/ Torch for running

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Robyn Vacher - on 02 Sep 2014
I want to do some trail running in the dark this autumn. What torch would you recommend - no more than about £50 if possible. Is head torch best? Thank you.
IainRUK - on 02 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

MyoXP is around that, perfectly functional.
J Brown - on 02 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

I've got the LED Lenser HR7, really happy with it.
Moley on 02 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

I have a couple of Myoxp, which are fine, but to be honest, I now prefer my cheap Alpkit Manta headtorch - does the same job for 15, money left over for batteries!
Can't fault it for the price and plenty bright enough for normal night runs on trails.
https://www.alpkit.com/products/manta

tony on 02 Sep 2014
In reply to J Brown:

> I've got the LED Lenser HR7, really happy with it.

I've got one of those and would second the endorsement - it's very good.
SteveRi - on 02 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

I used an alpkit for years which is fine for non technical trails. I tried a Cree eBay special last year for around 15 quid. Lasting so far, stupendously bright. Bulb unit a touch heavy after an hour or so.
ow arm - on 02 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

alpkit gamma gets my vote
Carolyn - on 03 Sep 2014
In reply to ow arm:

> alpkit gamma gets my vote

I'd tend to agree - I got them for the kids, and am very impressed (particularly for 15) - great one to start off with. If you later decide you need to upgrade, it's the perfect spare torch to leave in the bottom of a rucsac/in the car/by the back door.
Moley on 03 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

The Alpkit Gamma is 88 lumens and the Manta packs 120 lumens (it's 17.50 now) and slightly different design - but I've never heard anyone say a word against either at the price. As Carolyn says, a great first headtorch.
cbonner - on 03 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

Love the Alpkit Gamma too. Can't be beaten esp. for the price.
spiderz - on 21 Sep 2014
I got a Petzl Zipka Plus 2 turns out it isn't very good for running. Just looking at the Alpkit ones they look promising, at least they have the ability to be tightened.
liz j on 21 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

I ran 20 miles in the dark last night with a cheap Vango LED torch, great for trails where you know where you are going, plenty enough light to see your foot placings. Useless for seeing into the distance though when you miss the stile. Will be watching this thread with interest!
ERU - on 21 Sep 2014
batterj2 - on 21 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

Standard Petzl Tikka has served me well....
Dave Todd - on 21 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

I've been through a few headtorches over the years for night-time fell running in the Peak (mostly). Trails completely dark so need a decent beam to make safe progress. Have used;

(a) Petzl Myo XP - good enough beam, great fit, good battery life but beam a little narrow [without diffuser, with diffuser it's too wide and dim].

(b) Alpkit Gamma - not bright enough for my needs, shame really as it's a great bit of kit for the price.

(c) Lenser H7R - awesome! powerful beam, highly adjustable beam width, infinitely adjustable brightness, rechargable. However, I had to make a top strap (it didn't come with one, maybe this has been changed by now?). Also, it's not the most comfortable to wear.

(d) AyUp (MTB lights) worn with headband attachment - too bright! everything washed out hence difficult to run with.

So, Lenser H7R for me (at the mo...)
mattyP - on 21 Sep 2014
In reply to Dave Todd:

I have a MYO XP and really like it. I've also run with a set of Gemini Duo mtb lights and find them too bright. Good for night orienteering but just for jollying over the hills completely unnecessary.
RockShock on 22 Sep 2014
In reply to Robyn Vacher:

I admit I am a bit of a geek, but Zebralight's H600 MkII solved all my needs (albeit at a bit higher price than your budget).

1090 lumens when you need them, solid package and fast battery change (without removing the torch from your head) convinced me.

It has the inconvenience of having to buy a charger and few 18650s, but the light you get from this beast is simply astonishing!

Cheers
RS

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