User Review: Petzl Tikka Plus 2
Price Paid: $27
I love this light. I have used it once mountain biking at night (on high power 50 lumen) and found it to be surprisingly functional. The strap worked well to keep it in place on my helmet, although the available overhead strap would have kept it deadlock secure in the bumpier, more technical sections of the ride. The beam adjustment for vertical angle is super easy and so far secure.
Petzl's regulation circuitry is excellent. I haven't had to replace the batteries yet, even after several trips using the light at full power. The included warning light for low battery power has yet to come on. I never experience any fluctuation in the beam or intensity.
The button and selections are easy to use, even with all but the thickest of gloves. I used the Tikka on a recent hiking/snowshoe trip in pitch black, sub-zero temperatures and had plenty of visibility using only the low white light setting. Impressive and simple overall, with a nice infrared and red safety light feature built in.
My only gripe is that the new Tikka's circuit board and led diode are fused together and make modifications difficult at best.
Overall it's a great product in its class in OEM form.