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PostSat Dec 05, 2020 7:35 pm 
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I have a few peeps on my gift list this year who need a good backcountry headlamp.  Because I am old, old school, I am partial to Petzel but I expect that there are some very cool new models out there in recent years.

What is your favorite headlamp??  And it a "value" question - the best lamp for the money.  Not a "price doesn't matter" question.

TIA!!!
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PostSat Dec 05, 2020 8:22 pm 
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Without a doubt hands down you can't go wrong with the Nitecore U20 or maybe the newer U25. I have been using my U20 every morning on the highest power since the days got shorter and I only have to charge it about once a week. And it passes my threshold for ultra lite. You can even lower the weight by a few grams by changing out the head band for some small shock cord (which I have done on one of mime). Total weight 1.6 oz. I own several.
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PostSat Dec 05, 2020 8:26 pm 
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Looks sweet - thank you, Lloyd!
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PostSun Dec 06, 2020 12:22 am 
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HitTheTrail wrote:
Without a doubt hands down you can't go wrong with the Nitecore U20 or maybe the newer U25.

Came here to post this!

I like the red light, so I use the NU25. Rechargeable, light weight, super bright, simple controls.
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PostSun Dec 06, 2020 6:51 am 
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Would also suggest the NU20 from nitecore.
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PostSun Dec 06, 2020 11:09 am 
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I really like the One80 because of the extra peripheral lighting it provides: https://one80light.com/collections/frontpage/products/h2-headlamp
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PostMon Dec 07, 2020 12:53 pm 
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Zebralight H600d Mk IV 18650 XHP50.2 5000K High CRI Headlamp

I do a lot of night hiking and the quality of the construction and light output is fantastic. Probably overkill for most but it's been worth every penny.
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PostMon Dec 07, 2020 1:22 pm 
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Thanks for the great suggestions.  I ordered a NU20 based on your recommendations and the price point was in my range for this gift.    Thanks!
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PostMon Dec 07, 2020 5:14 pm 
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For hiking, or faster stuff like trail running, skiing, MTBing?
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PostMon Dec 07, 2020 6:30 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
For hiking, or faster stuff like trail running, skiing, MTBing?

In this case, I was asking for backpacking, day-hiking, camping - - slow speed stuff.
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PostWed Dec 09, 2020 11:07 pm 
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Another recommendation for the Nitecore NU 25.  Really Bright when needed and USB Rechargeable.  Weighs 1.8 ounces on my scale.

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PostMon Dec 21, 2020 10:49 am 
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Thanks for the recommendation on the Nite Core.

I just picked up a U25.  Seems like a nice build and insanely lightweight.  Plus don't have to worry about batteries anymore.

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PostTue Dec 22, 2020 9:08 pm 
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Downhill wrote:
Thanks for the great suggestions.  I ordered a NU20 based on your recommendations and the price point was in my range for this gift.    Thanks!

I'm a little late to the party here and see you already purchased a headlamp. But if you want to try another brand in the future at a really good price point, try Loon...

https://loonoutdoors.com/products/nocturnal-headlamp

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PostTue Dec 29, 2020 11:15 pm 
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BPG - thanks for the Loon suggestion - I will file that away for the next time, but I had already purchased the NU20 - well, yes and no, sorta.....

Based on the first few replies, I ordered the NU20 figuring the red-light feature wasn't necessary and so would justify the price difference for the NU25.  But this was to be a gift for my daughter and she mentioned in passing that the red light was important to her for running at night, so how can a father argue with that?

I had already received the NU20 so I also ordered the NU25 and figured I'd send the NU20 back after the holidays as I have 1/2 dozen headlamps and don't need another.

After Christmas, my daughters and I spend the weekend in the mountains and one was sporting her new NU25.  I was so impressed with this light (compact size, ease-of-use, charging, luminosity...) that I decided to NOT send the NU20 back for a refund - and now it holds the #1 spot in my quiver of lights.

Thanks, everyone for the great suggestions!  Once again, NWhikers comes thru!!
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PostWed Dec 30, 2020 2:19 am 
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All these headlamps are new to me and I will be exploring them.

The NU20 has a run time of 100 hrs, per website.
Has anyone used the Nitecore headlamps for 5- to 7-day backpacking trips?

(I carry a charger [battery] but use it for other devices.)

Thanks for any input!
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