I don't Night-O often - almost exclusively Pawtuckaway and the occasional CSU training, but I may compete more often. My headlamp is a cheap Energizer headlamp
that I bought at Sears for about $15 five years ago. It's convenient - takes 3 AAA batteries, has long runtime, is small, and I don't especially care if it gets destroyed or damaged. However, it's a bit weak for Night-O. Energizer advertises it as 56 lumens; amazon
lists it as 36 lumens.
I feel a bit ridiculous paying $400 when I only Night-O competitive two or three times per year (e.g. for a Petzl Ultra
), but I am interested in an upgrade - preferably something that would be capable for a night leg at a major European relay.
I followed the discussion on Sam's thread
, but her needs are somewhat more demanding than mine. At present, I'm considering two headlamps by a company that makes some hand flashlights that looked attractive:
- ostensibly 277 lumen, 4xAA
- ostensibly 230 lumen, battery pack; $100 on amazon
The Fenix HP10
225 lumen (claimed) 3xAA received high reviews on amazon. I will probably buy the Fenix PD31
handlamps because I really
like flashlights, and these seem to be brighter than comparably priced Surefires.
The Childs Bros (Mario and Luigi?) and feet all seemed to have good lights, so I will probably investigate those, too.