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Post by Robert Craig » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:34 pm

Having left my nice Petzel on a skerry near the Skye bridge, I'm looking for something new.

Must be waterproof, and able to survive being carried in a salty atmosphere and generally neglected. Must use AAs.

Doesn't have to be cheap.

Any recommendations?

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Re: Head torch

Post by John N » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:08 pm

I have a BLACK DIAMOND led headtorch. 1w main + 2 smaller leds switchable between the two and both modes available in 3 power ratings (full, dimmer, and dimmest). It's had a dunking or two (they don't sell it as waterproof) and has proven to be quite reliable. Runs on 2 AA's and has a battery condition indicator (always flashing) which helps find it in the dark.

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Re: Head torch

Post by Paul Barrett » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:37 pm

Cheap and effective !


Gelert 1w LED Head Light Torch - Black From Lomo. - ewetsuits


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Post by TechnoEngineer » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:47 pm

Silva L3
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Re: Head torch

Post by michelin » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:55 am

Speleo technics Supernova 400 Lumens of light but expensive

http://www.speleo.co.uk/

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Re: Head torch

Post by Mikebelluk » Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:12 am

Have a look at the ones Alpkit sell. good value.
http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?tar ... ory_id=253

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Re: Head torch

Post by Colin C » Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:32 am

John N wrote:BLACK DIAMOND led headtorch. 1w main + 2 smaller leds

Robert, I have one of these if you want to see it in the flesh.

Colin

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Re: Head torch

Post by Ian_Montrose » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:29 pm

Fenix HP10. Waterproof to IPX8, 225 lumens max output, runs on 4xAA cells, about £50 and available from a number of UK suppliers. I haven't got it myself (yet) but I have a Fenix torch that has lived in my BA for over 2 years and is still as good as new.

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Re: Head torch

Post by tenboats1 » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:46 pm

Yellow Petzl Duo with 1amp LED main beam, plus the usual cluster of short range LEDs, variable power. Nothing comes close, unless you are looking for lighter/smaller.

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Post by John N » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:52 pm

Sadly, the one I've got is no longer available - at least it's not on thier current catalogue but there might be a few knocking about. Here is a link to it's replacement though, an altogether more powerful beast at £66.00 rrp.
http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en ... hting/icon

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Re: Head torch

Post by MikeB » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:03 pm

I'm following this with interest as I'm thinking about a new headtorch - the folks over on Candlepowerforums seem to like it - but are saying it needs the optional diffuser, which it seems, isn't perfect. There's another good thread about it here, which includes several pics of the thing dismantled.

(If you think we enjoy talking about gizmos, check those guys!)

Anyone got any thoughts on the Petzl range? Notably the Myo RXP - again, C/power have a review of it.

(Apologies Robert for the hi-jack!)

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Re: Head torch

Post by sleepybubble » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:05 pm

Tesco's Value range headtorch, £4.99. Abuse it daily for work, in and out of attics and airing cupboards, have used it plenty when camping. I have got it wet plenty of times, dropped in a bucket of water once and it just kept going.

My petzl zipka hardly ever comes out now, this is brighter, the battery last longer and it is far more robust. Really can't fault it.


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Re: Head torch

Post by Boots » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:19 pm

Vision hope 4 the dogs ............ :o) great for mountain biking fellrunning etc 900 lumens+ but not cheap!!!!!

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Re: Head torch

Post by Billy The Fisherman » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:52 pm

I've just bought a pair of these:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/7dayshop-Powerf ... B0042A5H0C

They work pretty well for only a fiver and are bright, time will tell how long they last and how long the batteries live. They only have an on/off option, I'd prefer a hi/lo setting too, like some of the £5 cree headlamps available from China off that auction site.

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Re: Head torch

Post by Robert Craig » Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:36 am

Colin C wrote:
John N wrote:BLACK DIAMOND led headtorch. 1w main + 2 smaller leds

Robert, I have one of these if you want to see it in the flesh.

Colin
Thanks folks - lots to look at.
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Thanks
I looked at the headtorch you describe (Susan has one). There's an updated version out, with a 3 W main. There's no seal on the battery compartment, and it's not advertised as waterproof. Not sure I'd trust it long term at sea.

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Re: Head torch

Post by David A » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:04 am

Try T.K. Maxx, this store is always worth a visit: head torch, outdoor clothing and camping kit. You just never know what they have, there is always the chance that you will pick up a quality bargains.

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Re: Head torch

Post by Robert Craig » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:28 am

John N wrote:Sadly, the one I've got is no longer available - at least it's not on thier current catalogue but there might be a few knocking about. Here is a link to it's replacement though, an altogether more powerful beast at £66.00 rrp.
http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en ... hting/icon
Thanks
Nice, but only IPX 4 ie thoroughly splashproof.

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Re: Head torch

Post by tenboats1 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:40 pm

Boots wrote:Vision hope 4 the dogs ............ :o) great for mountain biking fellrunning etc 900 lumens+ but not cheap!!!!!

I've got two of these, rather good as you say, but not for salt water .............;(

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Re: Head torch

Post by downunder » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:04 am

I've had one of these for a few years
Princeton Tec

Not cheap at least here in AU

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