Black Diamond Sprinter
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
One of the best running headlamps out right now, with a few quirks.
- Well-designed beam
- Odd cord sleeve
- Default "flashing" back
Winter in Montana makes it necessary to have some kind of illumination for your runs... unless you are ready to subject yourself to the treadmill for every run. Daylight hours are at a premium, so the search for a premium running headlamp is on.
The Black Diamond Sprinter stood out from the field as soon as it was released. It was reviewed to much acclaim on several running websites and, at the time, certainly seemed worth its rather steep MSRP of $80. So, I sprang for it. And, then I ran with it... a lot.
The Sprinter stands out in several aspects for runners. Black Diamond nailed the beam. It gives enough throw for all but the most technical of trails (which one probably shouldn't be running at dark anyway). And, at the same time, it is diffuse enough so that you don't get motion sick from a bouncing light.
The balance and weight of the headlamp is perfect. It goes on the head, stays there, doesn't bounce and one soon forgets that it is there. I have strapped it on my head early in the morning and, after the sun rises, forget that it is there until I yank my hat off (it's durable too!).
But, there are downsides to this headlamp. The light weight is accomplished through an irreplaceable battery pack. While it is light and slim, it is going to go belly-up some day. Replaceable batteries really should be the order of day anymore.
Another issue is the routing of the power cord. It goes through a sleeve on the head strap that you cannot remove it from. So, if you need to clean the band deeply (which my sweaty head needs), you have to work around it.
One final pick is that the flashing red light on the back is "on" by default. I'd rather choose to turn it on, rather than have to remember to turn it off. Probably just my preference.
Overall, the headlamp is an excellent running headlamp. I have used it for over a year without incident. It doesn't show any significant wear on its working parts. It does what it is asked to do and does it well.
And, Black Diamond is offering an updated 2012 version at a lower MSRP, which solves at least one of my concerns (power cord routing). If they figure out how to make that battery pack replaceable, they would have an undeniable winner on their hands.
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The Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp is a versatile, rechargeable all-weather light that's ideal for high-impact use on the trail or the skin track.
Key Features of the Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp - TitaniumRed tail light strobe1 DoublePower LED (75 lumens)Settings: full strength/ dimming/ strobeLithium polymer� batteryIPX rating: 7Beam type: floodBlack Diamond Sprinter Headlamp - TitaniumThe Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp - Titanium has got to be on your accessory list, if you are a keen on enjoying� after dark outdoor activities. One DoublePower LED bulb lights the path ahead, in one of the three settings of your convenience -� full strength, dimming and strobe. You are guaranteed� constant illumination on all these brightness specifications. Capable of being used in any weather condition, the lamp is water-resistant up to 3.3 ft. for 30 minutes, justifying its IPX rating of 7. This means that you can take a quick dip in a beautiful stream or lake without any worries. Powering the lamp is� a lithium polymer battery that can be fully� recharged, via the USB port in a matter of five hours. Buy the Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp today!
Don't let darkness limit your running routine. With the Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp, you can keep your training goals clearly in view. Designed specifically for running, the low-profile Sprinter weighs in at only 3.4 oz. and has excellent fore and aft balance so it doesn't bounce up and down while you run. DoublePower LED has a maximum output of up to 75 lumens and throws a strong oval-shape beam up to 45m; beam is optimized for running to illuminate the ground around your feet. Hold down the on/off button to activate the dimmer and fine-tune your lighting needs; press the on/off button twice to activate the front strobe. Regulated output ensures consistent lighting levels even as battery power is reduced. Rear red safety strobe helps keep you visible to cars, bikers and other runners; rear light can be turned on and off. Headlamp is powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable battery that provides up to 42 hrs. of use on low and 6 hrs. on high; battery fully recharges in about 5 hrs. Removable top strap provides increased stabilization. Sealed construction provides IPX7 water resistance (submersible to 1m). Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp includes a USB charger.
Are you tired of stomping on cats every time you go for an evening run' They're tired of it, too. The Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp will end your misery by lighting the path ahead with 75 lumens of kitty-spotting glow. The Sprinter makes you more visible, too, with a red rear strobe that lets drivers know that you are there and you find self-preservation to be a priority. Black Diamond also gave the Sprinter excellent fore and aft balance and a low profile that minimizes bouncing while you dodge cars and cats.