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LTR-ESSENTIAL GEAR K2 FOCUS CONTROL PLUS HEADLAMP-RALPH DITTON

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  • Ralph Ditton
    Hello Jamie, Here is my LTR for the above headlamp. Copy in test folder at: http://tinyurl.com/n6dphy Look forward to your edits. Best Ralph LONG TERM REPORT
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 1, 2009
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      Hello Jamie,

      Here is my LTR for the above headlamp.

      Copy in test folder at:

      http://tinyurl.com/n6dphy



      Look forward to your edits.



      Best

      Ralph



      LONG TERM REPORT
      DATE:2nd August, 2009

      Our long Indian Summer weather conditions (even though it is winter) broke
      with a vengeance and the rain decided to play catch up with the annual
      average which was streets ahead of actual rain fallen to date by 200 mm (7.8
      in).

      My camping location was Potters Gorge which is on the banks of Wellington
      Dam in the South West of the state. Elevation is 100 m (328 ft) and the
      average overnight temperature was 8 C (46 F).

      From when I pitched my tent at lunchtime before our walk (it was just
      spitting) and got up in the morning at 6.30 am, the area had 56 mm (2.2 in)
      of rain with 25 mm (1 in) falling whilst in bed. Wind was from the WNW
      averaging 10 knots with frequent gust during the evening/night between 18
      and 21 knots. (Source: Bureau of Meteorology).

      The above sets the scene for the conditions in which I used the headlamp
      whilst cooking the evening meal and socialising.
      It got dark at 5.30 pm and that is when I needed the headlamp to start
      getting my cooking gear together to cook the meal later on. We had to do it
      in shifts as there was only limited space under the tarp for cooking
      purposes. There were seven of us vying for a position.

      A colleague and I jerry rigged a tarp over a park table and seats to dry off
      and use as our cooking/meal area in the rain.

      Whilst cooking my meal of veal schnitzel, jacket potatoes and peas I used
      the white LED with the setting at 1X. I had no need to focus the beam to a
      narrower setting as I had plenty of light and did not want to blind people
      opposite me.

      After cooking my meal and waiting for others then to cook theirs I switched
      the headlamp to the green LED. I was able to look people in the face without
      up and down the table and opposite me without blinding them. I only switched
      back to the white LED when I brewed up two pots of mulled wine for the group
      then reverted back to the green LED after I had finished doling out the wine
      and drinking it with much appreciation.

      My next outing was back to my old stamping ground of Prickly Bark. It is
      located at S 31° 42.800' E 115° 56.981 on the Coastal Plain Walk Trail and
      sits at an elevation of 83 m (272 ft) as measured by my Garmin Geko 301 GPS.

      I spent two nights at this location.

      The first night the weather was fine with the wind blowing at an average of
      7 knots from ENE and swinging around to NNE. Relative Humidity averaged 70%
      and the overnight temperature was 11 C (52 F).

      For the second night the forecast was correct and around 10 pm it started to
      rain steadily until 5 am. 6 mm (0.3 in) of rain fell. Wind was blowing at
      17 knots from the NNE.

      I used the white light for cooking and after the evening meal I then
      alternated between the red, blue and green lights just to test them out and
      see what detail that showed up in the hut's darkness.

      My tent was pitched some 40 metres (130 ft) away and the Kelty guy lines
      which are a gold, nylon cord with reflective yarns still showed up at that
      distance.
      The blue light just barely got the reflective yarns to show up. The green
      was much better but the red really highlighted the guy lines. The red was
      the standout of the three colours.

      Having said that, the white light was by far the best.

      I have not changed the batteries since the initial use and I estimate that I
      have had a cumulative burn time of 20 hours.
      The light metre recorded a lux of 566 at 2.5 magnification of the zoom from
      a distance of 700 mm (28 in). That was from my forehead to the table whilst
      standing with my head bent slightly forward. The diameter of the white light
      was 450 mm (18 in). This light was very adequate for the cooking task and
      other activities that I undertook over the two nights.


      Summary
      My "Likes and "Dislikes" have not altered over the testing period.
      I am extremely happy that when I angle the headlamp it stays in that
      position. The ratchet system has not shown any signs of wear.

      The white light beam is still very strong with the original batteries still
      in place.

      My personal preference for a light around the camp when I did not need to
      see fine detail was the green light. I could talk to fellow campers without
      dazzling their eyes. Needless to say they all wanted to have a look and play
      with my headlamp with the various coloured light options.
      They all quickly mastered the switching between the various options.

      This headlamp will be my first choice of my headlamps to go into my backpack
      because of its low weight and light options.

      Thanks to Essential Gear and BackPackGearTest for the chance to test this
      headlamp.



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    • Jamie Lawrence
      Hey Ralph, Tell you what, sounds like you had some proper wet weather during the LTR!!! Welcome to my world of winter walking (minus the snow of course!) Just
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 1, 2009
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        Hey Ralph,

        Tell you what, sounds like you had some proper wet weather during the LTR!!! Welcome to my world of winter walking (minus the snow of course!)

        Just a couple of things, but lovely report series. It was great working together!

        Jamie


        > After cooking my meal and waiting for others then to cook theirs I switched the headlamp to the green LED. I was able to look people in the face without up and down the table and opposite me without blinding them.

        EDIT: I think you need to remove the first without
        >
        > I have not changed the batteries since the initial use and I estimate that I
        > have had a cumulative burn time of 20 hours.
        > The light metre recorded a lux of 566 at 2.5 magnification of the zoom from > a distance of 700 mm (28 in).

        Comment: In the HTML the above is not seperated by a space as a new sentence. Is this correct or just dodgy display format on my laptop??

        That was from my forehead to the table whilst
        > standing with my head bent slightly forward. The diameter of the white light
        > was 450 mm (18 in). This light was very adequate for the cooking task and
        > other activities that I undertook over the two nights.
        >
        >
        > Summary
        > My "Likes and "Dislikes" have not altered over the testing period.
        > I am extremely happy that when I angle the headlamp it stays in that
        > position. The ratchet system has not shown any signs of wear.
        >
        > The white light beam is still very strong with the original batteries still
        > in place.
        >
        > My personal preference for a light around the camp when I did not need to
        > see fine detail was the green light. I could talk to fellow campers without
        > dazzling their eyes. Needless to say they all wanted to have a look and play
        > with my headlamp with the various coloured light options.
        > They all quickly mastered the switching between the various options.
        >
        > This headlamp will be my first choice of my headlamps to go into my backpack
        > because of its low weight and light options.
        >
        > Thanks to Essential Gear and BackPackGearTest for the chance to test this
        > headlamp.
        >
        >
        That's it :)
      • Ralph Ditton
        All done. Thanks Jamie. Yes, it was a touch of Tassie weather without the snow. That mulled wine went down a treat. Cheers Ralph [Non-text portions of this
        Message 3 of 3 , Aug 2, 2009
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          All done. Thanks Jamie.



          Yes, it was a touch of Tassie weather without the snow.

          That mulled wine went down a treat.



          Cheers

          Ralph







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