Need a new headtorch
February? It's out now Just seen it here:
David Francis wrote (see)
Perhaps Jon could compare this with the Alpkit torch due out next week?
Quite possibly, but I think it's a chalk and cheese situation. I doubt the AlpKit one is anything like as bright, but then it's significantly cheaper. We've got a Petzl one coming. All I can tell you btw, is that the UK distributor tells us that it's in the shops in February, so either it's appeared ahead of schedule or Joe Brown's is selling it on a pre-order basis, which isn't unheard of. [edit - anyway, February is very soon ]
The thing is, LED technology has developed very quickly with new, brighter and more efficient LEDs coming onto the market, so it makes existing torches quite easy to upgrade by changing the internals.
I've always wondered how many people really need all that extra light. I can think of times, usually very early alpine starts, where it would be nice to be able to see beyond your feet, but my hunch is that 90 per-cent plus of headtorch use is for walking to the pub and back from the campsite and reading, cooking and faffing in the tent.
I'm not saying that's a bad thing or that it's not a good thing to have a very bright torch when you do need it, but I do wonder how often these torches are used to their full potential.
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In fact as batteries age, the new XP produces as much light on its lowest setting as the old one does at 'Maximum'.
Not really a suitable use-in-tent headtorch then.
So still need 2 different types of head torch - high power outside use, and low power reading one....
Just got mine through the post - £48 from Likelys.com .
How bright??? Bit ugly, but not bothered about that. Also, not a fan of the clips for the optional 3rd strap, although I can't really see me using that so not a big concern. Also picked up a Tikka XP for the missus as she didn't like the rear battery mount. Personally I prefer the balance of the Myo, it's a matter of personal taste.
There's been a few times I've really needed lots of power:
- Scanning a hillside to find a bothy
- Looking for a safe place to cross a river
- Picking my way through very boggy ground
On the other hand, I've made do with an old 3 led Tikka for a murky night time trip through the Lairig Ghru.
The usual case of the temptation to upgrade to something better, while facing the fact that you've done just fine with what you already have... So I'm delaying changing my existing head-torches (Duo with 3 LED second light and Tikka) for a while yet, so when i do really see a use for something better the technology will be that much further on (better, and quite possibly cheaper as well). Samegoes for my waterproofs, avalanche tranbsciever, GPS unit, touring skis, telemark bindings etc. etc. etc. etc!
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