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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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Waterproof, Red Light, Rechargeable
Climbing, Day Hiking, Travel, Expedition, Trekking
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 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
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
BBBBright!Great headlamp! Light is extremely bright and easy to adjust. Good variety of lighting options. Batteries seem to last very long; I've been using mine for several weeks for >30 degree runs now and they haven't seem to lost any power. Very comfortable without battery pack attached which is my only complaint. You have to experiment with where to put the battery pack on the headband to make it comfortable. Also have to figure out a way to tie up the excess cord, which the pictures don't show; they show a coiled cord (I used Gear Ties).
Date published: 2015-12-02
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 1 out of
What a dissapointment.I took this light on a 1 hour night run before using it during a 100-mile run. My first impression was that it was the perfect light for running all night. However, only 7 hours into the night this headlamp dimmed so much that I had to borrow a smaller lamp from my pacer in order to even see the trail. I would have been stuck waiting for sunrise had I not been able to borrow a spare light. 75 hours @ 200 lumens? I think not. Great while it lasted.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 4 out of
Bright light, works for cyclingDoes exactly what it's supposed to.
I've been using it for cycling though the snow in Alaska. The batteries stay nicely warm inside the jacket. Warm AA batteries yield a really good battery life. Much better than my bike light. :)
The wire is just to short to store the battery in the pant pockets, but I guess, in the cold I'll always have a jacket for storing them anyways, and in the warm you can still use the backpack-style straps provided...
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 5 out of
Powerful lightJust got it, too early for a solid review. Used it twice, once for caving and once for rescue. Worked great, easy switch between low and high.
The external, extended pack can get in the way sometime. Still trying to figure out how to best arrange it with all the other gear.
Many others team members use this or the regular version. It be nice if they include USB charging capabilities like the revolt.