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    hiking headlamp

    I'm doing a 24 hour endurance race soon and need to put together a light setup. I have one of those deal extreme 900 luminen light but want to compliment it with a helmet light. Would a camping headlamp such as this
    http://www.rei.com/product/771451
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    I would say no because the headlamp would be overpowered by your other light. You should get another 900 lumen light and use a helmet mount.

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    I have used the old (80 Lumen) version of the Princeton Tec Apex (http://www.rei.com/product/775560) as a headlamp when used with the P7 torch on the bar. I found it worked well. The new version has a claimed 130 watts and can be found for ~$58 if you look around.

    I found that getting the headband to work depended on the shape of the helmet.

    But I now use one of these $14 torches from Dealextreme: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13095, using a o-ring to mount it on an old headlamp mount. Much brighter and it has a good run time. Its only drawback may be that it used 18650 batteries (about $10 each) and you will need a ~$12 charger too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudnut
    Would a camping headlamp such as this
    http://www.rei.com/product/771451
    be worthwhile?
    I'm curious why you would be looking at that type of light for this purpose?
    Is it a budget thing? Or are you planning to use it for other things besides mtb'ing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fightnut
    I'm curious why you would be looking at that type of light for this purpose?
    Is it a budget thing? Or are you planning to use it for other things besides mtb'ing?
    That's exactly it. I don't plan on doing too much night riding, but I need a setup for moab in a few weeks. I figure I'd get more use if I dual purpose a light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudnut
    That's exactly it. I don't plan on doing too much night riding, but I need a setup for moab in a few weeks. I figure I'd get more use if I dual purpose a light.

    Ok, I see. Well I don't know much about that style of light (headlamps), but I'll just throw out a couple for you to look at.

    There's this one at DX. I use a couple handheld "zooming" flashlights for biking sometimes, and they're pretty nice, versatile lights. The headlamp version appears to have a dimmer built into the battery pack which would help conserve battery life.

    Then there's the headlamp version of the light you already have, http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.29489

    And of course there's quite a few other headlamp choices at DX. Some look promising, some not so much.

    But I kinda agree with Azndude51, you're gonna need something fairly bright to even be noticeable against the DX light you have.

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