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Deborah Acosta Community Moderator 69 posts since
Nov 2, 2007
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Oct 3, 2008 11:03 PM

Head lamps??

 

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!

 

 





Happy Running,

~ Deborah

  • Jay Silvio We're Not Worthy 1,775 posts since
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    1. Oct 5, 2008 3:59 PM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    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.

    Happy running!

    Jay

  • Jay Silvio We're Not Worthy 1,775 posts since
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    3. Oct 6, 2008 11:30 AM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    I like it because it's light weight and I can clip it to the brim of my hat.  It doesn't produce a huge amount of light, but it seems to be enough for me.

    Happy running!

    Jay

  • Jay Silvio We're Not Worthy 1,775 posts since
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    5. Oct 6, 2008 6:30 PM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    I think the e+LITE provides enough light for routes that you are familiar with.  I would prefer a bit more light if the course was a new one, but I love how light-weight it is.

  • Active Toby Active.com Staff 1,559 posts since
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    6. Oct 7, 2008 9:12 AM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    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!





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  • moabrun Rookie 3 posts since
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    7. Oct 9, 2008 5:01 PM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

     

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

          

     

     

  • moabrun Rookie 3 posts since
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    8. Oct 9, 2008 5:23 PM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    Fenix L2D is what I have.   109 to 180 lumens and it is LED.

  • B0B0 Rookie 2 posts since
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    9. Nov 6, 2008 8:58 AM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    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.

  • ironmelody Rookie 1 posts since
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    10. Nov 6, 2008 1:25 PM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    the two girls i run with both use a "headlamp" strapped around their chest just under their bussoms . seems to work fine

  • KyTrailRunner Rookie 2 posts since
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    11. Nov 7, 2008 3:10 PM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    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.

  • alynn3 Rookie 6 posts since
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    13. Nov 10, 2008 10:04 AM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    if you use band-aids, people probably not notice them as much.

  • justbent Rookie 1 posts since
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    14. Nov 18, 2008 7:11 PM (in response to Deborah Acosta)
    Re: Head lamps??

    Deborah

    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.

    Good Luck

    Nancy

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