Headlamps are an essential piece of gear that offer the benefit of safety and convenience. While you may not use these while actively kayaking or canoeing, they’re perfect for lightweight camping. Durable and practical, Petzl has a variety of headlamps to fit your needs. You’ll find yourself using them indoors on odd-jobs and you’ll never understand how you went without one.
What We Like:
Petzl offers a variety of headlamps but we’re huge fans of the Tikka which is their entry-level headlamp. While it may fall to the low end of the Good, Better, Best scale, Tikka is a powerful and sturdy little no-nonsense lamp – just meant to do the job – and it’s priced right. As expected, the further you move up the scale, the more you pay but also the more you get in terms of bulbs, lumens, beam distance and run time. But even at the low-end, the Tikka is a solid buy at a very reasonable price. The plastic housing can get a little cumbersome when it’s time to change batteries (of which all of these run on 3 AAA batteries) and the on/off switch is different on each. There was a time when the switch was a little difficult to move while on your head but they have improved that aspect with newer models.
The Final Word:
Once you buy one of these, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one and you’ll find yourself using it in every facet of your life. There is so much to love about these headlamps.
Bulb: 4 LEDs
Light Output: 40 lumens
Maximum Beam Distance: 29 meters
Brightness Levels: 2
Average Life: high 90 / low: 120 hours
Weight: 2.9 ounces