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Rock and Ice don't just hand their Best In Gear Award out to any old piece of equipment. The Black Diamond Icon Headlamp locked down the title by showing off versatility, utility, and straight-up power. This lamp will light your way whether you are pushing through the night to catch a sunrise summit, setting up camp after dark, or skinning the pre-dawn hours to enjoy the freshest powder.

  • Four SuperBright LED bulbs shine for up to 175 hours on low
  • Blazing three-watt center bulb can throw light up to 80 meters
  • Red light lets you prepare meals, navigate camp, and hang out without blinding everyone or forcing your irises to freak out
  • High-beam, low-beam options let you pick where you focus your light

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Brightest lamp on our ascent.

Climbing up Rainier. I am the third from the rear. I had no idea that my lamp was that much brighter than everyone else's. The other bright one in the group just ahead of us is an icon as well.

It was actually dark out when the video was shot. Youtube's video editing lightened it up almost to daylight.

4 5

Illuminate the night

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I spend the early hours of the winter preparing the ski area for opening. Occasionally, this means picking my way down the ridge in complete darkness. The Icon's 200 lumen output lights the way and I ofter take the lead for my partners. It fits snuggly over a ski helmet and the battery pack doesn't rattle around too much. It seems pretty durable so far and I look forward to also using this on some dawn patrols or late evening bike rides this season.

5 5

Black Diamond Icon Superstar

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Winner, winner, chicken dinner. That's what they say in Vegas and after a trip to Southern Utah's great backcountry I've found a new headlamp winner.

My friend brought along his Black Diamond Icon and I had my favorite Black Diamond Storm. I've totally been stuck on the Storm for the past 3 years with it's waterproofness and light weight but after 3 early morning and night hikes I've got to admit I'll be switching over to the BD Icon as it was a superstar in a head on competition.

Yea, it's a bit heavier than the Storm, nearly twice the weight, but the Black Diamond Icon just plain kicked butt when it came to brightness, in fact it was so bright I didn't need to bother using my headlamp.

I examined the battery case and feel that the waterproofness is as adequate as the Storm and the waterproof rating is the same. It took a little getting use to the battery pack on the back of my head, but for a majority of the climbs and mountaineering adventures I'd be using it on I'll be wearing a helmet. I'm thinking that the battery life may even be better with the Icon.

the headlamp

the headlamp

The strong metal in the headlamp itself and the seal wire in put

The upper pack

The upper pack

The strong metal in the upper of the battery pack and the seal wire in put

5 5

Going day time

I'm a professional photographer .and doing a lot of night shot in the darkest places I can find. this headlamp is the light on the trail to get there for me.
It like going day time. strong light that go to the end of the world.
More then that I to with it mountains climbing and trail running in the summer night and in the cold and rainy winter night

If you looking for light you got it!

I hope it is o.k. buy I put a link to my night shot in the darkest nights I can find

Have a light night (:

4 5

Tons of options

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My favorite thing about this headlamp is all the different settings, high and low, red light (also high and low) and bilking. I used it for a couple night climbs and non of the other headlamps around compared to it. The only downside is that it's super annoying to wear without a helmet due to the large battery pack

4 5

Good light

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Good enough light. Wish the battery pack was horizontal to ride better on the helmet.

No problems experienced in any weather.

Light lasts for longer than I have had in other headlamps.

4 5

My first Black Diamond headlamp.

I am usually a Petzl headlamp guy. The Black Diamond headlamps just haven't struck any desire before to try them. The reason I bought this headlamp is because of the high lumens and the long battery life.

The four AA batteries is kinda on the heavy side but not having to deal with changing out batteries I think is well worth the extra weight. The on off switch takes a bit of time to get used to trying to figure out how to get to the different modes available. Once you know how it works it isn't that bad. I haven't had to use a gloved hand yet to turn it on and off but I could see it being a bit of a pain in the ass.

I was warned that Black Diamond headlamps sometimes have longevity issues.. Is it true? I guess I will find out. Petzl just seems to be getting into some really overly fancy lights for their high end headlamps. I just want a bright lamp with a long battery life that takes standard batteries and not some rechargeable battery that needs a USB port to recharge.

I think Black Diamond is going to start making bigger waves in the headlamp market.

About to start 1800ft of rappelling...

About to start 1800ft of rappelling...

Top of Tricks of the Trade in Zion NP. Glad to have my Icon strapped to my dome.

Photo: Rob Duncan

5 5

Daylight at Night

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This light is incredible in the lumens department. Truly massive amounts of power and good battery life. The multiple functions [red light, low white light, strobe, and lock] are are useful in their own right and well thought out.

We hiked a portion of the AT and this light was helpful at showing us "the way".

The only down side, if there was one, is the overall weight. While its not burdensome, ultralighters/minimalist could find a lighter weight lamp with a moderate amount of lumen/light power.

I would absolutely recommend this light if seeing daylight at night is your thing.

4 5

And BD Said, "Let There Be Light."

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't always need a light that can be seen from space, but when I do it's usually in a situation where there's no alternative. This fits the bill well.

The Good:
--The quad-power LED is BRIGHT, and throws a decent distance.
--The red LEDs are great for when you don't need to get NASA's attention.
--Has a locking mode for when you don't want to illuminate the inside of your pack.
--The third strap across the top keeps the Icon in place when things get bumpy.

The Bad:
--It's heavier than most others out there, especially since it takes 4 AA batteries. While I don't notice it on my head, I know I can do better in total pack weight without it.
--Tilt range doesn't go as far down as I'd like.
--Only waterproof down to 1m. While that may be sufficient for rain, I like the extra insurance of something that can be submerged further.

If you need a light that doesn't screw around in the lumens department (night rappels, climbing, etc.), this is a good choice. If you only need something to see the trail with, there are better options out there, like the BD Spot or ReVolt.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This light is really really bright and last a decent amount of time. I thought it was a good price too

4 5

BD Icon

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall design and function of this headlamp is good. On/off switch is a little difficult to feel/operate with gloves (compared to Petzl MYO). Up and down tilt seems adequate as does brightness.
4 stars because I find myself using my Petzl MYO more often.