I enjoy sea kayaking and as you get into winter or go on expeditions, there's always the risk you'll need to keep going in the evening so a headtorch is a useful bit of kit. I spent some time researching and chose the Petzl Pixa 3 as it was waterproof to 1m. I did look seriously at this LED Lenser model as it's around the same price, but while water resistant, it's not waterproof.
At the same time a friend bought this LED Lenser and we recently went out cycling in the dark wearing the headtorches. All I can say is the LED Lenser blew the Petzl Pixa away with it's power. As I cycled in front the LED Lenser behind made me into a shadow on the ground in front that the Petzl struggled to see into. I would compare it to car headlights - the Petzl was the car with dipped headlights, the LED Lenser was the car on full beam!
All in all, I'm still pleased with the Petzl for the waterproof element, but if the LED Lenser was waterproof I would change immediately!
+ Light on the LED Lenser is incredible
+ Easy to control the beam (wide > beam)
+ The strap is secure and comfortable
+ Incredible quality build
- Relatively heavy, but not uncomfortably so
Overall, if you don't need a totally waterproof solution but may want to take it out in the odd shower, this is the headtorch to buy. No other headtorch I've ever owned (and I've had a few with hiking) stands up to it!
LED Lenser - Please make a waterproof version and I'll buy it immediately!