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thoe99
Posts: 27
October 26, 2011
2:26am
I signed up for the Turkey Burn and have no idea what to use for night lights. Can you guys recommend me something? I'm not sure if handheld lights are good or headband lights, or what power I need. I figure something pretty powerful if I'm going to find a control point in the woods and in the middle of the night?
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jreed
Posts: 6
October 27, 2011
2:00pm
I would suggest a flashlight :lol:
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thoe99
Posts: 27
October 29, 2011
3:53am
Is that the norm? Running with a maglite or what not? (I really don't know)
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BadCompass
Posts: 5
October 31, 2011
9:45pm
I am new to adventure racing but I would recommend you use a headlamp. If you start with the bike or paddle leg you will want your hands free to ride/paddle and check the map. You can strap a light to your handlebars but you are also going to want a light that goes where your eyes are looking so a headlamp is a good option. I am sure there are other options out there but hopefully this helps.
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BillD
Posts: 29
November 2, 2011
12:53am
I use a head lamp much like this one: http://www.travelcountry.com/shop/princeton-tec/eos-headlamp.html (not sure it that's the exact model...) I picked it up @ Travel Country for about ~$50. Works great on the run and paddle, though I carry a small mag light too which is useful when you think you are near the control and want as much light as possible to try to find it.

On the bike, I use a Cygolite Mitycross http://www.cygolite.com/products/new/MityCross2/mitycross400.html

I am quite happy with both products, though I do not have a ton of hours into either one.

Bill
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thoe99
Posts: 27
November 18, 2011
5:35am
Ok, so I understand that you use some sort of head lamp or attachable bike lamp to light the road in front of you. But do you guys just use a mag lite to find CPs in the woods?
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Posts: 2
November 18, 2011
7:39pm
I've got some suggestions over at my AR blog - for biking at night.

http://eaglinar.blogspot.com/2011/07/night-biking.html

Some specific lights to try out -

http://eaglinar.blogspot.com/2006/02/adventure-racing-lights-my.html

Since the TB will only be in the night section for a short time (not all night) - a high lumen light (100+ lumens) that burns for 2 hours would be a good choice. Also since you might be biking at night, here is some advice on rigging up hand lights to your bike.

A quick bike mounting solution is the Fenix mount (they also have very good lights)

http://www.fenixgear.com/flashlight/fenix_AF02.html
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Posts: 2
November 18, 2011
7:43pm
A very high powered light - more lumens = easier to find controls
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timbuch
Posts: 1
November 19, 2011
12:13am
Over the years, Anna and I have been through too many bike lights, headlamps, and flashlights to count, but a couple years ago finally found something that meets our needs for adventure racing through the night. We use Light and Motion's Stella light. We use the same light on our helmets (or can be mounted on your handlebar), and then transfer it to a head-stap to use while running and paddling. On it's lowest setting, it is plenty bright, and will run through the night. On it's brightest setting, it puts out 300 lumens, and can really help in finding a CP in the dark when you know you're getting close. All of us on Team Green Paw have been using Light and Motion Stella lights for over 2 years now, and haven't had one complaint. Your local bike store may carry them, and there are plenty of places to get them online. Here is a really good deal on Amazon for an older model (what we currently have):
http://www.amazon.com/Light-Motion-Stella-Headlight-Li-ion/dp/B003Z85IHE

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions,

Tim
Green Paw Adventure Sports
www.teamgreenpaw.com
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thoe99
Posts: 27
November 19, 2011
2:27am
Thanks for all the responses. I really appreciate everyone's input. Ron, your blogs are worth gold! I'm hoping for something good cuz I'm crazy enough to wanna sign up for the 72hr expedition in February, even my team finishes dead last.

Have you guys tried these models which boast crazy lumen output for relatively cheaper prices? Is that just overkill?
http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4_41&products_id=314

If you guys are recommending 1-200 lumen lights, I think I'll take your word by trying out the Inova T5, which is 250 lumens. What do you think about that over the T2? Being completely new to night racing and only having 2 other day races under my belt, I think I'll need all the light I can get :)
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ddashley
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December 16, 2011
4:38pm
My personal recommendation is the Lupine light series. Made in Germany and designed for emergency responders (firemen, rescue) they offer some of the highest lumens available, but their battery life is superior to almost all other lights. 100% waterproof too. Low power on the small battery gets you 40 hours, and low power is brighter than some headlamps on max. Full power lights up the sky, looks like a car headlight, and helps you find that red/white checkered flag from a loooong distance (750 lumens, and that is on their smallest light!!!) Also great when you are bombing a mountain bike trail at 2 in the morning.
They are easy to transfer from bike helmet/handlebars/head, and offer bigger battery options for longer races. They are also programmable. Is "low" power too low? Change it from 10% total power to 20%. Fully customizable!
I've used them for the last 3 years in races across the US and overseas. Obviously I'm pretty biased :) I really like these lights. When racing with a team at night and on an open trail/road, my mates turn off their lights to save energy. Mine offers enough for us all.
Down side is that you get what you pay for, these lights are expensive. But if you plan to race 24+ hour races seriously, and can afford it, buy the best gear and never look back.
Here is a link to the US distributor, Gretna Bikes.
http://www.gretnabikes.com/

~Dash
Team Florida Xtreme
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