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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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Here's what others have to say...

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.

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 !