Mammut Lucido TXlite
Very lightweight, bright and long lasting with 3AAA's.
Price Paid: ~$45
Very lightweight, bright and long lasting with 3AAA's. Can't give specific comparisons, but similar to the Petzl Tikka and Zipka series in terms of longevity.
Regarding brightness, it has 3 settings (MED, HIGH, and Very High IMO). 21m/32m/41m with battery life of 130h/96h/80h respectively and according to their specs. It'll also "tell" you battery life by holding down the on/off switch and waiting for a series of flashes - the more the merrier: I forget, but 3 may be full battery, 2 med, and 1 low.
It also has a switchlock so no accidentally turning it on in your pack. The LED casing swivels 45 deg up and down as well, so one doesn't need to keep their head cocked for longer periods of angled viewing.
As for LED's it uses one HI-Flux led w/ a special shaped lens that casts a simultaneous spot and flood. I definitely give this feature a thumbs up in terms of practical use.
Only downfall to its brightness is if you are reading, as it may be too bright in its lowest setting with new batteries. But great for night hiking/bear watch!
One other downfall is its unregulated nature, but most other competitors' lights are also not regulated. So it goes.
I believe mine weighs w/in a gram or two of their specs at 2.5ozs w/3 batteries. Could be even lighter given a narrower headband. Just not sure if a smaller headband would support the lamp adequately.
In terms of water resistance it holds its own, but not waterproof.
It's replaced my Petzls and BDs after years of using them - I am thus pleased with the Lucido.
Here's what other sites are saying:
At only 2.5 ounces, there's no reason not to throw the Mammut TXLite Headlamp in your pack for everything from multi-pitch rock routes to long day hikes. The single, superbright LED features three different brightness settings, a tiltable housing, and a lightweight, easy-adjust band for full minimalist functionality.
- Backcountry Outlet
The lightweight Mammut Lucido TXLite Headlamp is so small that you won't notice it in the top of your pack until you're hung out on a large granite face building anchors in the dark. The single, superbright LED features three different brightness settings, a tiltable housing, and an easy-to-adjust headband that fits over a hat or helmet.
The Lucido TXlite Headlamp from Mammut gives you a 130 operating hours, making it perfect endurance sports or other outdoor activities.
The TXlite is perfect for difficult mountaineering and endurance sports Total Reflex Optics achieve 41 m lightrange and 130 operating hours from the HiFlux LED of this 72 gram lightweightLED Type 1 x HiFluxLEDLight Range 41 mBattery Life 130 hrsLight Pattern DualLight high 41m 80 hDualLight mid 32m 96 hDualLight low 21m 130 hLight Angle Dual Light 45 9 degrees