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 Post subject: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:06 am 
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I am looking at getting a new headlamp to replace the cheap energizer I have been running around with. I am torn between Petzl and Princeton Tec. I like the reviews on Petzl, but I read an article by a Marine Scout Sniper on a Princeton Tec he had and I always trust one of my brothers. Recommendations? Not just brand, but model as well please. I am thinking about a Petzl STRIX IR.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:44 am 
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Well, depending on your requirements (IR? multiple colors? output? mounts?), I'd say the most basic system for you would be a Petzl Tactikka Plus (avoid the basic Tactikka, controls suck IMO and reach is low), or the XP version if you need additionnal colors.
If you want something more high end, with IR capability and more output, I'd say get a Princeton Tec Remix pro MPLS over a Strix. More adaptable, lighter, lower profile (the Strix mounted on a side rail is a joke) and higher output if you need that.

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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:06 am 
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I will not be mounting it to a rail or utilizing the kevlar adapter. I plan on keeping it on the headband. I have found that to be the best for what I do.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:20 am 
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Petzl Tactikka XP is hands down the best headlamp I've come across to date.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:37 pm 
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I had an MPLS Pro. First one I got was DOA. After lots of phone calls (somehow they don't do that over email) I got it replaced, although I got sent the wrong color. I kept it anyway because I needed it more than matching colors... Then 2 weeks ago, part of the battery cover just snapped for no reason when I tried to change batteries. I got in touch with Princeton Tec and I've been sent left and right by their support people and I haven't been able to get it replaced yet.

I liked its design, light weight and adapters (headband, NV mount, MOLLE) but I've been able to rely (admitedly for non-combat uses) on my Takktika XP for the last 5 years without any breakage. I'll be switching back to the Takktika.

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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:51 pm 
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For serious military use, the Petzl Taktikka Plus or the Taktikka XP are the best options out there. I've got the Taktikka Plus, the Taktikka XP (just picked one up), and the PrincetonTec Quad Tactical, plus the Energizer 6 LED Headlight (yep, that's the name).

Energizer is ok for hiking (and not much else, due to light cycling), the Taktikka Plus is great for easy and discrete red-lens use. The Taktikka XP and the Quad Tactical add interchangeable lenses plus a high output mode, which I haven't found myself needing and I just lose the spare lenses (I make sure to safeguard the red and green ones).

If you just want a basic red-lens quality headlight, the Taktikka Plus is my preferred option.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:04 pm 
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I bought Tactikka XP second hand 5 years ago, and it's still going strong. I usually break everything in very short time, so I dare to call it indestructible :D


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:22 pm 
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I've got a petzl tactikka and i love it, bright white light, different illuminating modes (three different intensities and one flashing-tilting-strobe or whatever is called mode,) i only use it for trekking when goes dark or running (when dark, obviously) and has performed very well.

And the elastic band is quite confortable :D


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:04 pm 
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We are using the Skedco marked petzl headlight with green lens as an issue item (nvis compatibility). Never had problems, so i bought a commercial one with red lens cover....which decided to stop working during a night work (thankfully little to no time was wasted due to backup).
i then went and bought a PRINCETON TEC EOS TACTICAL (which atleast here retails for roughly double the price of the tactikka). It is slighly bigger, but sturdier, 1 meter waterproof, it has only one led (1 watt/45 lumens). it comes with 3 filters, i mounted the red one. i like the fact that the filter is sliding, not hinged, so you can slide it half open if you need (i feared with vibrations it may come loose, but it still didn't after 4 years). Note that the filter is very thick, even with the maximum power it becomes no more than a map-reading red light. it has only one very recessed button. i forgot to add it is US made, and the light mode are low to high then blink, instead of the high to low the petzl has.

there is also a picture of me in a local paper, working on a casualty during a nighttime SAR with my trusty foliage green one with ucp camouflage band :D


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:55 pm 
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Another vote for the Tactikka XP, never lets me down.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:41 pm 
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Nothing but good to say about the Tactikka XP, always works.

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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:38 pm 
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a couple of shots of the issue skedco/petzl light versus the Princeton tec eos tactical

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with filters opened
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fully tilted, the princeton tec rotates about 90°, note also the different profile, different buttons and the battery compartment locking method, plastic button versus metal screw
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back...one can be detached and attached to molle webbing, the other can't
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battery compartment opened, the princeton tec has a rubber seal which makes it 1 meter waterproof
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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:15 am 
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i have the basic Petzl Strix but mine is rail mounted to my helmet.

saying that i have used it with the head band in another lid and works really well. a bit bulky non the less but worth the money.

any of the above mentioned are great bits of kit, i love petzl headlamps.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:21 pm 
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Sounds like I am gonna be going with a Petzl for sure. I am gonna save up and try the Strix.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlamp
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:22 am 
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i forgot to mention earlier that i also use a petzl e-lite, small, lightweight and very low profile. has red (2 brightnesses and white)


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