User Review: Petzl Tikka Plus
Price Paid: $34
The Tikka Plus makes good use of batteries. It's also super bright on highest setting. The economy setting is a little dim for night hiking, I think.
I find the four settings a little annoying at times, such as when I want to flash some light briefly, then turn the thing off: I end up cycling through all four settings, with the headache inducing strobe setting coming last and anything alive within 50 meters decidedly unamused. The headband does get a little sloppy after a while, but that can be fixed in a number of ways (needle and thread!).
These gripes mentioned, it is a bright, lightweight, and long-lasting headlamp. Avoid the older model with a slider instead of a button-even thought this mitigates the cycling problem I mentioned above -- because it's a pain to get it into the right position.