/ Petzl Nao
A little bit out of my price range anyway but it seems to have had surprisingly good reviews for what I initially dismissed as a gimick.
I spent less than £20 on my alpkit one, quite happy with that.
So probably quite reasonably priced all things considered, just not quite reasonable enough for the likes of you and me!
If you're going to rely on it and use it very regularly in the extreme end of it's use, MBing regularly or expedition use, then like you say it probably isn't such a bad price.
For me it'd mostly get used to romp up to the bottom of a winter route of an early start or early starts in the Alps.
Might have a little look if i see it in the shops though just out of interest!
I can appreciate that there is value in having near/far variation in lighting level to prevent night blindness, but I'm afraid that my Magicshine 1400 Lumen (900L spot + 2 x 250L wide angle) at £148 inc two fully weather proof batteries a 1m extension cable and a headband w/ top strap just wipes the floor with the Nao. It also has a fully variable brightness that at full burn gives 3 hours of 1400L and at 5% brightness gives 256 hours and that is per battery! And the batteries report their charge level by touch switch that can be operated with gloves on.
I used to have a Myo RXP regulated version and it was great and I felt worth the money at £85 but when it got lost by a friend I never felt the need to replace it. Surely my Magicshine is too much for running in my opinion though the 900L single spot version is used very widely by orienteers (including the current British Champion) and fell runners. The headlight and band weigh in at the Myo RXP's overall weight without batteries).
So in my mind with my experience of Petzl's torches, that I feel are well built and very worth owning even though I'm about to rule it out of the picture... they just don't supply the goods for the money in this age of lighting. They are the Lupine of the running world and in my opinion overpriced.
All that said, I do like their torches and obviously I entered the 'competition' on UKC to try and win one.
Seriously though... look up the Magicshine range. World beaters at world beating prices.
With reference to comparing the magicshine to the rxp and nao though, I agree with you that they're completely different machines. Like you say, the MS is probably a bit heavy for the likes of running.
It sounds like an awsome beast though, but it's definetly into the geeky/high powered mounted mountain bike category where as the Petzl's are in the all round use bracket. You could use the Nao for winter mountaineering, night running and mountain biking where as I think the MS would be overkill for the first two. The lumen geek in me would like to see one in action though, I wonder if you can get one of those battery pack harnesses you used to be able to get for the big silva halogen lights.
I'm not sure about Petzl's pricing, some of their prices make no sense. Part of me thinks Petzl aren't really sure where they fit in in terms of value torches, mid range and top end. Their lower end and high end torches are a bit of rip off, £45 for a tikka XP and £300+ for the ultra! They've even got a tikka xp package including the core rechargable battery which unbelievably clocks in at £85, which is totally insane.
The RXP is a great machine though as you say and if you can get it for £50 (making sure you get the newer version with the improved cable attachment) then I think that's reasonable value. Going by RRP though it's almost twice as much as the Silva trail runner and I'm not sure there enough difference in performance to justify that.
In terms of value for the Nao though I think they've got it spot on. Like you say, Petzl are good on the construction/quality side of things and if the variable lighting works well then £140 for a 355 lumen head torch is pretty good value, in the "all rounder" bracket anyway.
Not to bang on as all tools have their application, but I have used my Magicshine for night bouldreing, night climbing and benightment escapes from Welsh mountains. I don't feel it is overkill, though I do affectionately call it the "Light of Power".
It is actually a bike light that has a simple mounting system that adapts very well to a head mount (available from the retailer that I used and presumably from other Magicshine retailers also). There is also a helmet mount but I find that my head mount fits very well over my Petzl Ecrin so didn't need the helmet mount.
This link has good pictures and some details about the light. There are a few sellers in the UK and I didn't actually buy from this one, so I can't endorse them as a vendor and have only included the link for an overview of the product.
I was looking for that photo of Solstice to illustrate my point, but I can't find it :-(
It is a little on the large side and makes me look like something out of Star Wars, but it is held firmly and doesn't waggle about.
I'm actually probably going to get a Nao in a year or so when the initial brand new concept price tag has fallen slightly.
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