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bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by FLV » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:15 pm

Hallo. I've started attempting to run a bit. Mostly off road, often at night.

I am a glasses wearer. My current head torch is my exposure joystick on a headband USE used to sell (might still do) which positions the torch on the side of my head. This creates a big glare in one eye. Less than ideal.

So, I am going to buy a new headtorch. Probably petzl, Exposure or black diamond but open to any really. Questions....

Any specific recommendations?
Any minimum lumens recommendations, I want a good 2 hour run time
Any particular recommendations from my bespectacled friends out there?

Cheers :-bd

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by jam bo » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:20 pm

Use contacts.

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Post by ScotRoutes » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:23 pm

I use a LED Lenser H7. Centrally mounted, above my specs. No glare.

Beam angle, width and brightness are all adjustable.

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Post by Cheeky Monkey » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:28 pm

Petzl Swift RL:

https://m.petzl.com/GB/en/Sport/PERFORM ... s/SWIFT-RL

Stupidly expensive but lovely gear.

Comfy harness, barely moved, despite size and weight (not that much really). Given its size and shape it stands proud of your forehead which might help avoid glasses and glare issues.

I originally bought the previous model for trail running (well, a plod / thunder). So impressed I bought this one too.

The reactik / reactive tech is pretty darn good. USB rechargeable (which I like) and stupid bright. Only thing that sometimes confuses it is when breathing heavy in very cold or drizzle / mizzle in the air that bounces light back and confuses the sensor. A tiny issue.

Did I mention they're silly expensive :wink:

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by Dave Barter » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:33 pm

I’m using an Alpkit Gamma with my specs and mainly off-road with no issues
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Post by Cheeky Monkey » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:37 pm

I should add I always ran with contacts. Too sweaty a beast for gigs.

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by voodoo_simon » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:56 am

Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:28 pm
Petzl Swift RL:

https://m.petzl.com/GB/en/Sport/PERFORM ... s/SWIFT-RL

Stupidly expensive but lovely gear.

Comfy harness, barely moved, despite size and weight (not that much really). Given its size and shape it stands proud of your forehead which might help avoid glasses and glare issues.

I originally bought the previous model for trail running (well, a plod / thunder). So impressed I bought this one too.

The reactik / reactive tech is pretty darn good. USB rechargeable (which I like) and stupid bright. Only thing that sometimes confuses it is when breathing heavy in very cold or drizzle / mizzle in the air that bounces light back and confuses the sensor. A tiny issue.

Did I mention they're silly expensive :wink:
Have one of these, not quite as stable as I would have hoped for but after 10 minutes or so of running, I soon forget about it. I do t wear spectacles but I’ll sometimes run with glasses on not had any glare back in my eyes

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by GregMay » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:05 am

Petzl Iko Core for short runs (<2hrs), NAO+ for longer runs.
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Post by Scud » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:15 am

Would it be worth just buying some thick elastic and making a different headband for the Joystick? Can't be too difficult to make one that had the band still round head, but then strip over the top to hold the light on top of your barnet? Seems a much cheaper way, as the Joystick is a great light.

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Post by Specialist Hoprocker » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:07 pm

LED Lenser H7 here too. Only annoying thing is that the rear button that changes function is very easy to accidentally press and hold. This then puts the light into a 'programme mode' and can turn it off, or on a odd moments. Like just as you are lighting the stove in the dark with a hood up!

But otherwise a good buy.

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by stevewaters » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:21 pm

Scud wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:15 am
Would it be worth just buying some thick elastic and making a different headband for the Joystick? Can't be too difficult to make one that had the band still round head, but then strip over the top to hold the light on top of your barnet? Seems a much cheaper way, as the Joystick is a great light.
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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by FLV » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:54 pm

look how happy they look with it too!!

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Post by Scud » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:31 pm

I was thinking that you could use existing strap with the Joystick holding part over the top, then stitch to a blank thick band of elastic around the head, so torch sits at top?

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Post by SeannyD » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:27 pm

I use a Petzl Actik for running (and walking the dog, not much difference in speed :smile: )
350 lumens and Core rechargeable version available too.
Simple and bright enough for me,
https://www.petzl.com/GB/en/Sport/ACTIV ... amps/ACTIK

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Post by benp1 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:14 pm

Blimey, all these runners :shock:

We're going to turn into a fastpacking forum :grin:

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by PaulE » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:59 pm

A cycling cap under the headtorch does a decent job of avoiding glare when I run in glasses.. not sure how it would work with a side mounted one, but may be worth a go?
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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by rando nomad » Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:17 pm

I'll throw something into the mix- a waist mounted light. We use the Ultra Spire one's and they are great. My wife and I both wear glasses, so I get the point about light and rain.
Having in on your waist keeps the light low, so it shows shadows more/allows you to get a better grasp of the terrain, rather than a light from above. No idea what is in stock in the UK, but thought I'd throw it out there.
PS- Check out Pete Bland Sports for lights and such

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by Chrisps » Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:58 pm

I don't know if it applies to other Petzl headtorches, but I find that the Petzl Reactik, although bright enough causes a weird flickering on your breath. My suspicion is that a bit like "Pulse Width Modulation" on laptop monitors, the way they vary the brightness is to turn the led on and off extremely fast.... in a way that isn't normally noticeable, but is annoying when your breath is condensing at night.

Just something to bear in mind

(Because of this I use an old Silva Trail Speed headtorch with a separate 4xAA battery holder that I keep in my pocket. Nice and bright and doesn't flicker)

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Post by Cheeky Monkey » Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:17 am

Hmm, never noticed flicker with mine. Reactik tech has been "confused" by condensed breath when very cold or mizzle in the air and when that's happened I've just turned it to non-reactik (..tive?) mode.

YMMV :cool:

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by gairym » Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:47 am

Another recommendation for LED Lenser here too.

Been using them for years now though I don't currently have one as I lost mine and so now use Mrs Gairy's iH8R model - it's brilliant!

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by FLV » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:06 am

Good shortlist here, thanos a lot.

I tried out a fairly basic Alpkit one last night. Batteries didnt last long at all, but the colour of the light (seemed pele white) and beam didnt work for me at all before the batterires faded after half hour.

There was less glare with the lamp central, which caps etc will further reduce if we leave wooly hat weather behind,!

I should add, not complaining about the alpkit one. Its been a faithful lamp in the tent etc.

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Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Post by FLV » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:10 am

I see theres a new exposure one coming out

https://exposurelights.com/products/out ... ches/ht-go

Being half blind though, i may go for more light than 400. Just for those gate / obscure path finding sessions :lol:

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