years ago high powered headlamps were heavy, bulky and expensive, and tended to only be used in highly specialised circumstances. Today with improvements in lighting and battery technology, they have become much more compact and powerful for their given size and with that more accessible to hikers. The Petzl Swift RL Headlamp is one of Petzl’s newer high powered headlamps that packs a huge punch in the lighting department.

This headlamp is a standard configuration with the battery and lighting unit based in a single unit on the front of the head. This unit is large compared to most hiking headlamps weighing in at 100 grams and as such it is also a physically bigger unit than most. Having said that its relatively small compared to the high capacity units of a few years ago.

This headlamp has two separate lighting modes:

  • Reactive (self adjustable) 900 lumens maximum power
  • Standard (fixed beam but adjustable) 550 lumens maximum power

And two separate lighting choices/modes:

  • Flood
  • Mixed

The low light level of 10 lumens will last for around 100 hours and the highest power level of 900 lumens will last two hours. The 900 lumen option is available on the ‘reactive’ self adjusting mode which will give you between 2-30 hours. As a standalone headlamp without a seperate battery pack this is one of the most powerful light weight lamps on the market. It throws some serious light and Petzl promotes this lamp for night time trail running where you need to be sure where you are putting your feet. What is doesn’t have a a red light or strobe option which doesn’t particularly bother me as these are two options that i have never used

This light is not cheap being at the upper end of the range at AUD $274.99. The main reason for this price is the inclusion of a rechargeable Lithium-Ion 2350 mAh battery that sells for $126.99 that packs a real punch.. This battery takes around six hours to fully recharge so if you are into doing serious night time hiking where you are spending a number of hours using high power, then you may need a second battery just in case. If that’s what you are into then a better option may be the Petzl Actik Core which has the versatility to use it’s rechargeable battery or disposable batteries as you need.

Like most newer headlamps on the market these days this light operates with a single button which is reasonably intuitive to use and allows you to dim or strengthen the standard light setting as you need. From a cosmetic perspective the light body is mainly white with the accent colour and reflective band coming in either orange, blue or black

This light isn’t going to be for everyone given it’s price and its immense power but for those of you into night time running/trail running in poorly lit areas and/or hiking when you need serious way finding ability for shorter periods then this is definitely worth considering.

We Like

  • Ultra-bright 900 lumens light
  • Light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness and beam pattern, optimizing battery usage or else choose a lighting strength that suits you
  • Lithium-Ion 2350 mAh battery, rechargeable via the type B micro USB port, with battery charge indicator
  • Reflective headband for night visibility
  • Two beam patterns (flood or mixed) giving very high-performance lighting for outdoor activities: proximity vision, movement and distance vision
  • Single button for lighting selection

We Don't Like

  • Not cheap for a hiking headlamp with a RRP of $274.99 but this price does include an interchangeable rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
  • Six hour recharge cycle
  • Only operates with the rechargeable battery so if you plan on using the high power setting for extended periods you will need a second dedicated battery which is not cheap

Best Uses

A powerful headlamp for hikers, trail runners and runners who want serious night time lighting

Buy One

You can purchase the Petzl Swift RL Headlamp from Snowys, Wild Earth, or from Wildfire Sports

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AUD $274.99 RRP

Other Versions

Petzl produce  a very large range of headlamp including:

Petzl Swift RL

Petzl Swift RL front view


Petzl Swift RL side view

Petzl Swift RL tilted light

Top view of Petzl Swift RL showing switch

Bottom of Petzl Swift RL showing charge port on the middle left

Petzl dedicated battery clicked off housing

This light is aimed at trail runners, runners, and hikers who do shorter periods of night time usage in areas where you need a high level of light


This review was done by product provided by the Australian distributor of Petzl Headlamps

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