The Perfect Headlamp?
I review the Skilhunt H300R. Mine came with an XHP50.2 (90 CRI) which I was very impressed with – bright and floody and colors look more true to life. I was surprised by the quality, attention to detail, and performance. I guess they’re one of those ‘sleeper’ brands? I hadn’t heard much of them until recently. If you’re looking for a solid headlamp, my video will help you decide if this is the right one for you.
This light was sent to me as a sample by flashlights.com for the purposes of review. I have not held back on any issues with this light. All opinions are my own.
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General thoughts after a week of usage/size comparison/practicality/interesting things:
• The box looked unimpressive, but the goods… exceeded my expectations by a mile. The H300R has a build quality that matches or exceeds some of my so-called ‘premium’ flashlights.
• Doesn’t come with a battery. Thought that was a bit weird.
• Comparison with other headlamps.
Overall Construction, LED, lens, bezel, and reflector
• Smooth Gray anodization, appears thick and the machining is perfect. Definitely a step above some of my other headlamps.
• Button/Battery indicator – blue, blinky blue, red, blinky red. Also functions as a location indicator to find light in the dark. The button is on the side rather than the top which makes it easier to press when wearing.
• No battery included in my version. Luckily I have a huge collection of 18650 cells. The headband also comes disassembled which took a while for me to put it together – no instructions. You could probably do it faster than me though! I like how easy it is to remove and install the light into the headband. Simple clip. I can’t stand those rubber rings on other headlamps.
• XHP50.2 but also comes with other LED configurations. OP reflector. Aluminum retaining ring around the bezel. The bezel also has some nice deep fins cut into the back which is good to see given the size of the LED. AR glass lens.
UI – modes
• When off: single click to access the last mode in memory. Double-click for turbo. Triple click for strobe. Hold the button for Low mode.
• When on: hold to cycle between Turbo 1/Turbo 2, Low 1/Low2, M1/M2/H. Double-clicking switches from Turbo to the last memory mode.
• 4 clicks to lock the light.
• Quite a complicated UI for a headlamp but once you get your head around it, it’s very versatile. If anything you can just use the M1/M2/H setting by turning it on and holding the switch.
Performance – total output, beam profile, longevity, practicality
• Ceiling bounce test, CCT, CRI.
• The beam is warm and smooth, the turbo is like a wall of light, and I’m glad there’s a decent-sized hotspot thanks to the larger reflector.
• Complicated UI if you want to access all the functions.
• No battery included, though this is probably because mine was a demo model. The instruction manual is a bit confusing to interpret and also does not show you how to assemble the headband. Skilhunt has a video on their page/YouTube that shows you how to do it though.
The H300R is a clear winner in my books, yes there is a complicated UI when you dig in, but you’ll probably only use the main modes and turbo/moonlight. The construction is amazing and feels premium. I like the overall design of the light, it feels modern and well thought out.