Powerful 300 lumen LED headtorch with optional motion and light sensor mode for tasks when you need hands-free operation
Bright, lightweight with the convenience of a Micro USB rechargeable battery and sensor technology, Qark crams a lot of torch into a small pack size.
Qark has two operational modes; manual and sensor which are controlled by two accessible buttons on top of the frontal lamp unit.
Manual works just like your standard headtorch, turn it on at the press of a switch and cycle through the modes from the high power 300 lumens mode through 100 lumens, 10 lumens to flashing. The main beam chucks out a really useful 300 lumens of light - there is really not a lot you can't do with that amount of light, running off-road, chasing through tall fairy tale forests, or winding down mountain trails. Most of the time you will want to dial that down to medium power, which at 100 lumens is a great compromise for when you still need to illuminate the path ahead but battery life needs to be conserved. The low power 3 mm LED's are ideal for reading in your tent, cooking and fixing your bike.
Sensor mode frees up your hands to do important stuff. The motion sensor detects movement via infra-red so you can switch your torch on and off just by waving your hand across the torch. Qark powers up only in HIGH mode so if you need access to the other modes you will have to go manual. The light sensor is aware of ambient light, so if you move from a bright to a low light situation the power moves from the low energy 3 mm LED's to the bright main beam. Neat!
As well as containing the sealed USB rechargeable cell the battery pack illuminates as a red safety light - with 3 modes you can toggle between on, flashing and pulse. The battery pack sits on the back of your head, nicely balanced, it is where the majority of the weight sits and reduces weight in the frontal lamp unit.
- Manual and hands free automatic sensor modes
- Maximum 300 lumens power output
- Rechargeable Li-Polymer battery pack via micro USB cable
- Adjustable head angle
- Removable elastic headstrap
- Bright rear safety light
1 x Luxeon TX white LED
High power: 300 lumens / 3 hours / 115 m
Medium power: 100 lumens / 10 hours / 65 m
Low power: 10 lumens / 50 hours / 25 m
2 x 3 mm Nichia White LEDs
On: 15 lumens / 21 hours / 10 m
Flashing: 120 hours
On: 68 hours
3 Hz flashing: 68 hours
Pulse flashing: 21 hours
1 x 3.7 V 1200 mAh Li-polymer rechargeable (sealed)
1.5 hrs charging time (DC5V 1000 mA input) via micro USB cable
Weight: 130 g (inc battery)
Size: 36 x 82 x 37 mm (headlight)
Size: 47 x 89 x 29 mm (battery pack)
Origin: United Kingdom
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Very good for the money
I went out for my first run with the Quark tonight, an hour across Dartmoor searching for sawdust.
It's not perfect but it's very good. The main beam is plenty bright enough for running off road but it would be nice if the pattern was a little wider. The battery pack doesn't have any padding on it but it doesn't weigh much so it wasn't a problem for me.
I wasn't to fussed about the clever sensor mode but it does work and i did find myself using it.
I first used this to hike up to a mountaintop in the dark so that we could paraglide off the top at first light. Lugging a huge pack with all the gear in up a very rooty single track, the two of us could see everything around off the one head torch clearly. I've since used it for night time trail runs and is great for that too. The only slight criticism I have is that the lighting units could be slightly more cushioned against the head or ergonomically shaped for comfort. Also, as with seemingly all lights you have to cycle through the beams every time, which is a bit of a faff. It would be easier to have two controls: one for on/off, another to set the beam. But compared to other head torches for the same price, this is fantastic and crazy bright.
Very bright, fits well, cable clips can be removed and refitted to suit head size - great value for the money. Used for fell/trail training sessions in the Welsh winter hills!
Nice tech, uncomfortable for running
The torch itself is great and the light is great for running around bridleways, footpaths etc in the dark. However, when running the battery pack slips down the back of my head to the soft part where the skull meets my neck. This isn't too bad in itself (although I suspect it does obscure the rear lights a bit) - the problem is that the strap is now pulling down on the top of my ears. About 40mins into the run this became pretty uncomfortable.
Annoyingly, I think a little piece of the rubber used on the back of the torch would provide enough grip to solve the problem but customer services were pretty unhelpful when I asked how to get hold of some.
The Qark has replaced my old Gamma as my main head torch.
I do find the main beam narrower than I like for trail running and the headband isn’t as comfortable as my old Gamma with its central head strap but being able to recharge via a micro USB cable is a major feature for me. Also the nice bright pulsating rear light is reassuring when I’m running narrow unlit country lanes late at night.
Overall it’s typical Alpkit, well made, lots of features at an amazing price, all backed up with great service, if it had a wider main beam and a central head strap I’d give it 5 plus stars
Best trail running headlamp ever?
I have been using this lamp for trail running for just over two months now and feel compelled to write a review because it is so very, very good. It holds charge comfortably throughout a 2 hour run without any discernible dimming at full power and whilst using both front and rear lights. The front light is just the right amount of brightness for technical trail running. The optics are a bit more focused than I am used to but once I got accustomed to them, I found them absolutely spot on for running. The rear light is pretty decent too - certainly more useful than some of the puny pinpricks of light offered by some competitor products. The strap is good quality and shows no sign of losing its elasticity after a lot of pretty sweaty use. It's also nicely balanced as a unit between the front lamp and rear battery storage. Way, way better than anything I have tried before and a fraction of the price of many. I love it.
My go to torch
I scour coastlines for driftwood. So I need lots of light where I'm looking, I bike to isolated locations so need a light for that too, it has to be rechargeable and a hands free on off would be nice too. So this is my wish list. Thanks alpkit elves this was in my stocking, it's already done six hours work and it's been great, I hardly notice I'm wearing it, but I can see everything I need too, for a long way in front and if ne'er traffic I can use the rear red light so people see me too. I do some animal photography so hands free lights on and off is handy. Ok it takes a few mins to work out the functions so without a thought, by feel in place on your head you get what you want but that's true of any new kit. So far I haven't found a down side, it's better than my old torch which was twice the price and heavier. Thanks guys, another bit of my essential kit now has alpkit stamped down the side of it!
my go to running head torch now and loads better than my old petzl tikka 2. nice focused beam, really comfortable torch and nicely balanced battery pack. i havent had any problems with the strap. i love the motion control as its so much easier to turn off quickly/easily when running with friends so you dont blind them. solves a problem i didnt know i had.
Not the Olympic torch.
Because this one goes out (when you turn it off).
Its a bright, well made torch at a good price. I had a similar observation about the strap being supplied in what is probably the wrong orientation but this is easily fixed.
My main observation is the lack of centre strap to keep it in place. When in use, the battery pack (where the bulk of the weight in) has a tenancy to work its way down the back of your head, and the head band ends up holding it in place on the tops of your ears which is uncomfortable.
Review update; 'Justdrew' you're a genius-swapping the head band around works a treat and now the two cable clips are unhindered by the buckle and are free to slide fully between the torch at the front and the power pack at the rear. Good work and worth an extra star!!