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Big light in a small package.

Red light, white light, low light, bright light—when you need versatility for uncertain lighting needs, click on the Petzl Tikka XP 2 Headlamp. With three different brightness settings, two blink modes, a wide-angle lens, and a red light for more tactical missions, the Tikka XP 2 handles any dark backcountry situation with ease. And thanks to its lightweight design you won’t notice that extra three ounces until its lighting your way back to the car.

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5 5

First Petzl

This was my first purchase of a Petzl headlamp and I am very impressed so far. It's extremely bright and after having the Core system demo'd by the Petzl reps, I am definitely interested in getting that additional feature set up. The strap has stayed on a helmet fine and the batteries have lasted through a few weekends out camping. Will post again when the core is set up

5 5

Bright and light

Have one in orange and one in purple. Both are very bright and have great battery life. The red mode is nice for flipping on inside the tent without "blinding" yourself. Light-leak out the bottom of the casing doesn't seem to bug me.

5 5


I have had this light for over a year now and just love it. I have only replaced the batteries once and have used it on multiple outings and a ton of times around the house. It is very bright and the different lighting options come in handy, either reading at night in the tent or illuminating an entire room while spelunking. Grab one and you wont regret it.

5 5

Good little light

Cool little light, the diffusion lens makes life good when traveling with it.

5 5


This headlamp is very bright! I love the flood feature, it keeps camp lit up quite nicely. I really like the ability to toggle the light down so my hiking partners don't go blind. This is a great product!

5 5

Best all around

This is the best all around headlamp on the market. Has spot, flood, and red light options. Is light, bright and water resistant. The quality of light is exceptional. Keep an eye out for the even brighter 2012 version.

5 5

Excellent Headlamp for the Price

I use this both for work and play. I am a home re-modeler and i often find myself essentially caving under people's homes. I also use this headlamp when I'm hitting the backcountry. It provides excellent spot and diffuse light. The battery life is great. A must buy.

5 5

Bright is Right

I've had Tikka family headlamps for years, and this is the best incarnation of the design I've seen yet. The bright setting is SUPER bright, enough so that I've been able to find rap anchors on dark granite, in the rain, in the dark. (Kind of a long story...) But, you can go to the low setting and flip down the more defuse wide angle lens and not blind your buddies. I'm also a big fan of the red light mode, it's super nice when you need a quick light, but don't want to loose your natural night vision. The optional "rescue whistle" is kind of a joke, but, this is a headlamp, not a whistle right?

5 5

Great Product

Very comfortable and with a wide range of light settings, this is the best headlamp I've owned thus far. I like the intensity of the beam, and the fact that you can disperse the light or keep it on the pencil beam setting. It also comes with a red light setting which is useful when hiking around at night so as to not be totally blinded once you shut the thing off... Good stuff; would recommend to a buddy

Petzl's Core Battery

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A short expanation about Petzl's new re-chargable, programmable battery.

4 5

Nice Light weight Headlamp

This is a simple, light weigh headlamp with only a couple of areas for improvement.

I'm actually surprised to see that almost all of the reviews only list the positives with no negatives...come on...it's more helpful to someone who hasn't made a purchase yet to include both the pluses and minuses :)

I agree with all of the positive comments. There are three areas for improvement however. The most minor is in how you get to the red light mode. It flashes the white light before the red light comes on. This screws up night vision which is the whole purpose behind the red light in the first place.

There is a transparent panel in the bottom of the headlamp which causes glare to the user as does the horizontal tab on the diffuser. It doesn't make sense to have a transparent panel on the bottom of the headlamp.

The third area for improvement is in the low mode. It's 30 lumens. That's a decent medium mode but this light needs a true low mode as in 5 lumens. The batteries would last much longer and when you are just sitting around camp or in the tent (but not reading) 30 lumens is too much.

Otherwise this is almost a perfect light. There are brighter lights out there but for camping/hiking you rarely need more than 60 lumens. Actually 60 is too much sometimes.

I love this headlamp but I'd like to see the glare issue and the low mode improved.

