Snow Peak Mola Headlamp

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For the first time a headlamp automatically adjusts its beam to where your eyes are looking. As your head moves up and down, your eyes move at a greater angle than your head, creating a mismatch between where you are looking and where your light is pointing. Until now headlamps have tried to compensate with cumbersome tilt adjusters. Snow Peak’s new Motil Headlamp (TM) uses Optic Motility (TM) technology, enabling the beam to follow the vertical angle of your eyes. This 90 lumen headlamp is unique, intuitive and light. - See more at: http://www.snowpeak.com/mola-headlamp.html#sthash.aacOAX4C.dpuf

Specs

Weight 2.4 oz (without batteries)
Lighting Hours HIGH: 45h, LOW: 80h, STROBE: 160h
Brightness High: 110lm, Low: 10lm

Reviews

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The Snow Peak Mola is a new headlamp that features…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by Snow Peak for testing and review)

Summary

The Snow Peak Mola is a new headlamp that features a 110 lumen LED light that has several different lighting options, including one that automatically adjusts the light beam to follow the vertical angle of your eyes when you move your head up and down to ensure the light is aimed at what you are looking at. This is the first headlamp to implement this technology.

Pros

  • Very bright -110 Lumens
  • Adjustable brightness
  • Lightweight
  • No hinges (saves weight)

Cons

  • Complicated to use
  • No red light mode
  • Switch is difficult to lock and unlock
  • Batteries are difficult to change

The Mola is unlike any other headlamp on the market today because it has several different lighting options. It has a single LED light that floats vertically and can be positioned wherever you’d like it to be or it can float freely to shine the beam on what you are actually looking at. This is made possible by a counter weight that is attached to the LED light. 

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A small knob on the side of the headlamp allows you to manually adjust the vertical position of the LED light by twisting it clockwise or counter clockwise when it is in locked position or to unlock it and let it automatically adjust by your head’s movements. 

 

Manual Adjusting Mode


Automatically Adjustable Mode -Light bounces up and down

 

In addition to adjustable position, you can also adjust the light output of the beam by pressing and holding the power button until the desired dimness level is reached. It goes from a very bright 110 lumens all the way down to 10 lumens.

1. Dimming Mode 2. Bright Mode, Dim Mode, Strobe mode

 The power button also allows access to two other modes, dim, and strobe. If you press it once, it turns on at 110, if you press it twice in a row, it turns on dim, and if you press it three times in a row, it turns in strobe mode.

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Here, you can see the knob in the unlocked, automatic position because the extra white piece is showing at the bottom of it.

Specs:

Weight - (2 AAAwith batteries) 2.5 oz

Brightness: 110 max, 10 min

Burn time: 45 hours on high, 80 hours of use on low

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Testing Conditions:

I have tested the Mola for two months both in the field and at home. In the field, I used it around my campsite and while night hiking. While night hiking, I tried both manual and automatic modes.

I realized that before I start walking, I must adjust the knob to where I wanted it to point because it is very hard to adjust while walking. I did not like walking or hiking with it in the automatic unlocked mode. It bounced around so much that it nearly gave me nausea.

I did find its bright 110 lumen beam very helpful while night hiking and in the campsite. It is the brightest headlamp I have ever used. I also used my 90 lumen headlamp for comparison. I could noticed a huge difference between the two. 

Here, is the light turned on and in automatic mode.

Comfort: 

The Mola sits on an adjustable strap that is very comfortable to wear. It does not pinch or dig in. 

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Range: 

The Mola's beam reaches about 130 feet in bright mode and 30 feet in dim mode. 

 

Beam & Brightness:

The Mola puts out a very bright square floodlight beam. It is so bright that I saw some shiny reflections in the grass while I was walking. I had no idea, but they were spider eyes! I sure was glad to have on the Mola that night!

Here is a picture of the spider with no flash on, just the light from the Mola:

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Burn Time: 

Snow Peak claims that the Mola can last 45 hours on high and 80 hours  on low using 2 AAA batteries. I am not sure exactly how long it does last because I haven't killed my batteries yet. I will update this when I can answer for sure.

