Petzl Tikka XP 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $33.75
It is relatively light, waterproof, and small.
- Output is good
- Lots of battery run time
- Lacking an overhead strap (may be unnecessary)
- Nothing else
I was thinking about a "myo rxp" first, then due to fact that the price was relatively high compared to this, I changed my mind and wanted to give "tikka xp2" a try.
After getting the headlamp, I was amazed to feel how light it was compared to my old "myo 3". Even with the three AAA size batteries installed, it is still like a breeze. It is Bulgarian made, however the craftsmanship is up to the code, perfect, no worries.
It boasts a powerful beam, the manufacturer says it is 80 lumens; I do not know about the lumen power, but the single powerful led is capable of producing more light than comparable size xenon bulb. The intensity of the light is regulated with push button switch on the top of the light's casing. Apart from the white light, there is also a red emergency kind of led right next to the main led bulb. Both white and red bulbs blinks if need arises.
There is also a wide angle lens sliding up and down in front of the bulbs. When it is slides up, the light beam scatters, illuminating a wider area in front of you, it is a handy fixture if one is working in his/her close proximity.
Overall, it is again another good headlamp from Petzl; good enough in every aspect, performance, minimalistic, budget-wise, etc.
Price Paid: $54
I have used this excellent headlamp for two seasons of New England AT section hikes in winter. I often find myself walking into the night. I can not imagine ever upgrading.
Petzl is an excellent company, the XP 2 is all you need, extremely bright as promised and light weight. The sliding diffuser is a nice touch in lieu of using another lantern when in the tent. The red light is good for night vision and the blinking feature and integral whistle are good for emergencys.
IMO this is the do all, must have lamp that I would turn around for if I forgot it. Battery life is good as promised.
It is well worth the price. Highly recommended.
Price Paid: $58.95
I bought this lamp from a local outdoor store for $58.95 and I have to say it was well worth the money. I use it mainly for Ground Search and Rescue call outs and when we're out in the dense bush or deep woods this thing is great to have.
The spot lamp is very bright and extends a long way out. The quick diffuser slide up is a really neat idea especially for saving the eye sight of others travelling with you or reading maps etc. The red LED's are pretty much perfect, not to bright and not to dim. I also really like the whistle on the side of the headband.
So far battery life is good and the unit has been water proof. I have had it out in a few really heavy rains and a day that was just light rain all day and it has not had any issues.
I highly recommend this unit over anything else I have seen in this price range.
Price Paid: Gift
This thing is amazing, I have no idea how I was ever a guide. My friends say it's like turning the sun on. battery life is decent and it's super light.
Price Paid: $51
Awesome headlamp. Excellent battery life, light, comfortable.
The beam diffuser is really handy as you can switch from spot light beam to area lighting. The red LED is great for saving your night vision, and letting your tent mates sleep through your late night nature calls. It also has a handy "low battery" light so you always know when to change batteries.
It has never turned on in my pack which is huge in my books. Works great in any weather so far, but keep in mind it's water resistant, not water proof. In this price range I believe it would be hard to beat.
Price Paid: $50
best I have ever had, would definitely buy again!!!!!!!