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Flashlight vs. Headlamp for hiking
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eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
hmmmm on 11/05/2010 18:43:20 MDT Print View

what do you call

eric sets off late in the day off banana peel with girl .... tries to impress this girl with his aweseome 5.7 climbing skills ... goes up the wrong route ... gets benighted on the route... girl was not impressed and did not want to bivy with eric ... eric was forced to descend the apron using his teenee weenie petzl elite


Chris Peichel

Locale: Eureka
Recommendation on 11/05/2010 18:56:02 MDT Print View

I recently got a zebralight H51. I have been playing with it at night, my wife already knows I am a little strange.

I really like this light. amazing throw and comfortable as a headlight or handheld.

I grabbed a used alkaline battery out of the drawer, and this light is super bright. The voltage on this used battery is exactly 1v. I can't imagine how much brighter this light would be with a new battery, either lithium or alkaline.

I have always carried a spare light, a princeton tec pulsar attached to my truck key.
The H31 looks great too, I like the cr123 batteries, but I wanted the bright white.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Recommendation on 11/05/2010 19:26:32 MDT Print View

Chris, the way a charge pump device works (between the battery and the LED) the answer might be that the brightness is not affected much by low battery voltage until the battery is almost dead.

Despite the fact that most of us carry a small headlamp for backpacking, and despite the fact that many of us carry a tiny "pinch-light" or coin battery type light for a backup... one of the more effective night hiking tools is your own human night vision. Granted, it is not so perfect on a dark night, but on a moonlit night it may be all you need for an open trail. Whilst in Army Infantry training many decades ago, I was taught how to properly use my night vision. It is a lightweight backup system, has multiple uses, and it weighs nothing at all. You do have to fuel it by eating the occasional carrot.


Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Light on 11/05/2010 19:35:17 MDT Print View

Eric - I don't think you should mention trying to impress a girl and teenie weenie in the same paragraph.....

@ Dan - having backpacked all over the world in every condition imaginable over the past 20 years all I can say is - don't bring a knife to a gun fight. Or, consider the conditions in which you trek and bring equipment that is suitable.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
conditioned to be afraid on 11/05/2010 19:42:44 MDT Print View


Edited by rmjapan on 06/18/2015 03:08:33 MDT.

wu demi
(processedin) - F
Re: Flashlight vs. Headlamp for hiking on 06/28/2011 00:13:36 MDT Print View

I think a flashlight is much better for you. I always go hiking with a flashlight which can be used as a defensive tool and lighting. In my bag, there is always a SOS flashlight Xeccon L23. In a emergency situation, it can do a great help to me.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Flashlight vs. Headlamp for hiking on 06/28/2011 07:24:32 MDT Print View

It would be difficult to use most of the type 3.0 inch flashlights as an effective defense weapon since they fit inside your palm...simply too short/small.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
headlamp on 06/28/2011 11:04:56 MDT Print View

I like my hands free. Right now I use a couple LEDs clipped to my hat brim, but I've been thinking of getting a dedicated headlamp. And I agree with Bob, a lot of times a light is not necessary. When I need one, though, I do need one.

Michael Reagan
(MichaelReagan) - F

Locale: Southern California
Let there be light on 06/28/2011 17:02:05 MDT Print View

Well, there are lots of experienced opinions here but very little consensus. I may as well add to the confusion :o)

To the OP question, I'd recommend any good headlamp that has a strobe feature. I know of at least one case of a hiker who got stranded in the desert with a badly-sprained ankle and activated the strobe on his headlamp, placing it on a nearby boulder during the night. A passing private aircraft spotted the signal and radioed SAR who pulled the fellow out the next morning. Some people think the strobe is a useless feature, but I think of it as extra insurance.

Your headlamp also frees your hands should you be needing them for trekking poles, negotiating tricky parts of the trail, or carrying watermelons...

That having been said, my wife and I once made a 2-mile out of a canyon on a moonless night with nothing more than our Photon Freedom lights. The hike included several river crossings and a bit of scrambling over rocks. I suppose I would have preferred to have a headlamp under those circumstances but our Photons worked just fine. A person can generally get by with far less than he thinks he needs in most situations.


Edited by MichaelReagan on 06/28/2011 17:02:35 MDT.