The Petzl Actik Core is a hybrid head torch which features a rechargeable lithium battery and two main beams. These two beams can be used simultaneously or stand alone. As mentioned, there is a rechargeable battery but the head torch also runs on AAA batteries. Furthermore, at just 90 grams, the head torch is incredibly lightweight for 350+ lumens.
Petlz Actik Core – Head Torch for Microadventures
Many outdoor adventurers prefer Black Diamond which is another excellent head torch for Microadventures. However, for personal reasons; I prefer Petzl. Incredibly, the output can last for up to 60 hours on full power and four times this amount of time on the lower five-lumen setting. Stretching for more than ninety meters, the beam is impressive, but naturally, this beam will reduce power as the battery runs down.
How did I test the Petzl Actik Core?
Having spent more than five weeks wild camping around Ireland, I can say that the Petzl Actik was one of my favorite buys of the year. At the time I was hiking the Wicklow Way and the wide beam was great for setting up the tent after dark. But I also found that the head torch was water resistant on a particularly wet morning. With a rating of IPX4, this is to be expected.
In fact, while camping on the Cliffs of Moher one evening, I found that this head torch was able to light up the cliffs more than three hundred feet away. This is consistent with the description of this head torch, and for this reason, I believe it to be a good option when there is any risk of having to navigate a trail after dark.
Petzl Actik Features
Comfort – Although the Actik does not have a very large amount of padding, I found this irrelevant regarding comfort. All considered, it fit well, and the headband was fairly easy to adjust whenever necessary.
Quality – The Petzl Actik Core is a sturdy head torch for Microadventures and comes with a five-year guarantee.
Operation – Having held the power button for two seconds, you can switch between red and white mode. Meanwhile, the setting in between is a similar to a power saving mode and very useful when considering a head torch for long distance trekking.
Downside – I feel that Petzl should include a lockout switch on these head torches to ensure it does not switch on by accident. Not a major issue but useful in the long run.
When you consider the rechargeable battery, this has got to be one of the best options for a long distance trek. That being said, I always prefer to have a backup in every regard on short trips. That is to say; this was a particularly good option when choosing a head torch for Microadventures. Overall, I absolutely love my Petzl Actik Core and believe this is the perfect head torch for Microadventures and long distance trekking alike.