I’ve never had a headtorch that I’m really happy with.
Having a headtorch when you’re camping makes life so much easier. Not only can you see where you’re going, but if you are cooking or eating or pitching your tent or searching for your toothbrush after dark, it’s useful to have both hands free. It makes a trip to the compost loo in the middle of the night less scary and when you’re not wearing it you can use the elastic to strap it to your tent pole like a little hanging light.
I’ve owned both Petzl and Black Diamond ones, but never been very satisfied with them.
The other goat recently left hers behind on a trip to a youth hostel, so she purchased some new ones to try out. Headtorch purchasing is always a bit confusing as you can pay anything between £4 and £40 and not really understand the difference.
The assistant manager in our local branch of Blacks was very helpful and tried his best to explain about checking for the battery life as well as the lumens. Apparently ‘CREE’ is a good word to look out for. We would add that the bulky ones are annoying to wear and if the button sticks out too much you can easily accidentally turn it on in your bag and waste your battery!
Is red light worthwhile? Possibly – it can allow you to read without attracting insects to your lamp. It can also be handy if you want to read while your tent buddy is trying to sleep as it is less bright.
Anyway, on this on this occasion the little goat got overwhelmed and ended up buying two – on the justification that our camping guests never remember their torches, and so a spare would be handy!
Purchase 1: Eurohike 6 LED headtorch
Only 30 lumens, beam distance 10-12 metres battery life of about 8 hours. White, bright and red settings and a bargain at only £4 (in the sale, normally £6).
So far it’s only been tried out in the loft – need a camping trip to try it properly, but so far so good.
Purchase 2: Technicals 150L CREE head torch
This one cost £10, which is still reasonably priced. It has an optional strap for top of your head, but this can be removed. However, when turning the torch around to try and fit the straps on for the first use, a little nut dropped out! It’s from the hinge which allows you to move the angle of the torch… Needless to say, we will never find out how this one performs as it is going straight back to the shop!