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Light weight well balanced and very powerful lamp. Far superior to cheaper versions on the market. Variable light intensity extends battery life, but batteries last pretty well even on maximum intensity. I use it working inside roves and confined spaces where it allows me to use both hands working while allowing me to shine the light directly on the work just by looking at at it. Haven’t tried it for camping or hiking so don’t know what the range is like. Would probably be great for night fishing. It is a little expensive for what it is I think
This product has extended my running season which is normally curtailed by the dark British winter evenings. With it I can run though dark countryside on the medium or high light setting. The red light is also great for photography applications.
On full power I'd estimate that it offers between 15-20m of illumination. I probably wouldn't recommend it for fast off-road mountain biking unless the track is well known. It's perfect for running though.
The light's angle can be modified by clicking up and down, which is very useful.
My only complaint is that it's very uncomfortable. It will leave a big rectangle on your forehead if you wear it for more than 5-10 minutes. I purchased a 'JOEYOUNG Fleece headband' from Amazon to go with it - to be honest I wouldn't be able to use the light without something of this description, therefore I think that Petzl should do something to make the rear of the light more comfortable.
It's great for housework too - you may think that you don't have any cobwebs until you turn the lights off and peer into the corners using one of these things!
Good headtorch BUT the headband is uncomfortably tight. My head measures 60cm round where the headtorch sits so beware if you have a similar measurement. I can find no mention of any longer headband offered by Petzl. My solution is to cut the strap and sew in a piece of 25mm black elastic to lengthen the strap. Frankly, its going to look a bit C**P. Disappointed :-( Good headtorch though.
I bought this head torch because Petzl have a great reputation and I wanted something that was comfy and effective for when I go on late night walks and hikes in Northumberland. It feels great on and is very comfortable, and the red light, which saves your night-vision a little and prevents you from being unable to see when the head torch is off, works well at short distance.
For the white (primary) light, there are 3 settings - basically static, mobile and distance. Statis is the dimmest and is fine for sort of working round the campfire or looking at stuff in your hand, etc., mobile is for when you're actually walking and is strong enough to light up the path ahead, and then distance is the brightest to light up the path or forest to a much higher degree.
I think it's ace this and have also bought the rechargeable battery which goes with it; really handy piece of kit!
I have four of these hybrids and this is almost as good as the older ones I have, bright and easy to use but the others when the battery is running down just drop into dim mode but this one flickers it’s really annoying and if this is a new way of telling you it’s running low on power it’s a bad idea if you have epilepsy or anything else that could be triggered by strobing this light isn’t for you
The torch has 3 white light settings (dim, medium and very bright), plus one red light setting. The batteries last a long time with it and it's well made. Petzl are a good make and its worth paying the extra for their gear. I'd give it 5 stars, but it is let down by the size of the headband. If your hat size is 58 or smaller, you'll be OK, but if your head is any larger, this will be tight on your head and there is no way of adjusting it any larger. hat size 58 is about average head size I think. Measure your head (while wearing winter headgear) before you buy!
Great little torch. The red light mode is good when I’m using my telescope, so my eyes aren’t startled. The beam spread and illuminance of the white light on full power is perfect for running at night. The strap feels comfortable and sturdy and holds the body of the torch securely.
This is a versatile piece of kit and does exactly what I need it do; from lighting up tight crannies where there is no light to illuminating my garden at night when I am gathering my pack of dogs. The brightness selection levels are handy (you don't need the high beam all the time) and help manage the battery life. The red lamp does a good job of illuminating near space and helps to eliminate dazzle. I bought this as an emergency tool but have ended up using it as an everyday aid. The light projection adjustment is a nice touch too as it allows you to adjust where the beam is needed without having to move your head up and down.
The reason I have not given it 5 stars is common to most tools of this kind, as headgear the lighting tech is light years in advance of the brace/strap. It is not uncomfortable but it does leave a ghost impression you are still wearing it even after removal. Still this is an excellent lamp and when brace tech catches up with the light tech I'll be giving it five stars.
On the market for a new headtorch and I've always been a fan of Petzl units for over a decade. My tikka had packed in so bought what appears to be the new version the Actik. The brightness and span of the beam are much improved and battery life is good. It's able to maintain beam strength for quite a few hours.
The Actik range can take a proprietary rechargeable battery however I prefer to use standard AAA batteries as they are used in multiple devices I use while camping.