Headlamps?

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  1. Barefoot Dama

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    Find a trail first then you run on it and if you like it do it again:sorry:
     

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    lol Dama
     
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    I don't know anything about the headlamp market, and I rarely run trails, but I got this two months ago and have been pretty happy with it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GAQKMC/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Last time I used it I wore it around my waist--less tunnel vision.
     
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    dama, you're cutting into my job.
     

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    Dama is such a smart ass, but that's what we love about her.
     
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    Bright enough for me, and one of my routes passes through an area of near-pitch-darkness. I like the fact that it's rechargeable. That was a big selling point for me. I'm trying to get rid of all the batteries in my life.
     
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    That's what she said! :rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah I see that one you can use both the rechargeable and AAA which is cool.
     
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    I use this one:
    http://www.zebralight.com/H51-Headlamp-AA-200Lm_p_37.html

    with eneloop rechargeable battery..

    I like lamp to be small use to carry in the pocket when I don't need it. Petzl nao with it's reactive lighting was also kinda cool, but it was way too big to put on pocket and as it has two solid pieces it also made some noise in there. First I had petzl tikka xp2 with rechargeable battery, but it didn't have enough brightness. I also have zebralight h600, but as I don't really need any more brightness than h51 has it's kinda useless..
     
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    I have the Black Diamond sprinter and really like it. The battery won't last all night if you are thinking Ultras or a night R2R, Abide. One idea is to carry a small flashlight to mix things up and give your eyes a break from the headlamp. One I don't recommend is the Princeton Tec Vizz. The spot is great at 150 lumens, but it eats through batteries. Thinking I had a faulty one, I bought another and had the same problem. Also, any model that has the batteries up front will be hard to keep in adjustment, they tend to bounce around and creep down.
     
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    I have a Petzl Tikka 2+ which I used for pavement/street running for about a year, it was inexpensive and was just about powerful enough. I upgraded mine with a rechargeable module, which made it a little thicker, but I didn't have to buy any more batteries.

    When I started trail running, I found the Tikka woefully inadequate. So I upgraded to the Petzl Nao (as used by lots of ultra/mountain runners like Kilian Jornet). http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/headlamps/nao

    The Nao is a MUCH better lamp, yes its more expensive but IMO totally worth it. At max power it throws a huge amount of light, at lower levels (but still brighter than the Tikka) it has a long burn time. It auto-adjusts to ambient light levels, run down a street with lights and it dims right down and saves the battery, come into a dark forest and it ramps the power back up, look at a map/signpost/person and it dims again. You can connect it to a PC/MAC and custom tune the light levels in various modes.

    For me it was worth every penny. As trail runner nation said when they renewed it, ok it's expensive but what price do you put on being able to run through the dark in safety, what price on a broken wrist if you trip over a tree root or rock?
     

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    Thanks for the info. I ended up getting the black diamond spot. I really didn't want to spend more than $40. I'll bring some extra batteries if I ever need it longer than 4-5 hours. Actually it is supposed to have a run time of 50 hours on max, but I know that is a hoax.

    I tried on a couple of lights with the battery packs in the back and it felt a little awkward to me. I'm surprised to see so many use them?
     
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    I guess you just get used to it, my Nao seems to balance ok with the lamp on the front and battery on the back. The Black Diamond you got sounds pretty good for the money. :)
     

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    Dammit, now I want one. Kind of overkill for urban running, but come winter time, if I'm still running mostly in the morning, it might be nice to have a more powerful beam to see all the icy hazards. Like you say, avoid one serious wipe-out and it's paid for itself.
     
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    Why? you're not going to be out that early wintertime anyways-you'll see:coldfeet:
     

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  18. Abide

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    Thats what I was thinking until I saw $175.

    Vamp does that light adjusting mode really work?
     
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