Great headlamp that excels in technical use. The reactive…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought via a "pro deal"


Great headlamp that excels in technical use. The reactive lighting is extremely helpful at conserving maximum battery for navigation even after 11 hours of use, and it also works great for down climbing through technical terrain.


  • Reactive lighting
  • Good battery life (11hrs of up to 170 lumens)
  • Comfortable


  • Expensive
  • A little tricky to figure out the button sequence

I have had this headlamp for six months and used it for climbing, running, and camping. The controls are confusing at first so make sure a staff member shows you how they work.

It's the second of Peztl's Reactive series of lights. Reactive lighting uses a photo sensor that picks up reflected light, and ensures a precise level of light. Never too dim, and never too bright. So if you look at your map you aren't blinded, and then you can immediately look up and see distant terrain features.

Camping it's got no real advantages aside from saving money with the rechargeable batteries. It has red light, and other handy features. Nothing major though. You don't really need or notice the reactive lighting much.

Running and hiking at night this headlamp excels. The reactive lighting works very well, and one thing I began to notice after using it in the lower settings is that because it keeps the light lower, never too bright never too dim it gives your peripheral night vision a chance to adjust. The beam is also well spread out so when you look around you feel like you are getting the whole view rather than just small little circle of light.


Alpine start with headlamps

I also recently climbed with it on an alpine climb that went much later than expected. Down climbing was made much easier by the reactive lighting as I could look at my feet, and then further and get perfect brightness every time. The Core battery was also handy; when I needed full brightness to navigate I could just turn it up, even 10 hours in and get 150m of light. Enough to navigate on the cloudy night. I kept it on the lowest reactive setting though to preserve battery.

However, the promised 3 hour reserve mode of 25 lumens never occurred, and 1 hour before dawn the light just flicked off. Very annoyed by that. I have since bought a second battery to take with me.

Overall it's comfortable to wear, works well, and is useful tool for running and climbing. The reactive lighting is cool, and very handy in those specific applications.


I'm enjoying all of your gear-in-action shots, Tam! Thanks for sharing them.

2 years ago

The Petzl Tikka R+ is a high-end yet affordable headlamp…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79.95


The Petzl Tikka R+ is a high-end yet affordable headlamp option, ideal for the night crawler. It's rechargeable lithium-ion powered, reactive high output LED beam will ensure safe passage on the trail after the sun goes down.

The weight and balance of the R+ is supported by a super comfortable easy adjust elastic band. While not exactly sleek, the headlamp is not cumbersome, and would surely satisfy outdoor enthusiast illumination needs on the trail.


  • Rechargeable
  • Reactive beam
  • Comfortable
  • Interchangeable power options


  • Bulky
  • No strobe option
  • 3.5 hour battery duration in reactive mode.
  • Small buttons

The Tikka R+ is best used for trail use. While not particularly sleek or light, it's 170 lumen beam illuminates the path up to 65 meters making night biking a possibility. While the headlamp does feature a red LED constant or blink mode, the lack of a main strobe makes signaling an annoyance to recreate by using your hand.  

The integrated 1,800 mAh lithium-ion battery recharges via USB making the cost powering up $0. Charging the Tikka R takes 4.5 in exchange for 3.5 hours of constant illumination.  While 3.5 hours may not be ideal for everyone, the lithium-ion battery can be replaced with a 3 AAA batteries for powering up on the go.

The two mode exchange buttons on the top and side of the unit respectively are small and somewhat confusing to operate at first. Using the Tikka R+ with gloves on is non-existent.

During my first adventure with the Tikka R+ I accidentally left it out in a passing 42 degree rainstorm. The Tikka R+ was no worse for the wear.  

What is possibly the most interesting and fun feature of the Tikka R+ is the Petzl operating system software. Therefore it is important to note that the Tikka R+ should be reserved for the tech savvy adventurer if you want to get the most for your money.

The software in the headlamp can be adjusted to create custom activity profiles for whatever activity you are partaking in making power optimization a convenient no brainer. The only oversight to the adaptive software is that there is no mobile app to perform customizations on the go, hardly an inconvenience all things considered. 

In the end, the Tikka R+ is an all around top quality, diverse, durable, high-tech head lamp suitable for most outdoor activities and all levels of outdoor adventure proficiency, just as long as you are tech savvy.  


Welcome to Trailspace, Timothy! Thanks for sharing your Petzl review. I'd love to see some pics of your headlamp.

1 year ago

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