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Recent Headlamp Reviews

Petzl Tikka R+

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Expensive but powerful and versatile compact headlamp — a huge leap forward from classic 3xAAA lamps. Not as powerful as various Chinese lights. This lamp was discontinued by the manufacturer in 2016. Its direct replacement is Petzl Reactik, which is slightly more powerful, but lacks the power level customization feature. I’d not recommend it. Consider Reactik Plus which may be customized via phone app.  I’ve been an owner of Tikka R+ headlamp for more than a year. Recently I’ve purchased… Full review

Princeton Tec Fred

rated 3 of 5 stars A decent, lightweight headlamp with red mode. The Princeton Tec Fred is a basic headlamp. It's relatively inexpensive and offers two white light settings and two red light settings. It's waterproof, light, and easy to use.  On the pro side, the waterproofing of the headlamp is effective. I have put it to the test on many different trips, but I have yet to have it fully submerged. I've also used it in subzero temperatures (Celsius) and it putters on. However, I do not think the range is as good… Full review

Princeton Tec Byte

rated 4 of 5 stars Ptec has a fix for the battery drain, that also acts as a lockout for the switch they will send you for free. Makes it a very good lamp. My go-to pocket lamp. Good red light. Acceptable main white beam for size. Convenient, small, nice to have the lockout feature. Full review

Black Diamond Iota

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Perfect for trail running. You'll still need a longer-range one for route finding. As fall approaches and nights get longer many say goodbye to trail running and relegate their morning runs to either asphalt (yawn) or a treadmill (sacrilege). 1st world problems at their best. Many runners either quit running in the mornings during the winter or stick to lighted streets.  The struggle is real. You can use a headlamp but: Most headlamps eat WAY too many batteries for daily use. Full power headlamps… Full review

Princeton Tec Vizz

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Could be really nice lamp if not for defective circuit... :( My son bought this for me a couple months ago and lamp worked perfect for the first couple times I used it. Now when I want to use it I have to open up the battery compartment and squeeze unit together to get light to come on—very frustrating!! There must be a short somewhere in the circuit or something??? I am gonna try and return it for another one before I buy from competitor. Full review

NiteCore HC30

rated 5 of 5 stars Great headlamp for a good price. Best for serious night navigation and caving. Ok, so I can finally add this review after several months of punishing caving and some night navigation. This light gets a fantastic review. Bought it when one of my Zebralight H600 lamps died. It is similar in the general design, but there are marked differences. 1. The light cycles through the different modes much more intuitively than a Zebralight. It can be annoying to users like me at first, but once you figure it… Full review

Petzl Tikkina

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For the price it is high quality. A very cheap and good quality headlamp.  The brightness is pretty good (80 lumens), has two modes which are easy to operate. Battery case seems OK.  Full review

Black Diamond Storm

rated 5 of 5 stars Great headlamp—strong beam with good battery life. Love this headlamp. It's waterproof, has many features; the best of which is the ability to lock it in the off position. I don't have to turn batteries around to prevent it from turning on while in my backpack. The battery life is very good; just remember to set it to low whenever possible. Full review

Black Diamond Ion

rated 5 of 5 stars Packs a lot of power into a small lightweight design. Fully waterproof. I do a lot of OCR (obstacle course racing) and trail running. Now that it's fall I find it dark in the AM or early evening and a headlamp is critical. This is great lamp at this price point. It's super lightweight and waterproof (IPX8). This is a rare feature at this price point. When racing I may be submerged and have lost other lights that are "water resistant." At night running on trails it does provide sufficient lighting… Full review

Top-Rated Headlamps

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl NAO
$166 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond ReVolt
$50 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl TacTikka
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Princeton Tec Apex
$76 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Petzl Tikka XP
$44 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Petzl e+LITE
$24 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Icon
$69 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Black Diamond Storm
$35 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Remix Pro
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Apex Pro
$71 - $94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Yukon HL
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka
$30 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl TacTikka+
$36 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikkina
$14 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Princeton Tec Corona
$45 - $48
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikka R+
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Sprinter
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Icon Polar
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl DuoBelt LED 14
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Underwater Kinetics 3AAA Vizion
$31
user rating: 4 of 5 (31)
Black Diamond Spot
$28 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Petzl Tikka+
$26 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Princeton Tec EOS
$38 - $44
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Petzl MYO XP
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Petzl Tikka
$21 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Princeton Tec Quad
$28 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Cosmo
$22 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Remix
$28 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Gizmo
$15 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Princeton Tec Fred
$24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak Snow Miner Headlamp
$37
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec Quad Tactical
$30 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Petzl Duo LED 14
$149 - $174
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Petzl DuoBelt LED 5
$125
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Inova STS
$26 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light
$11 - $14
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Ion
$15 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikka Plus 2
$40
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Sync
$21 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak Mola Headlamp
$45
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Iota
$30 - $39
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Princeton Tec Vizz
$35 - $49
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (12)
Princeton Tec Byte
$15 - $22
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (14)
Princeton Tec Fuel
$17 - $29
Princeton Tec EOS Bike
$42
Pelican Krypton HeadsUp Lite 2690 LED
$40
Petzl Ultra Rush
$430 - $499
Petzl Actik Headlamp
$45
 
Petzl NAO+
$200
Petzl Myo RXP 2
$100
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