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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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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!

Responded on

Awesome picture Matt !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage of Backcountry.com in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

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.

PROS

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.

CONS

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.