The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Petzl Headlamp

1973

Petzl headlamps were originally a light source for cavers

Petzl headlamps were originally a light source for cavers     Photo: Courtesy of Petzl

Fernand Petzl, an avid caver, set a depth record for cave descents in 1952, the same year Sir Edmund Hilary summited Everest. In his quest to help cavers be faster, lighter, and more efficient, Petzl put a headstrap on a light and took the battery pack off the waistbelt, mounting it on the headstrap as well. He made his first prototype from elastic cut from his wife’s bra.

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