Black Diamond Icon Headlamp

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Equipped with modern and useful features, the all-new Black Diamond Icon Headlamp is a professional-grade light that's ready to illuminate anything. This headlamp is suitable for rugged adventures such as trekking, rapelling, and even search and rescue mission. It offers multiple modes so you can customize your lighting needs to any situation. Switching between low beam and high is quick and easy, making it suitable for any situation. Low beam is ideal for climbing, while high is perfect for searching ways at night. Its IPX 7 waterproof rating means that you can use this reliable headlamp in any weather condition. Red LEDs are available as well to preserve your night vision, and you can activate it without cycling through the white mode. This is definitely recommended for a pro or anyone who needs a high-quality headlamp. The lock mode prevents accidental battery drain when the headlamp is in your pack. Get the Black Diamond Icon Headlamp now.
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Key Features.


  • Use the red LEDs to preserve night vision while hanging out at the camp or making your way down the trail
  • Protected against water immersion down to 1 m (3.3 ft) for 30 minutes (IPX 7)
  • The Black Diamond Icon headlamp has an IPX7 rating (protected against water immersion down to 1m for 30 min.)


  • Red night-vision mode has proximity and strobe settings, and activates without cycling through the white mode
  • Adjustable Tilt
  • Its 200-lumen output can light up the darkest trails, campsites and rappel stations
  • NRG kit is compatible with the Apollo lantern and the Fall 2011 and older Icon headlamp
  • 4 AA batteries (included) provide up to 75 hrs. of use on high and 175 hrs. on low; battery indicator light helps you determine how much battery power you have left
  • Dimmer switch lets you choose the light output needed for the task at hand
  • 2 standard white LEDs and 2 standard red LEDs output 35 lumens and throw a beam up to 10m on high—ideal for tasks close at hand
  • Red light lets you prepare meals, navigate camp, and hang out without blinding everyone or forcing your irises to freak out
  • Use the 2 strobe functions to flash red or white light
  • 1 QuadPower LED spotlight, 2 SinglePower white LEDs and 2 SinglePower red LEDs emit 200 lumens (max setting)
  • 230g with batteries
  • Single Switch Activation
  • 3-level power meter shows remaining battery life for 3 seconds after switching on headlamp
  • Ideal for big mountain trips, SAR missions and emergency preparedness
  • 75 hours max burntime on highest setting
  • Four SuperBright LED bulbs shine for up to 175 hours on low
  • Lock mode prevents accidental battery drain while the headlamp is in your pack
  • Lock Indicator
  • Settings include full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock mode
  • Regulated output ensures consistent lighting levels even as battery power is reduced
  • Headlamp includes a QuadPower LED that outputs 200 lumens and throws a beam up to 100m for stunning illumination at night
  • High-beam, low-beam options let you pick where you focus your light
  • Blazing three-watt center bulb can throw light up to 80 meters
  • 2 SinglePower Low Beam Proximity LEDs
Rocky Mountain Trail

Waterproof and with a staggering 200-lumen output, the Icon headlamp is our professional-level, expedition headlamp.
With a modern, redesigned look and an unparalleled 200-lumen output, the all-new Black Diamond Icon Headlamp is our professional-grade light with a waterproof construction that's ready for anything you can throw at it. Whether you're rappelling an alpine route in a storm or participating in a SAR mission, this mega-bright headlamp's multiple modes let you customize your lighting needs to any situation and its IPX 7 waterproof rating makes it a true all-weather light. The Icon's red LEDs preserve your night vision and activate without cycling through the white mode, while the lock mode prevents accidental battery drain when the headlamp is in your pack.
The Black Diamond Icon Headlamp is a seriously bright headlamp with lots of great features and waterproof construction.
Main QuadPower LED light puts out 200 lumens at its highest setting.
IPX 7 waterproof rating for all weather performance (waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes)
A lock mode keep sit from turning on in your pack and draining the batteries.
2 SinglePower white LEDs offer battery-saving output when you don't need the super-bright setting.
2 SinglePower red LEDs preserve night vision (red light does not cause pupils to contract)
Strobe setting for emergency signaling.
Uses 4 AA batteries in the back for balanced design and long battery life.
If you're looking for the best and brightest LED headlamp, check out the Black Diamond Icon.

