Petzl MyoBelt XP
Price Paid: $70
I was a little surprised at a review of the Myo XP that said it wasn't that bright. I suppose the Myo XPs might not be blinding like a Surfire flashlight but is plenty bright for a LED. So, here I go...
I got the Myobelt XP because Alaska winters are hard on exposed battery packs. I chose this model because I compared the numbers on the back of the boxes of Petzls, Black Diamonds, and Princeton Techs. The Myo XP had them all beat regarding battery life compared to brightness. Of course, that was confirmed when I tried it out.
I've used the light to xc ski, ice climb, hike, and belay. I think the light is fantastic although not perfect. The buttons on the top are very hard to use with gloves. For that matter, so is the light diffuser. I would certainly change that for next year's model. -45F isn't the right environment to deglove and fiddle with your gear. Other than that, all is good.
The removed battery pack makes a huge difference on balance and weight; I was a little surprised. The light does carry a good distance, great for a LED. The focus of the bulb and the diffuser only are limited with fast pace activities like skiing. I have a little bit of difficulty when using the diffuser because I can't see to far down the trail and when I use simply the LED, I can't see my feet. Oh well, I still love this light.
Price Paid: $79 US
Bought for inline skating at night in all weather conditions.
Runs in the rain, freezing or not...laughs at cold temps, snow, and the dark.
-Easy All Night run times @ any setting...and then the XP keeps on running and running and running...just like the box says.
-Light adjusts to point where needed.
-No field of view intrusion from the light when pointed directly down (unlike some lamps).
-Casts no artifacts or shadows (single LED).
-Fits on pretty much ANY helmet.
-I like the reflector on the rear where most lamps have the battery.
-The heavy cable running to the powerpack is well made and won't wear out, no twisting either.
-Strobe feature combined with the difuser is the bomb for any velocity sport in traffic.
-Head strap can be removed completly...giving the lamp many more placement options.
-The lamp was clearly made for right-handed people...making left-handed people really work to operate the already tiny buttons.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Petzl Myo XP Belt Headlamp is compact, lightweight and powerfull. Designed for action, these headlamps let the user choose between long range lighting and proximity lighting. The light beams are powerful and long lasting. The Myobelt XP can be powered with the included rechargeable battery or with 3 AAA bateries. With the Myobelt XP you are able to carry the weight of the batteries on your hip or in your pocket while your head only carries the main light which only weighs 2.65 oz.
Lighten up - take the weight off your skull and keep the trail ahead of you visible when you strap on Petzl's Myobelt XP headlamp. A belt-mounted battery pack takes more than two and a half ounces off your head, while the ultra-bright LED light has three different modes for whatever trail you encounter.
- Mountain Gear
The Petzl MYO XP headlamp was developed for high-level performance. To do this, it uses a high-output LED, a Wide Angle lens, three constant lighting levels and a flashing mode. This headlamp provides powerful lighting that can be adapted to the situation and the activity. The Wide Angle lens option is useful for instantly switching between long-range and proximity lighting. If necessary, it is possible to occasionally increase the light output to 150 lumens with the Boost mode (to locate a person, a car, etc.). To efficiently manage battery life, this headlamp comes with a battery charge indicator light. Petzl MYO Features: High-output lighting: - 150 lumens (Boost mode), 85 lumens (maximum level) - shines up to 97 meters (Boost mode) Headlamp can adapt to your lighting needed: - ability to adapt the light's brightness to the activity: three lighting levels (maximum, optimum, economic) - Wide Angle lens allows to quickly switch from flood beam proximity lighting to focused long-distance lighting in a single movement - Boost mode increases power if needed, while optimizing energy consumption and weight (175 g including batteries) - with flashing mode - perfect for endurance-oriented activities: 180 h light duration at economic level - light body is tiltable to direct the light beam where needed Comfortable and stable: - compact design - adjustable elastic headband - top strap included (not attached) for increased stability if needed Reliable and durable: - battery charge indicator light: warns when the batteries are 70 % and 90 % discharged - switches are protected from accidental operation when light body is in upright position - bulb does not need to be replaced - water resistant for all-weather use Distance (Max) Battery Life t = 0 t = 0.5 h t = 10 h t = 30 h (reserve) (total) optimum 54 m 47 m 36 m 21 m / 100 h economic 34 m 31 m 27 m 24 m / 180 h Boost 97 m / / / / /
Powerful and light with three lighting levels, a boost mode, wide angle lens, and remote battery pack, the new Petzl Myobelt XP is designed for mountaineering and trail running. With a new, 3x brighter LED for 2008, the beam shines up to 318 feet or 97 meters!