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Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:50:48 GMT

Hi folks, I've read the kit reviews including the excellent article by Ian Bowles. However, I still haven't decided on a head torch. The Petzel Nao seems popular but the hassle of recharging batteries is off putting and the AAA batteries don't seem to perform well. I'd be interested to hear what head torches Spiners use. I'm remaining pretty open minded at the moment but I'd probably have a preference for a head torch that doesn't require rechargeable batteries. Cheers, Brian

MONTANE® Spine® Team
Sat, 12 Nov 2016 22:26:07 GMT

There are so many to choose from excellent and many excellent options from Petzl of course. I still have a Myo XP belt (3xAA batteries), so I share your concerns about their smaller brothers the humble AAA. As an alternative there's a good option from Black Diamond if you've not considered it, the Icon Polar which has the detached battery pack for 4xAA batteries. Powerful and good quality. Buy online and you've time to test it out or return it.

MONTANE® Spine® Team
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:15:04 GMT

Could be a tad heavy though...

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:42:26 GMT

Coming up for my 5th Spine and will use LED LENSOR H 7s again. Several reasons for this : Apron 16hrs burn time , Good fine beam zoom function to pick out gates, The price £21 each! ease of controls. light weight, easy to wrap around wrist for running in fog when you need the beam near the ground. I carry 2 on me at all times so I can just swap without pausing to change batteries. I have a spare 3rd H7 in my drop bag in case of accidents. Have used Duracell Ultra AAAs in the past but now tempted to use Lithium . Sometimes get low burn times on the Lithium for no apparent reason? Only downside of the H7 is that the on off switch can be turned on by mistake in your pack! problem can be solved by carrying them in the pouch provided and stitching the pouch to your waist belt.

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:37:34 GMT

Apologies if i am hijacking this thread - I used a headtorch that was splash proof i.e. IPX rating of 4 this year which failed on me so I am looking to replace with a unit that has a rating of 7 i.e. waterproof. I like the features of the Nao (n.b. it wasn't this unit that failed on me) but it's no rated to 7, any suggestions please?

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:05:27 GMT

It appears reactive and waterproof can't be done - according to my web searches anyhow. The Black Diamond looks good but read a review about one getting waterlogged so i'm not sure. Does anyone have experience of the Princeton Apex Pro? Odd battery size may be a bit of a pain

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:11:29 GMT

dammit should read more before posting buttons are fiddly (on the Apex Pro) by all counts. Search continues.

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:11:11 GMT

Most of the Fenix range look waterproof.