I'm a big fan of using a headlamp for backpacking. I made the switch from flashlight to headlamp several years ago and will probably never switch back. The benefits are pretty obvious; lightweight, let you keep your hands free, most utilize super-bright LEDs, the direction of the light automatically follows where you are looking, etc.
Yet I continue to bump into fellow backpackers that have either not heard about headlamps (bizarre I know) or have chosen to stick with a more traditional flashlight, for various reasons.
I carry a Petzl Tikka Plus headlamp as my primary light source and an Inova Microlight as my backup. I used to carry an Inova X03 pocket flashlight, but it was too heavy and had to be held all the time - I didn't have any way to attach it or hold it to my person. So the switch to a headlamp was an easy one for me.
So, what do you prefer and why? Are you a headlamp lover or a die-hard flashlight carrier? What models do you prefer and why? I'm really curious about this one...
Gear Links: Eastern Mountain Sports | REI | CampSaver | Patagonia | Altrec
Brian is a Charlotte based backpacker, gear junkie, runner, and CrossFit(er). Originally from Southampton, England, Brian has lived in the US for over 20 years, finally settling in North Carolina. He spends as much time backpacking as his busy work schedule and family life will allow.