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See Spot. See Spot shine. Shine, Spot, shine.

The completely redesigned Black Diamond Spot Headlamp keeps the great outdoors visible when you're playing after hours. Whether you're trying to figure out your new tent during an after-dark pitching or getting a pre-dawn start on your mountainous adventure, 130 lumens of bright light show you the way to go. PowerTap technology gives your fingertip the power to dim the lights when you're hunting snipe or shining a spotlight on your camping partner as he tries to sneakily eat the last bar of chocolate at 3 a.m. Red LEDs provide proximity lighting and you can get to that mode without cycling through the white mode and ruining your night vision. The lock mode makes it possible to prevent burning through batteries when the headlamp is in your pack. Don't worry if your efforts to clean the dishes in the lake are a bit over-zealous: the housing resists water from splashes and sprays so you'll be able to see the path back to camp without difficulty.

  • 1 TriplePower LED, 130 lumens, 70m/50 hours, strobe and dimming modes
  • 2 red night-vision SinglePower LEDs, 16 lumens, 15m/90hr
  • PowerTap adjustment
  • Headband, removable
  • IPX-4, water resistant against splashes or sprays

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5 5

awesome all around headlamp

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Amazing all purpose light for trail running, hiking, biking etc. `My favorite feature is the battery indicator. While hiking the Appalachian trail, I would always replace the batteries when the indicator started reading orange which would usually be every three weeks (this was June so I wasn't using it much).

Unanswered Question

can you use aaa lithium batteries in this?

3 5

Bright but poorly made.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the second one o this model I've bought. They're super bright and easy to use. But unfortunately the tab that controls the angle of the light snapped on this one, just like my last one did. The model I bought in 2009 at least lasted an entire cross country bicycle trip. This one I got in 2011 broke after only a few uses. Oh wel it's nothing a lil butyl tape can't handle. Oh and the headband looses all its elasticity after a year or so.

5 5

Great light

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced my Petzl Tikka 2 (50 or 60 lumens) with this one, and it's so much better. Plenty bright for trail running, hanging out around the campsite, even used it when servicing my car. I'm sold on BlackDiamond headlamps now, no more Petzl for me.

5 5

Works great!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I primarily use this for dawn patrols in the winter. It's bright and never malfunctioned on me. Excellent purchase!

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't had a chance to use if for what I intended but for spelunking under the house working on water lines it is great.

5 5

Spot on! . . . .

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Works great and can take a fair amount of abuse. This is a staple item in my climbing pack and I don't go on a camping trip without it. There's no reason not to have one of these in your pack, in your car, hell on your head at your desk. Simple and it works!

5 5

- look dorky; + can blind your scoffers

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Anyone who has used these handy headlamps knows how great they are: hands-free illumination that stays in place while running, cycling, climbing, or retrieving your keys that your buddy threw out into the woods for a laugh when you weren't paying attention.

Be careful where you point that thing, however: the bright LED's could cause temporary blindness in your running partner.

Use rechargeable batteries to be kinder to the planet.

Great Headlamp

Great Headlamp

... I probably didn't need it on my head quite yet, better than trying to find it in the dark though!!!

4 5

Candle in the wind

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nice Elton John reference huh? Anyways, I really like using my BD Spot headlamp for all sorts of missions. I have used this while standing in a downpour trying to change a flat on I-80, while desert romping, and for early morning ski missions. The Spot never froze up, overheated, or got soaked. I barely know that it's on my head most of the time.

My only suggestions would be: They rubberize the strap so it is more likely to stay in place while user is in motion. Also, there could be a greater differentiation between the bright and dim settings. Also, my headlamp seems to drain batteries faster than I can remember any of my other lamps doing.

Overall, I think that the Spot is a good headlamp for a good price. It is versatile and durable. So far, it really hasn't let me down.

Candle in the wind
Spot on Rainier at Sunrise

Spot on Rainier at Sunrise

This light was great on Rainier, the power tap mode even worked most the time in my fleece liner gloves!

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Awesome picture Matt !!!

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5 5

Perfect for night climbing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This new spot is awesome!
Its bright, its light, its easy to use. I feel like the button is super easy to get the hang of, like all other BD lamps) and I love that when you first turn it on it does not power up to 100%

By far the coolest feature is the power tap technology. this is what makes it awesome for climbing. You dim the light in either mode, spot or wide, to where you want it. Then with a tap of your finger on the right side of the housing it powers up to full blast of your particular mode. This is great for so many things but especially climbing. You have the light dimmed down to where you just see you hands and feet, but when you need to find the anchor or look around, one quick tap turns on super duper mode, and it is BRIGHT! When you have located that rap station or bivy ledge or fork in the trail or what ever, just tap again on the side and you are back to your desired brightness setting.

