Head torch

Any suggestions, and how bad are the cheap EBay ones?

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26/11/2012 at 09:09

Mine arrived on Saturday, and took it for an outing last night - superb. I'm not used to actually being able to see where I'm putting my feet when running in the dark! Completed a time on my usual circuit of only 30 seconds worse than my PB on the route when running in good daylight conditions, and way better than I've ever run it in the dark.

Thanks to all on here who recommended the Alpkit - spot on. No pun intended. Honest!

meface    pirate
26/11/2012 at 11:47

Note to Alpkit Marketing: Create link to this thread from website, job done, sit back and relax.

26/11/2012 at 19:29

I just did this:


wearing this


and it was fine.  I don't know what's good about the programmability of it but I was amazed that even though it was nearly 3 years old Petzl replaced my old myo xp with this one because it seemed to have become a bit unreliable.  Used petzl lights for decades and never had a complaint about them .

there are lots of recommendations on this


meface    pirate
26/11/2012 at 21:31

Does the Myo not use a diffuser to give the 'wide angle?. Most of us running aren't direction finding so  don't need the distance from a spot, we just need the wide angle. Using a diffuser to spread the light can't be as efficient as a lens designed to throw wide angle in the first place.

So the diffuser turns more light into less. As LEDs are highly efficient (low heat output) already then more light uses more battery quicker. It is all a bit of a trade off.

On navigation events I often wear Alpkit on head and hand carry a Petzl which throws a spot of light further. When trying to find paths I turn on the Petzl for distance + extra light.

Petzl I think just get caught in the mainstream distance competition. 1 million candle power torch anyone?

Dustboy    pirate
26/11/2012 at 21:52

Got my Alpkit today. Haven't used it in anger, but it puts out a reasonable spread of light without any hotspots. I reckon it will be fine for most events and after dark running. If I were running pitch black, I'd use the £23 deal extreme one which is like a searchlight.

For 15 notes though, it seems very well built and sturdy.

What are the three little tiny lensy type things above the main lens for though?

26/11/2012 at 21:58

there is a diffuser on the myo to spread the beam.  For the sleepwalker I tried both and as before found that having it on spotlight mode worked better for me - you never actually look at the ground at your feet do you?  the way the brain works you're instantly memorising for a second what you've just seen and then stepping right.  So on a fast downhill i tend to move the beam slightly further ahead.  when the mist is down and you can't see more than a few feet i focus it close.

I've not compared other head torches so maybe I'm just poorer than I could be. The alpkit is incredibly cheap for the praise it's getting.  I'll have to get one just to see


I don't know what the battery life is like - except that I didn't have fresh batteries on saturday, and it took me more than 4 hours and everything was still fine for walking the dog this evening

Edited: 26/11/2012 at 22:00
cougie    pirate
26/11/2012 at 22:41
DB I've run in the pitch black with the alpkit. I think youll be fine. But if you have two - take them both.
27/11/2012 at 06:57
Dustboy they are smaller white and red spots for map reading etc go on the alpkit webdite for operating instructions
Rafiki    pirate
27/11/2012 at 08:42

 or for pretending to be Cylons

meface    pirate
27/11/2012 at 09:22
Press and hold button for 3 seconds to change modes. 1w white, red and green LEDs plus flashing red, then off. Press and hold again to go back to main light.

Red affects night sight less so is better for map reading in marginal conditions. Or for military stakeouts.
meface    pirate
27/11/2012 at 09:34

I have two dealextreme bike lights. One ??30 and one ??80. Apparently 900 and 1400 lumens. Even allowing for output vs measured this would be at least 600 and 1000 lumens. Alpkit is 88 lumens.

The ??30 one is a spot so not sure it would be great for running. The bigger one has three in mickey mouse configuration. Two flood one spot. It is great for MTBing in dark with spot on helmet.

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