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Update: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby John Harper » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:52 pm

So, looking at a new headlamp, would like one that tilts, with durable/comfortable straps. Been using a couple cheap models, and realize the tilt function would be helpful. Light weight is always a plus. $50 or less is probably my budget.

I've brought along my little 9V Pak Lite too. It's nice, but having a headlamp is useful at times.
http://www.9voltlight.com/

Any advice is appreciated.

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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby maverick » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:05 pm

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Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby zacjust32 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:41 pm

I've been using the BlackDiamond Spot and I'm loving it. It has a high beam and 2 smaller flood lights all dimmable. It also has 2 red LEDs also dimmable that's great inside the tent. Battery indicator's helpful when you're deciding whether or not to replace batteries. This has 4 tilt placements and a single strap that goes around your head, nothing on top.

I was in your position when I bought it but didn't want to do the research, so I just went to REI. Their prices may be a little high, but I knew that whatever I got would do what I wanted it to do.
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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby rlown » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:57 pm

Petzl tikka plus. I use it for backpacking, duck hunting, and power failures :). Has the red shift, tilts, and I should probably change the batteries now after two years. totally reliable.... I've been using it for 7 years?

Last week in the duck blind, before shoot time, friend said turn it down. So I just tilted it down.
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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby robow8 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:32 pm

There is a new version of the BD Spot that is smaller, brighter, and waterproof.

http://www.rei.com/product/890322/black ... dlamp-2016
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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby John Harper » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:11 pm

How weird is this? A fellow teacher just happened to stop by today, while I was perusing headlamps (prep period, of course). He gets all lit up to see I'm looking at headlamps. I guess he's big on headlamps, who knew?

His recommendation: The BD Spot. I guess there is a new one, with 200 lumens for 2016. Still the Tikka is highly rated. Hopefully, my local REI here in Encinitas has both.

Can you replace the headstrap as it wears out?

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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby zacjust32 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:33 pm

On my Spot I can. The band threads through an H-shaped bracket so you don't even have to undo the whole band, just slide it through the slot in the H.
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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby mschnaidt » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:17 pm

Another vote for the Black Diamond Spot. I have the 2016 version. Some great features and it's reasonable at $40. FYI, it's an REI exclusive product though.
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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby maverick » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:24 pm

Can you replace the headstrap as it wears out?


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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby robow8 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:03 pm

mschnaidt wrote:Another vote for the Black Diamond Spot. I have the 2016 version. Some great features and it's reasonable at $40. FYI, it's an REI exclusive product though.


Not any more. It's available elsewhere now. http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamon ... AwMDAyODg=
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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby mschnaidt » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:00 pm

robow8 wrote:
mschnaidt wrote:Another vote for the Black Diamond Spot. I have the 2016 version. Some great features and it's reasonable at $40. FYI, it's an REI exclusive product though.


Not any more. It's available elsewhere now. http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamon ... AwMDAyODg=


And 15% off! Sweet!
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Re: Advice on a Headlamp

Postby robow8 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:00 am

mschnaidt wrote:And 15% off! Sweet!

It's funny. I just typed in Backcountry to see if they did have them!
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