I’ve currently got two headlights that I use for trail running – an HC30 that I really rate, and is my go-to, alongside a T360 which is an emergency kit list item to meet event requirements. I really wouldn’t want to use it in anger in an event. I could do with something in the middle of the two for events that’ll run late enough to need a HT for a bit but which will spend most of the day in a race vest where every gram adds up. And it needs to be suitable for some night nav – a pure flooder isn’t practical.
So I’m looking for something that’ll put out (steadily) 150-250 lumens in a flood/throw mixed pattern for at least an hour without messing around with step downs, and be lightweight – less than 100g inc the weight of the battery and headstrap, which is generally half the weight. So I’m looking at 14500/18350 or 16340 as far as form function goes.
There don’t appear to be a lot of options. The Zebralight H32 ticks the boxes but has a premium price tag. The Skillhunt H15 looks too floody. Fenix do lots of options but I think I’ve ruled them all out either through weight, output, beam pattern etc. Someone will mention the NU20…the quoted times look weird and on the face of it would indicate step-down into low after not long.
I’m running out of ideas. Anything I’ve missed or do I need to accept spending ZL money?