Our headtorch philosophy

Designed to move you forward

Our headtorch philosophy differs from others. Instead of only focusing on technology, our idea is to truly understand the user. We believe that you need to understand how the human body is moving, seeing, breathing, reacting and even sweating. That, in combination with cutting edge technology, will create the perfect headtorch.

A part of you

All our products are designed to be an extension of your own body, and to help you optimize your activity, by improving how it deals with weather, darkness, different terrain and temperatures.

The reason for this is simple. When you are out in the dark, we want our headtorch to follow your every move and to enhance your senses. This will give you a feeling of freedom, and it will improve how your body and mind deal with external circumstances.

For decades, we have worked with active people and true outdoor enthusiasts who demand nothing but the best when it comes to their equipment, both in terms of technology and comfort. Today we offer a range of headtorches suitable for any activity and any preference.

This guide will help you find your right light, and the perfect companion for your favorite activity.

8 important principles

All of our headtorches are designed to be as slim and nimble as possible, and we want every headtorch to strike the perfect balance between weight, durability and lumen/power for every specific activity.

In order to create a high-quality headtorch, we take more aspects than lumen into consideration. Eight others, to be precise.

1. Comfort

One crucial part in reaching high comfort is the headband. This should fit well, yet not be too tight. This is why our headbands have thought-through comfort details such as the anti-slip silicone string on the inside, a compact battery and a stability-enhancing plate fitted on the back of your head.

2. Light

We create multi-mode headtorches that are designed around how the human eye works in darkness. We believe that the best light is not necessarily having much light. Sometimes, you need more light close to your feet. In other situations, a long-reach spotlight is more useful. On several of our lamps you can also choose red, yellow or white light to make the most out of your night vision.

3. Temperature

The outside temperature is an important factor for maintaining the battery length. The colder it gets, the less battery capacity you get. Our headtorches come with the SILVA Connection System, which makes it easy to change batteries, and our multi-activity headtorches also include an extension cable to enable you to wear the battery close to your body.

4. Time

The more light output (Lumen) you want, the more battery power you need to take with you. If you only use your headtorch for shorter runs or activities, you can choose a lighter battery. On the other hand, if you want to be out for long runs, or for several days, you should choose a headtorch that enables using extra batteries.

5. Focus

Studies show that a widened field of view is more pleasant for the eye, and therefore the optics in our headtorches are designed to avoid tunnel vision and unpleasantly sharp contrasts. The lamps are also designed to create a fading transition from light to darkness.

6. Terrain

Even the terrain will influence your choice of headtorch. If you run mostly on asphalt and on easy trails, you will need less light (lower Lumen) than if you run off-road and on rugged or rough surfaces. Instead, in these conditions you require more light (Lumen) to be able to foresee obstacles along the way.

7. Speed

Different activities and various speed require different types of light or light images. When running, you want most of the light closer to your feet. When biking you need a long spotlight to see what’s ahead of you.

8. Activity

Some of our headtorches are designed for multiple activities. This means you can easily move the headtorch between your headband, your helmet or your bicycle handlebar, and hereby use it for just the type of activity you wish.

A perfect balance

Technology and human complexity

At Silva, our primary focus is understanding you as a user. By studying the human body, and learning more about how to optimize different activities, we look for the answers to help us develop cutting-edge headtorches.

Batteries for any activity

With our battery line-up you will find the right balance between burn time and weight. The battery range covers a wide span of activities, from a small head-mounted battery for a fast run to a powerful battery pack for a long hike.

Find your head torch

When being outdoors in the dark, we want you to feel like your head torch is an extension of your body and we want you to feel safe.

Our head torch philosophy

We have been out there since the 1930s and over the years we have learned a few things about head torch. This is how we think when designing our head torches.