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Recent Headlamp Reviews

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. 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

Top-Rated Headlamps

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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (13)
Princeton Tec Byte reviewed Feb 16, 2017
$17 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikka R+ reviewed Jan 5, 2017
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Princeton Tec Fred reviewed Jan 4, 2017
$24
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Iota reviewed Dec 21, 2016
$30 - $39
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Princeton Tec Vizz reviewed Dec 19, 2016
$35 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NiteCore HC30 reviewed Dec 5, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikkina reviewed Nov 22, 2016
$14 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Black Diamond Storm reviewed Nov 17, 2016
$35 - $49
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Ion reviewed Nov 13, 2016
$13 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (31)
Black Diamond Spot reviewed Nov 10, 2016
$29 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light reviewed Oct 2, 2016
$10 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl TacTikka reviewed Sep 13, 2016
$30 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Petzl e+LITE reviewed Jul 28, 2016
$22 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond ReVolt reviewed Jul 28, 2016
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Gizmo reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$15 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ledlenser H7 reviewed Jul 13, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ledlenser H7.2 reviewed Jul 8, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ledlenser H14R.2 reviewed Jul 7, 2016
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Cosmo reviewed Jun 24, 2016
$22 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Sync reviewed Jun 15, 2016
$21 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl NAO reviewed May 31, 2016
$138
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO A-120 reviewed May 20, 2016
$40 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO A-45 Comfort-Fit Headlamp reviewed May 20, 2016
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Camo Spot reviewed Feb 10, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NiteRider Adventure 180 reviewed Jan 18, 2016
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Petzl Tikka reviewed Dec 23, 2015
$22 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
ZebraLight H502r Red AA Flood Headlamp reviewed Nov 26, 2015
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (14)
Princeton Tec Fuel reviewed Sep 12, 2015
$17 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Icon reviewed Jul 15, 2015
$69 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Princeton Tec Apex reviewed Jul 1, 2015
$73 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Petzl MYO 5 reviewed Apr 11, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut X-Shot Headlamp reviewed Mar 9, 2015
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl TacTikka XP reviewed Mar 7, 2015
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Panther Vision LED Lighted Cap reviewed Jan 16, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Strix IR reviewed Jan 3, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Titanium Innovations Illuminati reviewed Jan 2, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Sprinter reviewed Dec 8, 2014
$68 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl Zipka Plus reviewed Dec 4, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZebraLight H600 MK II reviewed Oct 15, 2014
$89 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka reviewed Oct 13, 2014
$27 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Cyclops Atom reviewed Oct 12, 2014
$12 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Pelican 2750 LED Headlamp reviewed Aug 27, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ledlenser SEO 7R reviewed Jul 21, 2014
$90 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Cree 3 Watt Zoom Ultra Bright Headlamp reviewed Jun 26, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Petzl Tikkina 2 reviewed Jun 10, 2014
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Petzl Tikka XP 2 reviewed Jun 4, 2014
$55 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Inova STS reviewed May 31, 2014
$26 - $34
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak Mola Headlamp reviewed Apr 29, 2014
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NiteCore HC50 reviewed Feb 26, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Tikka RXP reviewed Feb 19, 2014
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