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Any­one who has dogs to deal with will know how dif­fi­cult the sim­plest of tasks can be dur­ing the long, dark win­ter months. Try­ing to pick up poo, get dogs back on leads or fed while also hold­ing a torch so that you can ac­tu­ally see, is an­noy­ing to say the least. You re­ally need both hands free, so a head torch is the ideal so­lu­tion.

This win­ter, I’ve been test­ing the LED Lenser H14.2 head torch and I am se­ri­ously im­pressed with it.

This new, im­proved ver­sion of LED Lenser’s top per­form­ing H14 head lamp has been made more er­gonomic, more com­fort­able and more con­ve­nient to use.

In the past I’ve found head torches very un­com­fort­able to wear, but that isn’t the case with this one. The straps are thick and comfy (no scratchy or bumpy bits) and hav­ing the over-the-top strap means you don’t need to overly tighten the side bands to keep the torch in place (which in turn means no weird in­den­ta­tions or marks on your face when you take it off, so fewer strange looks from peo­ple!).

It’s easy to use, with a sim­ple power switch on the side and a dial on the bat­tery com­part­ment, which al­lows you to ad­just bright­ness or flash­ing fre­quency with a sim­ple twist.

The lamp it­self can be an­gled via sev­eral sat­is­fy­ingly ‘de­fined’ po­si­tions to suit the task in hand, and on full beam the Xtreme Power LED pro­vides a truly il­lu­mi­nat­ing 350 lu­mens – more than enough for dog walk­ing in the dark, deer work... it is prob­a­bly even pow­er­ful enough to use when out lamp­ing rab­bits, es­pe­cially as the beam it­self can be widened or fo­cused tightly, sim­ply by twist­ing the lamp. This is thanks to the Ad­vanced Fo­cus Sys­tem (AFS), Speed Fo­cus, and Smart Light Tech­nol­ogy, which of­fer a va­ri­ety of func­tions, in­clud­ing sig­nal.

The torch is pow­ered by four AA bat­ter­ies (a recharge­able model is also avail­able) and can also be at­tached to a belt, cloth­ing or to the multi-func­tional holder.

Now I’ve got this head torch, I don’t know how I coped with­out it and I’d rec­om­mend it to any­one who has jobs to carry out, dogs to walk or deer to pre­pare on th­ese dark win­ter morn­ings and evenings. Just be care­ful where you store it, as on a cou­ple of oc­cas­sions I’ve gone to take it out of my glove­box only to re­alise that it has ac­ci­dently been switched on when stowed away, as the side power switch is fairly prom­i­nent and easy to press.

RRP: £84.95 Dis­trib­uted to the trade in the UK by John Roth­ery (Whole­sale) Co. Ltd.

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