Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp for light, fast, local runs

Where Black Diamond's forthcoming Icon-Polar is your light for the Iditarod, the Sprinter, is better for a two-hour trail run in your local state park or an early morning skin up your local peak. The Sprinter headlamp is all about light, fast, and local.

The 75-lumen headlamp is waterproof and designed for high-impact use, especially running. Its headband wraps over the head, in addition to around the temples, to provide extra stability, and Black Diamond claims it has "excellent fore-aft balance."

A red taillight strobe feature is available for runners who have to travel busy streets to get to the trailhead or who just want to be more visible to other runners and bikers on the trail. The rear-facing LED's strobe continuously when on, though the feature can be turned off.

The light's internal lithium polymer battery is rechargeable through a USB port in five hours, so you can leave your Sprinter charging in preparation for a quick dash out the door. With a max burn time of six hours on high (42 on low), the Sprinter is designed to light your way on quick, local, outdoor jaunts.

Sprinter

  • Weight: 3.5 oz / 100 g (with enclosed battery)
  • Lumens: 75
  • Max Distance: 45 m (high), 7 m (low)
  • Battery: Internal Lithium-Ion Rechargeable
  • Max Burn: 6 hr (high), 42 hr (low)
  • IPX: 7 (submersible to 1 m)
  • MSRP: $69.95
  • Available: Now
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Comments

Cleric
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March 4, 2012 at 7:22 p.m. (EST)

Not sure about "new for spring."  I have been using one of these for over a year now. Might check the facts on that one.

Glad to see that the MRSP has come down a little (I paid about $10 more for mine when they first came out).  It really is a great running headlight.  Well-balanced, great beam, and simple configuration.  I forget that it is on my head (aside from the apparent addition of light to my general area).

At any rate, a really great lamp for runners.

Alicia
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March 5, 2012 at 12:53 p.m. (EST)

Cleric's right. Thanks for pointing that out. It was my error. I'll update the article to reflect that info.

Cleric, I hope you'll write a review of the Sprinter to tell us how it's worked out for you so far:

http://www.trailspace.com/gear/black-diamond/sprinter/

Seth Levy (Seth)
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March 5, 2012 at 1:55 p.m. (EST)

To echo Alicia: thanks Cleric! 

Thanks to your question, I got in touch with a Black Diamond Representative who clarified that this light has been "has been redesigned/changed to such a degree that it is considered as a new offering for Spring." I will give them that the light may have been redesigned (they didn't specify exactly what changes had been made), but it doesn't seem to follow that because of these revisions the light is an entirely new one.

Cleric
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March 6, 2012 at 6:54 p.m. (EST)

Alicia - my backlog for reviews is embarrassingly long.  I will try to get to more here in the near future!

Seth - Being an owner of the older version, I would be very interested to hear all of improvements they have made on it.  If you can poke them a bit and find out... :)

From just looking at the pictures, they redid how the power cord passes from the battery pack to the lamp.  On older versions, it ran through a stitched sleeve in the band.  NOT conducive to cleaning.  Now, it simply goes through a rubberized clip.  I would LOVE to have that update. 

Description on BD's site says that the new model charges through a USB port.  They must have done away with the proprietary charging cradle.  The USB would add convenience, but the cradle wasn't bad.

Maybe the band is a bit thinner.

Other than that... I can't see anything.  Maybe internal changes?  I'd have to agree with you that it seems a bit much to call it a "new" model of any kind.

Alicia
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March 7, 2012 at 10:24 a.m. (EST)

That was fast, Cleric! Thanks for your Sprinter review. It's appreciated.

http://www.trailspace.com/gear/black-diamond/sprinter/review/24738/

We're also on those other questions about 2012 redesigns and will post back with answers.

Seth Levy (Seth)
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March 9, 2012 at 10:08 a.m. (EST)

I've contacted Black Diamond and done a bit of research and uncovered a few differences:

Price: The MSRP of this new version is $69.95, while the MSRP of the previous version was $79.95

Lumens: The new version throws 75 lumens, while the previous version threw 68.

Max Distance: The new version illuminates 45 meters, while the previous version illuminated 50. (Note the reduction!)

Max Burn Time: The new version burns for 42 hours, while the previous version burned 64. (Note the reduction!)

Thanks for asking Cleric!

Alicia
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March 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)

Thanks, Seth, and Cleric for his review of the 2011 version.

Rick-Pittsburgh
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March 9, 2012 at 11:03 a.m. (EST)

Seth said:

I've contacted Black Diamond and done a bit of research and uncovered a few differences:

Price: The MSRP of this new version is $69.95, while the MSRP of the previous version was $79.95

Lumens: The new version throws 75 lumens, while the previous version threw 68.

Max Distance: The new version illuminates 45 meters, while the previous version illuminated 50. (Note the reduction!)

Max Burn Time: The new version burns for 42 hours, while the previous version burned 64. (Note the reduction!)

Thanks for asking Cleric!

More lumens=less light? 

I suppose its do to the pattern of the projected beam?

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