Petzl MYO 5
Price Paid: Aus $130?
This is a torch you'd want if you're likely to be on the go at night. If you're just sitting around camp cooking or reading in your tent then go with something smaller and lighter, with just LEDs.
Petzl has put a lot of thought into the design of the MYOs. I really like the twist on/off with the simple 'locking' feature that stops it being turned on accidentally. You get 3 light levels from the LEDs, so you can conserve batteries while sitting around the camp or put it on full blast if you're running down a trail. The LEDs have a power regulator (unlike the MYO 3?) so that you get constant light output. The halogen beam is plenty bright and is great if it's used sparingly for route finding and nav (it sucks the batteries dry pretty quickly...unless you've got the belt mounted version which has 4xC cells).
Problems? hmm...I'd really like it if they were waterproof. Mine got filled with water while canyoning. Also, the spare halogen bulb is on the outside of the headband. Would have been better if they could have fitted somewhere in one of the casings. But these are minor gripes for a great torch.
All in all a great torch.
Price Paid: $75
I've had several versions of headlamps and this one rates really high. I've not noticed the degradation in the Xenon lighting, but I also try not to use it very often when around the campsite. My son has the Tekka and we like it for around the camp as well, but when on the trail at night, the LEDs don't reach out like the Xenon bulb.
Price Paid: $70
This is a really nice piece of gear. Its two light sources are great. The five LEDs are good enough for most hiking apps. and the Xenon buld comes in handy for technical areas. This really is a great do-all headlamp.
I HATE THE TWISTING ON/OFF funtion. Wish it had a button. If it had a button I would give it Five Stars.
Not to focus on the negative but these are the areas for improvement. The great thing is that batteries last forever with the LEDs. The bad thing is the Xenon is only really bright for the first fraction of battery run time. I find myself switching to LEDs all of the time because the Xenon is almost gone. Granted the energy saving technology allows for this super long run time but the Xenon is gone by the end.
I bought my girlfriend the Yukon HL from Princeton Tech. It is really the best headlamp that I have seen. It's all LEDs and just as bright as the MYO 5. The Xenon on the MYO 5 is a little brighter but there are no bulbs to break and burn out in the Yukon HL and it is button operated. Granted the twist opperation is more bomber, but it sucks to twist it on your forehead with one hand and tough to do with gloves on or cold fingers.
If Petzl offers an all LED upgrade for this headlamp I would say the MYO 5 is the Best on the market.
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The Petzl Myo 5 Headlamp is intended for demanding users whose needs alternate between long-range lighting (100m Xenon halogen) and extended battery life (15m LEDs).
The Petzl Myo 5 headlamp will let you own the night in whatever outdoor activity you are partaking. The very powerful Myo 5 has a bright xenon halogen bulb and five LEDs that have multiple intensity settings. This headlamp is intended for demanding users whose needs alternate between long-range lighting and extended battery life. The rotating bezel switch allows easy selection between the three brightness settings (LED), or distance vision (Xenon halogen bulb). In this way, the Myo 5 by Petzl allows you to adapt the lighting level to the activity.
The MYO 5 is intended for demanding users whose needs alternate between long-range lighting and extended battery life.The rotating bezel switch allows easy selection between the three brightness settings (LED), or distance vision (Xenon halogen bulb). In this way, the user can adapt the lighting level to the activity. Ideal for mountaineers, adventure racers, or anyone moving quickly under variable lighting conditions. The three lighting levels (LED) are regulated by an electronic system: an optimum level, ideal for walking or general use, a maximum level, ideal for climbing or moving quickly on technical ground, an economy level, ideal for reading maps, setting up a tent. When the batteries are almost completely discharged, the system switches to reserve power mode, providing proximity lighting and greatly extending burn time. Black elastic headbands, battery pack and lamp head. Technical specifications: Operates with 4 AA alkaline batteries (included) 138 g (without batteries) Supplied with spare 6 V Xenon halogen bulb.
Whether you need a 100-meter halogen headlamp or hands-free, LED practicality for setting up evening camp, Petzl's adjustable Myo 5 is everything you need for climbing, camping, spelunking and adventure racing. It's power and economy in one ergonomic package. Twist the electronic bezel switch for a blast of long-range halogen heat or take it down three notches for energy saving tent tasks. The five-LED configuration provides a range of roughly 15 meters, enough light for walking and general use around the campsite. Choose from three brightness levels to minimize eyestrain while reading maps and paperback novels. The electronic system also monitors battery power and automatically switches to energy-saving reserve power mode when necessary. If you're looking for ways to minimize the weight around your head, check out the removable battery pack on the Myo 5 Belt.
- Altrec Outdoors