Mammut Lucido TXlite
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.
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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 Lucido TXlite Headlamp from Mammut gives you a 130 operating hours, making it perfect endurance sports or other outdoor activities.
The single HiFlux.LED on the Mammut Lucido TXlite Headlamp simultaneously produces floodlight for short-range peripheral vision and spotlight for long-range vision. This incredible depth of vision is produced by Total Reflex Optics, allowing the wearer a 41m range of visibility at night. Because the lens is able to maximize perceived brightness with a single LED it is able to operate up to 130 hours on just 3 AAA batteries. LED Type: 1 x HiFlux.LED. Dual-Light HIGH: 41m for 80h. Dual-Light MID: 32m for 96h. Dual-Light LOW: 21m for 130h. Light Angle Dual-Light: 45 and 9 degrees. Batteries: 3 AAA included. Available Colors: Black and White
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
CLOSEOUTS . Lightweight and simple to operate, Mammut's Lucido TXlite LED headlamp has a 60-lumen max output and pivoting design that angles the light beam up or down. Available Colors: BLACK, WHITE.
- Sierra Trading Post