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It's almost too convenient.
Petzl's innovative Reactik Headlamp automatically adjusts its brightness based off distance in order to provide a longer burn time, visual comfort, and minimal handling. Look from the trail ahead of you down to your skis, or your climbing harness, and you'll instantly notice the headlamp adjusting its brightness from a powerful beam to a close-range light. By adjusting the beam's distance from two-hundred to ninety feet, the Reactik's battery is able to stay bright for nearly half a day, and the battery is USB rechargeable so you don't have to purchase new batteries every time you go ski touring, rock climbing, hiking, or backpacking. To make sure you get the most of the battery, Petzl included a lock function that prevents the headlamp from turning on when it's in your backpack. Petzl also added a partially-padded, adjustable, and washable headband, as if this headlamp weren't already completely convenient enough.
- Innovative headlamp for dawn patrols or nighttime climbs
- Reactive Lighting automatically adjusts brightness based on distance
- Rechargeable battery can last for up to half a day
- Lock function prevents headlamp from turning on in your pack
- Item #PTZ005A
- Q & A
I had purchased two of these a few years ago for hiking and loved them so much that I decided to order more for hunting and just every day use when in the dark. I now own four of them and I am about to order a couple more. I love that I can use my solar charger when I'm out to charge these up so no batteries are a plus to not have to carry around.
Great headlamp lost to the wilderness
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this lamp for some military field training. It functioned just as advertised. It was sufficiently bright for any activities I needed to perform in the dark. The red lamp was especially useful for not waking up my fellow trainees at night as we changed watches, and it didn't severely impact your night vision when turned on and off. The waterproof rating of the housing was put to the test when we got caught in a torrential downpour for close to an hour. It worked just fine during and after the storm.
Unfortunately my lamp was lost in the midst of exchanging equipment at the end of training, but when the time comes to buy a new headlamp I will certainly be reaching for another Petzl model.
The Reactik is the best!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had the previous version of the Reactik (Tikka R+)for the last few years and I absolutely love it. So when my girlfriend's headlamp took a swim on our last river trip I knew exactly what I should get her. The reactive technology is amazing, it senses how much light is around and dims or brightens your beam accordingly. So if you are next to the campfire it will dim automatically, but when you stumble off into the woods to pee it automatically brightens up. It also has a constant setting for those times when you don't want your headlamp to dim (i.e. when you are riding your bike home from the bar at the end of the night). It also has a red light setting for when you want to preserve your night vision or don't want to wake up your tent-mates. Another feature that I love is the rechargeable lithium ion battery which can be charged via USB, so you can charge it with your computer, a solar panel, or just a USB wall charger.
Also, I should mention that my headlamp took the same swim as my girlfriend's, and thanks to the IPX-4 waterproofing it still works! This thing kicks serious ass!
The packaging for the Reactiv states max power is 190 Lumens, but Petzl's website states 220. What is correct?