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#146725 - 08/30/08 10:44 PM Headlamp

I was wondering if anyone is particularly impressed with any specific headlamp.

#146728 - 08/30/08 11:04 PM Re: Headlamp [Re: ]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
Petzl tikki plus I believe. I love it. Keep them in my jacket pockets.
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#146736 - 08/31/08 12:49 AM Re: Headlamp [Re: Todd W]
GoatRider Offline
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Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 832
Loc: Maple Grove, MN
I love the "Petzl Tactikka plus". It has a flip-down red filter, nice for preserving your night vision when flying. Even my wife likes it for reading in the tent. If you don't need the red filter, the version without it is called the "Tikka plus". There's another version called a "ziptikka", which has a retractable headband so it packs a lot smaller. All of them use 3 AAA batteries.

If you really want small, I just got the new Pezl e+lite. But it uses 2 CR2032's, which cost a lot more and probably have a lot shorter battery life. I like it so far, but it hasn't run out of the first batteries yet.
- Benton

#146740 - 08/31/08 01:06 AM Re: Headlamp [Re: GoatRider]
bacpacjac Offline
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Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3601
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I just got my Petzl e+LITE and I love it. It's TINY, easy to use, flexible, bright with a strobe, soak proof and comes with a protective case.
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#146746 - 08/31/08 01:23 AM Re: Headlamp [Re: GoatRider]
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2027
Loc: NE Illinois
I really like my Princeton Tec EOS headlamp. Amazingly bright and very good battery life. The brightness levels range from able to see a long distance to just bright enough to find stuff inside the tent. I mostly use the middle level outside and the low level inside the tent. I pretty much save the bright level as a spotlight for troop skits (its that bright).

The EOS uses a ratcheting action to set the light angle. That's important to me. My daughter used to use a PT Aurora, but a few years back she was using it during a Girl Scout campout and the friction screw loosened, giving her a floppy headlamp for the entire weekend - until we could tighten it with a tiny screwdriver. Not acceptable. She uses an EOS now, as do all the members of my family.

As you'll see, others really like the Petzl Tikka XP too.

Flashlightreviews.com really liked them both, giving the EOS 5 stars and the Tikka XP 4.5 stars. The lower rating is because the Tikka XP is not regulated. They also rated the Princeton Tec Apex with 5 stars, but that is bigger with a battery pack that rides at the back of the head - not my preference.

If it matters to you, the EOS can use lithium batteries, but the Tikka XP cannot.

Ken K.

#146756 - 08/31/08 01:59 AM Re: Headlamp [Re: ]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
Hmm.. mine has the retractable band and I think it's the Tikka Plus not the ziptikka.

Correction: I have the: Petzl Tactikka Plus Headlamp
It's awesome smile and has retractable band, which is why I keep them in all my coats smile

SAK + Petzl Tactikka Plus Headlamp in my coats is great!

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#146794 - 08/31/08 06:54 AM Re: Headlamp [Re: ]
TheSock Offline

Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 471
Loc: London England
If you look on this sites Home Page you'll see Mr Ritter has his own design. He seems to know what he is talking about
You ever notice how after discussing things here the final conclusion people come to is to use what he includes in his kits? You could shortcut the forums and simply buy them.
The Sock
The world is in haste and nears its end – Wulfstan II Archbishop of York 1014.

#146800 - 08/31/08 10:43 AM Re: Headlamp [Re: TheSock]
Tjin Online   content

Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1753
depends on the use. Mine nicers ones are the Priceton tec APEX and the EOS. I do own more and have owned a lot more in the past. Each have the own pro's and cons.

#146836 - 08/31/08 03:16 PM Re: Headlamp [Re: GoatRider]
nurit Offline

Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 191
Loc: NYC
For urban EDC I find the e+lite ideal.

GoatRider, look at batteryjunction.com for reasonable prices on CR2032s and other lithium coin batteries. No affiliation.

#146838 - 08/31/08 03:27 PM Re: Headlamp [Re: nurit]
JohnN Offline
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Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 966
Loc: Seattle, WA
I don't have a lot of time to write something up, but I've had a lot of headlamps and for *task* lighting (it has a 'flood' beam), you can't beat the Zebralight H30.

Very small, ultra rugged, waterpoof and versatile mounting options.

Zebralight H30 Review

In general I don't find the Petzl products compelling, *but* the e+LITE is a nice *tiny* light and I have several.

Keep in mind that with the little coin cell batteries this isn't a light you are going to want to use for long duration use.


BTW, for old style lights, the Princeton Tec Yukon series lights aren't bad. PT seems to take waterproofing a lot more serious than Petzl. The e+LITE is an exception and appears to have good waterproofing.

Edited by JohnN (08/31/08 03:38 PM)

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