A head torch is a great piece of kit to own. Even if you only use it at home for those all important D.I.Y jobs where you need your hands free. It is also a useful tool suited to a number of activities. If you’re into caving it is an essential item on your gear list and also if you’re a dedicated runner, a head torch allows you to get out and about on those dark nights and winter mornings. If you’re a mountaineer its likely you won’t leave home without one.
Since 1973 when Petzl developed their first mountaineering head lamp, head torches have got lighter, brighter and more reliable. There is a wide range available to suit a variety of tastes from the most extreme to everyday needs. Head torches can be water resistant, resistant to extreme temperatures and ultra compact at economic prices. Lamps can offer a maximum of up to 150 hours and some are so light in weight you can forget you’re wearing them. Some offer a single beam of light like the Petzl Micro while others like the Petzl Tikka Plus have 4 LED lights and offer 4 light intensity settings including a flashing mode. Beams can be adjusted and positions can be directed giving you light where you need it most. When looking at the different head torches available the key seems so be weight, or the lack of it. Some as so light you won’t even know they are on your head which is great for running. The Petzl E-Lite weighs just 28 grams including batteries! For convenience it also comes with a long range whistle that can signal your position if you need rescuing.
Cybalite from Ring also offer some great head torches at budget prices. If you want to save a few quid the Ring Cybalite Sport LED head torch is great value for money. It features the quality of more expensive brands but doesn’t carry the same price tag. It has 5 LED’s with a 4 mode operation. Lit on one LED the battery lasts up to 100 hours. The total weight including batteries is just 75 grams.
If you require a head torch designed for extreme activities there is the Petzl Ultra range. They offer comfort in any position and are flexible and ergonomic, ensuring stable positioning on the head. The Ultra Belt’s rechargeable battery pack can be carried in a pocket to keep the weight carried on the head to a minimum. The Petzl Ultra head torches offer exceptional output to weight ratio with 3 adjustable brightness levels and a rechargeable battery.
Head torches have developed over the years and have been tested in the field to bring forward hands free lighting suitable for any activity out there. If you are serious about being outdoors then a head torch should be your gear list. Look for a lightweight, comfortable and dependable model at a great price.