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rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Yaktrax Pro

Not worth the money. Fell apart right away. Called the company and they won't do anything. Never buy another product made by them. Full review

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
Kahtoola MICROspikes

ALL SEASONS. Keep exploring and protect yourself on snow, ice, wet leaves, steep bushwacking... You can look around and price shop. Or just go get the best. I love mine and bought them for the whole family. Noticed it's a mandatory piece of equipment for some on hill employees at some larger resort. I saw them clipped to packs and belts all over the resort. The quick, just in case, footing protection.   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

user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Princeton Tec EOS Headlamp
$7 - $46
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp
$9 - $64
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Walker Traction Device
$10 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Cyclops Atom Headlamp
$12 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ozark Trail 150-Lumen Headlamp Headlamp
$13 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Inova STS Headlamp
$14 - $27
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (15)
Princeton Tec Fuel Headlamp
$15 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Noctilight Headlamp
$15 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Petzl Tikkina Headlamp
$15 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light Headlamp
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Streamlight Enduro Headlamp
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Princeton Tec Fred Headlamp
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fox Outfitters Firefly Headlamp
$17 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (13)
Yaktrax Pro Traction Device
$18 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp
$19 - $30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO A-45 Comfort-Fit Headlamp Headlamp
$19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Lite Traction Device
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp
$20 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Ion Headlamp
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
STABIL icers Original Traction Device
$20
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman 3AAA LED Headlamp Headlamp
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus Traction Device
$20 - $34
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Sync Headlamp
$21 - $31
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Petzl Tikka Headlamp
$21 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka Headlamp
$22 - $29
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (13)
Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp
$23
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Gemini Headlamp
$23
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl TacTikka Headlamp
$25 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ledlenser MH2 Headlamp
$25 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (39)
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
$25 - $40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coast HL4 Headlamp
$26
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Streamlight Argo Luxeon Headlamp
$28
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl TacTikka+ Headlamp
$29 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Streamlight Septor Headlamp
$29
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Iota Headlamp
$30 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Petzl e+LITE Headlamp
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NiteCore NU20 Headlamp
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Moxie Headlamp
$30 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikka 2 Headlamp
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ICON Irix II Headlamp
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
$32 - $50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Petzl Actik Headlamp
$34 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6 Traction Device
$34
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hillsound FreeSteps6 Traction Device
$34 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Lucido TR1 Headlamp
$35 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Storm 375 Headlamp
$35 - $49
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Primus Primelite DP Headlamp
$36 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NiteCore NU25 Headlamp
$37
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp
$40 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
UCO A-120 Headlamp
$40 MSRP
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