Any advice on head torches?

Hi all! It's getting darker earlier now and won't be long before I am having to run in the dark after work . I live in a small village so not many street lights ( just the two main streets really) so I will be running on unlit country roads and tracks. I think a head torch would be sensible but wondered if anyone has experience of one and could recommend a light weight reliable one ? I'm a bit nervous of running in the dark but will need to do so 2 or 3 times a week as I am determined to keep up my running .

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  • There are loads of threads here about this so it might be worth having a look back for the various recommendations

    my husband bought me an LED Lenser, which had been recommended on here. I think it cost about £19. It has a rear reflector, which will flash on and off if required. It stays put too, which is a boon ☺ it is billed as a running light. There are lots of head torches but not just for running

    The Petzl ones look good!

  • Perfect timing! My husband needs a head torch for walking (he calls it walking but he's 6'3" and the speed he goes is almost as fast as my running!). We were looking at the LED Lenser ones and wondered how good they were, it's good to have a real persons opinion! We will be off to the local running shop (No Limitz in Bedford, very friendly and knowledgable staff) to pick one up.

  • I have one as I like to go out at o'dark early in the winter mornings. Very useful piece of kit. Make sure you get one that's quite lightweight, with adjustable straps and a changeable battery - mine runs on one of those button cell batteries which helps to keep the weight down. You can sometimes pick up cheap ones in Aldi/Lidl (worth keeping an eye out) but Amazon have quite a range.

  • Yes I do, I really enjoy running with mine and especially when its frosty as everything sparkles in the light.

    I use a Lupine which isnt cheap but its very good. It also has a flashing light at the back. I also live in the country and its great on unlit roads etc.

  • EVERYONE at our running club has one of these, the light sits at chest level approximately and it has a red rear light.

  • Ooh didn't know about those! Thanks. Lot.

  • Ooo! I want one! Thanks for posting that🙂!

  • That looks better. I'm already having to delay my start in the morning as it is dark. I'm starting to risk being late for work now!!! I've always hated the thought of anything on my head. Think I need an early christmas present :-) Fazzical check this out!!

  • Great idea. I want one. My birthday list will be interesting!. A bit cheaper here

  • Thanks for the link, I've ordered one.. quite a long. Delivery date but will post how I get on in a few weeks!

  • I have a petzl tikkina. I remember doing a fair amount of research 2 years ago. It has 2 different light intensities and the elastic is strong and doesn't slide on my hair or hat. I tried cheaper ones but they didn't last. Mind you the decathlon body one looks fab. Only one dark run for me each week. I'm going further than I was last winter so a little cautious but have to do it to keep the running up.

    Good luck and good running in the dark.

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