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See spot help you see.

The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp uses super-bright LED's to keep 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 adventures.
  • DoublePower LED shines up to 70 meters away
  • Two SinglePower LEDs provide ambient light for the area within a 15-meter radius
  • Red LEDs can be turned on without rotating through white modes to light your way without killing your night vision

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4 5

Cheap in Price, Great in Value

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This headlamp is a great headlamp for anyone. Whether you are a 12 year old Boy Scout or a 60 year old man who likes to go on walks at night but is scared of the dark. Now this isn't the brightest headlamp you can buy, but then again you probably already know this... Now even though this headlamp lacks the brightness of a more powerful headlamp it definitely does a good job. For only $40 you cant go wrong with this headlamp.

5 5

Great headlamp at an affordable price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am always getting caught up trying to buy the most intense gear which is often more complicated than I need. I debated over several other BD, Petzl, and PTech headlamps before buying this one, and I am glad I made the choice I did. A variety of light levels and functions allow you to get a solid 70 meter beam or dim it down for prolonged battery life. You will not regret going with the moderately priced option here because it has many of the same functions as the most expensive lamps.

3 5

Fine, but drains battery when not in use

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great headlamp when it works. The battery kept popping out and it would not turn on, and I will keep it for an emergency and find a couple months later that it is nearly out of juice. Real drain on battery when not in use. With a change of batteries this is a GREAT little headlamp. Powerful, light, battery indicator, the works.
I have been using mine for 2-3 years for hiking, climbing, and cycling at night.

5 5

Works Great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This headlamp held up to my expectations. It stays in place it's super bright and really enjoy the locking feature which disables it from coming on accidentally while packed away in you bag. It's also water resistant which is very helpful during the rain.

4 5

Great headlamp

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The BD Storm is my favorite headlamp, I value bright light over super lightweight, but I always take a 2nd headlamp with me and the Spot is it. I've used this a ton on alpine climbing and camping. It works great, is pretty bright and the batteries seem to last a good amount of time.

4 5

Mood lighting to go

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The dimmer is awesome because you get precise control over how much lighting you want.

It took me a hot minute to understand how to cycle through all the different options, but once had it dialed it was pretty easy.

I'll stick with the Spot for a while and might even upgrade to the USB-charged version.

5 5

is it night or day?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this headlamp and the versitility it brings. Its the biggest headlamp I own and provides enough light when the main bulb is lit up to see as far as I need to and then some...great battery life considering the brightness. Ambient light feature is nice when using it as an overhead light in the tent or just around the campfire. Mine has head up well over the years despite it being thrown into the bottom of almost every pack I take out. I would highly recommend.

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Any draw backs? Big PTec fan but always open to trying new things.

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The Storm is only ten lumens more but it is (more) water proof.... do you think it's worth the few extra bucks or have you been happy with the spot?!

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Ben,
I can't think of any drawbacks, although now that I have a solar charger I might go with a rechargeable headlamp when this one finally wears out...

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Finp,
If you have the extra cash you can go with the storm for the extra waterproofing...Unless you're planning on fast decents (ski or bike) at night I don't think the extra 10 lumens will make a difference...I live in fairly dry climates so not a lot of rain to worry about...depending on where you're from the waterproofing might mater but for me it didn't.

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Hey all you's guys,

The Spot has a waterproof rating of IPX-4, the Storm is IPX-7, which means the difference between handling moisture and handling a short term immersion. You would be surprised what that 10 lumens actually translates into on the spot feature between the two. I like my Spot, but I'll take my Storm over it any day. As a matter of fact, except for the external charging capability, when it comes to brightness and waterproofing, I'll even take my Storm over my new ReVolt. Hope this helps.

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...and...but...the new version of the Spot is sporting 130 lumens, although, like the ReVolt, BD changed the lens reflector and the spotlight mode has a wider beam that isn't as focused.

5 5

Shine Bright!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This headlamp was great for backpacking. My boyfriend has a petzl headlamp and was immediately jealous at how bright this lamp was...the difference between 50 and 90 lumens is a big hop for the same price. Fit is comfortable, and great for many things.

Does this headlamp have a lock feature?

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Does this headlamp have a lock feature?

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Hey Peter,

Yeah it does. Hold the power button for 6 seconds to lock on or off. Indicator light shows blue. Nice little headlamps.

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Hey again Peter,

So we already own a couple of Spots and a couple of Storms. We keep a pretty ready supply of batteries on-hand, all rechargeable...at about $12 a set or so for 4 . Both are great headlamps, but this new BD ReVolt is looking like a great addition (all their lamps are going in that direction eventually). We've also been using Icons, as well as the Apollo and Orbit lanterns, all rechargeable externally with the BD NRG(2) batteries. I'll tell you, recharging beats the hell out of opening up the lamps and swapping out batteries, and when you consider the extra cost of the ReVolt vs the Spot and the fact that you not only get the convenience, you get voltage regulation, a set of 3 rechargeable batteries, and a usb cable with it, looks like a good system and an even better deal. Any way you go though, you'll be happy. Hope this helps some more.

