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    Icon Headlamp

    Back and better than ever, the Icon Headlamp is Black Diamond's most powerful headlamp for alpinists, climbers, trail runners, and adventurers pushing it before dawn and after dusk. The Icon is packed with one QuadPower LED spotlight and one DoublePower white LED for a powerful punch of 500 lumens with optional brightness memory—providing visibility for up to 360 feet into the darkness ahead of you.

    Red, green, and blue night vision modes accommodate everything from nighttime reading in your bivy to lacing up your boot liners at three in the morning. New this year is the removable battery pack, which is easy to stash in a pocket to preserve battery life when temperatures drop. The rugged, dustproof, and fully-sealed housing is waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes with no maintenance needed after submersion, which is more than you can say for your climbing partner.

    • Black Diamond's most powerful headlamp for alpinists
    • Unparalleled 500 lumens with two bright LEDs
    • Red, green, and blue night vision and dimming options
    • Optional brightness memory programming
    • Removable battery pack with included longer cable
    • Dustproof and waterproof construction
    • Item #BLD00MK

    Tech Specs

    1 QuadPower LED, 1 DoublePower LED
    Power Source
    4 AA
    Batteries Included
    full strength (proximity and distance modes), dimming, strobe, RGB night vision, lock, brightness memory
    [high] 110 m, [low] 15 m
    Burn Time
    [high] 50 hours, [low] 200 hours
    Remote Battery
    yes, longer cable included
    1 meter for up to 30 minutes
    Claimed Weight
    8.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, climbing, hiking & camping, running
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Alpine start

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I like the head lamp. It definitely gives off plenty of light and being able to store batteries close to your body helps on cold alpine starts.
    I also like the colored beam options....makes you able to move around in the tent without blinding your partner constantly.
    My only concern is the amount of options.....I often have to fiddle around until I get the beam I’m looking for...I wish it had red, low ,and high beam....I don’t really need all the other features.
    Overall I like the product.

    Blinded by the light

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I got this for my husband who had been eyeing it for a while. It's super bright and the detachable battery pack is awesome for pursuits in cold weather so you can store it in a warm spot

    Lights up the trail

      I purchased this headlamp for when I'm finishing up a tour and the sun has gone down. It has been great at illuminating the path and projects a really wide beam which is considerably brighter than your average headlamp. Battery life is really solid too.

      Great Headlamp!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The Icon is Legit! Not only does this have the best battery life of any in the 500 lumen range, it also offers a wide range of color and brightness options!

      Built for the Night

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This headlamp is super bright as other reviewers have mentioned, and you easily could blind your friends. Solidly built with a long burn time. I also find this lamp to be surprisingly comfortable. The points that contact your forehead and the back of your head are ergonomic and have some light padding that seems like it will hold up for a while. The straps are comfortable as well. Not the lightest but light enough, especially for what it provides. This lamp light will light up the darkest night.

      Too Many Features, If That's Possible

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This headlamp easily has the best battery life of any in the 500 lumen range thanks to the use of AAA batteries rather than a rechargeable unit. It is plenty bright and offers a wide range of color and brightness options which is great, however, with only one button used to switch between each mode and control the adjustable brightness, it can take many tries and combination of button presses to get it into the mode you're looking for.

      Bright and durable headlamp

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I like this headlamp so much that i actually bought two of them. I really enjoy the different settings and how bright it can get. I also appreciate the lower light settings for early morning conversations with friends when you dont want to blind them.

      Bright and Long Lasting

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I nearly blinded myself while using this headlamp for the first couple times! I absolutely love the power tap feature on its side that instantly brings the headlamp to maximum brightness. Although a little bulky, this headlamp is great for nights spent in the mountains, especially in more rugged terrain.

      Bright and lightweight headlamp

        I got this headlamp to do fieldwork but I’ve also used it in combination with a niterider 550 to do night riding and it works like a dream with the extension and chest strap that’s included.

        Lumens, Lumens, Lumens

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I was tired of low-lumen headlamps so I pulled the trigger on the BD Icon and couldn't be happier. This isn't a headlamp designed for trail running as it is a heavier headlamp with the battery pack positioned on the back of your head. You do have the option of using the extra harness system and/or longer power cord which allows you to move the battery pack from your head to either the harness system or a pack/jacket pocket. This would make it more comfortable for trail running.
        I've loved the lamp so far and if you haven't used a headlamp from BD yet, their system to change the color/brightness of the lamp is very easy to understand and simple to use. I picked this up specifically for mountaineering purposes and night skiing as having a lot of lumens really comes in handy.
        I acutally used this on a ski mountaineering trip to Mount Hood recently and it worked great! I've included a photo so you can get an idea of how it would look That's me in the back with the crazy look in my eyes haha, I was pretty excited to be climbing Hood. I've also embedded a video from the BD website that takes you through all the awesome features on this headlamp.

        Lumens, Lumens, Lumens

        Decent light

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        It's bright and lasts for a while on 4 AA batteries. I use the light for activities like night hiking but it is a little to big/heavy for trail running. Personally I'd prefer the light in a rechargeable version.

        Lotta Lumens!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I primarily use this for hiking, biking, ski touring, and hunting. However I get the most use out of it in the backyard with my grill. I like the battery pack since it lasts forever, even though it is a little heavy. I also like that it has 3 different color settings to use in various conditions. The battery harness is a nice add, however I am not sure I would actually use it.

        brightest best

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        wanna blind your friends? well not always but you could. This will get you up dawn patrols and afterdark slot canyons no prob. a reliable and amazing headlamp for all outdoor activities that lead into the night. equally adept for early morning escapades..

        Ahh! My eyes!!!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        It's so bright! Best headlamp I've ever had, water resistant, lasts forever as it has a separate, larger battery pack, which really doesn't hinder you much as far as weight goes. Lots of light settings! Going to continue to get a lot of use out of this for a long time. Highly recommended.

        Great, easy to use headlamp!

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        I gifted this to my mom for Christmas. She wanted a bad ass headlamp to use in the winter when she is out walking the dogs before the sun comes up and after it has already gone down. She is very happy with the bright light this thing puts out, and that she can finally keep her hands warm in her pockets!

        Light em' up!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This a great headlamp! It is insanely bright headlamp. The headlamp uses 4 AA but my batteries seem to be lasting forever. There's several beam options and night vision options. The only a downside is that its heavier than other headlamps due to the battery pack.


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This head lamp has the brightest light I've have ever had in all my head lamps so far. The dimming source is a nice tool to have. Plus the head lamp itself isn't too heavy either.