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    Default Best headlamp?

    Any recommendations? 10 dog team, up to 35 mile runs, cold temps 0- -30, plenty of snowmobile traffic.

    I want something that has a battery pack I can put under my parka to keep batteries warm. Is there any LED lights that have a strong beam that will shine well past the leaders and can catch the attention of snowmobilers using the same trail? I've glanced at reviews on the Petzl Arctic; does anyone have any experience with this light? Let me know what works for you and what you like the best.

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    that seems to be my complaint the really good ones all have head band mounted batteries... i was in beaver sports the other day and played with ONE HECK Of a head lamp... it lit up the room with all the lights on... all LED i did not get any info on it...( was on display on the mountaineering counter) but i am going back to ask... it had a similar battery pack to the petzal i use now.. i have found that only lithiums will keep it up in the cold...
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    A snowmobile will see a headlight, the problem is he will not know you are a dog musher or a snowmobile. Put reflector tape on your coat and dogs, red flashing ledís will stand out. The dog mushing shops would be a good place to look for an light. Led lights are short range lights.

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    Here you go. Keep in mind, you get what you pay for really applies when it comes to headlamps.

    http://www.coldspotfeeds.com/index.php?cPath=21_38
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    Here is the very best head lamp I have ever found. No comparison to ANY others. Wear it under your beaver hat in the winter. http://www.batteryjunction.com/led-lenser-h7.html

    Brightest and the batterieas last a LONG time, and it has a life time warrenty.

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    Saltwater, those LED Lensers are pretty good lights for the money, but I would hesitate to recommend it for cold weather mushing. It runs on 3 AAA batts, not enough umppfff for running a dog team. I have the 1 watt version and it also used 3 AAA's so at three times the output (2.9 W) those batts would not last too long in the cold...they are good lights, but my princeton apex has outlasted the Lensers by a long shot..in durability

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    DK,
    not agruing with ya, but I got my H7 in feb and havent changed the batteries yet (I use it all the time). The battery case is small enuf to fit under a hat to stay warm and the beam is strong enuf to use as a headlight on a snowmachine (IMHO). Rated to over 500 feet. I also carry another light just in case I need to change batteries in the dark!! We'll see how it does this winter when things get really cold.

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    DK,

    Just looked up your head lamp, sounds like a really good one. Thanks for the info and the extra opinion. I'll put it in my list of goodies to "need" lol.

    T

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    this is not really 900 lumens more like 600 but at the price $85 it can't be beat. I mounted it to my bike and its the first light I haven't been able to outride. Its also the first light where I felt like automobiles on the road respect me.
    http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?...roducts_id=138

    the battery pack lasts about 3 hours. So if you need longer lighting I guess get a 2nd battery pack. the beam is broad spectrum.

    I also purchased a yellow Carhartt reflective vest for $32 bucks. that definitely catches any light and fits easily over whatever jacket I am wearing. For the dogs I sew a 1 inch reflective strip onto a cloth backing and attach that to their O ring on their collars. the thing swings and "hops around" as they run and catches the eye of any passing "motorist". The dogs also have reflective strips on the harness.

    I hope that helps.

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    Wow, that looks pretty good funhog. How well would that mount to a mushers hat? Could you velcro it on or would you need a strap?

    thanks for the link.

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    I run a light from cold spot in fairbanks. It uses 4 "D" batteries and clips onto your belt. It also jas an adjustable beam, I think I paid 40.00 for it. It is quick connect so you can change out battery pack and is bright enought to rinde a sno go with no headlight. I would guess the beam will go out about 300' from my use. I go thru on set of batteries a yr running traps.

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