- What’s the shiz in head torches these days?
Have an old Petzl Tikka Plus which doesn’t seem as powerful as it once was even with new batteries. The tech is pretty old now – maybe 10 years and wasn’t really that bright to begin with. Looking for a good replacement for general use, camping and in case a walk goes on too long – not for biking. Got £50 birthday money I could use – what’s my best bang for buck given that it’s the wonderful Black Friday coming up?Posted 2 months agowelshfarmerSubscriber
You won’t go far wrong with a Fenix. If you can stretch to £55 then the HL55 is a great light (I have the HL60 which is the slightly higher output/newer one). Used by a lot of cavers these days as they are so robust. They are however, relatively heavy as they are solid aluminium. Or just choose one from their range that suits your needs/budget.
Edit. The HL60 actually differs in that it is rechargeable and comes with a battery already. while the HL55 needs a separate battery and some way to charge it which makes it almost the same price!Posted 2 months agomrb123Member
Picked up one of these following a recommendation on here. Pretty impressed so far. Prefer it to the two Alpkit ones I’ve previously had.Posted 2 months agoeasilyMember
I got one of these https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/LIJODBOMH15W/jobsworth-bobby-dazzler-on-me-head-headtorch-15w-1500-lumen a few weeks ago.
I’ve only used it three or four times, but I’m happy so far. Pros:
Battery has lasted ok
Good variety of light modes
Nice tight, bright beam on standard mode
Versatile – it’s good for cycling, and it would work for camping, walking, climbing, etc.
It could be smaller and lighter
It looks ridiculous (but hey, I’m wearing it in the dark).
£20, and 20% off if you use code “LIGHT20” at checkout.Posted 2 months agorascalMember
Thanks for all the tips…done a bit of reading up and at the mo it seems to be between Petzl Actik – 300 lumens and £28; GP Xplor PHR15 – 300 lumens and £35 and Alpkit Qark – 580 lumens and £33. All get good reviews. Popping into Blacks for a touchy-feely Sat. All will be way better than what I have without busting the bank…other things I need too 😉Posted 2 months agochipsterSubscriber
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenser-LED7298-H7R-2-Rechargeable-Head/dp/B00FYVF62CPosted 2 months ago
I got one of these a couple of months back, used mainly for dog walking/spotting, it’s been bang on.BadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Yep, I’d maybe be be looking at the Aktik Core rather than the standard Akitk. Comes with a rechargeable battery, slightly brighter, can also be used with AAAs. If you run off road at night the Petzl Swift RL is brilliant and also adjustable enough to use for more mundane stuff. Bindi is brilliant for shorter outings, tiny, rechargeable, surprisingly bright, very floody beam. Useless for picking out more distant objects though.
Alpkit’s various options are good value generally. The Quark’s plenty bright and gives you the option of rechargeable or AAAs again. If you want waterproofing, Silva does a couple of neat little torches that are fully waterproof rather than just water resistant.
If you want something that’s pretty much a modern Tikka though, I’d take another look at the Bindi.Posted 2 months agodooosukMember
I bought one of these and pretty impressed with it. Looks identical to the Decathlon linked above but cheaper (especially with the LIGHT20 20% off code)
There was a thread the other week:
Posted 2 months agosenor jSubscriber
Junior J & I have the Actik mentioned above. Both are brilliant for the price. 3 brightness options ,of which ,middle is waaay bright enough for a wander in the deep dark woods while camping. One takes a3batts ,one rechargeable. Don’t lose the battery which costs as much as the torch! Wish I had bought both as rechargeable option now tbh.Posted 2 months agoAlexSimonSubscriber
I recently got the https://www.alpkit.com/products/qark and I couldn’t be happier for general use and trail running.
Unbelievably even beam pattern with absolutely no bright spot. It’s a fairly harsh cutoff, but on such a wide beam, that doesn’t bother me.
The adjustable zoom works really well when searching for stuff, but most of the time I leave it on a fairly wide setting – it’s bright enough still.
The fact it’s rechargeable and also runs of normal batteries was the clincher.
(oh – and for running I much prefer a top strap which some don’t have)Posted 2 months agogavtheoldskaterMember
I have a hope r2 that I bought a couple of years ago for night running, first race with it was 10miles on the cliffs to lands end in 55mph wind and rain and I had no bother with running that terrain in what otherwise was pitch black so I’d say it was pretty good.
Cons… expensive and bulky compared to other headtorches (for road at night I use an alpkit).
Plus… it gives you daylight.Posted 1 month agoCougarSubscriber
I got one of these a couple of months back, used mainly for dog walking/spotting, it’s been bang on.
That’s the one I have, only the non-R version. Works well enough off regular rechargeable AAAs. Eneloops FTW, then it’s not flat after sitting in a drawer for months.Posted 1 month agoCountZeroMember
The Qark arrived on Friday, and I second what @AlexSimon says about it – the light is incredibly smooth across the beam, with no artefacts, and it’s the first light with a zoom that’s actually functional that I’ve come across; usually on the narrowest beam the actual emitter comes into focus, with the Qark it’s a smooth bright circle.Posted 1 month ago
I like the overhead strap as well, once I got it adjusted properly it makes the light more stable.
It’ll get a proper outing at work tomorrow, should be ideal for inspecting cars on arrival.
I’m going to check to see if the rechargeable battery is available separately, it would be easier to carry a single charged battery rather than a pack of AAA’s, which can escape and discharge. No biggie if not.cbSubscriber
I’ll be all anti-STW and not recommend what I have!
Silva CR300 something
Annoying head unit that is very loosely attached to the strap. Move the head unit around with your hand or when attching to your head and the bloody thing comes off the strap!! Annoying at the best of times, down right dangerous if climbing etc
Will be consigned to the binPosted 1 month ago
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