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Mike Furlong

Mike Furlong

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Mike Furlong

Mike Furlongwrote a review of on April 18, 2013

5 5

After reading umpteen reviews and narrowing down my choices to the Petzl Tikka XP and the Black Diamond Storm, I chose the storm on a recommendation from Goat Staff and lumen power. Yes, the Storm is heavier (4 vs. 3 triple A) but not so heavy that it bothers me while wearing it. Thus far, I have only used it to get wood from the woodpile to the sauna and from the cabin to the car and a couple of short periods at home, but I can tell you it is BRIGHT. It has the main spot light and the two side lights, both of which are great, a red light which is fairly dim and maybe not bright enough to be useful and also about 73 other settings, most of which I would never need if I lived to be 100. The strap fits nicely and adjusts easily, the tilt mechanism on the lamp works well and I also like that the plastic piece on the strap acts as a screwdriver to open the battery compartment. I ordered the black version and within a week, my son ordered the green and white one for himself. It should prove very useful on Boy Scout trips. Hope this helps you if you're trying to choose a lamp. By the way, Backcountry staff was quite helpful on their livechat and even matched the sale price of a competitor's web site.