Alpkit Gamma (2012)

Alpkit is well-known for providing great kit at incredible prices, although the drawback is that you can only buy the gear direct from the brand, so you won’t find this headtorch in your local outdoor store. The Gamma has a main LED that punches out a good beam of light, but it is not as clean or as wide as other higher-priced options. Then there are a set of three LEDs that individually provide a green, red and white light, but these are very low-power so they are not very useful, but you can just about read a map with them. There is an additional red light on the back of the battery pack so you can be seen from behind. The button operation is crisp and reasonably intuitive. The tilt head works well and the battery case is well-designed too. So the essentials are there, but the light output is not quite as good as higher-priced options. 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.

 

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

Minimum burn time 80 hours

Batteries 3xAAA

Battery charge indicator no

Weight with batteries 118g

Website www.alpkit.com

 

Verdict

The Alpkit Gamma is a headtorch with a good basic set of features and performance for hillwalking and camping (and for the price this is a remarkable achievement), but higher-priced products do offer more. It won ‘Best Value’ in our test.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine February 2012