All the light you need for as long as you want compliments of the Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp.
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Good Basic Lamp
Its a good basic lamp. I would recommend this for anyone with casual use. Its far to weak for anything serious though. The boost feature is a bit of a gimic though.
The best of the single-strap headlamps
Extremely light and simple, this headlamp is a gem. In particular, I love the wide vs. narrow beam option, the blinking batter meter, and the boost mode.
Tilt function will not fail like other brands eventually will.
This headlamp is great for around camp and other general use, but is not bright enough for an alpine start.
We went on a midnight to dawn hike up Wheeler Peak, Nm over Labor Day. This was a great headlamp, I used it on the medium setting all night. After a while you tend to forget it is pitch black outside. This headlamp provided pleanty of light without overpowering your surroundings.
This is a great light for all occasions. I replaced my smaller and lighter (1oz) cheapo headlamp and was worried about the added 2oz. After using it I can say that it was worth the extra weight. Between the different intensity settings and the diffuser this thing could weight 10oz and I'd probably still use it. One thing I did was change from standard alkaline batteries to lighter weight lithium ion ones to save a little weight. You can't go wrong here.
No night time worries
I've used this headlamp looking for blazes while hiking after the sun has set a few times. It's also pulled duty for getting me down off a mountain in the Wasatch range after the Utah night snuck up on me.
The lamp packs up small, and doesn't weigh much, which is why it's always in my backpack. The spotlight works great looking for blazes on trees in the distance, slide the diffuser over and this lamp is perfect for wondering around camp. This is an awesome all around headlamp with long battery life, I still haven't replaced mine.
Is this light gas tight - intrinsically...
Is this light gas tight - intrinsically safe?
Not entirely sure what you mean by gas-tight, but the light is completely safe. It's just an LED, which operate at very low power levels. If you're worried about gas getting into the light and being ignited, then your fears are unfounded.
No, but there are versions designed for use inside haazardous areas with Zone 2 or Class 1 Div ratings. Those are not "intrinsically safe" ratings. I.S. is one of many protection methods that can be used to certify a device for hazardous areas. It is the most common, but the area classifications are more important than the protection method used if you ask me. It looks to me like you need the HAZLOC version of this lamp if you need any type of Ex protection.
Im not real sure about this brand of lights. I have done a lot of work in coal mines and we use pelican light for our personal lights. They do meet all MSHA standards and they are gas tight and intrinsically safe.
I can't find a better headlamp
I bought this 2 years ago after doing a bit of research and deciding it had the best mix of intensity and battery life. Since then I have never regretted it. I can't complain about a single thing, it's really bright, might not be the brightest, but it's up there, and the battery life is fantastic, one battery change will last several trips, depending on how much you use the super bright setting. One thing I've found really useful that is a bit out of the norm for headlamps is the flood setting, just a little plastic window that slides out in front of the LED and diffuses the beam into a wider path, illuminating more with a less blinding light, good for working/ cooking, setting up tents etc.
This thing just works. The battery lasts a long time, and you can put a cover over the light to diffuse it for a wide beam or uncover it for a tighter brighter beam. It's great all around
How low does the battery get before the...
How low does the battery get before the indicator comes on? In other words, when it comes on, how long do I have?
I own this headlamp and I have used it until the batteries have completely died. When the battery is getting low the light will blink twice approximately 10 secs. after turning it on. There is also a little orange light on the side that indicates a low battery.
I left it on the highest setting after the low battery warning and it lasted about 2.5 hours. Of course if I had it on the lower light setting it would have lasted longer.
the best light i ever own
this thing is so cool the batt last for ever buy u love it
Gizmo says bright light!
very solid feeling to it, batteries last forever
plenty of light for mountaineering, hiking, figuring out whats wrong under the hood of your car
buttons are super easy to manipulate even with somewhat thick gloves
the diffuser lens is great. you slide the lens over the LED for proximity light and then slide it out for long distance spot light.
Great for finding rap stations after the sun sets.
I have had my Tikka XP for over 3 years and it is still going strong. This is excellent for camping or general night time use. The diffuser is a nice option for when you need to illuminate a wider field of view. Multiple settings allow dimming during times when the full output is not needed and also extends battery life.
why would anyone want this unless they are being dropped into a cave for search and rescue?
This lamp is serious overkill. Most hiker will use their headlamp briefly to read or write in their tent. maybe for a couple minutes to find a solid tree in the middle of the night when nature calls. This thing is just to bulky on ones head - you're going to feel like a coal miner trust me. Two words Petzl e+lite. weighs less than an oz you can get extra batteries on ebay for almost nothing and it's really all the light most hikers will ever need. take the elite an extra set of the weightless batteries it requires plus a backup squeeze led for an emergency and you'll be much happier. then again if you're hauling 50lbs of gear anyway ignore this bums advice since you'll need the tikka xp when you are doing the dishes in the kitchen sink you undoubtedly brought along. E+lite look it up!
the best light i ever own
buy it and u will love batt last forever and has a led ont the side that tells u the batt life 3 light levels and a super bright mod and a flashing mode
found light in a cave
In Natural Bridge Caverns, it is pitch black, and can't see a thing, but when I turned on my petzl, BOOM! instant light. the moral of the story... BUY A PETZL !!!!!!!
As expected Petzl Quality
Upgraded after many years of using the Petzl Tikka... which was sufficient until friends started to get these new generation of LED headlamps that produce more light. Although not the brightness it is a good compromise for its size.
This is a best in class for the money
no other light is as bright in the this class or made with a 120 hr run
Hit at 40 lums the extra push is almost as bright as my surefire flash light
amazing very happy . perfect for hiking or mountaineering .
never go out at night without it.
great lightweight headlamp. not amazingly bright past 25 feet unless using superbright option for the 10 seconds provided. but around camp or when running, its perfect. awesome battery life and i've dropped mine in quite a few puddles and have had no problems. definitely recommend it. very versatile. only downside is it isnt as bright as my buddies, but his weighs 3 times as much and was 80 bucks so i guess it works out.
Save your money and buy a (brigher) Spot
Save your money and buy a Black Diamond Spot instead. The spot is $10 cheaper, uses a better LED, and brighter. When trail running with a friend after dark, him wearing the Petzl, and me the Spot, both on fresh batteries, the Petzl's brightness pales in comparison. This is because the Petzl uses the Luxeon LED, which gives only half of the light output as the CREE LED, which the Spot uses. Both LEDs have similar run time. If you want a side-by-side comparison of CREE vs Luxeon, go here: http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/fenix_p1d.htm
Because I live in the dark for a good part of the year (Alaska), I have been on a quest for the ultimate flashlight. I have found it, the Petzl Tikka XP.
Very light weight, very durable, very bright, and an incredibly long battery life. So impressed, that I bought one for all my family and a few friends. I highly recommend it.