Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mila Headlamps

Mila headlamps are from Sweden, where for many months each winter it is light outside only a few hours each day. But that doesn’t limit what they do – for decades Swedes have been perfecting headlamps so that night-time cross country skiing can continue through the long winter nights.

The Mila lamps are ridiculously bright halogen headlights with a very wide beam. (That's Kelsey in the photo, looking bright. She's a local J1.)

For me, the quest for a super headlight has been a result of needing to ski after work. In the dark, easy skiing with no trees (i.e. open meadows) isn’t too bad. But that night-time blitz through the trees, down Inside Passage on skate skis might be more than you bargained for without something super bright.

I’ve tried a variety of light setups, most recently a Niterider with a custom rechargeable battery pack. The big Mila lamps made my set-up seem weak.

The Mila PLS 100 headlamp features both a 10 watt and a 20 watt bulb and gives you the option of two very bright settings. A key feature of the PLS 100 is the large 100mm (3.5 inch) reflector which provides a big wide beam of light. The adjustable headset is lightweight and has been designed to be both comfortable and to keep the light in place while running. The 6 volt, 9 amp-hour nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery attaches to the headlamp with a power cord and can be carried in a waist pack or hydration pack.

This is a great light system for cross country or back country skiing, running, or any sport where bright lighting is needed. It comes with an overnight battery charger. Burn time: 5 hours at 10W, 2 hours 20 minutes at 20 watts. Weight is 200g (7 oz.) for the headgear and lamp. Battery
weight is 630g (22 oz.).

The price is $329. Shipping by USPS Priority Mail is $10.

If you need a super bright light for skiing, snowshoeing, adventure racing events, or winter cycle commuting, then the Mila PLS 100 is the way to go. Send email to xcgrind@ultratune.net if you have questions or would like one sent to you.

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