General gear thread

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03/09/2013 at 23:05

I wasn't sure if there was a general ultra gear thread but I find that what is good on shorter runs doesn't cut it on longer ones!

im after head torch recommendations! I need something comfy, light so that it doesn't move and with a long battery life! Any recommendations?

ive been using a lenser h7 but after a few hours it really irritates me, i have no grumbles anout the brightness but  am looking for something comfier! 

M...eldy    pirate
03/09/2013 at 23:10

Alpkit .... cheaper than most and fabulous quality

cougie    pirate
04/09/2013 at 00:03
04/09/2013 at 01:51

I have an alpkit too but I dont like that after a few hours either 

04/09/2013 at 02:03

Have you considered a new head?


04/09/2013 at 06:32

Well that would solve my problem and probably stop me entering silly races but I think another torch might be less bother!

05/09/2013 at 11:18

What's the problem with the headtorches you've got already? Weight, comfort or tunnel vision syndrome?

Weight is a tough one if you want long battery life. Maybe one with a remote battery (Hope?)

Comfort - have you tried aplying a buff under the strap/lumpy bits.

Tunnel vision - try one with a difuser (Petzl MYO) to spread the beam.

05/09/2013 at 11:56

Thanks that's helpful!


The problem is battery life and comfort with the lenser and comfort and tunnel vision with the alpkit! Although the alpkit is moderately comfier, but both slip and dig into my ears and annoy me after a few miles!


not sure what to try next but happy to spend more for the right one 

Edited: 05/09/2013 at 12:05
05/09/2013 at 12:50

Mine has a strap over the top of your head aswell as the band that goes round, this stops it moving down your head so once you've got it adjusted it stays in place. 4AAs which sit in a pack on the back of your head so it's heavier than most, but well balanced and I've happily used it overnight a few times. Advantage of 4AA is you get the battery life. I can run at ~120 lumen for 8 hours, which gives you a nice bright wide circle (not diffused), or ~50 lumen for 30+ hours (can't remember the number quoted). It's waterproof to a degree too and regulated so stays bright until the end.

Model is discontinued but look at the Fenix website if interested in what has replaced it, cost somewhere around £40-50.

05/09/2013 at 13:06

Alpkit has a strap over the head also so don't think that's the issue.

cougie    pirate
05/09/2013 at 13:10
Wear it under a buff/cap ?
cougie    pirate
05/09/2013 at 13:10
05/09/2013 at 13:17

I'm wondering whether an external battery pack might be better!


i haven't tried over a buff I guess that is worth testing, I hate wearing anything on my head really! 

05/09/2013 at 13:24

Shawk 120 lumen for 8 hours sounds good!

ive been struggling to find data for mid lumen settings most of them state amazing battery life on the lowest setting that is just not enough to run with unless you enjoy not seeing where you are going! I like to see as much as I can!!!

05/09/2013 at 13:46

Roger that.

Nice CB protocol there cougie, could catch on.


05/09/2013 at 15:40

Touie: if it's wearing the light on your head that's the problem, have you considered seeing whether you could attach one round your waist? I did that during Lakeland 50 and found it useful - okay, I'm small enough that I could wear an Alpkit Gamma round my waist (with the over-the-head trap removed of course!).

05/09/2013 at 15:44
cougie wrote (see)
Wear it under a buff/cap ?

Thats brilliant! I'm going to try that. Thanks Cougie.

05/09/2013 at 16:16

That is an idea Debra I'm small too!

05/09/2013 at 16:32

touie2: Hope it woks for you. Note; if wearing a backpack, and doing this with an Alpkit Gamma, you need to slide the light round on the strap so it's closer to the battery pack, so you can have the battery pack on your side, not your back, or you get the battery pack pushed into your back. (Okay, you'd work that out yourself the first time you tried wearing the combination, but I'm all for learning from other people's experiences rather than wasting time.)

05/09/2013 at 17:31


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