UPDATE 2016:

Time’s change, and gear improves! There are much better options now available. Both more capable (waterproof, significantly brighter, longer lasting, USB rechargeable AND LESS EXPENSIVE!) Checkout our reviews of both a better travel headlamp and high output performance headlamp.  Much more value for the money to be had.


  • Life-proof.
  • Lightweight.
  • Extremely Packable.
  • Low price for powerful output.
  • Hands-free convenience.  If you aren’t using a headlamp already, you just haven’t traveled enough [yet] to need the convenience.


  • Dealing with batteries.  It’s hard to know just how much light you’ve got left.  I’ll keep advocating that these companies make rechargeable headlamps with an LCD battery level indicator.  Two critical features that should already exist on this gear.
  • The straps make you sweat.
  • The light primarily benefits only the main user/wearer.



Incredibly affordable utility.  Get it or if the price is too steep, start with something lower end so you can at least realize the efficiency gains in your travel/creative/camping process.  Be warned, the cheap ones do fail earlier than they should, so you’ll just come back and spend the same money on a better headlamp later (I know from experience, unfortunately).  Reduce your carbon footprint and retain your sanity, and just save to grab a good one from the outset.  Don’t let the cheap knock-offs tempt you.  Losing your light source is a serious deal when you’re 8 miles into a mountain trail at night.


While traveling, a camera becomes a cumbersome burden that you use less and less with every block of the harsh nylon strap cutting into your neck, and a relatively heavy DSLR camera just keeps getting heavier and sweatier with each mile.  The more comfortable you are, the more you’ll shoot, plain and simple.  And when you’re traveling, every little creature comfort like this $5 strap helps you go the extra miles it takes to get those great shots you’d otherwise miss.  Don’t wait on this.  I spent far too many years thinking I didn’t need this, and now I just feel like an idiot for making myself suffer without it.  To my defense, no one told me where I could find a neoprene strap for under $50 (and I definitely looked), so hopefully I can save you some time and trouble with grabbing this inexpensive one that works well enough for me.


The TIKKA XP headlamp is designed for all scenarios encountered during outdoor activities. With its multiple beams, it offers comfortable proximity lighting, allows movement, and provides long-range vision (110 lumens, 65 meters). The headlamp also has a Boost mode (180 lumens, 70 meters), offering temporary access to maximum power, and red lighting and strobe mode, usable at any time to signal one’s presence. CONSTANT LIGHTING technology: brightness does not decrease gradually as the batteries are drained. -+- Petzl’s roots lie in the desire of its founders to serve one passion: exploration. Since its beginnings in caving, the company?s mission has remained constant: to offer practical solutions that allow people to progress. Today that pioneering spirit, passion for exploration and ethic have not changed. More than forty years later, Petzl continues to invent products and provide solutions that allow sports enthusiasts and professionals to access some of the most inaccessible places, both day and night.


  • 180 LUMEN: maximum output
  • STANDARD LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY: beam switches to reserve mode when batteries are getting low in order to preserve remaining battery life
  • ADJUSTABLE MODES: choose from three different modes(proximity, movement, or focused) for various situations
  • EASY TO USE: simple push-button system for quick lighting mode selection
  • BATTERIES INCLUDED: headlamp runs on three AAA/LR03 batteries


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