The Spot has been updated since our last review. We are now testing the new version and will release and updated review soon. What are the changes to the new Spot? Black Diamond says:
- The new Spot now offers 130 lumens (the last version that we tested had 90 lumens).
- The colors have mostly stayed the same but have a different pattern.
- PowerTap technology gives more dimming options.
- Lock mode keeps the light from accidentally turning on in your pack.
Only two headlamps scored higher. The Black Diamond Icon had a better trail finding score, is brighter and easier to use. However, it also costs twice as much and weighs more than twice as much for a similar close proximity beam and battery life. The Coast HL7 has a much more powerful and even beam with better control but it is 1/3 heavier and has a fraction of the battery life. The choice really comes down to: do you want the ultimate beam performer that chews through batteries with the Coast or do you want a more all around performer with great battery life with the Spot.