Black Diamond Icon Polar Headlamp Review


I don’t know much about headlamps.  In fact, until purchasing this unit, the most expensive headlamp I owned was a cheap $15 Energizer headlamp purchased on a whim in the Lowe’s checkout line that served me just fine for activities around the campsite.

Not too long ago, though, I went on  back packing trip where I night-hiked.  The Energizer ran out of batteries before I finished, and visibility was particularly bad due to the tree canopy along the hiking trail blocking starlight and the Energizer just didn’t have the power to see very far. Continue reading


Mitaki Crank Led Head Lamp Review

Mitaki-Japan Crank Led Head Lamp

Ever on the hunt to mitigate the need to carry spare batteries i was ecstatic to find this hand crank head lamp.

It’s pretty amazing that a minute of cranking allows this unit to last so long especially considering how inefficient cranking technologies are. Continue reading


Energizer 4 LED Headlight Review


This isn’t a super high quality headlamp, but then again, it’s priced right for it’s features. Frankly, I don’t expect to need any more quality than this and am happy with the purchase.

The headlamp portion is a little heavy for a single headband strap. For this weight, it would be nice to have the extra over-the-head strap that many other headlamps have. Still, it should have plenty of power for hiking at night.