Princeton Tec Remix (2013)

The Princeton Tec Remix is a compact headtorch that boasts 200 hours of light output when set at its lowest level, which is bright enough to use when sitting in a tent. It does pretty well on full power too – 28 hours at 100 lumens – which is bright enough to help you descend a path from the hill to the valley. You don’t get a red light or a battery power indicator, though, so the feature set is not quite as good as other headtorches’. Operation of the Princeton Tec Remix is via a button on the top, which has a positive ‘click’ action; and while it can be used with big gloves on it would nice if it was a little more tactile for even easier use. The headtorch rotates and locks firmly in place once set, but it is actually too firmly locked, I felt, as I needed both hands to adjust it when it was on my head. The Princeton Tec Remix’s batteries fit into the end of the main housing and have a very secure cover that snap-locks into place; but again this is almost too secure as with cold, wet hands it is difficult to both open and to close, which is not what you want when descending in cold, wet weather and you need to change the batteries.

Bulbs 1 x high output white LED; 3 x white LED
Brightness 100 lumens
Maximum beam 73 metres
Maximum burn time 200 hours
Batteries 3xAAA
Battery charge indicator no
Weight with batteries 83g
Website
www.whitbyandco.co.uk

Verdict

The Princeton Tec Remix’s light output, size and weight are good, but the design is not ideal for a walker who has cold, wet and/or gloved hands.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013