Ease of Use: 

The Mola is rather complicated to use, especially in a situation where you need to switch modes quickly. You have to really think about what you are doing when you are adjusting it. You don't have to think with most other headlamps that I've used, just turn it on and if it needs adjusting you can move the hinges up or down on the fly, while you are walking. It is nearly impossible to adjust the Mola while you are walking. The knob is really small. It is very hard to pull it out of its fixed position. It is especially hard to pull out the knob if your fingers are sweaty or if you have gloves on. 

The automatically adjustable beam that follows your gaze is not always on point. It frequently lags behind and has a delay of getting the light shined upon what you are trying to look at. 

 The power button is also inconsistent. I often had to push the button multiple times to make it come on.

Weather:

I did wear the Mola in a light drizzle. It stayed on and had no problems at all. I will update its performance in a storm.

Construction & Durability: 

I think the Mola is overall built very well, with the exception of the knob. I can see a good chance of that knob being broken off in a pack if it isn't strategically placed in your pack.

Who it is Best For: 

I would recommend the Mola to anyone who is looking for a highly adjustable headlamp with multiple lighting functions. When in the automatically adjustable mode, I think it works really well when you are looking up into trees or down at your feet. It is also really helpful when reading maps.

 

What I liked: I really like that this has so many different lighting options. I also really like its brightness and overall adjustability.

 

What I didn't like:

I do like the concept of the floating light, but it honestly is a real hassle dealing with the knob. It is really small, it is hard to pull out when you want to unlock it, and when you are adjusting it in manual mode, it doesn't always go exactly where you want it to go. Not only does the light frequently get hung up and not always shine where you want it to, walking with it in that mode is horrible because it bounces all over the place.

Conclusion:

I think this headlamp could be great if Snow Peak would use another locking mechanism or make the knob larger and easier to operate.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Snow Peak Mola. Thank you to Snow Peak and Trailspace for giving me the opportunity to test and review this innovative light.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

You have been a busy lady, Ashleigh! Thanks once again for a helpful gear review.


4 months ago
Amanda Davis

Fantastic review, extremly helpful I was thinking about investing in one of these!


4 months ago
Devil Dog

Great review, really knocked it out of the park this time!!! Love the in depth details and videos! Great JOB!


4 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

What I'm taking away from this review is that the unique floating feature is more of a pain than a help. Is that correct? I've been wearing headlamps through years of caving and never had a problem with not having light where I need it.


4 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

And...you always make me feel like I have to try harder on my own reviews. Which is to say, your reviews are excellent!


4 months ago
Ashleigh MODERATOR

Thank you, all! @ Alicia, Yes ma'am, I have! This is the last one for a couple of weeks. :) @ Goose, You are correct, sir. Functionally speaking, there isn't really that big of a difference between this and a regular headlamp's light that you can point using hinges. The weight of the hinges might weigh an extra ounce, but that shouldn't really have an effect on anyone other than ultralighters. I found the floating light to be a really cool option, but nothing I would depend on using. Thank you for the compliment. You don't need to work any harder on your reviews. They are always thorough and written very well!


4 months ago
Sean Van Cleve GUIDE/OUTFITTER

Great job, it is an interesting concept...


4 months ago
FromSagetoSnow

Great review, the videos say more than a 1000 words could


4 months ago
Seth Levy TRAILSPACE STAFF

As one of the headlamp-obsessed, thank you for this review!


4 months ago

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Manufacturer's Description

For the first time a headlamp automatically adjusts its beam to where your eyes are looking. As your head moves up and down, your eyes move at a greater angle than your head, creating a mismatch between where you are looking and where your light is pointing.

Until now headlamps have tried to compensate with cumbersome tilt adjusters. Snow Peak’s new Mola Headlamp (TM) uses Optic Motility (TM) technology, enabling the beam to follow the vertical angle of your eyes. This 90 lumen headlamp is unique, intuitive and light.

