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    Default New Black Diamond Headlamp - link -

    I received an email from Black Diamond about their new headlamp.

    I haven't looked at it real close but 200 lumens and 4 AA's, IPX 7 waterproofing, separate battery compartment, price $79.95.

    http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com..._campaign=icon

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    Default Re: New Black Diamond Headlamp - link -

    Looks like they made the PT apex, just 6 years later...
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    Default Re: New Black Diamond Headlamp - link -

    It's just the Storm with a larger, separate battery pack. It still automatically switches modes (from spot to flood) each time you turn it on and off. I'd never buy another headlamp like that.

    I'm sure it's a decent light (like the Storm) but it's the opposite of innovation. They just don't get it.

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    Where do I line up to NOT buy one?

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    This headlamp is pretty cool looking. If you were looking for a new headlamp what would you guys buy? I would use it for night hiking and caving mostly.

    I saw the Black Diamond Storm, which is pretty cool.
    ...as well as the PT Apex.

    Both are about $50-65. That isn't a bad price. Just curious if there is anything better out there.

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    Default Re: New Black Diamond Headlamp - link -

    Fenix hp11. Better running times, brighter and sturdier.

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    Yeah, I saw the Fenix on amazon, but it has slightly worse reviews than the Princeton Tec. PT has 23 reviews with three reviews that are three and under. Fenix has 23 reviews with 9 reviews that are 3 and under. 23 reviews isn't a huge sample, but just worth noting.

    The extra light output of the Fenix so is pretty alluring, though.

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    Default Re: New Black Diamond Headlamp - link -

    I could compare them (hp11 and the new Icon) two weeks ago, on a night trail walking, and the "reviews" of all of us (the others had smaller petzls) were in favour of hp11. Better throw, yellowish tint, the difusser is nice around the camp. And the Icon's plastic looks cheaper. Plus it's a bit tricky the one button choice of BD designers, and the red light is much too bright for any night vision preservation.

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    did someone test it with NiMh accu? I suggest there will be a problem with regulated light output - treshold 4,7V for accus is too high.

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