What brands, models, manufacturers have held up
to the abuse, moisture, conditions involved with
paddling your canoe or kayak ?
NOT looking to start a war about "legal lights"
for coast guard approval, etc., etc. - just merely
seeking help on what failed, what worked best.
I love my Petzl Duo14 but it's a brute !
Classic Freestanding Rack
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We have Black Diamond|
Posted by: jackl on Jan-30-14 3:30 PM (EST)
I too have a black diamond|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-30-14 7:32 PM (EST)
It is the Storm model 100 lumins. The head band stretched out very quickly, but I replaced it with a Princeton tec band from an older light. Otherwise it has worked for 2 seasons used often paddling salt water. So far without a problem. Very versatile beam functions. I also have a princeton tec that is waterproof but not as good a beam. Both have strobe and red light. Except for the "pis" headband I like the B/D Storm best.
One tough headlamp|
Posted by: taj on Jan-30-14 5:40 PM (EST)
While not the brightest on the market, 80 lumens isn't too bad either, the Princeton Tec EOS is a rugged unit. The EOS II is rated as 'intrinsically safe,' which is a National Electrical Code rating for the ability to be used in an explosive atmosphere. If I remember correctly both models are similarly rated, just not advertised that way. What does that mean to kayaking? If it is tight enough to not ignite gas fumes it surely isn't going to leak if you swim with it. It can take a beating.
intrinsically safe not equal waterproof|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jan-30-14 6:02 PM (EST)
Intrinsically safe means the item is "incapable of producing heat or spark sufficient to ignite an explosive atmosphere". This doesn't necessarily mean the item is waterproof.
Waterproof - proper testing|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Jan-30-14 7:43 PM (EST)
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jan-31-14 12:54 AM (EST)
Most likely it just means that it's not possible for the device to make a spark, or at least not a spark that is exposed to the air. Thus, one possibility is that the switch is waterproof even if nothing else is.
I'm aware of that|
Posted by: taj on Feb-04-14 11:15 AM (EST)
its also listed as waterproof.
Princeton Tec EOS|
Posted by: Jeffrey_Lee on Jan-30-14 9:19 PM (EST)
Here's my review of the Princeton Tec EOS.
Petzl Tikka Plus|
Posted by: shiraz627 on Jan-31-14 8:16 PM (EST)
I have had mine for 7 years still works like the day I bought it. Just replaced the head band so it's better than new!
Petzl Tikka Plus question|
Posted by: dc9mm on Jan-31-14 11:28 PM (EST)
You say you have had one for several years. I just checked and according to the website it says its rated IPX4 which is not for submersion. So my question have you ever had yours under water say during a roll? Did this cause any problem? I ask as Iam looking for a light now and want to know if I really need it to be IPX 6 rated or not.I have been using a low powered light that attaches to hat brim and that was rated only ipx4 and have rolled with it on and mine still works after 1 year of use.
Petzl Tikka Plus|
Posted by: shiraz627 on Feb-02-14 9:02 PM (EST)
Mine has never been under water.
Actuality - stuff gets wet|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-01-14 1:18 AM (EST)
When You REALLY Need...|
Posted by: Kudzu on Feb-01-14 5:25 AM (EST)
more info on my previous post |
Posted by: castoff on Feb-01-14 1:46 PM (EST)
Both the BD Storm and the Princeton Tec are IPX 7 water proof ratings. My Princeton Tex has 4 mode and h2o 1m printed on it, but I don't know the model. The two lights are comparable and I use both with the Tec as back up. The Storm has a brighter beam 100 vs 80 lumin for the Tex. The Storm has a dimmer feature for the main beam, and can be reduced down very low, or you can use two separate lower lumin area bulbs instead.
Bike Lights - modifications|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-01-14 2:59 PM (EST)
dive lights would be anothet option|
Posted by: castoff on Feb-01-14 3:54 PM (EST)
Which might be next for me.
Posted by: Marshall on Feb-01-14 4:00 PM (EST)
Been pleased with the various modes of the waterproof 165 lumen Princeton Tec Viz for head lamp and the 45 lumen Amp w/diffuser cone on the back of my pfd as a stern light.
I have a Princeton Tec|
Posted by: yakfisher on Feb-02-14 6:14 PM (EST)
FE noober one choice|
Posted by: fatelmo on Feb-02-14 8:25 PM (EST)
Princeton Tec/LL Bean|
Posted by: kybishop on Feb-03-14 10:58 AM (EST)
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-03-14 3:56 PM (EST)
It was advertised as weaher-resistant. It is now making it's way through a third season of snowshoeing and skiing after finishing a second season of camping. I keep a spare in my glove box.
Posted by: kybishop on Feb-03-14 5:40 PM (EST)
I have an old school Petzl Zoom that still works fine. It is a bit bulky but has never let me down. Used to use it back packing. I guess it is about 20 years old or so.
Black Diamond Storm|
Posted by: natalienass on Feb-04-14 9:31 AM (EST)
The best headlamp I've ever owned is the Black Diamond Storm. Very bright on the highest setting and tbhe batteries last practically forever on the lowest.
Posted by: Celia on Feb-04-14 10:35 AM (EST)
Not usually. So far I have not found anything, including two brands of waterproof headlamps and two other brands of waterproof stick-on-deck white lights, that actually stand up to getting regularly wet (headlamps from still being on head when dunking for a roll). I have pretty much given up on that one. I just try and hang onto my receipts to return it.
Fenix HL 21 is my current fav|
Posted by: gstamer on Feb-04-14 10:41 AM (EST)
In the past I used the Zebralight H31 Headlamp (CR123 battery, 220 lumens) but during the 300 mile Everglades Challenge last year, it died on only the second night. My backup H31 died just before the EC started. In both cases the electronic switch leaked, both died from just operating with wet hands and being in a damp PFD pocket.
Real Life situations|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-04-14 11:39 AM (EST)