Features:

  • Side dial allows you to adjust and lock the angle of light beam. 
  • The Mola headlamp is offered in three different colors: green, red, or black.
  • The low battery indicator blinks with the batteries need to be replaced.
  • Runs on 2 AAA batteries (sold separately) runs for 45 hours on high, 80 hours of use on low.
For the first time a headlamp automatically adjusts its beam to where your eyes are looking. As your head moves up and down, your eyes move at a greater angle than your head, creating a mismatch between where you are looking and where your light is pointing. Until now headlamps have tried to compensate with cumbersome tilt adjusters. Snow Peak’s new Motil Headlamp (TM) uses Optic Motility (TM) technology, enabling the beam to follow the vertical angle of your eyes. This 90 lumen headlamp is unique, intuitive and light. - See more at: http://www.snowpeak.com/mola-headlamp.html#sthash.aacOAX4C.dpufFor the first time a headlamp automatically adjusts its beam to where your eyes are looking. As your head moves up and down, your eyes move at a greater angle than your head, creating a mismatch between where you are looking and where your light is pointing. Until now headlamps have tried to compensate with cumbersome tilt adjusters. Snow Peak’s new Motil Headlamp (TM) uses Optic Motility (TM) technology, enabling the beam to follow the vertical angle of your eyes. This 90 lumen headlamp is unique, intuitive and light. - See more at: http://www.snowpeak.com/mola-headlamp.html#sthash.aacOAX4C.dpuf

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Snow Peak Mola Headlamp The Snow Peak Mola Headlamp is a powerful and innovative LED headlamp which can follow the angle of your eyes as you look up and down tilt your head up and the beam will aim slightly upwards, ensuring that light is directed in the position you are looking, rather than at the position of your forehead like with traditional headlamps. The beam can also be locked into place by pushing in the dial on the headlamp. The Snow Peak Mola Headlamp is powered by two AAA batteries and can run for 45 hours on high power, or up to 80 hours of low use.

- SunnySports

Say goodbye to adjusting your headlamp at the angle of your vision because the Snow Peak Mola Headlamp does that for you. By utilizing Optic Motility technology, this headlamp automatically adjusts to where your eyes are looking. That means no more cumbersome adjusting while you're getting ready for bed inside your tent or rappelling off the route you just climbed. Its LED bulb has 90 Lumens that shine on a dark hike in the night, and there are three modes (high, low, strobe) to give you the brightness you need. You can adjust the headband when all your friends want to try it, and ABS plastic protects it in case anyone clumsily drops it.

- Backcountry.com

Snow Peak Mola Headlamp. The Mola Headlamp is a powerful, innovative new LED lamp that follows the angle of your eyes as you look up and down, eliminating the need for clunky hinges. Side dial allows you to adjust and lock the angle of light beam. The Mola headlamp is offered in three different colors: green, red, or black. The low battery indicator blinks when the batteries need to be replaced. This Snow Peak headlamp Runs on 2 AAA batteries (sold separately) runs for 45 hours on high, 80 hours of use on low. Weight(Shipping): 0.1 lb , 45g. Material: PMMA, Poly carbonate, Elastromer Battery Pack: ABS, Elastromer. Dimensions: 1 W x 2.3 H x 1.9 D (in) / 24 W x 57.5 H x 50D (mm). Includes: Headlamp, 2 x AAA Batteries. Lantern Type LED. Usage: Backpacking. Lighting Hours HIGH: 45h, LOW: 80h, STROBE: 160h. Brightness High: 110lm, Low: 10lm. Power Source: 2x AAA Alkaline Batteries. Made In: China. Weight: Without batteries: 68 gram. Available Color(s): Black, Olive, Wine Red

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

On Sale. Free Shipping. Snow Peak Mola Headlamp FEATURES of the Snow Peak Motil Headlamp For the first time a headlamp automatically adjusts its beam to where your eyes are looking As your head moves up and down, your eyes move at a greater angle than your head Headlamps have tried to compensate with cumbersome tilt adjusters Snow Peak's new Mola Headlamp uses Optic Motility technology, enabling the beam to follow the vertical angle of your eyes This 90 lumen headlamp is unique, intuitive and light SPECIFICATIONS of the Snow Peak Motil Headlamp Weight: 2.5 oz Dimension: (W x D x H): Head: 1 x 1 3/4 x 2 1/4in. Brightness: 110 Lumens Power Source: 2 x AAA Alkaline batteries Lighting Hours: TBA Power Functions: High, Low, and Strobe PMMA, Poly carbonate, Elastromer Battery Pack: ABS, Elastromer

- Moosejaw