Headlamps

Recent Headlamp Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Storm 375

A great all-round headlamp with a broad range of lighting options for different situations, including low intensity flood light for tent and hut use, a moderately powerful spot LED that is good enough for downhill skiing on groomed trails or in good snow, and red, blue, or green floods for night vision. Long battery life with judicious use. Great for night running and xc skiing or biking at moderate speeds, backpacking, and around hut or camp. (Preliminary review based on three weeks use during… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
NiteCore NU25

The Nitecore NU25 is a tiny headlamp with a rechargeable internal battery. Packed with features including three lamps, SOS mode, plus the ability to lock for stowing, this little lamp delivers on trail. Specs: Headlamp Weight: 1oz/28g Headband Weight: 0.9oz/26g Headlamp Dimensions:  2 x 1.25 x 1 in Headband Dimensions: 1" band 29" fully extended but not stretched 610mAh Li-ion internal battery 360 Lumens max output 1m impact resistance IP66 waterproof rating Features:            Top to… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
NiteCore NU20

From a brief experience it appears to be as advertised—super light, rugged, and of good quality. It functions effectively. 12/31/19 FOLLOW-UP: Only change from my original impression is I'm MORE EXCITED about it. INITIAL IMPRESSION NITECORE NU 20 ULTRALIGHT HEADLAMP This is a brief initial impression of the Nitecore NU 20, as the light arrived just as I was heading out for a night hike. I found the bracket “tab” that covers the switch to be pretty ingenious. The joint between the light and… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
SureFire Minimus

OK headlamp. OK headlamp. Purchased mine in 2011. Two failures over the years. Both had problem with the switch turning on by self. Burnt hole in side of backpack in one instance. Great headlamp for trailwalking, and close work, but not for finding something in distance. Will not buy another, but as long as Surefire continues to warranty, will not throw away. Two RMAs later, cost of ownership is bit steep. In 2019, there are far better choices in headlamps to be had. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
BioLite HeadLamp 330

Light, comfortable, and bright rechargeable headlamp. I bought a Biolite headlamp after passing on the Kickstarter. I’m a supporter of Biolite and use their products. I’ve been very happy with the lamp and I plan on buying the rest of the family they own. I had some concern over the recharge-only option, but so far it has not been an issue. The light maintains adequate usage time for general camp use and reading in bed. The three lighting options—beam, LO, and red—give a good range of uses. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Fox Outfitters Firefly

Amazingly bright, low weight, long battery life—these are just some of the highlights of this light. I received my Firefly headlamp today to test and review. Starting with the shipping, it was surprisingly fast. I had recently moved and even with the company shipping to the old address, I had product in hand in under a week. The packaging was very well done and the unit made it here with no issues whatsoever. The product's packaging is appealing to the eye, clean box, specs and information can… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Coast HL40

This is a rugged, basic headlight. It has a battery pack on the back that if you wear a warm hat over will keep the batteries warm and functioning much longer than typical hiking/backpacking headlights. WORKS IN THE COLD! I was leading some night hikes last winter and both my Petzl and Black Diamond headlights were fading out after about 45 minutes in the cold (~20 degrees F). I switched over to lithium batteries from alkaline because lithiums are supposed to be less affected by cold. Didn't do… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Petzl Tikka RXP

DO NOT PURCHASE THIS HEADLAMP. Constant software and charging issues. Customer Service at Petzl constantly offers technical solutions that provide no fixes. NEVER works when you need it to work. Highly recommend NOT purchasing this or any other Petzl product offerings. Would never recommend purchasing a Petzl product. Worst experience I've ever had with any device or Customer Service Department. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Ledlenser MH10

Best head torch I have used, and I have used many over the years. I must have used more than half a dozen head torches over three or more decades. None of them compare with this Ledlenser head torch. Lots of features are similar to others I have used but this torch is brighter and more focusable than any I have owned. It is so bright it is almost like being in daytime for the illuminated area. Last trip I took this torch along with my best older one. After a brief comparison, the older P...l was… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Petzl Tikka XP 2
$55 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl NAO
$185 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Cree 3 Watt Zoom Ultra Bright Headlamp
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Zipka Plus 2
$45 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ledlenser MH10
$70 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl TacTikka
$30 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Icon Polar
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl MYO 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Remix Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Lucido TR1
$35 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coast HL4
$30 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light & Motion Solite 250 Headlamp / Flashlight
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Everlite Solar LED Headlamp EL8
$50 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NiteCore HC30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ledlenser H7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Streamlight Enduro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Moxie
$30 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nite Hawk ECO
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl DuoBelt LED 14
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Underwater Kinetics 3AAA Vizion
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coast Micro Headlamp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Primus PrimeLite CA
$78 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZebraLight H51w
$64 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Strix IR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Titanium Innovations Illuminati
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZebraLight H600 MK II
$89 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fox Outfitters Firefly
$17 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ledlenser H14R.2
$140 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NiteCore HC50
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nuwai HLX-712L
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inova 24/7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ledlenser SEO 7R
$90 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Gemini
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Zenix
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl MyoBelt XP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec Quest
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec Yukon Extreme
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Zoom
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec Switchback 2
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond SuperNova
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Duo LED 8
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Primus PrimeLite AR
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Zoom Halogene
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Icon
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Princeton Tec Apex Pro
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Yukon HL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond ReVolt
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl TacTikka+
$46 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Petzl TacTikka XP
$60 MSRP
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