Apr 16, 2013 at 11:13 pm #1301836
I was trying several options to replace headlamp band with something I carry anyway.
So at the end I found the best way it work for me: my hiking/running baseball cap (it's a Nike dri-fit cap). All baseball caps has a closure on the back. Mine is Velcro closure. So it turns a natural headlamp band!
Zebralight headlamps would be even better because you can leave lamp housing on your cap and just insert the lamp itself when you need it. Petzl headlamps are somewhat heavy and wearing cap with the light on back of the cap is uncomfortable.
Tested my method in night running and hiking. Conclusion: it's perfect.
Don't know if others use their caps as a headlamp bands as well, so thought maybe it's worth sharing.Apr 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm #1977557
Dustin ShortBPL Member
Mike C sewed a petzl e-lite to a beanie but I think this is the first time I've heard of your solution.
I really like it!. The only downside would be if you are night hiking in the rain, then the bill of your hat would be cumbersome in your rain hood and you'd lose it's water deflecting benefits…then again if you're hiking in the rain at night your day as all ready probably gone to the crapper.
Still this is very much something I'll try to duplicate if any of my caps prove comfortable!Apr 17, 2013 at 7:24 am #1977598
Hiking MaltoBPL Member
I put my headlamp on the back strap of my Headsweats Supervisor. I do a fair amount of early morning and late evening night hiking and I can just reverse the visor and go without stopping. The only negative is if you are in very windy weather. I had my visor blow off and the mounting tab on the headlamp hit a rock and broke. But shortly after that happened I took off the headlamp and the visor blew off again, never to be found. I guess there is a negative to UL gear, it flies.Apr 17, 2013 at 8:51 am #1977616
Get a Petzl Xipka plus 2. No band.Apr 17, 2013 at 8:56 am #1977620
@lunchandynnerLocale: Pacific Northwest
Ooooh, that's a good idea! I'm going to try this next time I'm out!Apr 17, 2013 at 10:18 am #1977656
Tried it today. Surprisingly it was raining here in Upper Galilee today which is uncommon for our climate. The cap with the headlamp worked fine. The catch is that when you put your cap on with visor reversed it points down almost parallel to your neck. Try it yourself and you will see. You can wear a jacket with hood.Apr 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm #1977704
@m-lLocale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
The Zipkas are the best, lighter than the rest.Apr 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm #1977904
60g only if l91 lithium AAA are usedApr 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm #1977907
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Other headlamps will get you into the 50-55 gram range, and that is with single AA.
–B.G.–Apr 18, 2013 at 2:01 am #1977919
Guys I'm talking about how to wear headlamp. Not about headlamps.
Just mentioned that zebralight is more suited for carrying it on the cap like I've mentioned.Apr 18, 2013 at 4:48 am #1977929
well , they are tied together somewhat
You are trying to save weight, there are other options
Many like the fenix LD01, just clip on hat bill
Some like photons with hat clip, or velcro dot to velcro to cap bill
some will take light elastic and make a UL headstrap for another headlamp
some just clip zebralights to belt or pack strap
it all depends on what you use it for, and how much you need
Unless night hiking, a headlamp is overkill for me. A little photon is all I need.Apr 18, 2013 at 6:57 am #1977957
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Is removing headlamp band "stupid light"
Weighs 0.4 ounce maybe.
I tried Photon Freedom which weighs 0.4 ounce including a little clip that lets you clip it to your hat or whatever which works as a headlamp. It seems not bright enough to me, so I just use it as a backup and use a 3 ounce LED headlamp. This at least allows me to not take any spare batteries.Apr 18, 2013 at 7:45 am #1977981
Hiking MaltoBPL Member
"Is removing headlamp band "stupid light""
I guess that depends on how much night hiking you do. I do a good bit and there has been no negative to this at all. In fact, the simplicity of it makes perfect sense….if you use a visor that works with it.Apr 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm #1978758
All these options are reasonable, but putting headlamp on a closure band is a simplest and natural way that the headlamp is designed for. In case you want to use your headlamp and not switching to photon light or fenix just for making it possible to clip it to your hat. BTW, try night trail running with that fenix on your hat. It will bounce like a fat ass… photon light is awesome but not for all. And the velcro is just another piece of gear to fail.
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