A collection of head torch reviews, all under £40! Packed with features, this is the mid range collection.
The HL7 is incredibly bright- 285 lumens of output. Coupled with the variable lighting control, you can twist the adjustable dimmer to the desired brightness quickly and easily. The flood beam and spot beam are the best in class for trail lighting and distance (234m). An adjustable head and hard-hat compatibility make this ideal for more serious use, although for a not so serious price! On the low output 4 lumen mode the battery life lasts 70 hours but decreases to 1.5 hours on high.
The device lacks a strobing and red light feature but the short battery life is the main drawback to this head torch. Although, weighing in at 124g there is the option to bring a spare set of 3x AAA batteries. As an added bonus a COAST 5 year warranty is included on purchase- particularly useful if you’re known for head torch mistreatment!
The heavyweight of the category coming in at 165g. Although there is a good reason for this- the H7.2 takes 4xAAA batteries rather than 3. For the improvements this makes to the battery life it also means this device wouldn’t be suitable for your evening run. However, what the H7.2 lacks in daintiness it makes up for in beam power. With a 250 lumen beam that lasts for 5 hours, this device represents the trade off between battery life and weight.
The redesigned head strap is comfortable and prevents slippage well, despite the weight of the device. The IPX4 water resistance rating and multiple lighting modes (High Power, Low Power, Boost, Dim, Signal) make it great for outdoor use.
Petzl Tikka XP – best lightweight
The tikka XP offers a range of lighting modes from focussed to wide, strobe and red, maxing out with a 180 lumen white beam. The constant lighting ensures a strong beam during usage and at still only 85g this is a lightweight bundle in a very familiar package.
The torch is powered by three AAA batteries with the option of going rechargeable, and still features the front placed battery pack. The disadvantage of this being the 180 lumen boost mode can only be operated in 10 second bursts and the rapid movement 120 lumen lasts for 2 hours. Although, the 40 lumen proximity mode has a good spread of brightness, the lack of reliable high power modes is a drawback. Realistically, that is drawback of having a lightweight, front positioned torch. However, for anything other than the serious outdoor user this device is ideal.