Christy Sports

The Icon Camping Headlamp by Black Diamond  is one of the brightest headlamps available on the market. This headlamp illuminates like no other. A TriplePower LED spotlight and four SinglePower LEDs offer brilliant long and close-range lighting, and a faceted reflector maximizes the beam distance. Powered by either three AA batteries or the NRG rechargeable battery, a single Positron switch activates the settings and modes. The battery-power meter keeps you on top of the charge level. Protected against splash or spray from any angle and featuring multiple settings from spotlight to proximity lighting, the Black Diamond Icon is a fully rechargeable, professional-level headlamp.

Triple Power (1 3-watt), 100m distance, 145-hour burn time.
Single Power (4 0.5-watt), 50m distance, 164-hour burn time.
100 lumens (max output), 2" x 1.4" x 1.25"

Al's Sports
Go ahead, burn the Black Diamond Icon Headlamp three-watt LED all night long. When paired with the rechargeable NRG Battery Kit, the Icon can be used at full strength without stressing about the money for batteries. When you're lucky enough to be nowhere near an outlet, use alkalines and the economical setting for up to 200 hours of burn time. The four SuperBright LEDs are plenty powerful enough to light up the trail, so don't let them or the multiple brightness settings go unused. The Icon's battery-power meter is dual-purpose: displaying via a green, yellow or red LED either the amount of battery power left or the charging status of the NRG rechargeable battery.
Black Diamond® Icon headlamp illuminates from spotlight to proximity lighting, creating a professional-level headlamp.
One QuadPower LED spotlight, two SinglePower white LEDs and two SinglePower red LEDs emit 200 lumens on the max setting.
Powered by four AA batteries.
Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on the headlamp.
Max Distances: 200 m on high.
35 m on low.
Max Burn Time: 80 H on high.
175 H on low.
Rock and Ice don't just hand their Best In Gear Award out to any old piece of equipment. The Black Diamond Icon Headlamp locked down the title by showing off versatility, utility, and straight-up power. This lamp will light your way whether you are pushing through the night to catch a sunrise summit, setting up camp after dark, or skinning the pre-dawn hours to enjoy the freshest powder.


Don't let the setting sun slow your progress. The professional-level Black Diamond Icon headlamp features a massive 200-lumen output to light up the darkest trails, campsites and rappel stations.

Manufacturer-supplied specifications.


Backcountry Edge

Lightweight and versatile, the Black Diamond Icon headlamp offers high-performance for varied backcountry pursuits. A large, QuadPower LED casts a powerful beam of light, reaching a distance of over 320 feet! Two smaller SinglePower LED's can be employed when conditions call for close proximity lighting.

The strongest Black Diamond headlamp with a 4X LED and a maximum output of 200 lumens. It also features two 1X white LEDs and two 1X red LEDs. Dimmer adjusts brightness and run times for the 4X LED (75 hours/200 lumens to 175 hours/4 lumens) and the dual 1X LEDs (75 hours/35 lumens to 250 hours/4 lumens). Other selectable light settings include proximity (close range), distance (long range), strobe, red nightvision (activates without cycling through white LEDs) and lock modes. Three-level power meter. Waterproof rated to IPX7 standards. Uses four AA batteries (included). Imported.
Weight: 8.1 oz.
Equipped with a three-watt LED spotlight, four proximity LEDs and seven different brightness settings, the Icon illuminates like no other. Go ahead, burn the three-watt LED all night long—when paired with the NRG Rechargeable Battery Kit (not included), the Icon can be used at full strength without stressing about the money for batteries. When deep in the wilderness on an expedition or multi-day climb, use alkalines and the four proximity LEDs for more than 160 hours of burn time. The Icon’s battery-power meter is dual-purpose: displaying via a green, yellow or red LED either the amount of battery power left or the charging status of the NRG rechargeable battery.


