Reviewed: 04 April 2010
Lightweight, bright, multi-mode head-torch for a very reasonable price.
83g including batteries
Very useful range & distribution of light
red LED option
5 modes (white: max, min, strobe; red: steady, flashing)
Glitter effect in rain (see "in the rain" in "overall" section)
Low angle of illumination at highest setting (see "elevation" in "overall" section)
WALKING: I found the lower continuous-white-light setting totally adequate for walking at a good pace. The higher setting is great for a look-around, but I felt no need to keep it on all the time.
RED LIGHT: The red light is a useful feature if, like me, you like to keep your night vision sometimes. It's bright enough to walk by on a good path with care. it's absolutely fine for proximity lighting.
IN THE RAIN: the lower continuous-white-light setting gives a mini strobe effect (note: this is not in strobe mode), which, in the rain, gives the effect of glitter in front of your face. Pretty, but a bit distracting! (I guess it's the same with any single-LED on a low setting.) It doesn't occur on the max-white or red-light settings.
The distribution means I can see the inside rim of my hood, and the end of my nose, which, coupled with the glitter effect, makes for a lot of local illumination under these conditions.
ELEVATION: The unit can be angled at four different settings, but I found the whole unit set a bit too low: on the highest elevation I had to tip my head back, or lean backwards, to lift the light up enough to use its full 35m beam - not what you want to do while wearing a heavy pack! Equally, the lowest elevation illuminated my boots, which I don't need. For me, I'd prefer the whole unit to be set one notch more vertical, so I can use the top notch for distance and the next one/two for walking.
Overall, I love it. Great weight. Great price.