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    Head Torch

    I know I can probably go off to various sports forums for this but Loungers are normally a bit more innovative in their ideas and problem solving.

    I am looking for a very light weight, very powerful head torch, requirements are:


    1) Sufficient candel power to be able to pierce the dark upto about 15 feet in front of me, more if possible
    2) Batteries must last for at least 6 hours without degradation in candel output
    3) Preferably "white" LED
    4) Elasticated head strap or have the ability to be attached to a cap or bandana
    5) It must be assumed that the torch will used areas of complete darkness apart from moonlight if not cloudy
    6) As lightweight as possible ( I will be running over rough countryside and rock escarpments)
    7) I have a limited budget as Mrs J is on my back.

    Now what would make me really happy is if we can find something that can be modified in good old KTS fashion
    Jerry

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    Re: Head Torch

    If Mrs J is on your back another pound or so won't matter, so I don't understand the emphasis on lightweight... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Darling Hans, are you trying to say I am a tad rotund? Us ursines have to store a few pounds for winter you know

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    Re: Head Torch

    Dear Mrs Jezza,

    Far be it from me to comment unfavorably on your delightful appearance with its shiny fur (thanks to Jezza's shampoo). But surely an adult female bear, slender as she may be, weighs more than a puny LED lamp.

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    Oh you are such a dear Hans, so charming, so delightful, such a master of logic and penning

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    Re: Head Torch

    Something like this Jerry ???

    Or for a bit more selection, look here.
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    Re: Head Torch

    If you can find one of these and modify it slightly it could perhaps be used with a head strap. They seem to have a good candela. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Seriously, apart from the cost, isn't it easier to find one in the shops, and depending on how often these "night time adventures" <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> happen one can decide how much one would like to spend. But I understand, it sure isn't fun to be in the middle of nowhere (if that is possible in the UK <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) when the light starts flickering and fails due to a cheap thingy.

    Maybe you could persuade Mrs J to think about your safety and health when being out there. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> But I guess the answer is: stay at home then.

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    Re: Head Torch

    I have seen head torches in several places: Tesco, Wilkinson and Maplin spring to mind. Mostly they are branded EverReady. Whether they satisfy your onerous power and light-output requirements I doubt, somehow.

    An alternative may be to ask in a decent cycle shop for a front cycle lamp. However the most powerful one I know of (HL-EL530 - 1500 candlepower in old monie), made by CatEye, would need some work to be able to fit it to your head, since the plastic fitting clip is, of course, for the handlebars... Having got one of these, I don't think that even their best would do for you!

    Have just remembered from TV programmes that some cavers seem to mount twin lighting devices on their helmets, but know no more.
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    Re: Head Torch

    Something like this or this perhaps?

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    <post:=744,735>post 744,735</post:>
    Been there, done that.
    Now at least we know why Jezza is thinking of scampering off in the middle of the night .....

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    Re: Head Torch

    I pretty much love my Petzl Tikka Plus. I lent it to a friend for a three day mountain ultramarathon, and he later bought his own. Petzl, Black Diamond, Princeton Tech, and Brunton all make good high power lighweight LED headlamps.
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    Re: Head Torch

    Hee hee, so you have worked that out correctly, I am doing a nocturnal trail ultramarathon( 32 miles) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Thanks for all the suggestions, this is a one off so I didn't want to go for a torch that has a seperate "belt" battery as they are very expensive. Petzl and Black Diamond have been mention a couple of times.

    The race is not for a couple of months so I am going to borrow a friends White LED torch with angled head and attach it to my ruck sack strap and then venture to the local trail route. The idea of a headtorch on my head for about 5 hours fills me with dread
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    Re: Head Torch

    You may also find a good lighweight LED headlamp handy for KTS projects, and any kind of repairs, in bad lighting, like in cupboards, closets, basements and crawl spaces, etc. Though I originally got it for camping, I use it quite a bit around the house; I keep it on my nightstand. One thing you will love about an LED headlamp is the long battery life.

    PS, Black Diamond is headquartered here in Salt Lake City, I know all their stuff is seriously field tested, but they tend to be more expensive than Petzl.
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    Thanks John

    I have just been surfing Ebay and come across a few Petzl lamps, I have to admit that technology has moved on quicker than I expected and 27 grams is certainly light enough and with an incredible range (19 metres) more than enough for what I want. I'll wait until the Christmas overtime cheque comes in and buy it then <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    >I'll wait until the Christmas overtime cheque comes in

    And if I don't send one this year?

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