I've owned mutliple petzl and other BD models and the Spot is my favorite.It has a locking feature, which i don't really use but for tight backpacks is awesome. The options of different focus along with a dimming function are incredible. It's more natural and easier to use than the old click-n-slide 3 position switches. I LOVE the battery meter. Why don't more headlamps have this?One bone to pick, CHILL WITH THE APOCALYPSE-PROOF PACKAGING, BLACK DIAMOND. Why on earth is an outdoors company spending so much time and resources packing this thing with layers upon layers of plastic; even molding the package into the housing of the light? A major concern for all outdoors-men is we love to conserve; this should include the manufacturing of our tools.Other than packaging issues, i really do love the light. It's affordable, lightweight, simple to use and built like a tank. Go get one!
I used this lamp for about 2 hours in very rainy conditions, and there was no water in the battery compartment afterwards. The dimmer functionality is quite nice. When climbing, my primary use, I rarely need the lamp on full brightness, and I prefer the flood light function compared to the spot light. On full brightness and in spot mode, I don't get more than 10 hours of battery life before the brightness has dropped too low to be useful. On a more conservative setting, I estimate that the battery life is 2x to 4x that, but that's just an estimation. Hope this helps.
This headlamp is like having the sun on your forehead and could probably be used as a weapon to blind your enemies. However, the button is veeeeery sensitive and turns on easily in your backpack. It does have a lock feature which you can activate by holding down the button for 6 seconds until a blue light flashes on it. Then the only way to turn it on again is by holding down the button for another 6 seconds. If it weren't for this feature, this headlamp would be total crap, but the lock feature works fairly well. I have still had it turn on in my backpack though and drain the batteries... I may return it for a Storm Headlamp which has a slightly less sensitive button.
After losing my other headlamp which was amazing, I bought this one as a quick replacement. I'm not disappointed with it. We've gone on some great adventures through the ADK Mountains and some great early morning climbs and the illumination this puts out does not lack. Also with the optional, easy to adjust light settings makes it easy to save the battery life. I've had this for 3 years now and only had to replace the batteries twice. Definitely worth the money.
When it comes to headlamps, Black Diamond is the only way to go in my opinion. This is a very reliable product and has a lot of features. There are several different modes that you can switch on and off. The red light feature is nice to have when walking around camp so you don't end up blinding all of your friends. You can also adjust the angle of the lamp which is a nice feature as well.I mainly use this product at night around camp. On a couple occasions, I have needed to use it to hike several miles in the dark to get to my destination and it works like a champ.This is a must have for all backpackers. I wouldn't leave home without it.
"Awesome headlamp with tons of features!"
Love, love, love this headlamp! I researched a lot of models before settling on this one and am happy I did. I love that you can adjust the brightness within a range rather than set levels and the battery level LED always lets me know when I need to carry an extra set of AAA batteries. My favorite thing about the light, however, is the brightness and compact size given that brightness level. Usually, headlamps with comparable brightness have multiple LEDs which make the housing kind of bulky. The Spot achieves it's brightness with the single main LED.
"Powerful, compact, feature-rich headlamp at a great price"
This is the first Black Diamond product I've purchased, and given its performance, will not be the last. Replaces a few inexpensive no-name headlamps.Best Features: - Lock to keep it turned off in my bag! Seems simple, but a great feature to save your battery.- 90 lumen spot cuts through the dark like a knife! Didn't test narrow trails, but you'd have no problems hiking in pitch black. Had to dim so as not to blind everyone else.- Flood mode provides even light over a large area.- Comfortable, easily-adjusted strap held firm both on my bare head and atop a baseball cap.- Ability to access red mode immediately w/out cycling.Weight was as claimed, though Li-ion batteries would make it even lighter.Did not test its water resistance so cannot comment. Packaging says it's 'splash proof'.The only improvement I see would be a memory feature where it came on in the same mode as it was shut off. I believe this feature is offered on the next level up headlamp from BD.
I'm a newbie when it comes to night hiking, so am only comparing this to the other headlamps that others that were hiking with me were using. I'm very happy with this and the other's who were with me who have more experience with these really like this as well. Being able to pin-point something in the distance, use a spread white or red light while hiking and also the ability to dim it down for reading in the tent really made my weekend.
This headlamp is excellent! I just got it yesterday and walked around the house at night testing out all the different modes and settings. You have the high beam which is like a daylight at night. If you hold down the button it dims slowly to a low setting. Anytime during the dim, you can release the button and the dim will stop at whatever brightness it was at. There's also the two white LEDs which strobe, dim, or remain at full brightness. And the red light has the same modes, but is obviously red. The headlamp also has a pivot so you can aim the light vertically to wherever you need it. Comfy band is a big plus, too!
Awesome headlamp! One nice bonus is the lock mode which prevents it from turning on when it is in your pack. Very bright, settings are easy to use, battery life is good as well. Love the red light setting! Very helpful when you have to empty your bladder in the middle of the night!
"Awesome headlamp, especially for the price!"
It has so many features! The brightness is adjustable, you can turn it to red, and you can make it flash. The light can be bent downward so you're not shining the light directly into anyone's eyes if you're looking at them. I LOVE the battery level feature. When you turn on the headlamp, a light on the side will light up letting you know how much is left in the batteries in it. So helpful if you're trying to pack and need to decide if you want to bring replacement batteries along. One thing I don't like about this headlamp is the strap. It loosens up very easily so I have to make it tighter several times while I'm wearing it. But it's easy enough to tighten down.