Despite often going out in the dark to feed foxes, check on my hens or fill the Hedgehog feeder, I have never owned a head torch. I was interested to see how well this new one from Bushnell was and it certainly looked good!
Attractively packaged, this head torch is advertised as having a brightness of 173 Lumens, a reach of 74m, advanced T.I.R (total internal reflection) optics with collimated beam technology (this means the beam does not diverge, giving a clear straight beam, with little drop off either side).
It also boasts a high and low spotlight, high and low beam and then you can put both of these on to create a high or low flood light. In addition, there is a red glow option.... plenty to have a play with on a dark night.
The two lights can be put on low or high, alone or combined to give you a range of light options.
The head torch runs on 3 AA batteries mounted in a battery pack on the back of the head strap. A lockout button ensures that the torch cannot be turned on accidently in your rucksack. The hinge alows you to angle the beam accurately.
The red glow can be useful when watching wildlife as many species seem unworried by a red light.
The build quality is really good and the torch feels solid, rugged and well made.
I have been using this head torch a lot and have found that the great advantage is that I have both hands free, opposed to holding a torch, which is what I usually do. The beam is incredibly bright, especially if the combined light is used. It took me a while to remember which was which and I spent some time flashing between all the modes bfore I could remember where to turn them all on without taking it off of my head!
Battery life seem really good... I have been using this for several months (albeit for relatively short periods at a time). I would imagine this set of AAs will last for a good length of time. I have also used my rechargeables from my trailcams in it.
Working outside at various sites over the winter, with light fading very early, this head torch has been invaluable! I am often doing jobs that need two hands, so this is far preferable to a torch.
The thick, elasticated strap is comfortable to wear (especially with a woolly hat on in winter!)
This head torch now lives in my racksack and I would certainly recommend it.
The Bushnell Rubicon Head Torch retails at around £25