5 5

great headlamp

love all the features from red-light to very bright light its perfect for every situation. i even find myself using it at home

5 5

So Far.... Pretty Dang Awesome!

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

So I just picked this up from the warehouse, and am writing a review on it already. Right off the bat I can say this is going to last! The strap material is nice and thick, the light housing is really solid. The hinges for the tilt are thick and burly. I went with the Covert Green, the strap has a lot more green in it than the pic shows. I will try to take some and post them up when I get a chance to actually test this thing out in the field.

4 5

Great Camping Light

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I find this light perfect for everything I do and a great selection for the price. The high beam offers great visibility when wandering around at night, the low beam is perfect for around camp, and the red offers the option to get a little extra light while walking around without killing your night vision. I have not noticed any problems with the durability and it seems to handle being dropped really well.

5 5

Very Bright

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great headlamp to have around in your pack when your leaving the forest from a hike or are in need of some bright light around the house. Great headlamp all around, while not being too pricey. Along with being bright, this headlamp is also quite durable and capable of enduring rough terrain and weather. I've brought mine through rough downpours here in the Pacific Northwest, and its still as bright as before. Looking forward to continue using this headlamp.

4 5

Worth the price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This a good mid-range headlamp it's better than any impulse buy lamp you might grab on your way out of Walmart But not so heavy duty that it's beyond the needs of the average user. I like it, it's bright and versatile.

3 5

Started off great...

This headlamp has some really great features. I really liked being able to switch between a flood light and a spot light. For example, if you're climbing, you're not moving very fast but you need to see all around you. If you're trail running at night, obviously you're moving a bit quicker and need to see the trail with the utmost clarity. Each mode is also adjsutable between brightness settings so you can squeeze the most out of your batteries.

Here's my issue: i have an older model, but after a few years, the battery connections are EXTREMELY finicky. If I move my head too quick, the power cut. If I snap the battery compartment shut, the power cuts. In addition, to open the battery compartment, you have to tilt the headlamp all the way down. Apparently, this is bad because the lamp has trouble staying where I put it now.

Maybe the issues have been worked out in the redesign, but i have cheaper headlamps that, while not having as any features, have held up better.

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If the battery leads are corroded, you can try scrubbing them with a toothbrush and a baking soda/water solution. This might fix your problem.

4 5

Great little light

I had the older version of this headlamp, and I loved it. But i sadly lost it. I upgraded to the storm, and I think it is a little better, but not by much. Lot of light for the price.

5 5

Highly recommended headlamp!

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

when I started seriously hiking a few years back, I thought I'd save a few dollars and pick up a headlamp from grainger for like $5. big mistake, it was a monster endurance hike in the Adirondacks, and of course the headlight failed at 3am on a descent from a 4400' peak. needless to say I picked this headlamp up the next trip. It's been on over 30 peaks with me and has handled the abuse. the varied light levels help conserve battery around camp or in the tent. the high beam is great for low light trail hiking and early morning summits. Small, light and easy to stash in a corner of your pack. I like that the batteries are in the lamp fixture and not remotely located on the back of the headband. used, abused and highly loved.

Highly recommended headlamp!

How is the weight of this headlamp? I live...

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How is the weight of this headlamp? I live in Yosemite and use my headlamp EVERY DAY! Right now I have the BD storm and it feels like it weighs a ton when it's on a my head. I have to either tighten it to the point that I have a headache or it slips off my head and busts me in the nose if I do anything more than just walk. It's so irritating! Plus I never use it on full power (100 lumens) so I'm wondering if the Spot would be better for me? Anyone? Anyone?

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The headlamp only weighs 3.2 oz with batteries. However, you may want to consider going with a lamp that has the strap over the top of your head to avoid slipping when doing things like running. Take a look at the Black Diamond Icon or maybe the Petzl TacTikka XP.

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I've got all kinds of BD headlamps and the Spot is definitely a little lighter than the Storm. The Petzl lamps are generally even lighter. Josh might be on to something with the top strap on the Icon, but it's still heavier and sounds like more lamp than you need. I'm the same way as you...either too tight or too loose. Sometimes it's a strap issue, sometimes it's just annoying. For walking, I usually just hang my headlamp on my neck and adjust the angle so it lights up in front of me. The only time I really ever need it on my head is when I'm using it for task lighting or to light up something like bears, etc. That might work for you, too. Try it. Also, BD and Petzl both make lighter, lower-end lights that weigh next to nothing. I would start with a trip over to the mountaineering shop in Curry Village to try on some things, find something you like, then come on back and buy it here to save some money. If they don't have what you need, you're just going to have to start comparison shopping based on weights and user reviews. If you just want easy, the Spot is a nice little light though. Hope this helps you out.

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