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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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About to start 1800ft of rappelling...

About to start 1800ft of rappelling...

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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

Awesome

  • 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.

4 5

Bright. Bad angle.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yeah, it's bright, obviously. The battery pack isn't too heavy. The only thing I don't like is the angle of the lamp. You can't tilt it downward very far. Which sucks when you are talking to somebody while it's on... for them. Also, everybody keeps complaining about the settings. They are not that hard to figure out.

5 5

Excellent headlamp!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had my Icon now for a little over and use it constantly (~3-5 times a week) for everyday nightly activities. Where it really excels is outside though. Yes the weight is a bit much when compared to other, more compact headlamps, but it's added lumens and functions make it worth it. Besides, at night it will be on your head, not in your pack.

5 5

Heavy, but nice in the dark.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't remember how long I've had this head lamp, but I got it to replace my lighter Petzl, the one that has the retractable retainer head strap? I have found that it just wasn't bright enough while out roaming in the night, probably cause I'm getting into my 50's now. So I bought the BD Icon. I really love the light options with tilting, dimming, red to BRIGHT for those moonless walks at night. I feel much more secure walking in the dark. I even keep it next to my bed when I'm home and travel. The batteries do seem to last long. Then only CON - is the weight. But if I'm going backpacking and weight is an issue, I will just plan on staying near the tent and bring the light weight head lamp.
I really do like the BD Icon !

4 5

Worked under zero conditions but...

Got an Icon before Aconcagua Season this last summer, worked a lot during the day but the hardest time came at night for that i had the Icon. A bit heavy, a bit complex to turn with mittons but appart from that worked just fine. Had an incredible issue with this lamp. After the 3 months up there working as a porter finally got down, and made the big mistake of forgetting to block it. PLEASE DONT DO THAT, the plastic cover MELTED, and the whole light lost its perfect 360° spot light. Still works but its not accurate any more. Called BD and as im living in Argentina they couldnt do to much, i was the dumm one, but instead of hanging on my they provided CS and helped me enough. Just sent pics of the melted plastic and as soon as it gets shipped, ill get a new one NO CHARGE.
As u can see in the pic in the centre there is a rugged zone, thats the one.

Worked under zero conditions but...
4 5

Good choice

I really liked the design. It�s compact and small. The light is excellent at night, I use a lot the two levels of light, for me was very helpfull. I would recommend this product.

GEAR REVIEW: Black Diamond Icon Headlamp

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Dan tells you about this 200 lumen headlamp from Black Diamond. We know it's bright... find out more in this video gear review!

4 5

Bring on the Night

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really love this headlamp. 200 lumens do the job when i need it and although it is a little heavier than I would like it is not a big deal. Lights up the rock when night climbing and the trail is clear when night hiking. Doesn't crap out in the cold either which is super important since I do a lot of playing in the wintertime. The low beam is perfect for the nighttime reading session on my camping trips and thank you red light, I wish everyone would utilize the red light.

Bring on the Night
1 5

Would be great.... Except

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was a replacement for my old Icon headlamp. At first I was excited about the new features and added red light, which are nice. However, for some ridiculous reason Black Diamond changed the on / off button to now cycle between the bright LED/ low LED every time the light is turned off and on. For most of my uses I am constantly turning the light off and on and cycling through the setting every time is so annoying. It doesn?t sound like a big deal but after a while it is complete waste of time/energy/and night vision. This is a HORRIBLE design, especially since it was a change from my last model. I found myself resorting to my old, beat up Icon headlamp, instead of the new one. I've used Black Diamond headlamps since they came out and this is probably my fifth light (all models). I gave away the new light and when my old Icon is done, I am searching for new manufacturer. This is just too annoying. Used to be a great light! So disappointed and so avoidable. Note: same exact situation when I also updated my Black Diamond Spot model Headlamp. The new features just don't justify the horrible new light control setting.

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Giving the lowest possible score to a product because it isn't designed for your specific needs really discredits your opinion. Yours would be the score that gets thrown out in athletic competitions. I assume the instructions included the on/off button functions, and as long as it did what the instructions read it would do, I don't see how it is the lamp's (or Black Diamond's) fault that you didn't like the setup on your bike ride. Designs generally change in response to changing needs or developments in new technologies. Judging by every other review, it seems to suit outdoors people's needs pretty well. It's your review and your scoring system, but if your goal is to accurately inform prospective buyers (like me) about a product and not just to vent your frustrations you should consider revamping your methods. As it stands you just come off as an upset older person that can't handle change so she completely dismisses the product entirely. I don't think that type of review helps anyone, unless you feel better now.

Sincerely,
A fellow reviewer and reader

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You rated this product a 1 because you have to click a button a couple times? I also have a tip on how not to ruin your night vision when cycling through the modes, which to be honest, I'm not sure how you couldn't figure out: close your eyes for a half second and quickly press the buttons the right amount of times. For someone who must spend time outdoors in order to use such lamps, you seem awfully unwilling to compromise, especially when the mere act of being outdoors requires compromise. I feel 1 star is a rather harsh rating for a product when it simply doesn't fit your needs, which you could have found out with a little research prior to purchasing, and when you brought up no quality issues with the product itself. 1 star is usually reserved for the worst products, that have little build quality and just don't function.

4 5

Great Headlamp

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

Another great Black Diamond purchase.Used this headlamp a couple times while hiking and night climbing. The thing that I love the most about it is its versatility. I can't think of anything that this headlamp can't do. If you are looking for a great headlamp for multiple uses look no further. A

5 5

Solid Headlamp

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is built like a tank and very bright. Just used it on the Cactus to Clouds hike and worked very well for the early morning start.

5 5

BRIGHT light!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is simply an awesome headlamp. If you need as many lumens as you can get, this is the headlamp for you. The icon hasd a whopping 200 lumens! I used it to summit Mt. Pisco in Peru and was very impressed. Here is my brief video review:

http://www.backpackersreview.com/gear-reviews/everything-else/87-gear-review-black-diamond-icon-headlamp

5 5

Amazing Headlamp!

The quality on this headlamp is second to none. Its amazing. A little on the heavy side but with the light quality on this headlamp the extra weight is worth it personally. Highly recommend this headlamp if you are looking for one that will perform time after time for you.

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