Alpkit Manta (2014)

It’s hard to find fault in a piece of kit that costs less than the price of a post-walk visit to the pub! Like all Alpkit gear the Manta is incredibly good value. The light output is 120 lumens, which is ideal for general hillwalking, and it can pump that out for 7 hours, which is great for most general hill trips. The main beam can also be dimmed by holding down one of the buttons on the top, and its beam width can be adjusted, both of which features are very useful. The two buttons on the top give a nice positive click when they’re operated, although their small size isn’t ideal as they can be quite hard to operate with gloves on. The head tilt is just about stiff enough to resist accidental movement, although I’d prefer it to be slightly stiffer, as over time it will no doubt loosen as it wears in. The battery housing of the Alpkit Manta is well-designed, though, and opens very easily when required.

Bulb 1 x high output white LED; 2 x red LEDs; 1 x green LED; 1 x blue LED
Maximum brightness 120 lumens for 7 hours
Maximum beam no data
Maximum burn time 150 hours
Batteries 3xAAA
Battery charge indicator no
Weight with batteries 110g
Website www.alpkit.com

 

Verdict

You don’t get the latest technical features of some higher-priced units, but if you’re limited on budget then the Alpkit Manta is a functional piece of kit at a remarkable price.

Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine February 2014