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daveb
Joined: 30 May 2008
Posts: 2
California, United States
Posted: Fri 30 May 2008 08:48 pm GMT   topTop
Any thoughts on the best type of head lamp to buy.
backcountryrunner
Joined: 25 Aug 2006
Posts: 188
Utah, United States
Posted: Sat 31 May 2008 06:40 am GMT   topTop
The most recent issue of Trail Runner suggested several options for ultralight packing: Black Diamond Spot, GoMotion Sternum Light Kit, and the eGear K2 Focus Control Plus. I haven't tried any of these, but I have my eye on the Black Diamond Spot, 3.0 oz and $40. Reviews on Backcountry.com (see trail running gear link above) all positive and say it is super bright. I didn't ask if you were wanting it as a just-in-case item, or for regular trail running at night. I haven't yet had to run at night so I can't comment on the latter.
Clydesdale
Clydesdale
Joined: 26 Jul 2008
Posts: 15
South Dakota, United States
Posted: Mon 28 Jul 2008 09:22 pm GMT   topTop
I work nights so I do a lot of night trail running on my days off.
I really like my Petzl Myoblet 5BS. It has the option of switching from a 5 LED light for general trails to a Single Xenon bulb for when it get technical. It switches with a twist of the lens. The battery case is seperat from the head strap so you can put it in your pack or close to your body to keep them warm during winter runs. I have used my for two years with no problems.
Clydesdale
Clydesdale
Joined: 26 Jul 2008
Posts: 15
South Dakota, United States
Posted: Mon 28 Jul 2008 09:25 pm GMT   topTop
Whatever headlight you use you will also have to carry a flashlight in your hand. Having your lighting sorce next to your face prevents you from seeing shadows, (read rocks and roots). I carry a small but powerful LED flashlight to provide contrast. They are now pretty cheap and bullet proof. The best thing is if they got hot and you drop them going over some rocks the bulb (LED) doesn't break....LEAVING YOU IN THE DARK.
jimsty
jimsty
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 66
Christchurch, New Zealand
Posted: Mon 20 Jul 2009 01:33 am GMT   topTop
I use a headlamp but mine is pretty bright so I haven't needed to use a hand torch as well. Mine is a Black Diamond Icon, has a TriplePower LED spotlight plus 4 SinglePower LEDs that emit 100 lumens. Very powerful!
I would say for running it's really useful to have a strap that runs down the centre of your head, this stops the hadlamp from moving around and / or falling off!
I use mine a few times a week and get about 12hrs out of the batteries when on the brightest setting. Hope this helps J.

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/mountain/lighting/icon
backcountryrunner
Joined: 25 Aug 2006
Posts: 188
Utah, United States
Posted: Tue 21 Jul 2009 07:51 am GMT   topTop
Just a followup to my post above: I did end up getting the Black Diamond Spot LED, and I'm very happy with it for general outdoor use - very bright, lightweight. I still can't comment on running with it though. I'm still a daytime trail runner :-) I'm sure jimsty is right that an over-the-head strap would be needed. But in general - Black Diamond is a great choice for headlamps.


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