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See through the dark and gnarly.

Moonless nights and torrential thunderstorms make for spectacular photos, but they also mean you're out in the elements when it's pitch-black and Biblically wet. See your camera settings and then some with the Black Diamond Storm Headlamp. Complete redesigned, this feather-light headlamp puts the lighting level controls at your fingertip. PowerTap technology lets you dim the lights when the mood is right, or fully illuminate the situation, all with only your fingertip. Two red LED lights give you owl-like night vision. A lock mode lets you pack this lamp without burning through your batteries before you've left the house, and the strobe option turns your campsite into a rocking disco. Weighing in at 3.88 ounces, this rugged headlamp provides high-power lighting in a tougher-than-steel package.

  • 1 QuadPower LED, 70m/50 hours, strobe and dimming modes
  • 2 red night-vision SinglePower LEDs, 7m/36hr
  • PowerTap adjustment
  • Headband, removable
  • IPX-7, waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes

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5 5

Best headlamp so far.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the best headlamp I have every owned, I've had the Spot and the Gizmo also by Black Diamond as well as the Petzl Tikka Plus 2. Very well made and durable. The spot light on this headlamp is extremely bright and reaches a hell of a long ways. Probably farther than you need to see. It is nice to have to spot pairs of eyes flanking you on the trail. The LED lights on the sides of the spotlight get more use, good for digging through your backpack looking for your bottle opener and whatnot. It also has a strobe effect for emergency situations or impromptu dance parties.

My two favorite features are the red LED lights for reading and whatnot and the lock feature. You can depress the button for 6 seconds and lock the headlamp so that it doesn't accidentally get turned on in your pack and drain your battery. Another great feature is the mechanism to open the battery compartment. It is a little thumb screw that you undo instead of dealing with the frustrating friction buttons that so many headlamps have.

I've dropped this in the river a few times and it has definitely taken a beating from sand and rocks but it is still working like new.

Anyone have issue with this lamp dying...

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Anyone have issue with this lamp dying BECAUSE of 'LOCK' mode?

I love everything about this lamp (I LOVE LAMP!) but found it dead when I really needed it. Sorry for the TL:DR, but wanted to see if anyone else had similar symptoms. I now know of myself, my climbing partner, and one other friend who have had same dead Storm at the base of a climb. Don't know if I missed something in instructions, or if a design flaw of some sort...

I bought this lamp 4 days prior to a Mt Adams climb. I opened the box, installed included batteries, ran through the functions for about 5 minutes at home to make sure I had them figured out, then put it 'LOCK' mode and into the brain of my pack so I wouldn't forget it.

Flash forward to camp at the base of Mt. Adams, the night before we are supposed to be walking onto the north glacier. BOTH my climbing partner and I turned on our Storms and BOTH refused to turn on. Both lamps had fresh batteries, both were in 'LOCK' in our packs for a few days prior...Got back to town and replaced batts for Rainier climb but only the LED battery indicator light would work - GREEN for on, flashing BLUE in 'LOCK' - none of the main lights (spot, sides, or reds) would turn on.

Backcountry.com is (of course) completely RAD and after one quick phone call, I will be able to return hassle-free. The only hassle was having to go to REI and pick up another lamp for remainder of trip, as we were leaving for Rainier the following day.

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Honestly, it sounds as though you got a lemon. So you're saying that it won't come out of "Lock" mode? For instance, you operated it and it worked, you put it in Lock mode, and then when you held down the "On" button for a number of seconds to bring it out of Lock mode to turn it on, it wouldn't turn on? The flashing blue should be there for five or six seconds before it comes out of Lock mode to turn on, but if all it is doing is flashing blue even when you're holding it down for over ten or fifteen seconds, maybe you got at a lemon. Very bizarre.

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James, sorry not sure how to reply directly to your answer, so trying it here...

I think I did get a lemon, but it's not stuck in "Lock" mode. I can hold the button and unlock it but the lamp(s) still won't turn on. The only reason I know it's out of lock mode is the battery indicator light (can get it to switch from flashing blue to solid green which I assume SHOULD mean the lamp is on)...some sort of disconnect between the power and the lamp itself I guess.

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From that description, it sounds as though the wiring connections are probably loose or, more likely, disconnected. You are correct in assuming that the lamp SHOULD be on once you've made it switch on the indicator light from a flashing blue (Lock) to solid green (On, with high battery level). As you stated before, and as I know from experience, BC has a fantastic return policy, so I would just send it back their way and request an exchange.

5 5

Exceeded expectations, love it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got one of these originally as a gift, then got another for my girlfriend at the time because I liked it so much. Now she's my wife. Just saying. One had an issue with battery corrosion after two years, BD replaced it quickly for free, no hassle.

It's durable, quality, very bright, has a bunch of well-designed features (dimming is nice, red light for inside the tent so you don't have to disturb anyone). Haven't had any problems with the lock feature.

