Short version? Solid, essential piece of equipment, well worth the money. It’s much more robustly constructed than other national brands, and is, in my opinion, much more user friendly with very, VERY few parts that can be lost when changing batteries. Ask me how I know.
I’ve had an older model for about 3 years now, and the thing is bomb proof. I’ve ordered a newer model to allow me to put the older one in my hunting gear. It’s superb for walking to and from a stand in the dark or tracking your game’s blood trail. I especially like the flexibility in my old model in that I can exchange a sliding lens of blue, green, or red for use in specialized or hours of darkness situations. Personally, I keep the blue on on the strap in it’s storage container for switching out when I’m going to be tracking a game blood trail in the dark, and the green lens for night vision (much better on the eyes than red, and the red lines on a map don’t disappear in it like they do in red light). Yeah, it costs more than $10, and you can get cheaper headlamps that perform almost as well, but you can’t find one that out performs the Petzl for the money. The new model pictured above, (Petzl Tactikka +) ran me under $45 out the door. The older one was about $50.
This choice will be like every other piece of gear you decide to buy: Go cheap and get a dozen (because you’ll most likely need them as replacements) or compare and contrast and get the best item you can afford. I’ve heard it said, “buy once, cry once” in relation to quality equipment. I’ve found it to be true, so far.
The following is the description from the company web site, here.
- CONSTANT LIGHTING: brightness does not decrease gradually as the batteries are drained
- Several lighting modes suitable for different situations, from proximity lighting to rapid movement
- BOOST mode for temporary access to maximum brightness
- Red light combining visual comfort and stealth, red strobe light
- Automatically switches to reserve mode when batteries are running low and then to red lighting when the batteries are nearly empty
- Compatible with Ni-MH or lithium batteries for greater burn time
- Easy to use:
– push-button is easy to use, even with gloves
– washable headband, designed for dynamic activities (secure and absorbent)
- Weight: 85 g
- Technology: CONSTANT LIGHTING
- Beam pattern: mixed
- Energy: 3 AAA/LR03 batteries (included)
- Battery compatibility: rechargeable Ni-MH and lithium
- Certification(s): CE
- Watertightness: IP X4 (weather resistant)
So, being that Christmas is right around the corner, you might want to print this off and leave it where anyone looking for ‘gift ideas’ for you might be able to find it. If you’re really serious, print off a dozen and place them strategically. ‘Santa’ might double or triple your request, depending on the number of folks who contact him to get you one. Kinda like having more than one snare or fishing pole….just sayin’…heh.