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Balanced 88 lumen head torch for night running with white, red and green LEDs. Gamma has a rear battery pack with a rear red caution light

Lightweight head torch for walkers, runners and climbers

Gamma headtorch

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Gamma is all about minimal interference, housing the batteries in a separate compartment keeps both the lamp unit and the battery pack both compact and light. You can forget about it whilst it sits in perfect balance on your head as you get on with enjoying the trail.

Especially well suited to walkers and trail runners we mounted a red LED on the rear of the battery pack to keep you safe on those dark country lanes.

Key features
  • XP-C Cree White LED, provides 88 lumens of trail lighting illumination
  • Green LED - perfect for night navigation / map reading
  • Red LED - great for maintaining night vision on Jaffa Cake raids
  • White flood LED - broad beam and increased battery life when you don’t need full power
  • Water resistant, IPX4 (not submersible)
  • Low weight, just 118 g
  • Comfortable adjustable strap system with free additional top strap
  • Pivotable head unit directs the light where you need it
  • Do not use re-chargeable batteries in Gamma, this will invalidate the warranty
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Vital stats

88 lumens
Weight: 118 g
3 x AAA batteries supplied
XP-C Cree white LED
9 - 80 hours burn time

Origin: China

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Buy with confidence and if you are not happy, change your mind or want a swap for any reason then return it for free and we will exchange or refund no question. The price you see is the price you pay. Just return the kit as you receive it - in its original condition, unused, unworn, with original packaging and fit for resale.

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18 Reviews


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Dan Daley

I bought this and used this earlier in the year and was very happy with it in all ways. the fit was good, brightness, rear light etc. Now I have come to use it again it is not working or sometimes it dioes and then goes off. It's not reliable but I'd like to get another but don't want the same thing to happen again.

My second one... and I shall buy a third...

This is my second one of these, but only because my dear wife dropped the first from quite a height onto Dartmoor granite. It didn't physically break, but stopped working - and it was quite old and very, very well used.

I shall buy another to keep as a standby, and at the price you really cannot go wrong. It is excellent and has attracted comments from fellow walkers and runners. The red LED is a godsend, and the rear light is fantastic when you have a group of Beaver Scouts behind you. They know who to follow.

I use mine for walking mostly, but on slower runs it is also fine. For faster runs, or trail-running it isn't really bright enough. but then it is a fraction of the price and as so can be left in the bottom of a bag for when it may be needed.

I would wholeheartedly recommend these.


Ok - bought this 2 years ago.. but I have used it 10 times max around the house for emergency. Recently went to use it and found the battery cover plastic has split. Not impressed. Light power is decent.. but robust it is not. Made in China and cheap as chips = poor quality.

Great torch but lugs on battery pack break far too easily

This is a great torch for running at night, especially with capability to adjust the beam elevation.

However, like several other reviewers, my unit has suffered from broken lugs on the battery compartment which is very annoying. I now have to use a zip-tie to hold the battery unit together which is not really an ideal solution when it comes to changing batteries.

Unreliable Build Quality

Ive owned 4 of these now, and all four have had the same fault - battery compartment latch failure, and I can see from the reviews I'm not the only one. WHihc begs the question, why are you still selling them? Just recently with the dark nights ariving I fetched my most recent 2 out of the draw to find that the batter compartment had broken on both while they were just sat in a draw. Very poor. Id hate to be the one reaching for a gamma in a backpack at the top of a hill when its getting dark. Cheap they may be but after 4 its false economy. Ive bought a Black Diamond instead now.

Liz Godfrey
really good

Ordered this to use on my morning runs now that it is dark. Really like it. Feels comfortable and well balanced with the battery pack on the back which also helps it stay still. Light weight so I forget I am wearing it. Nice bright directional light so I can see clearly just in front of me but don't blind cars on the road. Front light easy to switch off whilst still running once the sun starts to come up and torch not needed 10/10

Good........but not great quality

I'm on my third one now. The light is great in that it is one of the few budget head torches with a true white light. It's bright and clear and easy to use, the only downside is the build quality, each of the ones I have owned the lid has snapped at the battery compartment on changing batteries. Not a great design it has to be said........ But then, at this price it is what it is !

