Adapt to any situation.
- Three lighting levels so you can fine tune your lighting needs from the ultra-bright to economy mode
- Two modes—continuous and flashing—for a strong light source or so you can signal help
- Three interchangeable colored lenses included for discreet night vision and more comfortable reading
- Two modes - flood (wide) for broad, diffused light and spot (narrow) for tight, bright light
- Normal spot shines up to 35 meters while boost shines up to 50 meters
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I am very pleased with this headlamp. Generally I use it on the lowest red lens setting for reading maps at night. The battery life is outstanding on this setting. I really like that the lenses are interchangable, and it's a physical slider that changes from lens to spotlight, as opposed to having separate LEDs. This makes it possible to turn it on and off either way without having to cycle through numerous settings. The white lens and boost modes are surprisingly bright. It's like having a car's headlight with you. Very happy with the construction- good at keeping water out, shock proof/resistant (haven't dropped it enough yet to say 'proof' haha) The power switch is easy to use with gloves, but not to the extent that it turns on and off when nudged. Price seems reasonable. I'm always a fan of lower prices, but I got it on sale so I'm not complaining too loudly!
EDIT: The belt clip is very sturdy and well built. It's actually kind of a pain to get it back off of webbing - which is a good thing!
Is the image for this product a newer or older version of the headlamp? I've been looking on other sites and they use different images to display it.
It is the same but just a different display.
I have used this lamp climbing, mountaineering in white-outs, rain storms, camping, running, biking, etc. for about 2 years.
*Top-of-head strap is excellent for mounting on helmets while climbing and rappelling where you simply cannot worry about the lamp sliding down around your neck at the wrong time.
*The blast feature is surprisingly useful when you're scouting out trails, checking for obstacles far ahead, etc. I would imagine that the blast is twice as bright as the bean on "High." I never really needed it longer than 20 seconds, so that limit was never an issue.
*The sliding lens to switch between flood and beam is extremely convenient since when hiking and climbing, you often want to switch between the two modes and you can do so instantly without needing to cycle through all of the modes to toggle the modes.
*The construction is sturdy, and the battery cover has a nice rubber gasket that makes me think it was super weather-resistant.
*Changing the colored filters between a white flood and a red night vision lens is a PAIN, meaning that the features are basically mutually exclusive: you either have a white flood or a red lens. Changing the lenses requires prying off the plastic lens retainer and swapping out the lenses by carefully positioning the new lens in its "track" and replacing the plastic retainer. I rarely ever did this because 1) it took several minutes, 2) the lenses are so small and the pieces are loose while swapping them out that I never really wanted to do it at night or in harsh conditions since I'd lose a piece, and 3) whenever I removed the retainer, I thought I would crack something since it's very tight. I say all this because these characteristics effectively mean that you either have a white flood or a night vision, but never both on the same expedition. And since I rarely used the night vision and always wanted the flood, I just kept the red lens in the little holder attached to the head strap. The other colors are a silly add-on.
*Price is too high: I backpacked with somebody for a week who was using the Energizer Trail 7-LED model you can buy for $15. The brightness of the two models is identical and both models have beam, flood, and night vision features. Thus, you're paying $50 for a head strap and the convenience of the sliding bean/spot toggle and the brand name. Surely the design is sturdier and it has electronics inside, but those features are not worth the price. I'm going with the PT Remix for $30 on sale.
*For the last few months up until my lamp was stolen, I noticed that the light would dim sporadically during use. One could squeeze the casing just right and it would return to its normal brightness or a few more minutes, but this was disconcerting since I was using it as my primary light on high-stakes climbing expeditions. For a premium light from a premium company, I didn't expect any malfunctions like this.
I have a BD spot and some other Princeton Tec lights but they are dim and boring when compared to this. I haven't used the belt-clip b/c that is lame or the helmet clip b/c i'm scared to trust a $60 lamp to some sticky tape. but this flashlight is great. With fresh batteries the boost mode is unbelievably bright and in medium or low setting the batteries last forever
Impressed so far. I've only used this headlamp a few times climbing and twice at work but I have no complaints. The headband is secure and comfortable. The options for colored lenses is sweet too, the red screen is very forgiving for low light applications. I have yet to put this headlamp through extreme conditions but I suspect it'll hold up.
All in all, purchasing this headlamp might've been overkill considering I don't do any mountaineering or extensive caving so if that's what you're into I trust this product will serve you well.
Stay on the move
Does Petzl have an adapter for their original tikka xp or do they offer spare battery cases for it? I absolutely love my old Tikka xp, but the clips to the battery case snapped.
