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Headlamp Ratings Summary

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Score Product Price Our Take
79
$89
Top Pick Award
A stunningly bright light that offers impressive battery life. If you can afford it, it won't disappoint.
73
$50
Editors' Choice Award
You can't go wrong with the Storm, high performance, quality optics, and durable design
70
$40
Editors' Choice Award
Offering excellent optics, a bright wide beam, and strong performance for the price, the Spot is one of our favorites
68
$50
We used to love the Coast, but competing lights have stepped up, while the HL7 is unchanged
64
$100
For years the Icon won our top pick for epics, but today it comes up a bit short
63
$29
A good value that offers basic functionality, slightly better than average performance, at a good price
62
$50
A very good light that won't disappoint, but we consider it overpriced relative to competitors
61
$80
Top Pick Award
Amazingly powerful 182 meter beam shines a big wide light, perfect is your goal is seeing farther
60
$20
Best Buy Award
The $20 Tikkina is a great light around the campsite, for general use, in your thingy drawer, or car glove box
58
$60
Top Pick Award
USB recharging, combined with solid overall performance, makes the ReVolt our top pick for travel
58
$30
A solid product overall, but priced precariously with cheaper lights offering more for less
57
$30
The Zipka is a good option for backpacking where small weight and size are crucial
57
$30
A quality and easy to use light, but the Petzl Tikkina is a better deal unless you need the red LED
57
$200
Impressive light output, but who can afford $200 for a light that is not top performing?
56
$20
Our favorite budget light if your needs are limited to close proximity work
55
$30
A good light, with strong close proximity lighting, but not quite matching the competition
53
$110
52
$18
A good light, but not great, sold at an attractive price, but the Tikkina is a better value
52
$30
Top Pick Award
This tiny light is thoughtfully designed for those seeking ultralight weight and packing size
52
$32
Offering performance that is below average, this is not a light we'd recommend to a friend
51
$80
Top Pick Award
If you are looking for a light custom designed for night running, the Sprinter is our top pick
51
$40
Offers good-enough performance for night runners, at half the price of the BD Sprinter
49
$25
A quality & compact light that is relatively lightweight, but the Tikkina and e+LITE are strong competition
45
$45
45
$50
A premium priced product that falls short of the competition
44
$20
Top Pick Award
Just the ticket for younger kids who want their own light, but would get in trouble with most lights
40
$50
Disappointing performance, especially for the price, and outdistanced by competitors