I am looking to pick up a headlamp for some early morning runs and wanted to get some recommendations. It will get limited use and I probably don't need to break the bank. As much as I like the idea of the Petzl Nao it may be overkill for my needs (plus it seems like it would be heavy). Thoughts?
I believe I got the same one as Jay. It's just what I needed for limited use. REI is having extended Black Friday sales. Check out their site, or the store in East Hanover. I think it's a Black diamond? Can't remember the company off the top of my head. (No pun intended!)
I have a petzl tika 2 $40 +/- REI. I often just use a handheld flashlight because I don't always like the light beam coming from my head especially in rain or snow conditions. The handheld beam also gives better depth perception with the lower angle.
I'm using the Black Diamond Sprinter with great success. It has a rear flashing light and rechargeable battery, adjustable front beam and a reasonable wide strap that is surprisingly comfortable. REI has it on sale right now for 25% off, about $50.
My only complaint is that in the early morning mist, rain and probably the snow too, the beam can be annoying. I also use a super inexpensive waterproof flashlight, picked it up at Campmor for about $9.
I may do a few runs with a headlamp on and a flashlight in hand to try and determine which is more comfortable. I think for me I might be more comfortable with a flashlight in hand (they have ones that actually strap on the front of the fists like headlights) than a headlamp with strap, battery, etc.
honestly, I bought one from home depot for like $20 and then I saw Costco had a 3 pack of similar ones and used them for the Bear Mtn 50 last May. nothing fancy but they do have 3 light options with I think about 100 lumen, blinking and steady, adjustable with a strap to go length wise over the head too