The J Man
Versatile light

I originally bought this for running and it works great, gives a great spread of light and at the speed i run doesn't really slow me down from what i would be running in daylight. However since purchasing it i have found the battery life great as i have been using it for many hours of DIY and for work. I shall be purchasing another new one for the sole purpose of running again now the nights are drawing in.

2nd purchase

Bought 2 of these a few years ago....great torches..only problem is you need to take care with the battery cover lugs...but I still love them! smile

Life savingly good

Awesome head torch, multi light choices help when visibility is at zero cant thank this torch enough i'd recommend it to anyone and everyone, great battery life too.


The best head torches for running

Outdoor journalist Fiona Russell asks her readers what their favourite head torch for running is. Obviously we are chuffed to see the Gamma getting a mention.

I’ve got this Alpkit Gamma head torch for just £15. It is superb quality and value.

Chris Highcock

Fiona Outdoors January 2014 - Fiona Russell

Lab Test 1

Gamma in GQ headtorch Lab Test

GQ magazine reviews some of the best head torches for running through the winter. Our Gamma torch, despite being the lowest price comes out top in test!

Comfortable and inexpensive, the Alpkit Gamma is the new go-to bit of kit for the late-night pavement pounder

Stuart McGurk

GQ March 2014 - Charlie Burton

Best Value

Trail rate the Alpkit Gamma Best Value headtorch

Graham Thompson rates the Alpkit Gamma as best value compared to it's rivals in the Feb. 2012 edition of Trail Magazine.

For £13 you should not be expecting much; but with the Alpkit Gamma you are getting far better performance than expected, and for general walking and camping it is an able product.

Graham Thompson

Trail February 2012 - Graham Thompson

Ultimate Headtorch Beam Shoot-out

Just how do our Gamma and Manta head torches compare to some of their more expensive rivals? Outdoors Magic runs some simple tests.

[Gamma] The definitive budget torch, the Gamma gives quite a tight beam with reasonable penetration, but not much spread and is a cracking all-rounder at the price, though seriously burned out by the real heavyweights. Has the bonus of a rear-facing red light on the battery box. Brilliant value and very capable at the price.

Jon Doran

[Manta] The new challenger to the Alpkit Gamma's crown as budget king comes from Alpkit itself. The single main LED is zoomable and gives a clear and decently bright beam that's arguably better than the Gamma's and weighs very slightly less too.

Jon Doran

Outdoors Magic December 2013 - Jon Doran

Best Value

Trail magazine review the Gamma

Trail magazine's technical editor Graham Thompson includes the Gamma in this years LED head torch round up.

Alpkit is well-known for providing incredible value for money, and so it is perhaps no surprise that the Gamma’s performance matches that of many headtorches costing twice the price.

Graham Thompson

Trail February 2010 - Graham Thompson

Best Value

Gamma head torch offers unbeatable value

Our Gamma LED head torch scoops yet another Best Value award in the Feburary edition of Trail magazine. If you didn't get a copy you can still see the full review is available now on Live for the Outdoors.

When you consider this performance alongside the price it is clear that the Alpkit Gamma offers unbeatable value..

Graham Thompson

The Alpkit Gamma is a good headtorch for hillwalking and camping, offering remarkable value at just £15.

Graham Thompson

Trail February 2013 - Graham Thompson

UKClimbing reviews the Gamma and Manta headtorch

UKClimbing review a wide range of headtorches, from budget torches up to £250 monster lights. The Alpkit Gamma and Manta being the former - tested over a long period of time in a range of settings.

[The Manta] Overall this is an amazingly good value headtorch that provides a level of performance close to several more expensive rivals.

Jack Geldard

[The Gamma is a] great value offering from Alpkit which is a good option for runners and cyclists.

Jack Geldard

UKClimbing.com December 2013 - Jack Geldard