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For us, the head torch that will meet most people’s needs, great for when hiking, running or fishing!
Mountain rescue responders are obsessive about their head torches because they are literally your lifeline in the darkness of winter. A few years ago, as equipment officer for my team and after trialling dozens of torches, we chose Silva LED head torches and this has been my mainstay for years. So for something to topple this pole position it’s going to have to be pretty special.
I first came across LED Lensers, used by the tactical police officers I train, attached to their firearms and excellent torches, but not so their head torches. Then, six months ago, Paul Hitchen of Glossop MRT and fell-runner, told me he was using the new Lenser CREE LED head torches, so Scot and I bought a few and put them through their paces.
The thing that first struck us was the intense quality of the beam of light, a brilliant white, controlled through a smart lens that goes from flood (broad-beam) to focused (spotlight) with none of the dark spots or rings that we’ve seen on other head torches. Better still, wearing gloves it’s really quick and easy to change from broad to focussed and herein lies the next advance!
With most torch beams focussed into the distance, three quarters of the available light is scattered and lost, not so with the Lensers due to their smart focussing system, so when other torch manufacturers claim X metres distance, its only just, whereas with the Lenser it is the full distance, due of the excellent beam quality.
Simply put, LED Lensers are the best head torches we’ve tried and are now our mainstay when out on the hill.
The two head torches we believe offer the best value for money combined with excellent performance are the SEO5 and the H7R.2
For us, the head torch that will meet most people’s needs, great for when hiking, running or fishing! (Chris Armstrong won’t use anything else when he’s pike fishing at night) because, set to LOW, you can easily see up to 40 metres and get a whopping 25 hours battery life and a handy integrated travel lock, so when its in your rucksack it doesn’t accidently switch on.
Great for close up map reading, no dark spots or rings, even light, spread evenly and when you need it, a simple turn of the wheel on the front of the torch gives you an instant spotlight right out to 120 metres, to find you dog or that elusive peak!
Don’t compromise and buy a cheap head torch: Led Lenser torches are 100% made in Germany and you see it and you can feel it.
Output: 180 lumens (on high power)
Three high-powered white LED’s and a single red LED
Advanced Focus System (AFS)
Glare-free red LED light
Exchangeable and washable headband
Carabiner hook built-in
Transport securing mechanism
High comfort level
Low Battery Message System and Transport lock to prevent the light from being switched on by accident
Water ingress resistant construction IPX6
High (100%) / Low (15%) / Signal
Luminous Flux: From 20 to 180 lumens
LED Lenser SEO5 LED head torch x 1
Washable headband x 1
Carabiner hook x 1
AAA alkaline battery x 3
User manual x 1