User Review: Princeton Tec EOS
Price Paid: ~$40
I currently have two of these headlamps. One is used for hiking and the other I wear on my hardhat at work. For the price, weight, and size, I am very pleased.
The lamp I use for hiking is roughly 3 years old and is as good as new. It throws sufficient light for any task in the woods, and I have used it for many night hikes, especially in the winter.
As others have noted, the tilt adjustment for the lamp seems a little weak. For the lamp I use hiking this is not yet an issue, even after 3 years, partly because it is not used heavily. However, the lamp I use for work is beginning to slip occasionally if I look down with a quick motion; but this is from near daily use for the last year and a half.
It also sees a great deal of abuse and gets banged around on pipes, I-beams, etc. Still it remains bright and perfectly functional. Therefore, based upon that observation, I expect my hiking headlamp to last many years, and my work headlamp to possibly require some sort of modification to the tilt adjustment sometime in the next year.
Overall, this is a good lamp and has yet to fail me with its durability and brightness. Battery life is also as good as can be expected, and I have no issues there. I would buy this lamp again if one of my existing lamps fail.
Update: August 4, 2011
This is an update to my previous review.
I had mentioned earlier that the headlamp I use for work had began to slip on the tilt adjustment if I looked down quickly. It finally began slipping enough to become annoying, after nearly two years of almost daily use. The one I use for hiking, which is much older, still works fine since its use is much less frequent.
I didn't realize it, but Princeton Tec has a lifetime warranty on this headlamp. After a quick call to them for an RA number, and about two bucks to ship my old one to them, I received a brand new headlamp a week or so later.
It's apparent the Princeton Tec realized the issue with the tilt adjustment, since the new lamp now has three areas with raised ridges to keep the lamp in place.
I am very pleased with these lamps, and the customer service was excellent. I would buy this lamp again without question.