Joined: Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:27 am Posts: 65 Location: Bham
For those times when you just can't let the sun dictate when you go splitting, I'm looking for a headlamp that will work well for riding at night. Right now I'm rockin a Petzl MYO-something that I got off steep and cheap, which is decently bright, but I'm lookin for something a little brighter.
What are you guys using?
I'm preferably looking for something with the battery pack on the head (unless someone can explain the benefits of having it somewhere else?), something waterproof or highly water resistant, and super duper bright. Not too concerned about weight, but not looking for The Hulk either. The price can't get too out of hand, no Petzl Ultra Wides or whatever those are called.
Suggestions? What kind of conditions have you guys put your headlamps through and with what results?
So they sell this one to the military. Nothing but good things to say about it after a full summers worth of use. Haven't tried it night riding yet, but I'm sure it'd be great as the lamp is almost too bright on it's brightest setting. Blinds my wife all the time.
I've been using the black diamond icon for years and its never disappointed. I wouldn't bother with MTB lighting. They're going to have way more lumins than you need. Snow provides a lot of reflections so a little bit of light goes way further than on a bike where you have to worry about light absorption.
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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.
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:24 pm Posts: 243 Location: Salzburg / Austria
I use a Lupine Betty for my nightrides, summer or winter. Especially on a mountainbike in the woods you need plenty of light if you want to go at "daylight-speed." Using something like a Petzl Tikka wouldn't allow much fun. In winter of course, less light than what a Betty provides is enough as well. Still, if you want to go full speed, you'll be happy with a strong light.
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:15 pm Posts: 294 Location: Washington
I have been using the Petzl myo BELT for a few years. The battery pack is on a cord so you can keep the batteries warm in your pocket. This is a good thing. On cold nights head mounted batteries can drain before the tour is over. I like the power settings on the myo. Low power for the skin up to save battery life, max power spot for the ride down. Another benefit to a corded battery pack is less weight on the head and it doesn't interfere with my goggle strap.
^^^whoa, edit to add that BD Icon polar light looks like a winner. Will be getting one of those because I'm not sure Petzl is making the myobelt anymore.
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.