Princeton Tec Switchback
Price Paid: $50
I rated the headlamp with a 4.5 because it has always had a little short where the external wire comes into the headlamp where the battery compartment is.
That being said, I really love this headlamp. I purchased one approximately 10 years ago and have had no trouble out of is until this last month, July 2010. It has performed well in caves, hikes, hunting, and any other outdoor activity you can think of. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a headlamp for outdoor use.
The duel filament incandescent bulb comes in very handy if you want to see 100 yards away in the pitch black of the forest to see what went bump in the night. Usually bear and deer so far. The led option is great for caving, and around the camp sight where you don't need the distance. I have had no problems with it going through batteries too fast. Lithium work really well and reduce the weight of the lamp considerably.
If you are a backpacker and want something lighter that is understandable, but it sure has come in handy when bear have come through the camp at night and you want to see it far enough away to determine if you need to get out of dodge or not. You can also leave the battery pack at home and it still does a great job.
Long story short I would purchase another one if they still made them.
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The Switchback by Princeton Tec is a dual-mode headlamp, with three white LEDs plus a dual-filament incandescent bulb. Adjustable three-piece headband. Burn time from 3 to 200 hours, depending on lamp & battery configuration. Adjustable focus reflector. Detachable auxiliary battery pack. Complete kit includes headlamp, battery pack, storage bag, and AA batteries. Uses 2 alkaline AA cells in headset, four alkaline C cells in battery pack. Just plug in the auxiliary battery pack to bypass the headset batteries. Battery pack is equipped with belt clip and 3-1/2 foot power cord. Three powerful white LED bulbs last for ten thousand hours plus. Dual-filament incandescent bulb provides two brightness levels. Sealed push-button electronic switch selects lamp configuration. Soft, comfortable, fully-adjustable, three-piece fabric headband. LED burn time 25 hours (AA cells) or 200+ hours (battery pack). Low incandescent 8 hours (AA cells) or 24+ hours (battery pack). High incandescent 3 to 5 hours (available with battery pack only). Pivoting, adjustable-focus reflector head has spare bulb storage. Headset unit weighs 7-1/2 ounces with alkaline batteries installed. Battery pack weighs 16-3/4 ounces with alkaline batteries installed. Quick, easy battery replacement. Water-proof, but not for diving use. Keeps hands free for working, walking and hiking. Lifetime limited factory warranty by Princeton Tec.