User Review: Petzl Tikka XP
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50
Years of flawless performance, still like new.
- Light weight
I have used this lamp nearly every day in the house, on the trail, and wherever I have needed a headlamp. I have even used it under my house for plumbing repairs.
I bought this headlamp in Boone, N.C., in 2005 and I truly do use it nearly every day.
Battery life: Very good to excellent. I can easily go on a 3-night winter trip with this lamp and no extra batteries. I also like the fact that it uses 3 AAA's keeping the weight down. The battery life indicator on the side is very handy and when you are wearing it you will get three intermittent blinks when your battery life is about 3/4 drained.
Stability: Excellent for a single strap headlamp. This lamp will stay on your head and bounce is minimal even when running.
Bright: The brightness is perfect for general purpose backcountry use. I rarely use the brightest setting and almost never use the power boost setting. I use mine mostly on the low setting and can get adequate light for a long time on a set of alkalines. This headlamp is not designed for lithium batteries according to the manual.
Compact and lightweight: This lamp is 8 years old, and at the time there was no brighter lamp this compact. It is easily stowed anywhere in your pack or pocket.
The switch and the battery compartment cover are super tough and have cycled on and off literally thousands of times. The switch has shown absolutely no indication of wear, it seems possible that this lamp will easily last another 8 years.
Summary: Occasionally I look at the latest headlamps available, but am not convinced that there is a better general purpose, lightweight backpacking headlamp on the market. I am perfectly satisfied with this model and highly recommend it.