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Gear Review

2 5

Basic Head Lamp

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over many years, I have owned several Petzl, Princeton Tec and Black Diamond lamps. I have had the Tactikka plus since 2009. It is basic; but, has everything you need for most general activities. Compact and takes up little space in a pack. Multiple settings for light output plus a strobe and red lens. Good battery life. Basic lamp.

Cons: I wish it were brighter. At 35 lumens, my wife's BD Moxie headlamp is brighter (55 lumens) and significantly cheaper. It has all the same features with the only down side being slightly heavier. (3.2 oz vs. 2.75 with batteries). This is a good basic lamp; but, for the money, I think my next lamp will be something from Black Diamond.

03/31/14 - update:
The Tactikka Plus was once a perfect product in my mind with a higher rating; but, this headlamp is now overpriced and inferior to other products. I have since purchased the Black Diamond Spot. Spot is brighter, longer battery life, more features, better all around without a doubt and cheaper.

Absolutely no reason to buy this headlamp with other better options.

Black diamond has been particularly strong in their headlamp department lately. For all around do everything lighting, Black Diamond is making the right lamps in my opinion.

Basic Head Lamp