I am currently in the market for a new headlamp, as my Princeton Tec Byte has "bit the dust" like others have experienced and will be returned to REI. On my last trip it left me in the dark, good thing i brought a back up flashlight (fenix pen light).
Anyways, I am looking for a headlamp that will be reliable, wont break the bank, and is of course lightweight. My budget is around 50 dollars, will spend more if it is really worth it. I dont need it to be extremely light weight, but still want to keep the weight down. It will be used mostly for backpacking- setting up camp, midnight bathroom walks, occasional night hikes. Since the Princeton only put out 35 lumens, anything above that I will be a happy camper.
I am pretty much sold on a Zebra light, H51 or H31, but am turned off by the idea that it can accidentally be turned on in your pack... easily fixed by unscrewing the end while storing. While that seems easy enough I still don't like the idea of having to fuss with it and risk forgetting (likely) to unscrew the battery before I pack.