According to the description, it's brighter than the ReVolt, $10 cheaper, and it's waterproof. I can live without the recharging feature because the batteries last forever, and honestly, I generally hate rechargeable batteries.

In addition to camping, I use this for biking rather than a handlebar mounted headlight. It's nice to have the light move where ever your head is trying to look rather than be fixed to one spot in front of the road. I can quickly "flash" drivers at night with a nod of the head to make sure they see me, and I don't have to worry about it getting stolen off my bike.

Overall, I couldn't recommend this higher. High quality, you won't be disappointed.

Edit: The BD warranty for headlamps is 3yrs (description says 1yr)

1 5

A piece of crap.

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

I bought the head lamp three weeks ago and found on the only two hikes I took with the lamp, the lamp turned on while hooked on to my pack. I so far have wasted 8 AAA batteries and have not even used the lamp yet. I have owned many lamps before and have never once had a problem with a button so sensitive to touch that will turn it on with the slightest nudge or pressure on the button.
Hey I'm certain the lamp works great. With 100 lumens how can it not but Black Diamond should at least perfect the on/off button by adding a lock mechanism or recess the button better making it impossible for it to turn on with the slightest touch,bounce or nudge.

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Donna, I have this same headlamp, albeit a couple years old, but it has a lock feature. Look on your lamp for a lock symbol. IIRC, you hold the power button for four or six seconds and a blue led will flash next to the lock symbol. I hope this helps.

Jonathon

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Jonathon is right, there is a lock feature. While off, hold the power button for 6 secs. The red light will go on after 3 secs, then go off and a blue light on the side will blink after 6 secs, indicating it's locked.

5 5

Great for night swimming

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

Took this beast swimming and afterwords I realized it was a saltwater pool. The headlamp didn't miss a beat, later the bulb over the shower stopped working and this headlamp got put to use again. Says on package don't expose to saltwater and while I don't reccomend it, it did no harm to mine.

Clean beam on highest setting

Clean beam on highest setting

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cruddy picture, i know. General point is made.

Clean Red

Clean Red

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Clean beam on lowest setting

5 5

Buy it already!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One thing to add to my pictures.

When you select the main beam. You're only getting 70% power until you hit that "PowerTap" function to boost it to 100%. believe me, 70% is very bright. More than enough to work with. Very comfortable, and orange is great color for bringing into the woods. Easier to find.
The button on the top is a bit stiff. But i'd rather have it stiff than soft and flimsy. It doesn't really allow for you to accidentally turn on the light. There's even that lock function I mentioned in the pictures if you're worried about turning it on by mistake.

Backside

Backside

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Part of the strap tension piece has been cleverly designed to be used like a screwdriver to unscrew the metal screw holding the backplate on to a water-resistant status.

lock and battery gauge

lock and battery gauge

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Lock function so it doesn't turn itself on in a back.

Battery meter,
Green, orange, red.

touch function

touch function

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Think "iPhone" capacitive touch.
I've heard others have even used this function with wet gloves on.
All three light options (main, flood, red) are dimmable. so, no matter where you're at in the strength of your light, tap this once and it'll boost it to 100% power. tap again and goes back to what you originally had the dim set to. great for that moment when you thought you placed something next to you and it's not there....
"$hit!! Where's my *tap* knife!....Oh there it is!! *tap* [ keeps working]"

main light

main light

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very bright... i know it's subjective.. enough to go blind if you stare at it.....not that i've done that.... maybe once. ok twice.

proximity lights

proximity lights

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Probably my most used function when working around a campsite.
Has a great amount of spill.

Light

Light

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red, dimmable. Great for preserving night vision when it's pitch black outside. This gets so low that you could wear it, place a book 5 or 6 inches from your face and it doesn't flood everywhere.

5 5

Outstanding.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

A great light for the price. The spot is super bright and illuminates everything in your path and more. The adjustable brightness in both of the main modes is great, and the red comes in handy around camp. Has a lock feature so it doesnt accidentally turn on in your pack, and also has a batter power indicator. Some awesome features combined to make an outstanding light.

5 5

Another bomber BD lamp

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well, Black Diamond's done it again. The upgraded Storm headlamp is built solid and takes abuse. A few key differences from the previous version:
-battery indicator is on the opposite side
-button commands are slightly different

The Storm is ideal for less "head-bobbing" activities. Since it requires four AAA (vs. the Spot's three) it's slightly heavier. I find the Spot is great for trail running and general camping. The Storm excels with night ski touring and water sports. It's my go to when trekking and skiing.

I've now amassed 4 BD lamps (Spot & Storm) over the past three years. All have been excellent quality. All are still in use.

4 5

great so far

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

this has so many features, and yet seems so useable and light. it requires a few batteries, and honestly could seem a bit brighter at 100 lumens
i use it for all my pack trips and any for any hike i might be out late

great so far