I bought my Black Diamond Spot Headlamp upon the recommendation of a friend who works at my local outdoors store. He’s an avid climber and told me it is the best headlamp on the market.
Frankly, I am quite disappointed! Once I tested other headlamps, I realized that the Black Diamond Spot is inferior for night hiking, and even illuminating campsites.
It does a mediocre job of illuminating a campsite and the trail ahead. The benefit is that it is a softer light, so fewer shadows are cast. I can see how that can be a benefit in some situations, but for my needs of illuminating the trail so I don’t twist my ankle, I’m sticking with a brighter headlamp!
- Wattage. 1-watt LED as well as 3 small 5mm LEDS. The 1-watt LED is the “spot” function, and is the farther reaching beam of light of the 2 options. When hiking, I’d use the 1-watt LED, but to save battery power I would use the lower setting when cooking or sitting around camp.
- Water Resistant. A must have feature for any hiking headlamp.
- Big on/off switch. This is convenient, especially with gloves on.
- Lightweight. It is lightweight (takes 3 AAA batteries), and packs down small.
Despite these positives, there are other headlamps on the market with similar features that provide brighter light. I now keep the Black Diamond Spot in my car as my back up emergency light, and I prefer my Energizer Trail Finder for hiking. Plus, that headlamp is less expensive – in fact, it is half the price of the Black Diamond Spot!
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