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  1. jacksonpt

    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    Anyone jog/trail run at night? I need a light, but not sure if a headlamp (petzel or whatever) be steady enough on the trail to be effective. Any recommendations? It will only be used for trail running and camping - no cycling.
     

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  2. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Sorry - can't help you. I don't even do day jogging.
     
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    I want to start trail running, but the only time I have is in the morning before work, and at that hour, it's still dark out, so...
     
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    I've tried trail running with a few different lights. Headlamps are ok - I've run with both a Petzl Duo and Petzl Zipka. I prefer the even light of the LED Zipka, but it's not quite bright enough. A brighter LED lamp would be a nice choice.

    The main problem, though, is depth perception. Headlamps tend to wash out your depth perception and make it difficult to differentiate roots from rust, etc.

    I've tried running with a hand held light, but find it very uncomfortable to run while holding the light.

    I have a planet bike helmet lamp, which has a very small and light lighthead. I've been intending to make a chest strap for it so that I can try running with the light at chest level. While that'd be incredibly dorky looking, I think it might work out well.


    Give it a try though, it's fun.
     
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    so you had OK results with a headlamp? I was looking at some fo teh 4LED lamps from petzl.
     
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    yep, OK, meaning good enough to get out on the trail, but sub-optimal for fun trail running. I run on narrow, steep, rooty trails, and I'm just not really inspired to get out there with a headlamp- too much loss of confidence. It's fine for nice, smooth fireroads though. On the techier stuff I'm concerned about twisting an ankle.

    headlamps are great though, you should use that as an excuse to get one. even if you don't use it for running, you'll love having it.
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Quit making fun of people who run on trails in the dark. :mad:
     
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    Jackson I have a Princeton Tec "Scout" and have gone running with it with no problems. www.princetontec.com
     
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    Cool, thanks. Never heard of them, but I will look into it.
     
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    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    I have the EOS. I love that thing. I don't use if for jogging though. I wear it when I walk the dog in the dark, for grilling in the dark, and for general outdoor use when I need light. It's one of my favortie toys. :)