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I'll comment on my own review :)
When you compare this feature for feature to the BD Spot the Tikki XP2 does appear to be a little overpriced as well.

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Hey Seattle... Great review, thanks for the +s/-s I've read elsewhere the glare is really distracting... would you agree, or just a minor annoyance?

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I agree with seattlehiker about the glare caused the transparent plastic casing. I'd put in more the annoyance camp, but I'd find it harder to recommend to a friend because of this.

It's an easy enough fix to use some electrical tape to cover the offending area though.

Just bizarre that something so simple could make it through quality control - I'm guessing the marketing department had a finger in this issue.

5 5


got it at the retail show in slc.

tough, durrable, great for those that beat things up.

i love the whistle. it fits nicely to my helmet.

beats any light i have used so far at this grade

5 5


Combined with the CORE, this thing can do everything! The bright mode dwarfs my friend's Tikka Plus 2,even when my batteries are low. I'm especially fond of the red mode and the wide-angle filter for the white light.

5 5


Love this headlamp; everything I want. It has plenty of lighting options for every occasion and is lightweight and comfortable. The main beam is powerful; the efficient mode is an ideal amount of light for most scenarios; the diffuser works great and is a nice feature. The red light is great for how I use it; reading in a tent or near the campfire. Bottom line, it's light and bright and well worth the price tag. If you are looking for the basics, bang for your buck and want a cheaper option, definitely look at the Petzel Tikka 2; will last you a lifetime.

5 5

Fine Lamp

I haven't used this lamp a whole lot but from what i have done, it seems great. When the diffuser isn't applied, the beam is very powerful and can reach almost 30m. The diffuser is nice for in the campsite when you need a wide angle. The red light makes it so you don't blind your friends, but it's not very bright, so it can be a bit hard to see with.
Overall, a good lamp.

Also has a built in whistle for emergencies

5 5

My Favorite Headlamp

This is by and large the best compact headlamp I have ever used. I purchased the BD Spot (newer generation) a few months after the XP, and while it is a tad brighter than the XP, I feel like Petzl build a sturdier product. The diffuser creates a nice light for setting up camp, and the normal light is great for faster night hiking. I really like the red LED, bright enough for my purposes (answering the call of nature without blinding tent-mates), but I don't use the red LED as much as I thought I would.

The whistle int he headband is a really nice touch, one less thing I need to remember to bring with me. The battery life has been really good to me, with several weeks of heavy use on a single change of batteries. After many months with it, I purchased the CORE rechargeable battery adapter, and have never worried about running out of batteries again. Durability has also been a non issue, as I expect to get many more years out of this little guy.

All in all, the XP2 now occupies the only headlamp spot in my pack, as well as the coveted "Household Flashlight Award".

Lighting The way

Lighting The way

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My Petzl Tikka XP 2 Headlamp led the way while we hiked through the night to get to our designated campsite. Never mind the "wanna be" bear behind me please.

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Loved it!! It's crazy bright and was perfect for lighting the trail on an overcast night with NO moon.

5 5


It's about time! This thing is stupid bright, with a nice long distance beam! It also has a built in diffuser which spreads the light around nicely. Built in red LED provides enough light for walking around at night. Batteries last a nice long time, especially lithiums. Oh my god, and it has a built in whistle, that totally convinced me. Yeah...but it is a bad-ass headlamp. Way better than the XP.

4 5

The power of 1000 Suns

Well, close.
This light is great. Super bright, awesome filter to switch from spot to flood light, red options for preserving night vision, and flashing options for emergency. Works well in all temperatures, light weight, and inexpensive!
Great choice for those who do not need a larger/more powerful headlamp.

4 5

nice bright lamp, but red light needs help

After having my TACTIKKA PLUS stolen, I picked up this one. A great light but the red light feature was an afterthought. The TACTIKKA uses a red lens to cover the large light vice having an extra bulb just for the red light feature. This is a great all purpose light but could use a brighter red light. the whistle in the headband is a nice touch as well. Definately 4 stars.

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The red light was designed for point blank around camp

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