I’ve a Scurion and this year bought the new Rude Nora.
I got a wee bit fed up of getting my head stuck with the Scurion and my helmet slipping around (an irritation, not a big problem and I never found the weight too much) so I purchased the Nora.
My original intention was to run two helmets - one with the Scurion for more serious aquatic trips and the Nora for those requiring a fair bit of or solely ’dry’ stuff.
I much prefer to use a decent primary light on my hand when diving, for reasons mentioned above, with a decent back-up ‘primary’ that is helmet mounted, combined with a couple of SD11s up there for further back-up. Helmet lights only get switched on if I need to use my hands and have illumination or in the event of a primary failure.
After trying a number of different options in the search for a competent hand torch I ended up sticking the Scurion on a Goodman where it has been superb - bombproof, ample power, a variable beam and decent burn-time.
This of course left me with only the Nora helmet mounted.
I’ve not used it very much so far - two recent dry trips and a diving trip to France at Christmas, however it has been fine. It has been much less of an annoyance when in small passage and has ample power for my needs. I didn’t do any big dives in France (big caves were too wet) and it did only get occasional usage due to the Scurion on my hand, but I can’t fault it really.
A friend did do some rather serious dives with the Nora (not sure of the max depth he took it to but it managed at least 79m in the Landenouse - I was still using the Scurion at that point - and it was still working as he passed me on his way out) and I’m not aware of him having had any big gripes.
The Nora will never have the burn-time or power of the Scurion and it’s doesn’t feel as bombproof, but it’s a big chunk cheaper, and an awful lot less cumbersome on my bonce.
I’m very happy with both.
My other favourite torch is a Halcyon Focus - but it’s umbilical so annoys the life out of me when sidemounting, thus it only gets used with backmount these days.