Product Type: Petzl sports equipment
Newest Review: ... around about £25 which I still think is a really good price for it. The head lamp is attached to an elastic band which is easy to tight... more
A good head lamp for biking and camping
Petzl TACTIKKA 3 LED Headlamp
Member Name: jipp05
Petzl TACTIKKA 3 LED Headlamp
Advantages: Strong beam and the more subtle red light is a handy extra feature
Disadvantages: None really
I have a few different bike lights but my favourite one has to be my head lamp. I find that with using a head lamp as opposed to using traditional bike lights I can actually control where the light is shining which makes it easier to bike in the dark. I also recently used it on a camping trip and I found it to be so useful that I wouldn't consider going camping again without it.
You can get loads of different brands but the one that I have is made by a company called Petzl and it is the Tactikka 3 model which I bought on ebay for £19.99. The usual retail price seems to be around about £25 which I still think is a really good price for it.
The head lamp is attached to an elastic band which is easy to tighten to make sure it is secure on your head and once it is on it feels really lightweight and isn't uncomfortable after you have had it on a few minutes and have got used to the feeling of having something attached to your head.
The torch has three LED lights in it which give off a surprisingly powerful beam of light from them. The light is more than adequate to see several feet in front of me and to light up the darkest of areas. There is a red filter which you just need to flip over the white light to change the light omitted from the head lamp to a more muted red colour. The red light is nowhere near as bright as the white light but it also gives off enough light to be able to see where you are going for example I used it when camping when needing to get up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and it helped me see where I was going fine without being too strong and disturbing the people I was camping with. I wouldn't recommend that you use it for biking in the dark though as I don't think it would be particularly safe especially when the white light is much more powerful and can be seen from such a good distance away.
To power the head lamp it uses AAA batteries with come supplied with the head torch but I found them to be useless and the torch started to dim within a couple of weeks of using it. After I swapped the batteries for some better quality ones I am getting a few months of quite heavy use before I have to put new ones in.
I also really like the design of this head lamp compared so the boring black you see on others. I like camouflage and I just think that it makes it look a bit different and funkier than the other more 'professional' ones although the fact that this is a cheaper version than some shouldn't let it put you off as it really is a good head lamp and does the job it is supposed to and does it well.
Summary: A good head lamp for biking and camping