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It's time to replace my headlamp and I'm considering the BD Gemini or Petzl Myo3.

 

Any experience with either model?

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I've got a Gemini, and it has worked really well. The battery life is freakishly long when using just the LED (something like 1100 hrs). The single LED is more than adequate for normal walking around and camp use and reading, but probably a bit weak for anything requiring better vision, like actual climbing or tricky routefinding. BD is changing the Gemini this summer to have 2 LEDs, which will cut the battery life from ~1100 hrs down to probably 600 or so, which is still WAY plenty. And with 2 LEDs, the LEDs alone should then be adequate for basic climbing stuff.

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Don't buy the Ion. It is the easiest thing to lose ever except your virginity if you are a 16 yr old blonde chick with 36-24-32.

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Checkout the Rayovac Sportsman 3 in 1 headlamp. Only $12 at Walmart. You can either use its 2 red leds, 1 white led, or the Krypton bulb for high power.

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I bought a 3,000,000 candle power spotlight from the local car part store and smply use that. 20 minutes on full power, 40 minutes on half power. sure, it's not that long but I can fuckin' melt my way out of a crevasse if need be.

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Dru said:

Don't buy the Ion. It is the easiest thing to lose ever except your virginity if you are a 16 yr old blonde chick with 36-24-32.

 

mmm...16 year old blonde chick with 36-24-32...

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JoshK said:

I bought a 3,000,000 candle power spotlight from the local car part store and smply use that. 20 minutes on full power, 40 minutes on half power. sure, it's not that long but I can fuckin' melt my way out of a crevasse if need be.

 

 

Is that a LED ???

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only 1.2 million candle power but its good for spotting deer thumbs_up.gif15301_f.jpg

 

i gots a bd moonsomething headlamp that i like. have a couple petzl zooms that now seem fuckin heavy. but dame theyr bomber and great for bushwacking at night.

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The Myo series? Besides looking really gay and being expensive how do they compare with the gemini?

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Have a Gemini, and personally, I'm a little dissapointed in the lack of power on the "primary" bulb. Mainly use the LED. Maybe I need to change the primary with the spare that came with it, anyone?

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I've been really happy with my Gemini. I may have to go out and get the new one with the two LED's, that'll make it even better. I've seen the Myo's, and I just don't like them.

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a 'nudder vote for the gemini. its fairly light, and after over a year, I have yet to replace the batteries.

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I've been using the same Petzl Arctic for 10 years. My dog chewed on the rubber cover, and it still works. Goddamn thing is like a tank. The battery pack is a little awkward, and it takes a specialized battery, but it's super bright and they seem to last forever.

On a slightly unrelated note:

 

I'd rather it be a 21 yr old, as I don't want to go to "federal pound me in the ass prison"

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I have the Gemini. Overall I really like it except for one major complaint: the cord connecting the battery pack to the lamp in front is too short and it won't fit over a helmet comfortably. I tried to put it on once and pulled the cord too hard; now the led mode sometimes flickers off and I need to wiggle the wire a little bit to get it to come back on. I'm planning on taking it back to REI soon for a replacement, but even still, it's a pain.

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bunglehead said:

I've been using the same Petzl Arctic for 10 years. My dog chewed on the rubber cover, and it still works. Goddamn thing is like a tank. The battery pack is a little awkward, and it takes a specialized battery, but it's super bright and they seem to last forever. cantfocus.gif

 

Artic's rock! I've had mine for similar length. The independant battery back may seem like a pain - but I prefer it to the battery on the back of the head, because

a)That weight gets annoying

b)Increased battery life in winter.

 

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cj001f said:

bunglehead said:

I've been using the same Petzl Arctic for 10 years. My dog chewed on the rubber cover, and it still works. Goddamn thing is like a tank. The battery pack is a little awkward, and it takes a specialized battery, but it's super bright and they seem to last forever. cantfocus.gif

 

Artic's rock! I've had mine for similar length. The independant battery back may seem like a pain - but I prefer it to the battery on the back of the head, because

a)That weight gets annoying

b)Increased battery life in winter.

 

Gospel from the choir. Mine's been exposed to rain, snow, sleet, (whatever the fuck that is), at least one beer soaking, a dog, and 350 miles of the PCT, and it is entirely dependable. I always have a backup battery, but they just seem to last. FYI, I also have a BD moonlight, and while I like it, I always reach for the Arctic first. Food for thought.

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if you don't douse your hair with kerosene and set your head on fire then run through the mountains wearing nothing but a kilt and no undies you are not old skool, mmmm-kay?

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bunglehead said:

"federal pound me in the ass prison"

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Michael Bolton said:

Shit, I'm a free man and I haven't had a conjugal visit in six months

I gotta watch that movie again!

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I like my Ion. Have only mispaced, but not lost.

 

Now having used if for half a year, the Aurora and the Tikka both fell like boat anchors. fruit.gif

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