Head torches

Recommendations please

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16/11/2012 at 15:18

I'm looking into getting a head torch now the darkness is upon us.  I generally run in the early morning, but even at 6.50am it's not that light at the moment and will only get darker.  I really only run on the roads, but I live in a small town and often streetlights are out or there are roads without lighting on and I struggled to see kerbs and potholes last year so I'm thinking that a head torch would be worth investing in.  I don't need a super-dooper flashy thing as I don't run that far and am not going off road, but just something that would enable me to see where I'm going, and on roads withouth pavements enable cars to see me better!

I have no idea how much they are but I don't have a very large budget so recommendations at the cheaper end of the scale please!

16/11/2012 at 15:21

Petzl Tikka XP.

16/11/2012 at 15:24

Seriously?  Is that really the cheaper end of the scale?  Blimey, I had no idea they'd be that expensive   That's out of my budget range!

cougie    pirate
16/11/2012 at 15:29

Alpkit Gamma. Much cheaper and brighter than my old Tikka.Not tried the new one though but the Gamma works for me. 

16/11/2012 at 15:30

I bought an Alpkit Gamma £15, good enough to run offroad, although the batteries prob last about 9 hours on High setting


16/11/2012 at 15:31

The XP is small, light, and seriously bright.  This is also well-regarded, but is probably heavier.

16/11/2012 at 15:32

Go in to Millets, other outdoor stores are available, and see the cheapest ones they have (circa £15).  They'll be fine to use for a morning run.

Eurohike tend to be pretty standard.

The Petzl's are very good and robust and would be perfect if you were spending a week on Dartmoor, but probably overkill in this case. 

16/11/2012 at 15:36

thats the one i have Intermanaut. excellent and not heavy at all.

16/11/2012 at 15:36

Ah, £15 sounds much more what I was hoping for!  Don't live near a Millets Paul but will check out the Alpkit Gamma one, especially as that comes with two recommendations so far

16/11/2012 at 15:39

Ah, make that three recommendations, didn't realise Intermanaut had posted the same thing   I see it has a strobe setting, I could have my own little disco while I'm out!    And the Fandango Gamma is pink!  I need to find one of those!

Thanks everyone!

Edited: 16/11/2012 at 15:43
16/11/2012 at 15:50
Following threads about head torches I find I am generally left in the dark about them. It would be good if someone could enlighten me about them.
16/11/2012 at 15:53

Personally I don't see the need for a headtorch for running on roads and lanes, but Alpkit Gamma will definitely more than meet your needs for that.

16/11/2012 at 15:54

16/11/2012 at 15:57

I'm not happy to run down narrow roads with no pavements and no streetlights when it's dark Exiled Claret!  I have done myself more than enough damage over the years without setting myself up for a fall

Can't find the Fandango one anywhere though and the Alpkit people said they didn't get any pink ones in the last box of them. 

17/11/2012 at 17:41
Another vote for alpkit gamma!!!
17/11/2012 at 18:32

alpkit gamma is by far the best 15 quid ive ever spent!!!

17/11/2012 at 18:42

+1 for Alpkit Gamma. Note this also provides a red LED on the battery pack at the back, which you can set to steady or flashing, which may be useful to increase the chance of you being seen by cars etc.

17/11/2012 at 23:20

I bought one of these at the local 'Go Outdoors' last Wednesday


By god it's bright!!!!, even on half-power (even the micro-torch is damned superb for its size)

On full, they'll illuminate the far end of a football field

However.............. if you're feeling like really splashing out, there's always the Hope R4



18/11/2012 at 12:00

My Alpkit Gamma conked out after a couple of years and I would have got another but it was out of stock.

Currently using a Silva Trailrunner which is very comfortable and seriously bright with a better light than the Gamma. But it seems to have shorter battery life and it lacks the extras like the rear light. It is better than the Gamma but not t three-times-the-price better. Which probably means the Gamma is a cracking bargain rather than the Silva is overpriced.

Considering getting another Gamma anyway, it's such a great buy.

18/11/2012 at 18:17

im going to go for the Lenser H7R, for £45, sounds like the only headtorch I'll ever need. bring on the off road night runs! will report back in afew weeks. Looks like there are loads of fakes about though, so will be careful who I buy it off!

Edited: 18/11/2012 at 18:18
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