The engineers at Petzl have
outdone themselves with this one. The Myobelt 5 headlamp has all the great
features of the Myo 5, only on steroids. Because the Myobelt runs on 4 C
batteries it offers a longer battery life then any other headlamp in the Myo
family. To refresh your memory, the Myo series was created to accommodate those
needing to alternate between long-range lighting and extended battery life.
Hence, they incorporate both LED lighting and a Xenon bulb.
I know what you’re thinking.
Who wants to carry 4 C batteries on their head, right? No worries, there is a
remote battery pack that not only reduces the weight on your head, but also
slips under clothes or into the top of your pack to protect the batteries
against the cold.
The Myobelt 5 has three
lighting levels; an optimum level which is ideal for night hiking, a maximum
level for climbing or moving quickly on technical terrain and an economy level
for reading and setting up camp. One navigates from one setting to the next by
turning the rotating bezel switch. In order to conserve battery life it is best
to use the Xenon bulb only when necessary, using the LED bulbs as your primary
light source. The Xenon beam is adjustable and adds the luxury of long distance
vision. When the batteries are almost completely out of juice, the system
switches to the reserve power mode (proximity lighting).
The Myobelt 5 weighs in at 173
grams without the batteries and comes with a spare Xenon halogen bulb. It is an
ideal choice for backpackers, adventure racers, mountaineers (although it can be
challenging to rotate the bezel wearing thick gloves), or anyone who
participates in an endurance sport.
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