User Review: Petzl TacTikka XP
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
- Battery life
- Sliding lense
- Power buttons
I am very pleased with it. It's water resistant (for rain), it has 3 brightness settings, and another button for super bright mode (must hold button in, lasts only 20 secs to avoid damaging the bulb).
The buttons take a little to push in (reduces the chance of accidental turn on), and if you hold the button in for a bit, when you let go it will turn off (another anti-accidental lighting feature). It comes with 4 sliding lense covers (only able to use 1 at a time, and store 1 on the head strap), red, green, blue and clear (to disperse the beam better).
There's a battery life indicator light on the side. it advertises that when used on the low setting, the batteries will last 120 hrs. i've had mine for a few months and have used it a good amount of times, usually on the bright setting (makes the red lense usable for night walking) and the batteries that came with it are still giving me a green light.
The construction seems pretty solid too. I don't feel the need to baby it at all, and i do get pretty rough with some of my gear when trudging through the wilderness. I'm a hunter, backpacker, fisherman, and all around outdoor adventurer who loves "crappy" weather, and this light works great for me.
The only thing that i can find on this thing that i don't like is that when you engage a colored lense cover over, a mininal amount of white light escapes out the little hole on the left (as you look towards the light), but this doesn't effect anything. i'm just trying to come up with something negative to say about it to be fair. it's just barely noticable off to your right as you are walking, but again, i don't see how this could effect anything, or realisticly be called a negative.
Nothing is 100% perfect, but this light tries real hard.