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Additional Info:IPX Rating : 7
Adjustable Focus:No
Available Color(s):Aluminum
Average run time:High: 75 / low: 175 hours
Batteries:4 AA (included).
Battery:4 AA batteries
Battery Life:75-175 hours
Battery Location:Back
Battery type:Batteries : 4 AA (included)
Beam Distance:14m-100m (Quad). 4m-10m (Single)
Beam type:Flood / Spot
Brightness Modes:5
Brightness levels:3 + dimmer
Bulb:200 Lumens; 1 QuadPower LED or 2 SinglePower LEDs or 2 SinglePower Red LEDs
Bulb Type:3-Watt and SuperBright LED
Bulb detail:1 high-output LED / 2 LEDs / 2 red LEDs
Bulbs:1 QuadPower LED spotlight, 2 SinglePower white LEDs and 2 SinglePower red LEDs
Burn time:80 hours (high) 175 hours (low)
Dimensions:(Lamp housing) 2.3 x 1.3 x 1.4 / (battery box) 2.6 x 2.5 x 1 inches
Distance:[High] 200 m; [Low] 35 m
Headband Type:Elastic
Housing Tilts:Yes
IPX Rating:7.
IPX waterproof rating:7 (1 meter, or 3.3 feet for 30 minutes)
Item Weight:7.8 oz.
Light output:High: 200 / low: 4 lumens
Max Burn Time:[High] 80 H; [Low] 175 H
Max Distances:[High] 200 m; [Low] 35 m
Max beam distance (m):100 meters
Max distance:200 meters (high) 35 meters (low)
Max light output (lumens):200 lumens
Max output:200 lumens
Maximum Battery Life:High: 80 hr.Low: 175 hr.
Maximum Burn Time:75 hours (highest) - 175 hours (lowest) (Quad). 80 hours (highest) - 175 hours (lowest) (Single)
Maximum Range:100 m
Modes:Settings include full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock mode
Output:200 lumens (max setting)
Power Source:3 AA batteries
Power Type:Battery
Recommended Use:High performance illumination
Red light mode:Yes
Regulated output:Yes
Retail package dimensions:10.5x11.5x8.3cm
Warranty:1 Year
Water Resistant:No
Waterproof:IPX7 rating (30min at 1m)
Weight:Weight With Batteries : 220 g, 7.8 oz
Weight W/ Batteries:7.8 oz.
Weight With Batteries:220 g / 7.8 oz.
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Black Diamond Icon Headlamp Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

The Best Yet from Black Diamond

I can't really compare this to other headlamps, as I have really only owned Black Diamond products.

I have owned several Black Diamond LED headlamps, including two of the pre-2012 Icons (I was SO impressed with the first, I bought a second for our earthquake kit). The new 2012 model sets and entirely new standard. Although the battery pack is a bit heavier (four AA batteries instead of three), I don't notice the added weight, and the extra runtime and brightness is certainly worth it.

A very welcome improvement is a complete redesign of the battery compartment latch: the old one used a slotted thumbscrew that really required a screwdriver to open; the new one has a slick fold and twist wireframe handle that unlocks with a quarter turn and spring-folds flat and tight against the top of the case when secured. It also has a neon green indicator that appears in a slot when it is fully locked. Absolutely no need for a tool to get it open/closed.

An undocumented feature is that the lamp assembly still pivots down like the old model, although it only goes to 45 degrees below horizontal (the old one was able to rotate a full 90 degrees down—not sure when that would be necessary, or if I have ever used that much downward tilt). The old model had six detents throughout its 90-degree range of tilt; the new model has four detents over its 45-degree range of tilt. As with the old model, the friction on the tilt mechanism is quite good, so you really can tilt it to any position within its range, and it will stay put—the detents probably only come into play when you really shock it, as you might if you jumped down off of a >2-foot ledge.

The single most important improvement is the high-power LED beam. The old model cast a powerful "dot" (about 1 meter in diameter at a distance of roughly 7 meters), and had a SIGNIFICANTLY less bright "halo" around that dot (maybe 15% of the main dot's brightness, with a diameter of 4 meters at 7 meters away). The long-throw center spot was handy for walking down trails with the whole family (and casting a good light all the way up to the front of the conga line); it was NOT so handy for general campsite lighting.

The new high-power light casts a much more UNIFORM FLOOD of bright light over the same area (4 meters in diameter at that same 7 meter distance). At the very center, the new light is only about 75% as bright as the old light's center dot (which is probably why the specs for the old light show a greater beam distance at 10 hours). There is definitely a gradient to the new beam, but the light at the edges is still about half as bright as at the center. Excluding the slight advantage that the old light has at its center dot, the new light is basically about three times as bright everywhere else. This is a light that can illuminate the entire campsite, and certainly lights up all of it that you actually need to see, including enough to really fill in your peripheral vision (a big problem with the old light was a complete absence of any discernible peripheral vision when walking, unless you tilted it down 45 degrees and gave up seeing upcoming trip hazards with advance warning).

The headband is actually more comfortable on the 2012 model: it is a very smooth and soft fabric, and the light cable from the battery pack to the LED housing is one third the thickness of the old version and one-tenth as rigid—the coiled bit of the old light used to actually hurt my head after an hour, as it was REALLY hard and had a very stiff edge to its rounded-flat cross-section).

