Code: WINTER20


For dark times in cold places.

The Black Diamond Icon Polar Headlamp is perfect for climbers and adventurers looking to take a little weight off their heads or venture to bitter-cold places (or both). The detached battery housing takes the weight of the four AA batteries off your head and increases battery life in freezing conditions by keeping them close to your body for warmth.

  • Detached battery housing lessens weight on headband and conserves battery in frigid temperatures
  • Multiple settings include white light or red night-vision, proximity or distance, and strobe and dimming
  • Power level meter shows remaining battery life within three seconds after switching on headlamp
  • Protected against water immersion to one meter for 30 minutes

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4 5

Intensely Bright but Heavy

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

I've been using this lamp for about a year and in all kinds of conditions. I can vouch for the fact the the battery pack part is waterproof to at least 2-3 ft, I have yet to submerge the headlamp itself but I imagine it would be just fine. The red light is bright enough to hike with in pitch dark if you need to, it will definitely drain the batteries faster but you will have your night vision if you come into a moonlit patch. You would not be able to hike on red light mode with any of the smaller headlights on the market, or at least not as easily. On high the beam is intense, you will definitely see everything you could want to, really handy when hanging a bear bag in the dark on a high branch. You will definitely notice the dimming over time if you use it constantly on high though, but that is inevitable. Just be prepared for carrying the weight, 10.6 oz (with batteries) plus backup batteries you get close to a pound. I used to always bring this lamp no matter what but, due to the weight, at this point, I really only bring it if I know it will be frigid or I will need really good lighting for a technical portion of a climb or hike if I unexpectedly find myself going into the night. The fact that I can keep the batteries warm next to my body is the main reason I would bring it since I have frozen headlamps before. As has been pointed out, the pouch that holds the battery pack is nice if you get it adjusted correctly, but the plastic pack also has two feed throughs so you can attach it to webbing or a belt (or the headband as one person asked). The feed throughs have notches in them too so the webbing doesn't have to have a free end it sort of clips on. I highly recommend this light if you need something with the capability it has but it is a little too heavy for me to justify on simple spring/summer/fall trips.

5 5

Favorite light for ultrarunning.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using a version of this lamp since it was a prototype a few years ago. It is amazingly bright and is my go to light for the night sections of long runs. The battery life is really good, especially if you dim it back just a little bit from full power. Generally I just drop the battery pack into my pack or into a shirt pocket. With the batteries off of your head you can hardly tell the light is even there. The pouch that is comes with is much like an avalanche transceiver strap, which does work pretty well, but can be a dog to get adjusted. Overall it is an amazing light, highly recommend it.

Does this headlamp have a rechargeable...

Does this headlamp have a rechargeable battery pack that can purchased or does it take rechargeable batteries & what kind?

Best Answer Responded on

The battery pack itself is not rechargeable in the sense that you can't plug the pack into a power source to recharge. BUT, you could use 4 AA NiMH batteries, such as the Goal Zero, coupled with a recharging Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus. Any rechargeable batteries would go well with this headlamp, as long as you have a device to charge the batteries independent from the headlamp.

Responded on

Hey Janos,

Michael is right, and this headlamp will take any type of rechargeable battery available, but if you really are planning to use this in cold temperatures, Lithium-ions are the best for the most reliable and longest lasting power. Since the headlamp is regulated, no need to worry about too much voltage burning up the circuitry.


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With the Icon Polar, can you still wear the batteries on the actual headlamp or do they have to be in a pocket? What I mean is, is it possible to have it like the regular black diamond Icon?