User Review: Black Diamond Spot
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
This headlamp is much brighter than your average cheap headlamp for only a few bucks more. It's very durable and reliable.
- Very bright, 90 lumens on its brightest setting.
- It's lightweight.
- Uses AAA batteries.
- Water resistant.
- Can be dimmed considerably.
- Has a red light feature.
- Can be locked in the off position.
- Easily adjustable headband.
- While it's fairly light, it is a bit clunky.
- Not waterproof.
This is a great little little headlamp, at a great little price. I paid $30 (plus tax) for mine brand new. Its brightest setting shines at a nice big 90 lumens. I realize this is probably not bright enough for many of the serious adventure sport enthusiasts out there, but so far I've found it's great for camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, trail running, adventure racing, and hitching up a trailer in the dark.
On the spot light setting it shines bright and far. The manufacturer states that the range is 70 meters. I didn't pace it out and test it at that distance, but I found it shines further than any other headlamp I've owned, and further than any other headlamp my friends had.
On the flood setting, it shines less brightly, and provides a much wider field of light. It gave plenty of light for cooking after dark, and was still bright enough that if I wasn't careful, I'd wreck everyones night vision.
This headlamp is lightweight. It weighs 90 grams. I know the more expensive lights can be a lot lighter, especially when you locate the battereis on a belt pack, but considering this is a 'cheaper' model, i found it light enough to wear for a long time without it being uncomfortable.
It takes 3 AAA batteries. I love when a device uses AAA's, because they are so common, cheap, and light. And also because in a pinch, I could swap batteries between my headlamp, my radio or my GPS.
It has a water resistant rating of IP X4. That means it will resist rain and splashes. It would be great if it was waterproof. I haven't dunked it yet, but I've read other reviews where people have stated that they dunked theirs and it survived. It also states in the manufacturers literature that if it gets dunked, you can remove the batteries and leave the battery cover off until it dries, and then it should work again. That's pretty cool to think that if I dunk it, it might not be completely dead (just playing dead).
The dimmer works great, so if I'm reading and my wife wants to sleep, I'm not keeping her awake.
The red light feature is easy to turn on, and you don't need to turn on the white light first. It can be turned directly to red light, which makes it great for finding something in your pack or tent, and not blinding everyone around you.
The switch can also be locked. This prevents it from being accidentally turned on while in your pack and killing your batteries all day long.
The headband is very easily adjustable. This lets you go from wearing it over a baseball cap, to on your bare head, to over a toque, and you won't be cursing it and having to take it off 10 times to adjust it too big and small over and over.
I have heard that these headlamps are pretty durable. I haven't dropped mine yet, though, so I can't attest to it's durability. It does seem solid though.
Another feature it has is a battery power indicator. It tells you if you're batteries are good to go, or getting weak.
Basically, I've had a few different headlamps in the $10 - $30 range, and this one beats all the others by a mile.