/ Reccomend me a head torch
Established Gamma or new Manta?
I had a gamma it was ok but some French bloke stood on it and killed it, now have mylo rxp 2 which is great
Alpkit ones are alright if you just need a cheap back-up but i've went through 2 of them (broken battery cases on both) in a short period of time. They also have a habit of turning on in your rucksack which is annoying. If I was buying again i'd go for something like the Black Diamond Icon (http://www.theoutdoorshop.com/showPart.asp?part=PN4156&utm_source=Product_feed&utm_medium=go... bit pricier but more robust and a much stronger beam (good for picking out features in the dark for night nav)
Hope this helps.
^ Also has a lock mode which prevents you finding a headtorch with no juice left in your rucksack when you really need it ....
I have used an Energizer torch for a while (this one: http://is.gd/wI3Pr4) and have been very impressed so far. Very bright, batteries last ages, well-made, takes up very little room, one big button which is easy to use in gloves but quite stiff so doesn't turn on in your bag. Well worth considering.
Petzl Tikka 2. Light, robust & reliable. I bought BD Cosmo couple of weeks ago and I wish I had bought another Tikka instead.
I added the lithium core battery pack to mine.
In reply to psaunders:
...... If you can't rely on it, it's not worth paying for or carrying.
Out of a number of head torches over the years I find Petzl's offerings by far the most reliable. I tried an LED Lenzer H7 recently and it let me down every time I put it on my head.
Depends on what you want to use it for. Summer campsite use a cheap headtorch is fine for most of the time. Winter mountaineering, when you are going to spend time navigating in the dark, you would be glad of something with a bit of range.
Currently back with a Myo RXP. Worth the money in my opinion.
Currently back with Myo RXP with no complaints.
I got the standard Petzl Tikka 2 for my trek up Kilimanjaro and it was absolutely perfect - plenty bright enough, batteries lasted well (and are still going strong!), and really comfortable. I get pressure headaches, but the wide band meant it stayed on but didn't cause any pain. I think I managed to find one online for under £20 too.
For some recent comments on alpkit gammas breaking, and comment by alpkit: http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=556722&v=1#x7420377
They don't seem that fussed about the failure rate, but they're not the ones walking off the hill in the dark with a knackered torch.
I also get pressure headaches, I didn't know that's what they were called though! I get them when wearing some hats and helmets as well as a head torch.
However as above I don't think I'd want to rely on it
Newer B/D Spot 90 Lumen and Petzl Tikka Xp2 both u could easily pick up for £25/£30 easily enuf both cracking Lamps
A couple of serious choices, but it won't be Alpikit.
What about a Fenix HL30? As bright as a Myo RXP, cheap as a Tikka XP2. Fully waterproof. Also takes 2 AAs rather than 3 AAAs - more easily available, better power to weight ratio, easier to charge an even number of batteries.
One of the LED Lenser H range. You really need a headtorch which is focusable. All the others mentioned aren't.
Here's another cheap option: search ebay (the german one) for Mammut Lucido TX-1. Great range, heavily discounted price. Might be worth a look.
I'm not a fan of the Fenix torches. They have a very concentrated beam so are great for distance but comparatively poor for short distance or for getting a good perspective on terrain around you.
I've got both and though the Fenix is in practice brighter and throws a further beam, I prefer the Myo RXP by far for walking, climbing, bothying, camping etc.
Go with the brightest you can afford. You'd rather have more light than you'll ever need, than need more light and not have it.
If you go onto ebay, you can find a MYO RXP2 for cheap. I got mine for £38.50. Bangin' deal!
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