Beacon from the Sun
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This headlamp easily beats out any competition I have ever encountered from anyone using a headlamp. The thing emits a powerful beam of light equivalent to staring at the surface of the sun, and one night while on a trad climb in Red River Gorge, it served me faithfully and provided an inordinately large amount of light for my whole group (4 guys plus packs) while climbing almost until midnight. Given the positives, there are also the negatives, albeit not (at least in my opinion) salient enough to deprecate my feelings about the lamp: 1) the battery pack can be a bit bulky whenever you're in a space where head room is at a premium, and it can become a bit heavy after a while, but just slip it off enough to relax the band for a few minutes and you can throw it back on, no problem; 2) it does NOT use AA or AAA batteries; instead it uses cr-123 batteries which can make or break your bank depending on where you buy them and in what quantity. Personally, I just bought some rechargeable ones from cr123batteries.com, so I can avoid buying many of them, given I am only going to be gone for a few days max. However, the web has distributors and purveyors where the batteries can be obtained in relatively bulk quantities for drastically cheaper than you will find buying them in smaller packs or when out on a trail. Overall though, I wouldn't trade it simply because of the amount of light that it is capable of putting out,and the ease with which it illuminates pitch black wilderness.