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Pros: Lightweight, rechargeable, bright for such a diffuse beam, waterproof to 1m
Cons: Expensive, no spot light feature, and short battery life
Best Uses: Designed for the urban runner or biker, everyday use around the house
Black Diamond Sprinter is our Top Pick award for runners, showing the future of what all headlamps will bring: lighter, brighter, and more robust. While designed for urban use for running or biking, and by our own standard offers too short a battery life to be ideal for backcountry use, we love this headlamp (even if it is a bit pricey).
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This headlamp is optimized for use by the urban runner or biking after dark. It is rechargeable, simplifying daily use in an earth-friendly manner, and offers a front light and a rear-facing flashing red light.
While the actual Lux readings from this lamp are below average for the headlamps we tested, and way below for a headlamp in it's price range ($79 retail), don't let the reading put you off too much. This is a bright headlamp that has a built in diffuser lens that spreads the light evenly over a broad swath. If this headlamp offered a spot mode, we expect it would come in near the top of our tests for brightness.
The Black Diamond Sprinter offers a great combination of features for the urban runner or biker. It's light, relatively bright (for such a diffuse beam), waterproof, and rechargeable. The absence of a spot light and short battery life prevent us for recommending it for climbing use, but you'll love this headlamp if you runs or biking after dark, and it may become your favorite headlamp for everyday tasks around the house. For the
While the maximum distance beam for this lamp is below what you might expect for a headlamp in it's price range ($70 retail), but don't that put you off. This is a bright headlamp that has a built in diffuser lens that spreads the light evenly over a broad swath.
The Black Diamond Spot is the highest scoring headlamp in our tests and our Top Pick for Trail Finding due to its unique combination of a 80 meter beam distance and excellent battery life, $80.
The Black Diamond Icon and Black Diamond ReVolt both win our Top Pick Award, with the ReVolt being a rechargeable headlamp.
— RJ Spurrier
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Most recent review: January 10, 2014
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