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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

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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, 200 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.

  • One TriplePower LED, two SinglePower LEDs
  • PowerTap Technology
  • Red night-vision mode with proximity and strobe settings
  • Full-strength proximity and distance modes
  • Dimming and strobe beams
  • IPX-8 waterproof housing
  • Three AAA batteries included
  • Item #BLD00IW

Tech Specs

1 TriplePower LED, 1 SinglePower white LED, 1 SinglePower red LED
Power Source
3 AAA batteries
Batteries Included
PowerTap Technology, full-strength, proximity, distance, dimming, strobe, red light, and lock
[TriplePower LED] 80 m, [SinglePower LEDs] 10 m
Burn Time
[TriplePower LED] 80 hours, [SinglePower LEDs] 200 hours
adjustable elastic
to IPX-8 standard (submerged 2 meters for 30 mintues)
Claimed Weight
3.2 oz
Recommended Use
climbing, skiing, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Tech Specs

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lamp is perfect

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

This headlamp is perfect for any situation. It wont light up as bright as others for sure but it does great for a lightweight light that can be thrown in a bag for use on a hike.

Wonderful Headlamp!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really couldn't ask much more out of this headlamp. It is small and compact and still very sleek and aesthetically pleasing. With 200 lumens this thing is crazy bright for being smaller than an altoids tin. Its two different lighting modes (spot light meant for distance, and a broader flood light option) both work incredibly well and were easy to switch between. I also really appreciate having a red light mode so you don't kill your night vision. I took this fishing the other night and it was great for just tying quick knots and not having to illuminate everything around me. I also love how you can specifically set the level of light with the dimming function. I really don't have any complaints about this product. I have always been a fan of battery powered head lamps because I can easily take some batteries with me wherever I go.

Let there be light!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Another great BD product!
Pros: Super bright. Very easy to use and soft head strap. Battery life seems to be on par with this price point.
Cons: Heavy and bulky. Not as comfortable to wear for long periods of time like my Petzl Tikka.

Due to perfect weather conditions we were able to hike some of the Spanish Peaks at night. I choose this light to take with me. Its heavier and bulkier, but when it came to walking the forest at night, I want this on my head.

When I'm going in to the dark, dark forest I take this guy. When I'm doing my normal night climbing or bouldering, I take my Tikka.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought to replace a 4-year-old Black Diamond Storm I lost in the swamp while duck hunting. Turns out camouflage is hard for humans to find as well; who knew? Anyway, this one is smaller, and red so I hopefully won't lose it. The functions are a little harder to learn, but I've only had it for a short time. It is definitely brighter, and the batteries (according to the packaging) last longer. The battery compartment is also much easier to access and seems more robust. Time will tell if it holds up like my old one, but so far it seems to be a nice little lamp.

Price point champion !

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't need any thing to over the top as far as headlamps go and picked up this little guy for around camp sites and car camping. Super easy to use and basic , Also light weight and easy to toss it in your bag anywhere . Have been putting it to work all summer and have not had a single problem so its already paid for itself 10x's over

Huge improvement over my Petal Tikka2 XP

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this because I wanted to upgrade from my Petzl Tikka2 XP in terms of lumens, and replace my failed Princeton Tec light which got wet and died.

It is bright enough for my needs, which are light trail/road running and hiking/camping. It's light, but really for me, the biggest thing is that its water proof. My Princeton Tec got wet and just stopped working. That is completely unacceptable for a light meant to be used outdoors. The Spot is actually waterproof!

Great light, great company, versatile product.

Dark night? Bright light!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Man, I love this. I bought it for overnight trips, but consistently use it for other reasons. Our power went out a couple weeks ago in the middle of the night, and we were able to get ready for bed and do some light nightime reading. It lights up an entire room, tent, or pathway. Very bright, very helpful. Luckily, the elastic strap on this also doesn't pull on your head and make you get a headache. It sits comfortably.

A Splash of Light

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go-to headlamp for camping trips and extended use situations; due mainly to the comfort-ability of the fit and the ability to adjust the brightness of the light. To do this you just hold the power button down until the light starts to dim, and just stop when it is at the correct level. The strap in the back makes it super easy to adjust and fit around your head, helmet, or hood. I have worn this in a variety of rains and the waterproofing on it has always stood up to the test. The run time with the triple A batteries is quite impressive, with them lasting almost an entire weekend of use, and does not dim when the batteries are running low. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great headlamp that does not break the bank.

A Splash of Light

Let there be light!!

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

I was looking for a bright headlamp for our upcoming full moon night hike. The moon took us most of the way, but when we entered the trees and lost the trail in the snow the Black Diamond Spot lit up the night! I like the dimming, red light, and locking feature. My one complaint is the button is a little hard to figure out for all the various settings, but I'll figure it out in time. Cost isn't bad and it's light weight for the power it packs.