I'd try email Petzl and/or their US distributor about spare part. Here is a link for the Petzl site has what to do if you are interested in obtaining spare parts and who to contact. I've got a Tikka XP myself that I love so I know why you'd want to fix it. I hope they can help you.
i'm looking for a replacement battery cover. any resources out there?
Petzl doesn't have the battery compartment cover as an item for sale on their spare parts list. Use the contact page on their website and they might just hook you up! I've had good luck with that in the past.
I have been using a mini maglight for a couple of years as my source of light on camping trips. Holding a maglight with your teeth is not the best thing.
There is so many features and the quality of manufacturing is awesome. I really love the red lens filter for night time around the camp fire...you dont blind peeps; and trust me this thing is birght.
I just some rechargable nickel lithium batteries for extended life.
This thing is sealed, flexible and practically bomproof. Had to get this one before they stop making them. First high power headlamp that does not make me sick. 5mm led lights have a tint that our brain does not process well if used for long periods. The white color and flood capability of this light will cover all slow to medium speed activities. Hiking at night using the belt clip attached to your waist is perfect for me. Adapt kit is a must have though not quite as comfortable on the head when compared to the non adapt standard light. But hey- I only wear it on my head for very short periods because I prefer shadow contrast which you can't easily get without the adapt kit. BTW- If you can solder, upgrade to a Seoul emitter for $5.00 and double the output! It is the same emitter used in the new XP2....Enjoy!
This is a great headlamp! I've had this for a few years and have never had it fail me. I like the easy changing between spot and flood as well as the multiple lighting level that give it the ability to adapt to any need that you could have. It seems to be pretty water resistant too. I dropped it in a creek once and had no troubles from it at all after that. I can't say that I have found any reason not to recommend this to anyone.
Good light overall, keep in mind it's around 35 lumens, plenty of light for your basic outdoor excursion but you might want something brighter if you have to look for a sparsely marked path. Weight is good and the filter idea works well
If you are serious about having quality gear that you can count on working when you need it to work, then this is the headlamp for you. Ruggedly built to withstand substantial punishment, the TacTikka XP will still be working when you finally return to civilization.
It is very solidly built, and has a rubber O-ring/gasket seal that keeps the water out and the batteries dry. I've been using mine for over a year now, and it's the best headlamp I've owned to date (out of 4 previous others on the market I've owned/broken/given away).
I took it with me when I had to complete the Army's 3-week survival school, and it performed flawlessly. It did not burn thru battery power like other headlamps (when the water was freezing in our worn Camelbacks), and it did not short out when it was constantly exposed to rain for three solid days and nights (just to give you an idea of some of the conditions that destroyed other's headlamps). Prior to that, I used it heavily for night land navigation (Army Orienteering), and it's my #1 "go to" light. Once you get the band(s) adjusted to your head, the light stays solidly in place even while going over severely uneven terrain.
There are three brightness settings...low, med, and "land your aircraft with it" bright. I don't understand why people say the light is not bright enough. Once your eyes have adapted to the dark, medium puts out plenty of light. If you've been inside or using bright, white light and immediately go outside during a new moon...sure, the headlamp may seem dim, but so would my Surefire under those conditions.
It's probably overkill for "casual campers" who have a much lower cost/quality ratio...but a definite must for people who are looking for rugged, reliable, and dependable quality. Absolutely five stars.
There is a red one in the lighting unit out of the box, then you have green and blue which are extra. Petzl's site shoes it also comes with a clear one however, I couldn't see a clear one in any of the packaging.
The clips you see here are the latest clips for this model. The rectangular one is a pocket clip for when the lamp is detached from the headband. The round one is the new helmet mount, it is sticky on the other side. These are easy to swap in and out.
Good light output. Durable. A good product. Just difficult to use with gloves because the buttons are small and too close together.
Awesome light. I used one in Afghanistan and it was great for inspecting aircraft on wide setting and powerful enough on spot setting to use as a helmet lamp, which kept me from riding my bicycle into concertina wire that had been dragged into the road.
After losing my previous XP, I went through a couple of other headlamps that I picked up cheap on SAC. Even though I still have those, I went back to the TacTikka XP this year. It's just a great headlamp - very comfortable, bright, long battery life, and I really like the colored light diffusers that are included. I leave the red one in and use it for late night reading when someone else in the tent is trying to sleep.
On this lamp, the top strap is kind of useless (not to mention dorky), so I broke mine off. Still works like a champ.
Awesome piece of kit as usual, especially for me as need a direct able hands free lighting system that goes straight from the head, clip it off and can go straight onto my rucksack. Couldn't ask for more unless they could do a myo rxp version of the adapt!