I will be doing the MCN 40 mile ultra in Decemeber which involves some night running.
So I thought a thread would be good for all headlamps reviews, prefences etc
There are many already.
LED Lenser H7 for me
Couple of spotlights from a breakers yard, hooked up to a 12v car battery should do the job.
Another vote for the Alpkit Gamma - although I have to admit I've not tried any of the more expensive ones, so can't do a proper comparison review.
I do think the option of having a little red light (steady or flashing) on the rear battery pack makes a lot of sense if you're running in a group.
whatever you have have a small strong handtorch handy as on those hills at dark.when the fog comes down the headlamp will not be of any use.............you need something low pointing at your feet
You take off the head torch and hold it low in your hand. Spare torch good idea anyway though.
Anything light weight that is brighter than the Lenser? I have the non-rechargable version at 170 lum as the rechargable version is no use for all night or multi day stuff. I like the Lenser - even survived a full wash cycle in washing machine after leaving in pocket! Took several hours to fully dry out then worked fine with fresh batteries.
I have a petzl myo which does the job, with a cyberlite (tenner) as a back up which weighs nothing and can be wrapped around thw wrist
There are many good head torches on the market, and everybody has their personal favourite. I have used the Black Diamond Storm and Petzl Myo XP with good results. For my money a running head torch should have the following characteristics:
It should be light
It should be powerful
It should be highly weather resistant
The controls should be simple
It should be simple to change the batteries
If it has all of the above, then you can't go too far wrong.
When I researched this a few years ago I decided on a Fenix HP10 for about £40. It's plenty powerful, regulated so stays bright, someway waterproof and very well built. Biggest negative is probably weight; it's by no means heavy but uses 4xAA so naturally more bulky than the more slimline competition.
I've used it a fair amount and find it very comfortable, the battery pack sits on the back of your head so balances with the front nicely. I wore it all night when doing the Ridgeway the other week, including through some pretty heavy rain early evening, and never once tripped on anything or was conscious of having a torch strapped to my head.
I thought the alpkit gamma was the mutts nuts untill i tried the Silva trail runner. It really is good for lighting the whole area instead of just where your head is pointing.
Lirish if you don't like this thread we could always start one about Shin Splints, Barefoot running or even GPS watches just to make a change
He He - Think that Lirish admonished me when I had the terminity to try and start the same thread!, If memory serves though he was somewhat blunter, is he mellowing with age?
Oh well now its started my twopeneth worth:
Love my Silva Alpha, however being of the rechargeable battery pack type it does give me no small amount of stress if I have to run through the night (battery saving mode lasts 8-9 hours). The 3 modes are awesome with a I need to see a long way down the trail, I want to see lots all around me and I need to save the battery mode but it's still pretty good, choices.
So having shelled out a pretty silly amount of money on the Silva have bought the Alpkit Gamma which is superb value.
Sorry Mr Mod
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