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Pros: Great battery life, solid close proximity score in a small package
Cons: Expensive for its brightness
Best Uses: Hiking, backpacking and camping
This headlamp delivers exceptional battery life and close proximity beam quality in a compact package. It represents a nice progression the Tikka line, one of the first compact LED headlamps, that has been steadily improving for over a decade. As exceptional as it is, it now faces tough competition. The Black Diamond Spot scored higher for trail finding and brightness and costs $15 less.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The trail finding score is good, but below its less expensive competitors. The beam comparison photo below shows how the Spot casts a more distant beam.
Again, the score here is excellent but on par with the less expensive Spot.
This has the best battery life of the top five headlamps tested. It's exceptional, but the Spot is not that far behind. All Tikka headlamps come with the option of adding the Core rechargeable battery for another $25.
The brightness score is good but not up there with the competition. It emits 54 lux compared to the Spot with 76 and the Coast with 258. The image below shows just how much more powerful the Coast is.
This light delivers a lot of performance for its weight. It is not a featherweight like the Petzl e+LITE. But it fits easily in a pocket.
Ease of Use
Like all Tikka lights, this is very easy to use. It has one intuitive button on top which scrolls through the intuitive lighting modes. It scored above average for gloves use.
The Tikka is $15 more than two headlamps that scored higher, the Coast and the Spot.
This is the best light in the Tikka line. It delivers exceptional battery life and great close proximity illumination. If you are a die hard Tikka fan, then this is the one to get. It would be a contender for Editors' Choice if it weren't for the Black Diamond Spot which is brighter, has almost as a high a battery life and is $15 less expensive. The Coast HL7 is nearly $20 less expensive and has a much more powerful beam but much less battery life.
— RJ Spurrier and Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: November 20, 2013
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