The red LEDs are just awesome, and are long overdue. The two white auxiliary LEDs are MUCH more uniform in their flood—the old light focused all four auxiliary LEDs into a very bright spot, but that created all sorts of weird optical patterns that radiated outward. Although the two auxiliary LEDs on the new light do NOT match the brightness of the center "dot" of the old light's four auxiliary LEDs (not even close), they DO spread a very useable and UNIFORM light over a MUCH wider area.

Mirroring the improvements in the main LED, the new auxiliary LED design trades some debatably useful narrow-center-dot brightness for a much wider, much more uniform, and, therefore, much more usable flood.

An unwelcome change is the loss of the "Mode Memory." The old light would power up back in the mode it was when it was last shut down, as long as you didn't try and power back up within 5 seconds of powering down (any shorter power down/up, and it assumed that you simply wanted to switch between the auxiliary LEDs and the main LED). The new light doesn't do that, EXCEPT when in "Red" mode—it WILL come back on in Red mode if that was the mode it was in when it was last powered off (so, far less likely to wake up all of your sleeping tentmates when your bladder reaches its limit in the middle of the night). When in "White" mode, however, it will SWITCH modes (from auxiliary to main LEDs) EVERY time you power up/down, which seems unnecessarily annoying.

Aside from that one debatable shortcoming, the biggest problem with this new Icon is its price, which is borderline insane. Black Diamond is trying to clear out all of their old Icons, so they are (as of May 2012) selling them at HALF of the cost of the new Icon. This light is DEFINITELY worth a premium, but maybe not its current premium. I bought mine on the Anniversary Sale (using my 20% coupon) and am VERY happy.
bubbasluggo at REI on 05/05/2012

Brilliant, long battery life. Bicycling.

Overall, a well designed product. My biggest complaint is one particularly annoying aspect of an otherwise well thought out user interface. Rather than remember the mode from last use, the headlamp alternates between spot and floodlight each time you turn it on. On paper, this may not sound very bad, but in the field this is really annoying because most of the time, you'll probably want to use it in the same mode as you did the previous time. So half the time, you get a light which is either too dim or too bright (because the spotlight is really bright, but the floodlight isn't). I find this design bug annoying enough to dock the product a whole star. (Apparently previous years' versions of this light didn't have this design flaw.)

I bought this headlamp to attach to my bicycling helmet for fall/winter/spring cycling. The weight of the four AA cells was awkward at first. Other than that, it's quite nice to have a 200 lumen headlamp mounted on the helmet; allows me to see road hazards at night, and to be seen by motorists. The light assembly is a little bulkier than i need for bicycling, and i'd happily trade-in the red-light and flood light LEDs for a more compact unit, but this is a minor quibble. All in all, it's a good light. I feel much safer bicycling at night with this headlamp on my helmet, the batteries last a long time, the light is very bright, and i'm able to operate it fairly well even with winter gloves on. I use the strobe mode when bicycling in the daytime.

I chose this headlamp over another model (from a different manufacturer) designed specifically for bicycle helmet mounting. While that light was lighter weight, had a more compact design, and also had amber sidelights and a red taillight on the battery pack, i went with the Icon primarily because it was twice as bright, had a much longer battery life, was half as expensive, and uses replaceable NiMH AA cells (not that i need to carry a spare battery with the Icon).

I would have liked a red flashing light on the battery pack, but this headlamp is designed more for spelunking, i think, so can't fault it for my "off label" use. It would be nice to see a bicycling version of the Icon, however.

I would use this light for extended power outages, or for search and rescue after an earthquake. For backpacking and various around the house purposes, i would likely opt for its little brother (Black Diamond Spot), which i also own and like. It, however, suffers from the same UI design flaw as the Icon.

I like that this light has a dimmer, but in practice i rarely have an occasion to use it.
Oregon Hawkeye at REI on 06/06/2013

Bright, sturdy, bulky, versatile

I purchased this from REI about a year back and have had a chance to use it a few times since then.

Pros: It boasts a sturdy construction and its 4 batteries mean it will run for a good time (this somewhat outweighs the bulk of carrying extra batteries if you're hiking for long). I've gone several weeks with moderate in-house use without changing mine.

The beam is bright. I am a flashlight junkie so I usually prize CREE leds and although this is not my brightest flashlight, it is probably the brightest headlamp I've seen (and the brightest running on AAs as opposed to 18650 rechargeables).

