Petzl Nao+ (2017)

Features

The latest Petzl Nao+ packs 750 lumens (it was 575). In ‘Reactive Lighting’ mode it automatically adjusts output to suit the distance to the subject. In ‘Constant Lighting’ mode maximum output is 530 lumens with a maximum beam of 135 metres, and it burns for 8 hours at 120 lumens. The battery is rechargeable but 2xAAA batteries can be fitted. Bluetooth allows a phone app to adjust power output. 5/5

Design

There are three high-power LEDs and a square knob on the side to switch between functions. The head tilt ratchets precisely and stays in place. The battery housing comes with a rechargeable battery, but you can fit 2xAAA batteries. The headband cordage is slightly messy, but works well enough. It is a bulkier unit than others though. 4/5

Comfort

The Petzl Nao+ is heavier and bulkier than others, so on the head you notice it more. But it is stable, and the elasticated cords and webbing are fairly comfy and secure; it is just that smaller and lighter torches are comfier. An additional power cable is available, so you can wear the battery pack on your waist for more comfort. Not the comfiest, but perfectly acceptable. 4/5

In use

The power is outstanding for running or night navigation. The shorter battery life is fine for evenings; but for backpacking say, longer burn times are an advantage. The ‘Reactive Lighting’ mode is useful. The Bluetooth connection allows a free app on your phone to adjust settings. The Petzl Nao+ does take up more space in your pack than others though. 5/5

Value

The Petzl Nao+ is bursting with power and features, but it comes at a cost in cash that is unnecessary for general hillwalking and camping. 3/5

Verdict

The Petzl Nao+ is superb for running or night navigation, but lower-priced and lighter torches are perfect for most walkers. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2017