Beam Comparison - Headlamp

Close Proximity Mode Beam Diameter Comparison - Click on the images to compare at full size. These beam diameter images show the relative size of beam (how wide is the light beam) as well as the evenness of light provided. The best light beams an evenly lit flood of light, free of lens aberations. 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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Awards  Editors' Choice Award   
Price $36.49 at Amazon$14.99 at Amazon
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Pros Excellent trail finding and close proximity beam, waterproof, above average battery lifeGood battery life, bright spot mode beam
Cons More expensive, heavier than average, claimed battery life is very misleadingVery poor for close proximity use, narrow beam
Bottom Line A durable light that will last for years with a bright high-quality beam, slightly higher in cost and weightA below average performer overall, not recommended
Weighted Metrics Black Diamond Storm Vitchelo V800
Trail Finding - 35%
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Close Proximity - 20%
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Battery Life - 15%
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Weight - 15%
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Ease Of Use - 15%
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Product Specs Black Diamond Storm Vitchelo V800
Measured Beam Distance 91 m 134 m
Claimed Distance 85 m 110 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 5 hrs 4.1 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time 40 hrs Not specified
Measured Low Mode Run-time 42 hrs 191 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 120 hrs 120 hrs
Measured Weight 4 oz, 112 g 3.2 oz, 92 g
Battery Type 4 AAA 3 AAA
Water Resistance IP67 waterproof to one meter and dustproof IPX 6 (Resists powerful jets)
Manuf Claimed Lumens 350 lumens 168 lumens
Beam Type flood/spot flood/spot
Red Light yes, red/green/blue night-vision modes yes
On Switch Lock yes no