Ratings Overview - Headlamp

Total 27 products tested
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Zebralight H600w Mk IV
The Zebralight H600w Mk IV is our top pick for high performance. It is a rugged, bright light that packs in huge light output in a small package. We love its big bold and evenly lit beam, and are...  read more >
$89

Top Pick Award
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79
Trail Finding - 9 of 10
9
Close Proximity - 7 of 10
7
Battery Life - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Black Diamond Storm
The Black Diamond Storm is a robust and full-featured headlamp that offers a bright and wide beam, a fully waterproof enclosure, and excellent optics for both close proximity flood and long-distance...  read more >
$50

Editors' Choice Award
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73
Trail Finding - 9 of 10
9
Close Proximity - 8 of 10
8
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
Black Diamond Spot
The Spot is a light we have a kind of love-hate relationship with. For most practical purposes, the Spot is a terrific product that offers quality lighting at a good price, enough so that it wins an...  read more >
$40

Editors' Choice Award
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70
Trail Finding - 8 of 10
8
Close Proximity - 9 of 10
9
Battery Life - 4 of 10
4
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
Coast HL7
The Coast HL7 has a lot of good things to offer, a strong beam that shines for 112 meters, very good flood lighting, and it is an easy to use product. It remains a strong competitor, but it no...  read more >
$50

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Trail Finding - 8 of 10
8
Close Proximity - 7 of 10
7
Battery Life - 5 of 10
5
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Black Diamond Icon
The Black Diamond Icon is a top scoring headlamp in our trail finding test due to its unique combination of a 90meter beam distance and excellent battery life. But newer lights, using more modern...  read more >
$100

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Trail Finding - 8 of 10
8
Close Proximity - 8 of 10
8
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 2 of 10
2
Ease of Use - 5 of 10
5
Yalumi LED 140-Lumen
The Yalumi LED is a quality and easy to use headlamp sold at a competitive price. We found it to offer average or above average performance on every category. It throws a good quality beam 94...  read more >
$29

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Trail Finding - 6 of 10
6
Close Proximity - 5 of 10
5
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Petzl Actik
The Petzl Actik is a very good light with above average performance, and offers a simple, easy-to-use, design. If it sold for under $20, it would be our favorite headlamp. But, at $50 list (street...  read more >
$50

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Trail Finding - 6 of 10
6
Close Proximity - 6 of 10
6
Battery Life - 5 of 10
5
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Fenix HP25R
Sometimes you just need a super bright light. For those times, little else matters. It doesn't matter if the headlamp is heavy, or bulky, or if the batteries don't last super-long. In those...  read more >
$80

Top Pick Award
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Trail Finding - 9 of 10
9
Close Proximity - 5 of 10
5
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 2 of 10
2
Ease of Use - 5 of 10
5
Petzl Tikkina
The Tikkina is clearly the best value in small headlamps we have seen, and offers performance that will meet or exceed most people's needs. For around $20 you get a a very capable headlamp with an...  read more >
$20

Best Buy Award
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60
Trail Finding - 5 of 10
5
Close Proximity - 4 of 10
4
Battery Life - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 10 of 10
10
Black Diamond ReVolt
The ReVolt wins our Top Pick Award for Travel, as the best USB rechargeable headlamp for travel, and an overall excellent product. While it does not stand out for any one attribute, it is a solid...  read more >
$60

Top Pick Award
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58
Trail Finding - 6 of 10
6
Close Proximity - 8 of 10
8
Battery Life - 3 of 10
3
Weight - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
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Black Diamond Cosmo
While this is a good headlamp, we implore you to spend another $10 and get something like the Black Diamond Spot which has much better beam brightness and quality combined with a very respectable...  read more >
$30

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Trail Finding - 4 of 10
4
Close Proximity - 9 of 10
9
Battery Life - 5 of 10
5
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
Petzl Zipka
The Petzl Zipka is a unique headlamp that is well suited for backpacking. It packs small due to its innovative retractable cord headband, and is relatively light in weight at 2.3 oz or 64 grams. It...  read more >
$30

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57
Trail Finding - 5 of 10
5
Close Proximity - 4 of 10
4
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
$30

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Trail Finding - 5 of 10
5
Close Proximity - 4 of 10
4
Battery Life - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Petzl NAO+
The Petzl NAO+ is an impressive headlamp offering a compellingly bright, wide, and evenly lit beam for both trail finding and around the campsite. But, at $200 we need something exceptional to...  read more >
$200

