Beam Comparison - Headlamp

Beam Distance Comparison - Click on the images to compare at full size. Keep in mind that beam photos like these may overstate the negatives of dimmer headlamps, since unlike the camera (which is kept at the same settings for all photos), your eyes will adjust to dimmer light and thus see better than is implied by the photos.

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Winner of our Editors' Choice award  the Coast HL7 impressed us with a combination of high-power beam  great close-proximity lighting  relatively light weight  and low-price.
Coast HL7
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Black Diamond ReVolt
Black Diamond ReVolt
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award  Editors' Choice Award 
Price $29.53 at Amazon$44.73 at REI
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Pros Incredible brightness and beam control, great valueRechargeable, good spot light capability, above average in almost every category, works with regular AAA too
Cons Short battery lifeMedium length distance beam
Weighted Metrics Coast HL7 Black Diamond ReVolt
Trail Finding - 20%
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Close Proximity - 15%
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Battery Life - 15%
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Brightness - 25%
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Weight - 15%
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Ease Of Use - 10%
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Product Specs Coast HL7 Black Diamond ReVolt
Measured Max Beam Distance 131 m 56 m
Claimed Distance 152 m 70 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 3.4 hrs 10.6 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time 3.8 hrs 80 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 80 hrs 190 hrs
Weight 128 g, 4.5 oz 104 g, 3.7 oz
Battery Type 3 AAA 3 AAA, rechargeable or non
Water Resistance Water-resistant IPX 4 (splash proof)
Manuf Claimed Lumens 196 lumens 130 lumens
Beam Type Flood Flood/Spot
Red Light no Yes
On/Off Switch Lock No Yes