USAC/CBR Cat 3
Niterider Headtrip - too outdated to purchase new?
Several years ago I had a NiteRider HeadTrip head light. I liked the flat battery that slipped easily into my back jersey pocket, and the helmet mounted light provided plenty of lumens for my early morning/evening group training rides. (I think it was a 10 or 15W halogen bulb).
I eventually sold it when I dropped out of cycling for a few years, but now I'm going to need another similar lighting system for this Fall. I found the HeadTrip available at a few of the bigger website stores for $100. But I don't even see the product listed at the NiteRider website, so I'm assuming it's discontinued.
I have no idea how long these last remaining units have been sitting on the shelf and don't want to get stuck with a bad battery or something I can't get parts for.
Can someone recommend the closest thing out there? Perhaps the Mininewt?
Here's my requirements:
1. Must be helmet mounted
2. At least 2 hours of light
3. Equivalent or brighter than the HeadTrip
4. I'd prefer to keep the cost below $150 if possible.
If money were no concern, I'd go with one of the uber Dinotte setups, but I cant justify dropping $400+ on lighting; I'll only be riding in the dark 2x/week for about 1-2 hours.
(and if someone knows if replacement batteries/parts for the HeadTrip are still easily available, please chime in!)
Get something LED
I would skip this Niterider light, unless you are getting it for like $50. Last fall I got a Lupine halogen at a swap for $75 NEW and it is way better than the headtrip (retails for like $300+ !!!) but It's still a halogen it just has a lot of diming and flashing features and is well built and super light.
I would go with a Minewt X2 or a Dinotte 200. Neither are enough light for my tastes, but the riding in the dark is pretty addicting so maybe later on you can justify adding a 2nd light and use the one yu buy now as a helmet light, etc.
There is a good shootout here: http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/category/lights-shootout/
Mad bike riding scientist