Anyone have suggestions on a head lamp? I am getting further along in trail running and know that I will be needing a head lamp soon on some of my runs so looking to see what other's have experienced with...
Looking for suggestions, please help!
I use Petzl's e+LITE. You can see the promo video here: http://en.petzl.com/petzl/frontoffice/Sport/static/Services/ELITE/elite_video.htm
You can buy it through REI, etc.
Thanks, Jay! How do you like it? Any problems? I just spent about 45 mins in REI this evening looking at each one... getting a feel of them on my head... Some had samples others did not...
That is what I am afraid of... not enough light... I will be running trails early in the morning with my work schedule change and it's dark!!! But might see if I can play with some of the ones that others have... see what will work best for me.
Happy Running, indeed!
You know, I use both a handheld flashlight and a headlamp while trail running. I got the recommendation from last years Outside Magazine Gear guide. Dean K had a page in there about the gear he uses and I went out and got the Princeton Tech Impact XL flashlight he recommended. I also use the Petzel Tikka XP headlamp which is heavy and bulky, but is a very powerful light source.
I've adapted to use they products and they work well for what I do. I used both in my 100-mile run and training without a problem. The new lithium batteries are lighter and brighter than regular batteries yet more expensive but I used them for my race. Let me know if you have any more questions, Hope this helps!
Lately I have used the small high intensity handheld flashlights (2 AA batteries) not the MAG lights. I don't have mine with me to say what type but they are so much better than a headlamp (better depth and manueverability of the light) and incredibly bright. They are pricey (50 to 70 bucks) but so worth it. I think it is an LED bulb (correct me if I'm wrong) and the light is white not the yellowish from regular bulbs.
I too have found a two-lamp system the best for night trail running. For the head a Tikka Plus. For my hand I've taken some off-brand 3 LED headlamp and shortened the band so that it fits around my hand and run with it sitting on the back of my hand pointed forward. This way my hands are free and with my headlamp always on the trail ahead of my I see what's coming in the next few strides, but I can always divert my hand lamp somewhere else for a quick glance. One note on the headlamp, I've glued a piece of neoprene to where it sits against the skin... much more comfortable and it stays in place through heavy bouncing.
I've used a Petzl Tikka XP for a few years now and like it a lot. It throws a nice amount of light and (to me) is very lightweight, especially when you see some of those rigs with the battery pack on the back of the head. The problem with a head-mounted lamp is you lsoe a lot of depth perception, which can lead to some chin scraping. Holding the lamp in your hand or carrying a lightweight light in the hand brings out shadows where the roots and rocks are. I've also adjusted the sttrap of my Petzl all the way out and worn it around my waist. The downside of that is it's harder to check around turns in the trail.
Thank you for all the great responses... I broke down and purchased the Petzl Tactikka today before I head out on my 4 hour run tomorrow. http://www.rei.com/product/709063
I also purchased a Coleman hand held as well for a little extra light!
Hoping this works! I appreciate all the feedback and if anyone else has some it's appreciated!
I bought a great head lamp at Wal Mart for $10 and it's been great, it's like a Miner's light that you can angle it where you need it when you are running.
It's not expensive and will be a great Trail run helper. However, You have the option of buying one for clipping on your hat, if you wear a cap.