A new and improved version of the Spot was made available in 2016. If offers some significant improvements over the older version including 53% more light output (200 lumens vs. 130), better optics with 2x wider beam, and is now waterproof.
Scroll down for a more detailed comparison of the new Spot vs. the older 2015 version. We are in the process of testing the upgraded Spot, and we will post a full update with our findings soon. In the meantime, the text and ratings still reflect the older 2015 version.
No headlamp tested has a better trail finding score while still delivering a long battery life and weighing less than 100 grams. With similar performance, and the option to use and refresh rechargeable batteries, we awarded one of our Editors' Choice marks to the Black Diamond ReVolt.
Besides other BD models, only one other brand sells a headlamp that scored better overall than the Spot. 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.