This one needs to go back to Research and Development.
This one needs to go back to Research and Development. Unless you use lithium batteries it's WAY too heavy. Even with lithium batteries, the light digs into your forehead making it uncomfortable to wear for more than a few minutes. If you wear a stocking cap or helmet all the time it might work for you but I wasted $100.
An excellent headlamp. 3 levels of brightness, with…
An excellent headlamp. 3 levels of brightness, with a zoom feature that spreads the light from a wide field of view all the way to a very tight rectangle. At the highest power and highest zoom it is very very bright.
I have used it for skijoring and scootering and other activities with my dogs. One of the features I like is that it has several red LEDs on the back that you can turn on as flashers that help keep you safe on the road.
The light uses 3 AA batteries. It's pretty comfortable on my head and easy to adjust the angle of the light up and down. I've owned three headlamps, including a 15 year old Petzl with a big battery that I used for mountaineering. This one is much more practical in terms of size, comfort, lighting options, easy to get batteries, battery life, etc.
Not sure how long it will last on one set of batteries but I've used it a fair amount without any dimming so far. It is an LED so I expect it to be very energy efficient.
Update: November 17, 2010
Update: I've had this headlamp for nearly two years. I've used it almost every night since I bought it and still like it a lot. AND ... I've yet to change the batteries. It's dim now and they need changing but that is a phenomenal life span.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Description of Mammut Lucido X-Zoom Headlamp Powerful and precise. The Zoom-function focuses the divergence-angle of the light between 5 and 45 degrees, allowing you to select the range and field-of-view to match the situation simply with a twist of the hand. Three brightness-levels and Mammuts Total Reflex Optics always provide the best and clearest light pattern for crystal clear vision, at ranges between an incredible 120 meters and 10 meters. Loaded with additional clever features, the X-Zoom is ready for every adventure.FeaturesLED Type 1 x HiFlux.LEDLight-Pattern in mh Spot-Light HIGH 120 m 120 hLight-Pattern in mha Spot-Light MID 85 m 170 hLight-Pattern in mhb Spot-Light LOW 50 m 300 hLight-Pattern in mhc Flood-Light HIGH 30 m 120 hLight-Pattern in mhd Flood-Light MID 20 m 170 hLight-Pattern in mhe Flood-Light LOW 12 m 300 hLightangle Spot-Light in Grad 5Lightangle Flood-Light in Grad 45
- US Outdoor Store
Push the limit of visibility with the precision and power of Mammut's Lucido X-Zoom headlamp - the first LED lamp with zoom capability. Guide your way around camp and crank it up for an early-morning summit push - you can select the range and field-of-view with 3 brightness levels that adapt to any alpine situation.
- Mountain Gear
The X-Zoom Headlamp from Mammut features two lighting modes, spot light and flood light, each having three brightness-levels.
Mammut Lucido X-Zoom Headlamp is the first LED headlamp to offer a zoom and focus feature with a powerful and precise beam that allows you to focus the divergence angle between 5 and 45 degrees by a simple twist of the hand. The X-Zoom gives you a focused beam up to 400 feet. Three brightness levels give you the right amount of light for any situation. Mammut's Total Reflex Optics lenses which efficiently use and focus nearly 100 percent of the emitted light. This little powerhouse has a light range up to 120 meters, while still maintaining battery life up to 300 hours. The X-Zoom is designed to work with either lithium or alkaline batteries, and has a waterproof housing. It is not designed for prolonged immersion, but will keep water out in extremely wet conditions or brief submersions. The alpine emergency signal is a setting that will blink 6x per minute so you can leave it on as a beacon without running the batteries down. Blinking rear tail-light for team navigation, bicycling, etc. A great headlamp for your biggest outdoor adventures. Battery life: 120 hours on high, 170 hours on medium, 300 hours on low. Weight: 195g (6.9 oz) with 3 AA batteries. Light range: 30 to 120m on high, 20 to 85 meters on medium, 12 to 50 meters on low. Dimensions (in): 3W x 2H x 1.5D
- Tahoe Mountain Sports