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The Black Diamond Icon Polar Headlamp is a bright headlamp built specifically for cold-weather adventures, from alpine climbs to expeditions. The mountains can be relentless, especially when it comes to battery life. When the headlamp is on your head, the battery has it's own little detachable compartment that can stay warm and cozy inside your chest pocket against your body. Now that's innovation. Plus, it has a lighting range of 100m thanks to one QuadPower LED, two SinglePower white LEDs and two SinglePower red LEDs. That's 320 lumens to light up the darkness, just for you. Make your way to summit with an incredibly early morning start, or get cooking at basecamp for a late-night meal.
FEATURES of the Black Diamond Icon Polar Headlamp
One QuadPower LED spotlight, two SinglePower white LEDs and two SinglePower red LEDs emit 320 lumens (maximum setting)
Detached battery housing holds four AA batteries to reduce headband weight and conserve power in bitter cold
Settings include full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock move
Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on headlamp
Protected against water immersion down to 1 m (3.3ft) for 30 minutes (IPX 7)
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Rechargeable, Waterproof, Red Light
Climbing, Day Hiking, Expedition, Travel, Trekking
Rated 5 out of
Lighting the wayThis light was designed for the needs of many athletes, and definitely suits those of a 100 mile ultra-distance trail runner. Running through the dark and wee hours of the morning lighting the way makes or breaks the runner's experience. The brighter the better and the Icon has a reputation for being one of the brightest out there. Add various lighting methods to help save battery life as well as separating the battery pack from the head strap and you have the perfect set up. With the ease of throwing the battery pack in your hydration pack or around your waist the neck is saved from unnecessary strain over the hundreds of steps covered under the shadows of night.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of
Used on EverestTook the Icon Polar to the top of Everest last year (2013) w/ the USAF 7 Summits team and it worked like a charm. Wired the battery pack into my jacket and no issue with them freezing up in the -20 to -35F temps. Climbed from 9pm until sunrise in between spot-light and the dimmer LEDs. Very easy to use and excellent headlamp. I've used it with both rechargables and regular batteries and it has never failed me. I also used it in the 30hr Atomic Adventure Race in GA this spring (strapped it onto my bike helmet- didn't use battery pouch) and beat it up in heavy rains through the forest- once again, it was "spot on". Ha ha... sorry, had to say it. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 3 out of
OkWhat I like: The light is small and light so it is unobtrusive and does not weigh you down. It is also bright.
What I do not like: The 70 hour listing is misleading. After 5 hours of use or so the light intensity drops dramatically, such that I had to change the batteries in order to maintain adequate lighting for mountain biking. Furthermore, vibrations sometimes turned the light off, and the switch seemed to be defective (i.e. the dimming feature quit working and I could not turn it on in proximity lighting mode (double-click)).
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 4 out of
Good for cavingI got this for caving, the under-shell battery pack is great, and gives outstanding battery life, even with cheap rechargables. The high beam is great, but I wish the low power LEDs had more oomph as I find them a bit dim for walking, though they are good for crawl ways where the high beam is way too much.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of
GoodVery even light, low power beam is bright enough without being dazzling to others. High beam will see you down a rough trail on low setting but is bright enough to ski with on high. Having battery separate means it is very light to wear as well as keeping the battery warm. Overall very robust and will stand up to hard mountain use. Although the wt looks quite high the unit is actually light, moat of the wt is batteries. It is not one to keep in the summer pack 'just in case' but for serious alpine starts or finding you way in bad weather is absolutely perfect.
Bought for Mountaineering around Alaska boarder area
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 4 out of
Needs Lens DiffuserMy only comment as a new owner is I'm not happy about the lack of a lens diffuser (such as the Sprinter light offers). As a runner, the prospect of staring at a two-foot circle of light all night is very annoying. I would very much like a replacement diffusing lens to be made available as an option for the Icon
Date published: 2013-07-13
Rated 4 out of
Pretty GoodLove the head lamp but the length of time @ 200 lumens is kinda not true. But on the flip side, super bright, 6 different settings to choose from, will recommend to anyone who needs a sun at night (at least for a short length of time).
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 1 out of
it does not turn off . the switch is inop.The Switch that controls the light failed . I was -looking forward to a good experience Everything looked well made and professionally designed.
It will not turn off or change functions