Petzl Myo RXP (2013)

The Petzl Myo has dominated the hillwalkers’ headtorch market in recent years and for 2013 the superb Myo RXP, which has won several Trail tests over the years, is now £75, compared to £80 in 2012. The Myo RXP is regulated and programmable, which means you can choose from 10 settings of how bright the light is and for how long it will remain bright, and this gives the torch up to 84 lumens of power. But you can supplement this with a 20 second burst of 205 lumens by pressing a ‘Boost’ button. This burst automatically switches off after 20 seconds to prevent overheating and sapping battery life. The Petzl Myo RXP also has a flip-down lens that focuses the light into a longer and narrower beam, which when combined with the Boost function is useful for picking out a route down a mountain. The tilting head works well and the battery housing is well-designed. You don’t get a red LED option for night vision, though, and larger buttons than the rather fiddly ones it has would make it easier to operate with gloves. But for hillwalking and camping in the mountains the Petzl Myo RXP remains tough to beat.

Bulbs 1 x high output white LED
Brightness 84 lumens (205 lumens on Boost for max 20 seconds)
Maximum beam 90 metres
Maximum burn time 86 hours
Batteries 3xAA
Battery charge indicator yes
Weight with batteries 167g
Website
www.petzl.com

Verdict

The Petzl Myo RXP is a modern classic that does everything most hillwalkers and campers will need. It won the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013