Head torch suggestions

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Milfred Cubicle
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Head torch suggestions

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 8 Aug 2014, 8:31pm

Looking for a decent supplementary light for riding/camping. Needs to be powerful enough to use as an emergency riding light, not have a huge battery pack, and be pretty durable. Looking at the Alpkit models, but any other suggestions at sub £40?

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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby simonineaston » 8 Aug 2014, 8:48pm

Got an Alpkit Gamma - performs well; their headtorches are hard to beat for the price...
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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby hercule » 9 Aug 2014, 6:41pm

Very happy with my Petzl Tikka XP2... Light, good battery life, has a diffuser so you can have it wide beam or spot. Plus is has a red light for sparing your night vision if you want to do some star gazing.

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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby Elizabethsdad » 9 Aug 2014, 6:43pm

Exposure lights - either the Joystick or Diablo

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geomannie
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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby geomannie » 9 Aug 2014, 7:08pm

+1 for the Alpkit lamps. I had a Gamma which eventually stopped working. I now have a Manta which is a lot brighter but with batteries up front is not so nice to wear.

Both are good lights and for the light output are hard to beat at the price.

https://www.alpkit.com/products/manta
https://www.alpkit.com/products/gamma
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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby Urticaria » 10 Aug 2014, 12:28am

I don't like the Manta much as the weight is all at the front (wouldn't want to run wearing it). I bought it because the Gamma's cable is vulnerable to breaking when it is floating around in a bag. I've also found the torch on in my bag. I'd probably go back to the Gamma next time.

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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby stephenjubb » 10 Aug 2014, 1:04am

hercule wrote:Very happy with my Petzl Tikka XP2... Light, good battery life, has a diffuser so you can have it wide beam or spot. Plus is has a red light for sparing your night vision if you want to do some star gazing.


Plus you can get a rechargeable battery and extension kit so you can clip it to your helmet to use as an emergency bike light. Power can be set by computer, so if you want it to last longer just reduce the power.

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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby andrew_s » 10 Aug 2014, 8:08am

stephenjubb wrote:
hercule wrote:Very happy with my Petzl Tikka XP2... Light, good battery life, has a diffuser so you can have it wide beam or spot. Plus is has a red light for sparing your night vision if you want to do some star gazing.


Plus you can get a rechargeable battery and extension kit so you can clip it to your helmet to use as an emergency bike light. Power can be set by computer, so if you want it to last longer just reduce the power.

And no longer available :(

I don't like the replacement versions so much

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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby hufty » 10 Aug 2014, 10:47am

LED Lenser: a really annoying feature of the H7R.2 at least is that it flashes on and off when the batteries are low, to make you aware of this fact. Even once you're aware, it continues to flash on and off. You might be in a situation where you can't do anything about the batteries but you would quite like continuous light. No matter, it's going to flash on and off until you change the batteries.

If it were me I would go for a cheap Chinese Cree powered head torch off ebay - there are even knock-off version 1 LED Lenser H7s available. The LEDs might go dim after a few months but at £8 a pop it's not a drama.
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Milfred Cubicle
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Re: Head torch suggestions

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 10 Aug 2014, 7:05pm

Thanks folks. I have to admit I'm tempted by the cheap ones on tinternet. If I go for it, will post a review on here.