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Princeton Tec Vor Tec Headlamps Review

Princeton Tec Vor Tec


Description
The VOR TEC headlamp is the perfect complement to the Quest and Solo. With the range of beefed up features, it burns longer and brighter than its two companions. Undoubtedly, the VOR TEC offers the highest power to weight ratio of anything in and above its class.


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Weight
8oz


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Review Date
August 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
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Reviewed by: johnkulcsar ,  Day Hiker , from Barberton, Ohio USA

Summary:
Purchased this headlamp 4 years ago. It was my first backpacking headlamp ever purchased. Very well built, quality unit with a nice angle adjustment. Bright light, but it's battery life wasnt good at all. A bit heavy with 4 AA batteries. I have since switched to a Petzl Zipka. It's less weight, less bulky, uses only 2 AAA batteris and sufficient for my daytime backpacking activites.


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Review Date
December 5, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Max ,  Backpacker

Summary:
Here's a longish review of the Vortec.

I started looking for a light after confirming a trip to go canyoning in
Southwestern Utah with 3 other buddies. Seeing as we could be
doing some scrambling and a little bouldering in the canyons I decided
on a headlamp to leave my hands free, and after doing a little
research about the slot canyons we were going into, I realised that
there was a pretty good possibility that we might have to swim
across some sections, so a waterproof light became a priority as
well.

When I started shopping for headlamps, I ended up looking at the
three most common brands. Black Diamond, Petzl and Princeton Tec.
I dismissed the Black Diamond lamps pretty quickly, because their
reflectors, although highly polished, weren't very well designed. Also
of the headlamps I tested, theirs was the dimmest, and it wasn't
waterproof. I then looked at the Petzl Zoom and Duo and the Princeton
Tec Vortec.

It ultimately fell to a choice between the Duo and Vortec. The features
that I liked on the Duo were the ease of swithching between the
halogen(bright) and incandescent(longer burn time) modes and the
fact that the Duo had the spare bulb in the casing. The balance was
also quite good with the lamp in front and the batteries behind. But I
ultimately ende up choosing the Vortec because for one thing, the
halogen bulb was brighter, with the same projected burn time as the
Duo (approx. 3 hours). The pre-focused reflectors on Princeton Tec's
lights really are great. Much better than Petzl's or Black Diamond's. And
the Vortec really is waterproof (the Duo is not).

The Vortec isn't perfect however. Even as I bought the Vortec, there
were a few features that I wasn't ecstatic about. The first being that
the included wide-focus reflector has to be carried separately.
(understandable I guess in order to have the best pre-focused beam)
and my main concern, the 2nd bulb is a also a separate carry item. I
did however like the fact that the halogen bulb is very bright and that
the lamp uses 4 AA cells, which are compatible with other equipment
and last longer than AAA cells. I also brought a Princeton Tec Surge
as a back-up. With 8 AA cells, the Surge is incredibly bright. Since
they both used AA cells, it would make it easy to carry spare batteries.

Due to miscalculating our hiking time and location.

Customer Service:
No experience

Similar Products Used:
An old Petzl which seemed good at the
time but not in comparison to the Vortec.
Carbide headlamp(great light, but carbide chips seem
a little hard to find)
Looking into an interesting light calle


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Review Date
May 14, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Keh Eng Sim ,  Mountaineer , from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary:
Recently i trekked at night in Mount Ledang, a mountain in the South Peninsula.
Having a few options of headlamp and flashlight such as the Zoom, Duo, Tikka, Vortec.. and the mini maglites and Blast. I decided to use the Vortec over the Zoom and Duo because the halogen bulb for the Vortec burns brighter and longer than the other two. I brought the Tikka for camp use though.

I was very impressed and happy with my brand new Vortec as it illuminated the whole trail and forest. My pals were impressed too. I have not been on this Asahan trail for 6 years and it certainly help me in trail finding at nites as i had to lead the way. As we climbed up the 60 degrees rock face and trail.. i help illuminate the steep ascends for my pals as thier headlamp is not that bright.

Initially before using it on the trail i thought that this headlamp of 240 g might feel heavy on my forehead.. but surprisingly... i felt quite comfortable with it. The only downside of this headlamp is that it doesn't carry a spare bulb inside the headlamp unlike Petzl's. Overall... i'm happy and impressed with this headlamp which i got on sale ay REI.

A great headlamp.... go buy it while it's still on sale!!

Similar Products Used:
Maglite's 2A's & 3A's
Petzl Tikka
Petzl Zoom
Petzl Duo
COleman Headlamp


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Review Date
May 7, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Brian ,  Backpacker , from Dallas, TX. US

Summary:
Great Headlamp. On my second one and have only good things to say. Only drawback is carrying 4 aa batteries.

Customer Service:
First headlamp somehow got cracks init like it had been crushed. Lamp was sent back to the manufacturer with an "I don't know what happened explaination" and I got a new headlamp very soon.

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Review Date
April 4, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Dave ,  Backpacker , from Apex, NC USA

Summary:
I'd only used hand-helds before this one, but faced with a four day hike in the rain, I took one of the staff's advice and tried this one out. For the price, I couldn't be happier. It's first night out it paid for itself. In a torrential downpour in GA, the tilting light came in very handy, and using it extensively over the weekend (probably about 12-15 hours total use) it still gave me two more weekend hikes before I changed the batteries (just to be safe.)

As other's pointed out, it is a bit heavy, but I'll trade that for having to replace the batteries about half as often. Also, the straps work well for me. I don't even notice the weight of the batteries in the front.

If weight is not a huge concern, and you use alot of light, this would probably be the best headlamp for the money.

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