I don't actually have one, but managed to blag one off a mate for a few weeks, which was good, as he was off ice climbing and apparently didn't need it. As luck would have it, I then became inordinately busy during the evenings and didn't manage to get out with it for a couple of weeks, and then had a concerted effort at getting out and about with it just recently.
Yes, there are more comprehensive reviews out there, with a whole lot more words, but it's best not to repeat everything they say, that'd be pretty pointless.
So, in my opinion, what's it like?
To look at -as I'm sure you know if you are reading this, its got 2 lamps - one diffused and one spot, and a distance sensor thing on top of it, a head gripping head band, which seems a bit revolutionary as it uses string, elastic and plastic, and a contoured battery pack at the back, which is USB rechargeable. Nice, all well and good and a pretty design.
|Considerable lack of comfort|
|Locked on, but uncomfortable on the ear|
For those of you worried about it reflecting back on you in the mist, or as you breathe and steam goes up in front of your face - yes, it reflects back on you and dims accordingly - however, there is an option to have the torch on one single power setting at a time and take away the reactiveness- on downhill sections when you are pounding away and really really don't want the torch to suddenly dim on you because it thinks something is close to it - you can whack it on a specific brightness (chosen by you back at your computer) and away you go.
The only thing I found a little concerning is that the generic brightness when I was running was just a little too dim for the speed I was going. If I looked further along the trail, the torch got brighter, but I wasn't looking at where I wanted to put my feet, and when I looked down at my feet, the torch dimmed to the point that it wasn't as useful as I wanted it to be - and I couldn't find a setting to make the middle setting brighter. I wonder if it has been set at a specific level for a certain amount of distance.
Maybe that's one which someone with more patience, or perhaps a petzl program that doesnt crash - could answer.
So overall I was very impressed with the reactive lighting tech, and that there is a solid light that you can rely on as well if you are heading through a section where you really really don't want the light to react to anything. However, I found it heavy and uncomfortable, and have some reservations about the usefulness of it while running at speed.
Its a great concept, but for running, I'll be waiting for the 2nd generation.
|The on-ny off-y switch. rotational and with a lock. Excellent idea|