I think I'm a day late (and a dollar short!), but here is the text of
my FR on the Vizion Headlamp.
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October 1, 2008
So far, I have taken the UK Vizion headlamp with me on three trips.
The first was a weekend trip to Ohiopyle state park, in southwest
Pennsylvania (PA). The weather was sunny, and the temperatures ranged
in the 80's F (27-30 C) during the day and down to about 55 F (13 C)
overnight. The second trip was a 4 day/3 night weekend trip to the
Gettysburg battlefield in south-central PA. That trip was also mostly
sunny and the temperatures were similar to the prior outing. The
third trip was a weekend jaunt up to Put in Bay, Ohio, located on
South Bass island in the corner of lake Erie. The temperature range
was again pretty similar, but we got fairly heavy rain during one of
the evenings. I got some additional use out of the Vizion when we
lost our power here for 5 nights due to winds from one of the recent
hurricanes. I carried the Vizion with me when I was out at night, and
then wore it a few hours per night when I was in the house.
From my usage to date, I have found that the UK Vizion provides quite
substantial light on either setting, and I generally have only used
the lamp on the low setting. This provides plenty of light for
walking around, and I have had no troubles reading at night with the
light on low. The weight of this headlamp is low enough that I hardly
notice when I am wearing it, and the strap is quite comfortable. I
have also not had any problems at all with the headlamp slipping or
falling off when I have worn it. The only comment I have regarding
the lamp and the strap at this point is that it is not uncommon for
me to put it on upside-down. The headlamp has an "up" side and
a "down" side, so that when I put it on upside-down, the light is
pointed up towards the sky. I am doing this less now that I have more
experience with the lamp, but it still happens fairly often.
In terms of battery usage, I have used the Vizion about 7 nights
outside plus the 5 nights at home without power. As far as I can
tell, the light is still as bright as ever and shows no signs (yet)
of wearing down the batteries.
This headlamp also has a variety of additional features, so let me
comment on some of them individually:
Waterproof: I have not had the opportunity to try this lamp out
underwater, although I did wear it while it was raining quite heavily
out, and had no problems at all.
Different lamp settings: As mentioned above, I have only really
needed the lamp on the low setting. I can tell the difference between
high and low, but I do find it a modest annoyance to have to click
through on-off-on-off all the time. My suggestion to the manufacturer
would be to make the sequence hi-low-off, and save the extra button
Different lens settings: Maybe I'm simple about these things, but I
have left the Vizion on the diffuse white setting the whole time I
have used it. I haven't found any need for either the "spot" setting
or the "red" setting, but maybe if I was doing more exotic activities
(like night snorkeling) these would have gotten more action.
Ability to use as a stand-alone lantern: Again, this is a cool
feature, but one I haven't had any opportunity to use. If the
removable part had a hook or loop so that I could hang it in my tent,
I might have more use for this feature, but I'm not sure.
WEAR AND TEAR
The UK Vizion has performed well for me so far. As noted, there is no
sign of wearing out my batteries at this point. There is no
significant wear or tear that I can see on the lens, casing, or
strap. So far, I would call the durability of this unit excellent.
To date, the Underwater Kinetics Vizion Headlamp has functioned very
well for me. It provides a good amount of light, and I barely notice
it when I'm wearing it on my head. The simple, durable construction
makes using the headlamp a snap. I have the minor quibble noted above
about having to push the button many times, but this is not a big
issue. Also, this headlamp has more features than I have needed, but
maybe I will come up with some better uses during the long-term phase
of the report.
This concludes my Field Report on the Underwater Kinetcs Vizion
Headlamp. Please check in back in about 2 months for my final report
on this item.