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Recent Headlamp Reviews

Petzl Noctilight

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Useful addition to a small Petzl headlamp, which turns it into a versatile lantern. Nice to have for those who need a night lamp or simply a soft light source in their tent or at picnic table. Usually we travel in backcountry with our child, and it’s necessary to have a night light in the tent. Our two Petzl Tikka R+ headlamps don’t fit well for that, as they are too powerful, and even the red light doesn’t work well as a night light. Also we needed a diffused light for using inside the tent… Full review

UCO A-120

rated 3.5 of 5 stars UCO has created a nice, decent headlamp. The Cree LED lighting is quite bright. The "Infinity Dial" is an excellent innovation. The drawbacks in this headlamp have kept me from loving it as much as other lights I have used over the years. I received the A-120 as part of a prize package for being the May 2106 Reviewer of the Month. The light was tested on several overnight trips since that time. It was also tested once on an early morning run, when my regular running light could not be found (rotten… Full review

Petzl Reactik +

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Petzl Reactik Plus incorporates Petzl's reactive technology light settings with the added feature of being Bluetooth compatible to pair the light with the MyPetzl Light app. I highly recommend this light and it performs well in a multitude of activities ranging from hiking and snowshoeing to backcountry ski touring. Background Details: The Petzl Reactik Plus is a headlamp that incorporates Petzl's Reactive lighting technology which adjusts lighting output based on user need. The light has a… Full review

Princeton Tec Byte

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Looks sturdy. Lightweight. Doesn't last. I bought the light because it looked sturdy and had a good amount of light with a light weight. I used it four times last trout season. This month I put new batteries in it and found the soft selector switch does not work. I removed the rubber cover and tried to use the tiny switch directly. The light would flash bright, but would not come on. Not durable or dependable. Full review

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. Note, you don't have to send your light in for repair, just call their customer service and they will send you a new battery door with the lockout feature. 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

Top-Rated Headlamps

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Petzl Duo Standard Replacement Bulb
$3
Princeton Tec BOT
$7 - $15
Ultimate Survival Technologies EQ3 Headlamp
$8
Petzl Myolite Xenon 4.5 Bulb
discontinued
Coghlan's Hands Free Headlight
$9
Petzl Reactik
$9 - $84
 
Petzl 6V Halogen Bulb
$9 MSRP
 
Petzl Tikka XP Lenses Kit
$9 MSRP
Black Diamond Wiz
$10 - $19
Mammut X-Zoom Filters Set
$10 MSRP
Petzl Tikka 2 Adapt Kit
$10
Petzl Ultra Extension Cable
$10
Nite Ize TaskLit LED Headlamp
$10
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (14)
Princeton Tec Fuel
$11 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Cyclops Atom
$12 MSRP
Petzl Tikka 2 Pouch
$13
 
Petzl Crochlamp L Bendable
$13 MSRP
Petzl Poche II Case for Tikka
$13
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Gizmo
$13 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikkina
$15 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Noctilight
$15 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light
$15
Petzl Signal
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Ion
$15 - $149
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (13)
Princeton Tec Byte
$16 - $22
Coghlan's L.E.D. / Xenon Headlight
$17
Petzl NAO Extension Cable
$17 - $23
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Cosmo
$19 - $29
L.L.Bean Trailblazer Jr. Headlamp
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Petzl Tikkina 2
$20 MSRP
Mammut S-Lite
$20 MSRP
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman 3AAA LED Headlamp
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO A-45 Comfort-Fit Headlamp
$21
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Petzl Tikka
$22 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka
$22 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl TacTikka
$22 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Petzl e+LITE
$22 - $29
Petzl Ultra Caving Helmet Mount
$22
Petzl Ultra Helmet Mount
$22
Mammut Lucido TX1 Belt
$23
user rating: 4 of 5 (31)
Black Diamond Spot
$25 - $39
UCO X-120 X-Act Fit
$25 - $41
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Princeton Tec EOS
$25 - $44
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Petzl Tikka+
$25 - $39
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Sync
$25 - $29
Petzl NAO+ Belt Kit
$26
Petzl Tikka Pro
$26
Eagles Nest Outfitters Moonbeam
$26 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Princeton Tec Quad
$26 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Inova STS
$26 - $27
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