Obviously this in an expensive headlight. There are numerous other brands of headlights that work fine that cost a fraction of the $100 plus that you pay for this one. So it had better be an amazing light right?
The first unit I received arrived inoperative. Customer service immediately issued a return authorization, and about 3 weeks later I received a replacement headlight. Not a good start when you think about how much you depend on your light when working in difficult dark environments.
PROS: Very bright light. Good near/far illumination.
CONS: Very heavy, bulky, battery pack. It is so heavyt that it caused unit to slip backwards on head requiring constant fiddling/adjustment. Uncomfortable to wear even over a hat. Hard to adjust head band. On/off/brightness switches don't give much tactile feedback when switching modes. No NVG or very low illumination mode. As with NVGs it might work better mounted over a helmet.
This headlamp is great in terms of the dual button and dual type of light projection that you can control independently of one another (I like being able to select between focused lighting or a more dispersed lighting as well as having both on simultaneously). The unit provides ample illumination for most jobs/tasks. Unit is fairly durable, I've dropped it and had it fallen off my head down several meters on to hard surfaces and it still functions. However, there is one huge flaw with the design of the manner in which the battery pack is held to the rest of the unit. There's this tiny little spring loaded pin that holds this heavy (relative to the unit) battery pack in place which fails when I tip my head to the right, resulting in the battery pack becoming disconnected from the contacts on the unit, thereby cutting power to the headlamp LEDs (sometimes the whole battery unit slides off completely). This is massively frustrating when working in a highly mobile and pitch black environment where my head needs to be positioned in different angles where I have no hands free for any other light source. If not for this one major flaw, I would have given this product a 5/5 star rating. I've never had any other headlamp unit perform this well for my needs. If you all at 5.11 can fix this flaw, let me know. I will gladly mail my existing one back for modification. In the meantime, zip ties work for now.
I have purchased and used no fewer than 15 other headlamps, I always do my research, I hate having buyers remorse, this is by far the best headlamp I have owned or used, the battery pack is a little heavy, and I have to wear it on top of a hard hat (due to my work) but the tacky ridges under the band hold it in place well, and the light/duration of the beam is well worth the weight of the unit. I purchased the rechargeable battery for this unit, the first pack I received, wouldn't take a charge, I returned it, and the replacement did take a charge, but its performance was sub-par, however this review is for the headlamp, with the 6 AA battery pack so I will review it as such, and it performed superbly with the supplied battery pack. I work in a tough environment, working with a waterproofing overspray in dark tunnels and open bridges, I have been more than happy with it's performance. one suggestion I will offer, if you are working around painting or sandblasting, it is worth your time and effort to buy a screen protector for a phone (the flexible type) and applying/cutting it to fit as the lense is plastic, and will warp with acetone or other solvents. Also again, I've used two of the rechargeable batteries designed for this unit with little success, so save you money and buy a couple packs of AA batteries. Also keep in mind that most headlamps don't even have the rechargeable option...
Purchased this a couple months ago, I've used it camping mostly but plan to use it hunting this fall. I like the different light modes, the dimmest works great and the brightest is really bright. The only con I can come up with is the weight with the battery pack. It really isn't much of an issue though...
Best headlamp for the money! I have many other high end headlamps and this is by far the brightest, and half the money. Well worth the price! Turns night into day.
So ... I bougth this lighter 4 days ago. Today it drops on a floor from 2 metres and the inner part of battery case brokes up. Thanks GOD, thats happens at home. What must I do now?
MOUNTED ON HELMET, USED FOR INVESTGATIVE SCENE WORK. FLOOD IS THE BEST, WIDE AREA AND BRIGHT.
I bought 2 of these headlamps for general emergency and camping use. Thought I might also use it running, but the weight and size of the battery pack would make that an unlikely use. The throw distance is the best I have ever seen on a headlamp and the beam width on the flood setting is great. With all on high and you have better lighting that you would driving your car with the headlights on and with just the flood setting on low you have about what standard sporting goods headlamps give, but with a 271 hour battery life. The rechargeable battery pack is smaller and lighter than the AA pack that comes with it and as such I would recommend it, but even so this is a big SAR grade light so don't expect some dainty little lamp.