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Head torch recommendations


Well, the nights are getting dark and clocks go back in a weeks time. I live in a fairly small village and will soon run out of street lit roads. Does anyone have any recommendations for head torches. I run on a mix of roads and trails and there seems to be a wide array of torches out there and so thought I'd ask people who actually use them.

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I got a petzl tikka one.

It's pretty good, adjustable sturdy strap. Has a tilt facility to alter beam position, and several brightness settings.

It's not the most light weight item, but I can't say I noticed it on my last few runs, although I did enjoy taking it off 🤣🤣🤣🤣


I say if you have an OH, get them to drive behind you nice and slow... then you can have a lift home.

Good luck, it’s not easy in the villages unless you can run at lunch.


I’m a member of a group on FB who discussed this very thing a couple of days ago. The overwhelming response was to get a decathlon chest light. I don’t seem to be able to post the link but search for Kalenji run light 250 and you’ll find it. It’s £29.99 with a front and back light and is rechargeable. I live in a rural village too and my usual route don’t have street lights so I’m going to treat myself to one. The only thing I want to find out is if you can run in the rain with it 🤔

walks_now_runsGraduate in reply to southlundon

Hi SouthLundon, Thanks for that, I'll have a look. I hadn't considered anything other than a head torch.


I have had several and none have been perfect, so offer general rather than specific advice.

Avoid a head torch that stands away from your head, as it will wobble annoyingly as you run.

It is useful to have a rear light if you are running on roads.

Some use odd size rechargeable batteries, which are difficult to get hold of. I had to wait a month after my batteries from China were impounded at customs.

A head torch puts light where you are looking, as opposed to a chest torch which only lights directly in front of you.

Someone on the forum recently bought some lights to fit on her trainers and reported that they were good, although I cannot imagine that they can light the route very far ahead........imagine long grass ........

walks_now_runsGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks for that, great things to consider.

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