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Trail Finding - 8 of 10
8
Close Proximity - 7 of 10
7
Battery Life - 4 of 10
4
Weight - 2 of 10
2
Ease of Use - 4 of 10
4
Black Diamond Astro
If weight and price are key considerations for you, then the Black Diamond Astro may be just the ticket. It's not bright for distance viewing, but has a low price and great battery life. If this...  read more >
$20

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Trail Finding - 3 of 10
3
Close Proximity - 7 of 10
7
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Princeton Tec Sync
With a red light, spot mode, floodlight, and good battery life, the Princeton Tec Sync is a full featured light that is high quality, selling for $30 list. The Sync offers strong close proximity...  read more >
$30

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Trail Finding - 3 of 10
3
Close Proximity - 8 of 10
8
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Petzl Reactik+
This headlamp comes with great promise. It is the most compact and inexpensive headlamp in Petzl's fleet that offers all of their technological advancement. It has a rechargeable battery, a red...  read more >
$110

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Trail Finding - 6 of 10
6
Close Proximity - 6 of 10
6
Battery Life - 5 of 10
5
Weight - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 3 of 10
3
Energizer Vision HD
The Energizer Vision HD is a low-cost light, its only $18, that provides good close proximity beam quality and reasonable overall performance. The Petzl Tikkina, offers a better value in the...  read more >
$18

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Trail Finding - 3 of 10
3
Close Proximity - 5 of 10
5
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Petzl e+LITE
This micro headlamp, the size of a small stack of quarters, is the lightest headlamp we know of(1.0 oz or 27g) by a large margin. It wins our Top Pick award as the best Ultralight weight headlamp...  read more >
$30

Top Pick Award
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Trail Finding - 1 of 10
1
Close Proximity - 9 of 10
9
Battery Life - 3 of 10
3
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Vitchelo V800
At first glance, the Vitchelo seems like it might be a contender, at least on paper, but our extensive hands-on test left us disappointed. The Vitchelo delivers average performance when used for...  read more >
$32

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Trail Finding - 5 of 10
5
Close Proximity - 2 of 10
2
Battery Life - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
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Black Diamond Sprinter
The Black Diamond Sprinter is our Top Pick award for Runners, due to its thoughtful design and performance for nighttime running or walking in an urban or suburban environment. It is rechargeable...  read more >
$80

Top Pick Award
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Trail Finding - 3 of 10
3
Close Proximity - 6 of 10
6
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Black Diamond Iota
The $40 list Black Diamond Iota provides night time and early morning runners with a much lower cost alternative to the amazing Black Diamond Sprinter at $80 list. But, that cost savings comes with...  read more >
$40

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Trail Finding - 3 of 10
3
Close Proximity - 6 of 10
6
Battery Life - 3 of 10
3
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Black Diamond Ion
The first version of the Black Diamond Ion was the first micro headlamp we ever used. At the time, it was hard to believe a light could be so tiny and still cast a decent beam. We immediately bought...  read more >
$25

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Trail Finding - 3 of 10
3
Close Proximity - 4 of 10
4
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
Northbound Train LED
This headlamp is priced similarly to the Black Diamond Spot and $15 less than Editors' Choice winning Black Diamond ReVolt. With this price-point competition, Northbound Train really needs to step...  read more >
$45

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Trail Finding - 3 of 10
3
Close Proximity - 3 of 10
3
Battery Life - 5 of 10
5
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Princeton Tec Vizz
The Princeton Tec Vizz provides solid beam brightness, but for $50 it faces some stout competition from models that deliver more performance. The most direct competitor is the Black Diamond Storm...  read more >
$50

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Trail Finding - 5 of 10
5
Close Proximity - 3 of 10
3
Battery Life - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 3 of 10
3
Black Diamond Wiz
Wiz is our Top Pick for kids. Easy to use. Not too bright, diffused light at about half the brightness of the Flood mode of the Spot. Fun color mode. Dimmable, and remembers last setting to avoid...  read more >
$20

Top Pick Award
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Trail Finding - 1 of 10
1
Close Proximity - 6 of 10
6
Battery Life - 2 of 10
2
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Princeton Tec Remix Plus
The Princeton Tec Remix Plus is built with quality construction, but at $50 list it is comparatively far too expensive for the performance it delivers. For example. when put side-by-side with the...  read more >
$50

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Trail Finding - 5 of 10
5
Close Proximity - 3 of 10
3
Battery Life - 3 of 10
3
Weight - 3 of 10
3
Ease of Use - 5 of 10
5
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Total 27 products tested