Alpkit Gamma (2013)

The Gamma has been awarded the ‘Best Value’ accolade by Trail in the past, and it remains a superb option for those on a tight budget. You can however only buy this direct from the manufacturer. But you get a good light output based on the main high-powered LED, although when compared to higher-priced units this does not create such a ‘clean’ pool of light; however it is still perfectly adequate for hillwalking and camping. In addition you get three standard LEDs that provide green, red and white light, and these are ideal for map-reading. There is a red light on the back of the battery housing at the rear, which is useful on the hill so your mates behind can see you. The Alpkit Gamma’s main light is operated by a button on the top of the housing and this works well, while the head tilts with a ratchet to prevent it from slipping out of position. The battery housing is also well-designed. When you consider this performance alongside the price it is clear that the Alpkit Gamma offers unbeatable value, but if you are prepared to pay more you do get a better torch.

Bulbs 1 x high power LED; 1 x red LED; 1 x white LED; 1 x green led; 1 x rear red LED
Brightness 88 lumens
Maximum beam 70 metres
Maximum burn time 80 hours
Batteries 3xAAA
Battery charge indicator no
Weight with batteries 108g
Website
www.alpkit.com

Verdict

The Alpkit Gamma is a good headtorch for hillwalking and camping, offering remarkable value at just £15; but paying more bring even better performance. It won the ‘Best Value’ award in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013