Ultra-compact versatility for any situation.
The Petzl Zipka Headlamp is so compact and light that you can't possibly justify not taking it with you on every outdoor adventure—just in case. Petzl's exclusive retractable and fully adjustable cord can be worn on your head, your wrist, or attached to tent poles, seats, branches, and more. The Zipka's LED light provides 80 lumens that can brighten your way up to 131 feet, and two modes give you wider or narrower beams for your convenience. The housing is water-resistant and phosphorescent so you can find it in low-light scenarios.
- One LED light
- Proximity and wide beam modes
- Three AAA batteries (included)
- Single push-button
- Adjustable and retractable cord
- Water-resistant and phosphorescent housing
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I really like this headlamp. It definitely has it's place and probably won't be the one trick pony for everyone, but for me it's perfect. The light is bright enough, the settings are simple, (wide spot, off), it's super lightweight, and -my favorite- you can wrap it around your bike handle bars and the headlamp body and use it as a bike light. Using it on your bare head (no hat) for an extended time will leave a line in your forehead, so probably not the best option for long excursions where comfort is a factor, (though it's comfortable enough for shorter periods). I really love the compactness. The fact that it doesn't have your typical strap makes it seem to fit in places so much easier. I constantly find myself throwing it in my pocket like I would a set of keys. I really like the glow in the dark ring also, it's a great touch when you're reaching for it in the dark.
They don't make them like they use too..
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I had one of the older versions of the Zipka with the 4 LED's which always stayed in my drybag in my canyoneering backpack and has come in handy many times in the canyons, until one day when I forgot to close the valve on my drysack and it was sitting in water for 2 weeks before I noticed it got soaked! I had to buy a new one (which ended up being this one) and it doesn't feel as quality as my old one, and doesn't look "water-resistant" in any way. I guaranty if it was raining while wearing this it would get inside and kill my light. the battery compartment door doesn't close tight enough and there is no rubber gasket to help keep the water out. You can actually see into the battery area through the little opening. Come on Petzl! You usually make quality lights but this one is a joke.
On the upside it is light and very compact and great for an emergency light that you can just leave in your pack or car and forget about it till you need it.
Does this model have a red light?
Does this model have a red light?
This model only has one led and no red light option. If you are looking for a compact headlamp with a red light option I would suggest looking at the Petzl e+LITE Emergency Headlamp, as it does offer this feature.
No disrespect, but I have to disagree. The e+LITE is an emergency headlamp. A friend of mine brought a brand new one on a hike up Capitol Peak before dawn, and we only got about 5 hours of (not very bright) life out of it. And once it's dead, the batteries are an annoying size to replace. For not much more than this one, you could get the Petzl Tactikka Plus, which has 4 LEDs and a red option, or the Black Diamond Storm, which has a huge array of lighting settings, a red setting, a touch-sensitive dimmer, and is waterproof. I have that one and I love it.
I think Angus means the Petzl e+lite is "not" an emergency headlamp. And, I would have to agree that while the e+Lite does have "Emergency" in its name, there are better options for not much more money. Both of the options he mentions are solid although you could also consider the BD Spot which has a red light but is a little less expensive than the Storm (although not as waterproof).