Good for hiking

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great headlamp! For the cost, it's definitely a great bang for your buck. It's super bright and easy to adjust between settings. It's pretty comfortable for long periods if you aren't doing any fast, aerobic activity (such as running). It's definitely my go-to headlamp for most of my activities.

My favorite Spot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've owned the previous two versions of the Spot headlamp. I prefer the look of the old model, but I do like the new one but this has more lumens (200 vs. 130) which is nice for night hikes. I also like that both the spot beam and the diffused light can be turned on at the same time, allowing for a lot of light if you need it.

Get this if you like seeing things in the dark!

Very bright headlamp!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This 200 lumen headlamp is super bright for only $40. It has lots of different options including dimming, red, strobe, power tap, proximity, and lock. The strap is comfortable and very easy to adjust. At only 3.2 oz you won't be adding much weight to your pack. You may want to buy 2!

"Spotlight" is more like it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Recommended this light to my hiking buddy, and now I wish I could justify buying one for myself too!
-UPDATE- I now have my own, it's the aluminum colored one.

The light is SUPER bright on maximum output (spot and flood combined). Tested this light alongside several other lights while hiking at night and it performed very well. I think the 200 lumen rating is accurate; it outshines my Petzl tikka plus 2 (70 lumen) significantly. Really impressed with the throw of the light, it does not leave you wanting more. It has several modes to choose from: spot, flood, spot/flood, and red. Both the white and red lights are dimmable so you can get the exact amount of light you need for your task. Regardless of having so many different modes, it only took me a few minutes to get the hang of using it. It is not intuitive, but if you read the directions it does make sense.

The red light, unlike some other headlamps, is bright enough for basic nighttime chores like setting up a tent, gear organizing, going out of the tent in the middle of the night, etc.

Also, it can accommodate any type of battery you might have: alkaline, rechargeable, lithium...whatever you happen to have on hand.

IPX8 waterproofing guarantees rain, puddles, and accidentally dropping it in toilet are no match! Not that I've tried that, ahem... (kidding). Seriously though, waterproofing of this level is not very common in headlamps of this price.

Strap is comfortable and fits well on the forehead or over a beanie. I like how it feels overall - it does not feel bulky.

For the money + weight + lumens, this is one of the best!

"Spotlight" is more like it!

Great light

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a couple of the BD Icons (the last 2 generations) and while they are super bright, they can be cumbersome with the battery pack on the back. I wanted to try something a little bit more minimalist and thought I'd give it a try. It definitely puts out some light (200 lumens worth), has adjustable modes, and a red night light which is nice. I used it in temps in the negatives (after windchill) and it performed great. It is easy to adjust the light output, go from high to low beams, and to switch to the night mode. Locking the light is easy as well so that you don't turn it on accidentally in your pack. The strap was easy to adjust and stayed in place well - on a helmet, over a jacket hood, a hat, and just on the head. Super simple for the price and reliable, without weighing more or taking up more space.

Decent improvements over the old one

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had the previous version of this headlamp for years and still love it but I got this to have another light lying around. Below are the pros and cons over the older version.
-At max light power, the spot LED and the proximity LED both turn on.
-The red LED and proximity LED are both perfectly diffused. I've actually started reading with the red LED instead of my normal light since it's so even.
-It's waterproof!

-The center of gravity is further from the support area on your head so it likes to bob up and down while your running.
-I've had some issues with the batteries coming loose in the compartment. BD sent me a second light since I thought it was mine specifically but it also has this issue but not as bad. Basically the light sometimes stops working when the light is dropped from about 4' and takes some fiddling to get it started again. I NEVER had any reliability issues with the older version.

All in all some great upgrades but because of the reliability issues I'm still gonna use the older version as my everyday light.

"Spot" on!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this headlamp for night climbing, trail running, camping, and mountaineering. My previous headlamps kept breaking, and I'm glad i spent a little more on a nicer one. This thing is super bright, and has tons of features. My favorite feature is that you can toggle back and forth to having a low lumen wide light to a high lumen focused beam with a simple tap of the side of the headlamp. The "tap-the-side" feature makes it very easy to use with gloves on, which comes in handy on mountaineering trips. Another great feature is the lock, which assures that you won't drain the battery when the headlamp is in your pack.

My only problem with it is that the band seems to loosen easily and it slides down and starts to dig in to my ears. I have a strangely shaped head though, so you'll probably be fine. It is still almost as comfortable as any of my other headlamps

It is supposed to be waterproof, but I haven't had a chance test out that feature yet. So far though, I've loved it!

"Spot" on!

Does this lamp have a red mode?