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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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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...
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.