You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted it; I was born in it - molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was only a man. By that time it was nothing to me but blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me.
— Bane

headlamps

Probably the single most important piece of caving gear… the thing that allows you to see in the dark. Many cavers have strong opinions about various cave light options, and there are clear regional preferences. Sten Lights are now out of production, but they are a favorite of many western US cavers. Zebralights seem to be quite popular in Texas, Missouri and TAG. In Europe the Scurion and Rude Nora have a lot of followers. The Manley light is gaining in popularity as a more efficient and economical alternative to the Sten Light in many parts of the US. Below are a series of video reviews of many of the most commonly used options for caving. No light is perfect and these reviews attempt to objectively weight the pros and cons of each.