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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Petzl NAO
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Pros Bright, wide spotlight, clear/smooth optics, long battery life, robust designPerfect 10s for trail finding and close proximity, cool technology, charge off any usb plug
Cons Heavy, bulky, and expensiveAbysmal battery life, reactive lighting can be as annoying as useful
Bottom Line Very bright with a wide beam, this model is bulky and heavy with an even heavier price tag.A high scorer in trail finding and close proximity, this model slips in the battery life department.
Weighted Metrics Black Diamond Icon Petzl NAO
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 Black Diamond Icon Petzl NAO
Measured Max Beam Distance 82 m 113 m
Claimed Distance 100 m 135 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 9.4 hrs 2 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time 75 hrs 8 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 175 hrs 12.5 hrs
Weight 232 g, 8.2 oz 190 g, 6.7 oz
Battery Type 4 AA Proprietary Rechargeable or 2 AAA
Water Resistance IPX 7 (waterproof to 1m) IPX 4 (splash proof)
Manuf Claimed Lumens 320 lumens 575 lumens
Beam Type Flood/Spot Flood/Spot
Red Light Yes no
On/Off Switch Lock Yes Yes