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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, 75m/70 hours, strobe and dimming modes
  • 2 SinglePower LEDs, 16 lumens, 10m/17hr
  • Red night-vision
  • PowerTap adjustment
  • Headband, removable
  • IPX-4, water resistant against splashes or sprays

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5 5

Helps you see things

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I was the first in my group to take the plunge on this lamp several years ago and I’ve bought 3 since as gifts. They keep getting better. I used to be a Petzl snob, but after having this lamp for several years now I’m really happy with it. Since getting this every person in my camping group has since bought one for themselves and some have also bought them for others as gifts. Very happy with it the light output and I put it to the test hiking up the Shenandoah to Gavel’s spring hut at night with 12” of snow on the ground. I was the leader in the group and had great visibility. Since then it’s never let me down on my travels, and they’ve only been improving it.

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5 5

Spot Everything!

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

Man, where to start with the BD Spot Headlamp...
The fact we have the technology today to wear a flashlight on our heads or helmet, with weight not even being a concern, and brightness that can compete with a cars headlight... SO RAD!!

The Black Diamond Spot has saved my butt time and time again. When lost and looking for the decent trail or still climbing past midnight, the Spot gives me the adjustable brightness and battery life I need to get back down safely.

The light lock comes in handy when stuffing in a pack or pocket, reducing the chance of a drained battery.
The PowerTap feature is really cool and useful, allowing you to flip from your dimmed setting to max brightness to pinpoint your target, then a simple tap gets you right back to dim. Plus there is a three color battery life indicator light on the side, making a visual check easy.
TriplePower LED is great when needing max illumination (75m), finding anchors, trails,etc.
While the SinglePower LED (2 white, 2 red) is ideal for hiking or cleaning up back at camp.

Like my nut tool and Reverso, I never leave the ground without the Spot Headlamp. It's tough and handles the elements great!

Picture- Me and Charlie cheesing up after rain storm, top of pitch 7, Levitation 29- Red Rock

Spot  Everything!
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Awesome picture Reed !!!

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3 5

Bright...if it has battery power

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the 130 lumen Spot for a little over a year now.

I don't particularly abuse this headlamp, but I'll toss it in the head of my pack with my other stuff. Even in lock mode, it will unlock itself and turn on, and run the battery down. I can't comment on the real battery life because of this issue. It has a bunch of useful modes, but only one button, so you have to memorize a bunch of different tap patterns to figure out how to switch between them. The seldom-used ones still slip my mind most of the time.

Otherwise it's quite bright and sufficiently comfortable and versatile. I use it for hiking and climbing.

4 5

Bright light!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bright light - great visibility. Love the red-light feature and the variable beam adjustment. However, I don't love the awkward battery compartment door and the fact that the light can come on easily while in a pack (although I pack a 2d light now to back it up after having it do this on an ultramarathon). Overall though it is my go to light and I would highly recommend it. I have used it extensively for alpine climbing, skimountaineering, ultrarunning, bike commuting, and camping. The red light feature is very handy for not waking your spouse or partner in the tent lying in their bag next to you in the tent...

Bright light!
5 5

Great headlamp

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just brought this lamp to a hiking trip. Didn't had any issues walking in the middle of the mountain at night with this lamp. Battery life is pretty good

5 5

Great headlamp made even better

I purchased a Spot Headlamp for myself a couple of years ago. I love it and use it all of the time. I chose this headlamp because of the features and price. I still think it's the best bang for your buck. BD updated the headlamp and somehow made it better.

I gave the new version to my brother in law for Christmas. I was impressed with the upgrades. There are a lot of features and only one button. I highly recommend reading the instruction manual for this one. The new model is easier to use than my previous model. It also is a tad brighter.

If the headlamp I have ever dies or is lost, I'll be replacing it with the upgrades Spot.

5 5

Versatility!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this headlamp at the beginning of last summer (I work for an adventure camp for summer break), I needed something I could trust to take some beatings and hard use, this was it. It was always in my pack.
I was very impressed by the brightness controls, and love the red light feature (great for night/milkyway photography). However, be advised that if you are using it for 10-15 hours a week you will probably notice the power drop by the end of the week (it eats batteries for breakfast).
If you need a headlamp, go for it. You won't regret it

5 5

Best all-arounder out there

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and worked as a Backcountry Ranger with a Spot and it survived it all. I've even thrown it into a hot tub and found it an hour later full of water, but after drying out it still worked. As far as I'm concerned the lumen output, battery life, weight and durability there is not a better headlamp on the market. "Polite red mode" is great for not disturbing people at hostels or in shelters while reading/using the bathroom at night. Modes are easy to toggle through with a little practice. Consider the storm if you need something waterproof, but this will handle a hard rain just fine.

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).

can you use aaa lithium batteries in this?

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Any AAA battery works so sure thing!

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

Bright

  • 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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