I use this badboy. It's 250 lumens and only costs 150 with rechargeable battery. Super bright. I only use the lowest setting for skinning up in the morning and the high setting is bright enough to work for MTB.
+1 for the trailtech. When riding in trees you need more light than you think, so those small "tent lights" won't do it (imho)
This is from last week, btw:
But how fun could this be on those nights when the storms clear out at sunset, just turn on for descent? the Trail tech motorcycle light, probably lights up the whole bowl you are in. should work fine in the cold (it overheats when standing still in warm temps)
I think you'd want the flood and not the beam for seeing all your options. In a prior life I used to take the last run and the run out on the access roads with one of those early petzls ($50) with the largish flat rectangular batteries. It was plenty for the exit trails and stitching turns through the woods and meadows, but you'd probably want more to really open up with if there were rocks, etc. around.
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I have a BD Storm as my go-to headlamp and I don't know that it would be as bright as I would want if I intended to rip lines at night. It's plenty bright to move down a trail at walking/skinning pace and to ride carefully but I would keep my riding in check or stick to areas I knew well if it were a night without a moon.
My girlfriend has done some trail running and riding with a magicshine and has nothing but good stuff to say about them. I got a chance to play with one a couple of weeks ago and I'd really like to try getting out in the mountains with one for some night touring.
I use this light for early morning approaches/ descents but also for night climbing etc. 500 lumens isn't even close to their brightest light but it totally suffices for my needs. They make a Stella Sport version (shorter cord) which is nice for summer but decreases battery life in the cold during winter. I do however know this light is incredible! The company is very personable and approachable on the phone if you have questions etc. Highly recommend it.
Santa brought an X-Sun. Pictured here next to a Petzl myo. Guess which one is brighter? The lowest setting on the X-sun is brighter than the highest setting on the Petzl! It's really bright. Rechargeable lithium is a go. Haven't ridden with it yet.**