I have owned the Icon but I got this to have a lighter headlamp and I am stoked, its so bright I barely notice a difference stepping down from 200 lumens to the 130 lumen beam. this is a great headlamp for any night time adventure.

4 5

Black Diamond Spot (2014 Version)

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

This is a review for the Black Diamond Spot (2014 Version).

The difference between the 2013 and the 2014 versions is the lumens (90 v. 130) and the advertised distance of the light (70m v. 75m).

Putting the batteries in it was difficult. The instructions didn't show how to remove the case (it flips up from the bottom). Took 3 people to figure out how to open it (one of which owns many headlamps and stated that it is not like the other headlamps.)

Once you remember the buttons and the click combinations, this head lamp is a breeze to use. I love the fact that if you were previously on red light mode, and you turn the lamp back on, it's still in the mode you last left it in.

Both spot and red light mode have the ability to dim which is a huge plus.

There is a lock mode for this lamp to help prevent it from turning on. I didn't have any issues with this (yet) as others have stated, but try to pack my bag in a way so that it doesn't turn on.


1. When you turn it on for the first time, a light indicator on the side with a gauge and color (green, yellow, red) shows how much battery life you have left.

2. When hanging out at the campsite, it works great as a flashlight for someone coming down the campsite path at a distance.


1. Would have been nice to have instructions on how to take the case off to change the batteries.

2. Maybe I'm just picky, but I felt like the proximity mode did not give enough light in the center.

As I use it more, I'll come back and add more opinions.

So far, I would definitely recommend this head lamp if you can get it on sale!

2 5

Missed a few spots

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this to replace my older headlamp. The spot is small, light, and bright! One of the best values in terms of $ for lumens. However, it does seem to have missed the mark. The modes are more difficult to change than other lamps I have used, not a big deal, just annoying. The button performance is below average. It seems that the "sweet spot" is hard to locate and when you do hit it, the button is very touchy. It does not have a solid "click" like most other lamps. Perhaps this design was to aid glove use, although I had no such experience. The lamp has turned on inside my pack multiple times with the lock mode on, this is completely unacceptable as my battery died on one occasion. Fortunately I was not in the backcountry when this happened. It is unfortunate because much of my gear is BD and I usually have nothing except positive things to say about those products.

4 5

Received as a present.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After receiving this as a present from my girlfriend months ago, I was finally able to put this lamp to the test. It was brighter than the Gizmo that I was using and the red light option was a plus. The red light mode isn't as bright as my friend's lamp though (don't remember what he got). This lamp takes a bit of a learning curve, I'm still not used to it. The PowerTap technology is cool, but sometimes takes a few more taps to get it to work. Overall though, this is definitely an upgrade over what I was using, and with the performance that I saw during my night out, this should last me a while.

You don't have to put on the red light,

You don't have to put on the red light,

But it makes for a cool photo when you do!

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Awesome picture Cory !!!

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5 5

Spot On

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My uncle gave this light to me for the December holidays and it's a prefect fit. At a 130 lumens, I feel completely safe taking it on a night climb, but it's also just an all around great headlamp.

My favorite feature this light has to offer is the dimmer! By holding your finger on the on/off button while lamp is in on mode, you can go from full power to mood lighting in seconds.

2 5

Turns on by itself in my backback

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The spot is a great headlamp, except for one significant problem: even in "lock" mode (which means that you have to press and hold the button for more than 6 seconds to get it to turn on), the headlamp turns on in my pack. The button is designed so that it's easy to turn on with gloves, mitts, etc. Unfortunately, it's just too easy to turn on accidentally.

I've never had a headlamp turn on in my pack before. After having this headlamp turn on in my pack many times, I ended up getting the BD Storm headlamp as a replacement, and its design seems more resistant to this problem. (I've only taken it out a few times so far, but seems good.)

Another issue: there are 6+ states for this headlamp, depending on how you count: on, off, dim, strobe, red, lock, power-tap. And just one button. I find it challenging to remember how to get to all these different modes. (For example, to get to red mode you have to turn the headlamp off, then press-and-hold the button for 6 seconds.) This appears to be the UX for many BD headlamps these days.

John's BD Spot and 300 billion suns...

John's BD Spot and 300 billion suns...

I don't own this headlamp, but my climbin' bud, John does.
Here it is at the base of Mount Tom near Bishop in the Sierra Nevada, in red LED mode. I stole a shaky 3 second/8k ISO exposure from the Universe behind him while he finished packing up to leave what we dubbed Camp Hanta Virus.
We don't recommend camping there.
Or disregarding the signs in the parking lot that read:


He loves the headlamp though, for what it's worth.


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Sweet pic Brandon! Love all the stars in the background. Hoppe you don't end up getting hanta virus ;)

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Time has passed with no hemorrhaging, so we're hoping for the best!