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Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:26 am
by Diego Sahagún
We're looking for it. The use will be mountaineering. We've thought on Petzl Tikka XP2 but I have doubts because the bright distance lows from 60 m at t=0 to 38 at t=30' and 18 at t=10h.

I have a Petzl Myo XP (175 g) but Tikka XP2 (88 g) is half its weight. Would you change Myo XP for a new Tikka XP2 :?:

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:53 am
by Autoxfil
The MYO XP is so tried and true, and it's such a small amount of weight that I wouldn't bother.

Switch to lithium batteries to save weight - they work much better in the cold as well.

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:12 am
by Diego Sahagún
However I could buy a XP2. I'd want to check it

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:36 am
by 96avs01
The BD Storm or Spot may also be options. I have not used either personally.

I have a Tikka XP2 that I use for more casual outings, if its a mountaineering objective my choice is the Mammut Lucido TX1

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:33 am
by 96avs01
TacoDelRio wrote:I just got one of those Mammut Lucido TX1's... haven't used it much. You diggin' yours, 96avs01? Anything I should be careful of? (namely the battery pack)


No complaints yet, nothing but good experiences. More than a couple of partners have uttered "Holy Sh!t" upon seeing the spot light range/intensity for the first time. One immediately replaced his Myo XP at the end of the trip. Pretty much the only thing left would be to use it in rainy conditions, but if it was dumping enough to worry about waterproofness just pull on the jacket hood and continue on.

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:52 am
by Diego Sahagún
96avs01 wrote:The BD Storm or Spot may also be options. I have not used either personally.

I have a Tikka XP2 that I use for more casual outings, if its a mountaineering objective my choice is the Mammut Lucido TX1

Mammut Lucido TX1 weights 150 g with batteries and Tikka XP2 only 88 g. Yep, I know that Lucido's bright distance almost doubles XP2's but the weight is a crucial factor for me now. I'll look for the BD Spot. What's its specifications :?: Does it bright more than XP2 :?: Anyway American gear is dear here, the French trademarks are cheaper than those here

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:08 am
by Diego Sahagún
I don't know why is that Spot (2 LEDs) reaches 70 m and XP2 only 60 m. Even the Spot battery life is 90 to 250 h for 80 to 160 h the XP2. I think that both, Spot and XP2 are equipped with a white high-output LED. Aren't they :?:

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:04 pm
by 96avs01
Diego Sahagún wrote:I don't know why is that Spot (2 LEDs) reaches 70 m and XP2 only 60 m. Even the Spot battery life is 90 to 250 h for 80 to 160 h the XP2. I think that both, Spot and XP2 are equipped with a white high-output LED. Aren't they :?:


Petzl lists high-output white LED

BD lists double-power LED for Spot, and triple-power LED for the Storm

don't know what the difference is exactly, might as well save the coin and opt for the Petzl

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:13 pm
by Diego Sahagún
No 96avs01, the Spot is cheaper than the XP2 here. I was wrong

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:58 am
by Marmaduke
I have used it only a few times but the Coast H7 is a great lamp. Not sure of the weight though. I don't even know it's there. http://www.coastportland.com/

edit- listed at 4.4 ounces (seems like it's heavier than that....?)

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:05 am
by ScottyP
I use the SPOT and love it. Very bright for the weight and great battery life.

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:42 am
by Diego Sahagún
Great battery life :?: What type of batteries do you use :?: XP2's batteries' duration are longer than Spot's. Does anyone know what's the Spot's distance at different times :?: See XP2's in that table: http://www.petzl.com/files/all/en/Produ ... -table.pdf

XP2's distance at 0h 30 is only 38 m, wich is bad for trail finding in my opinion

Re: Headlamps with lowest weight & longest bright distance

PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:15 am
by TimB
Autoxfil wrote:The MYO XP is so tried and true, and it's such a small amount of weight that I wouldn't bother.

Switch to lithium batteries to save weight - they work much better in the cold as well.


+1 on both-the lithium batteries are very nice, indeed.