RRPs: Reactik+ £85, Reactik £65, Tikka £30, Tikkina £20, Noctilight £14 | www.petzl.com
Started by a cave explorer in the 1970s, Petzl has long been the go-to brand for carp anglers looking for a serious headtorch.
This latest batch of products shows why it continues to rule the market.
We could start with these four new headtorches, but we won’t. Instead, the brilliant Noctilight is what caught our eye first.
It’s a rubber see-through pouch that slips over a headtorch and turns into into a hanging lantern.
Simply zip you headtorch into the flexible pouch and use the built-in bungee to hang it up.
It diffuses the light into a lovely spread and is compatible with a huge range of Petzl headtorches. It’ll probably fit a few other brands too.
On to the main event, it’s the Reactik and Reactik+ that lead this line up of headtorches.
Both are USB rechargeable thanks to a lightweight removable power pack that sits where batteries normally would, and both have reactive lighting, which is a real plus.
What that means is these torches have a sensor that tells the unit what sort of beam to use. It knows how much ambient light there is and adjusts the illumination accordingly.
The benefits of this include increased battery time, with the Reactik capable of 12 hours’ use on the dimmest setting and the + model offering a staggering maximum of 23 hours.
On maximum brightness (220 and 300 lumens respectively) this drops to a still-impressive 3hr 30m and 2hr 30m.
The Reactik+ is also controllable via your phone using Bluetooth and a dedicated app. We’ll be honest – this is a gimmick few anglers will benefit from.
For those with a tighter budget, the Tikkina (150 lumens) and the Tikka (200 lumens) are £20 and £30 respectively.
Both of these have three lighting modes – proximity, movement and distance vision – and the big single button makes them easy to use in a fishing situation.
The Tikka offers a red light to preserve night vision and both weigh about 85g.
One of the key features with these two units is the Petzl CORE rechargeable battery (sold separately for £20) which is shaped like three AAA batteries, so it can replace the need for single-use batteries.
We love the brightness of the Reactik and Reactik+, and the headstraps are gloriously comfortable for long-term use. You could easily sleep in them.
The USB rercharging function is a real boon, but the Bluetooth connectivity on the + isn’t really of any use to anglers and the two-button operation on both can be fiddly.
The cheaper Tikka and Tikkina might just be the perfect budget headtorch for fishing. They're comfortable, light, simple to use and easy to recharge with the optional CORE system.
And the Noctilight, well, that simple idea really impressed us.