There is a lot of versatility in having the spot beam, wide beam, and red light modes (red is especially useful if you enjoy stargazing/astronomy, or need to read instruments like in piloting), and a great plus is that they are dimmable throughout the full range. You also get a strobe mode.

Cons: The battery compartment has a water-tight seal/gasket, and a quarter-turn knob to seal the lid tight, but beware: the design is somewhat poor in that if you don't pay attention, it is easy to miss the locking tab from engaging the locking slot, so that might make the compartment not water tight, and could put stress on the housing. You just have to press down hard enough when securing with the battery compartment lid with the quarter-turn knob.

I don't like that you cannot detach the power cord and hook up an extension (it would be nice if you could carry the batteries on your hip, allowing use of the lamp on, say, a bike helmet... I know the Petzl NAO does) but for camping/hiking (no helmet) it works great. Might not be the best choice for climbers. Although I believe if you go to BD's website, this year's model might have changed that (I think off of their website, it does include a detachable/extended power pack).

I have also found (as another reviewer noted) that the beam only goes down a certain amount, but I have not found this to bother me at all (I just tilt my head down).

Conclusion: In my opinion, the Petzl NAO and this Black Diamond Icon are probably the best headlamps on the market now. Don't know why it is rated so low in REI. Depending on intended use, you might not consider it a 5, but I think this headlamp is definitely worth at least a 4 star rating.
clenoir at REI on 03/03/2013

Bright ideas!

This light is great! Its all I ever wanted in a headlamp, metal body, waterproof, super bright, and a great battery life. The only reason I give this a 4/5 is because of the hinge. It seems cheap and it seems like it may be the first part to break. I am a headlamp junkie, owning the BD Spot 2009 version and 2011 version, princeton tec apex, Ptec fuel, and the Ptec quad. With all of thses I tend to love one feature on each lamp, and I love the quality of the hinge's on the Ptec lamps. But I love the all around quality BD delivers. I do wish the Icon, Storm and Spot had sturdier, stronger hinges, but for now they work.

When I bought the BD Storm I was blown away by the power and brightness of the 100 lumen LED light. And I loved the waterproofness of the lamp. Then when I saw the Icon, I had to buy it. The storm is bright as all hell but the the Icon over powers it by 100! The battery light is amazing, about 70 hours on high! thats 70 hours of blinding 200 lumens!

The Icon is a tank compared to most headlamps, I use it for almost everything, urban exploring, caving, rock climbing, bouldering, hiking, backpacking and small day to day tasks. So it takes some abuse and handles it very well. Although not being all metal, the metal helps a lot with durabuilty. On all my Ptec headlamps, cracks start to appear right above the main light, so I am hoping the the metal band around the Icon will prevent that completly.

The Black Diamond Icon is an amazing headlamp for the standard backpacker and the professinal caver. If you are thinking of getting one, get one, its worth the money. BD is a great company all around.
superjeep94 at REI on 07/07/2012

Awesome Headlamp

I bought 3 of these lights at the beginning of the winter season for night snowshoeing. One for me, my wife, and my son. Most of our adventures are a mix of some open areas with many dense forested areas. These lights are just superb. The bright light penetrates deep into the woods and shines quite well in the open areas. The headlamps cover a broad area and are not quite as focused as a flashlight. As an example I have a Rayovac Sportsman led flashlight rated at 120 lumens that will shine further down the trail. It doesn't even begin to cover the broad area that these headlamps do. The light is a brilliant white which really highlights the features of the forest. The white birch trees seem to magically glow in the dark. The beam easily reaches to the top of 70+ foot pines. On one of our treks I thought I saw a bunch of beady eyes staring at us (Scary). It was a multitude of fire tacks stuck into the trees! One recommendation I can make is to take the alkaline batteries that come with these headlamps and set them aside for a low drain device ie. remote controls. Buy yourself some quality lithium batteries or quality rechargable ones. The light output isn't any brighter but the bright light output lasts considerably longer with these types of batteries. I find these headlamps to be very comfortable and half the time forget I have one strapped to my head. The headlamps have been completely wet for hours on end from falling snow with temps above freezing. They have performed perfectly in these conditions. Love these headlamps!
Snowfreak at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 03/03/2013

Now able to compete with PTec Apex

The new BD Icon is in a class somewhat by itself.

The other main headlamps in this class; PTec Apex, Mammut X-zoom and X-shot, and Petzl Myo do not offer both both red and white light with a rear bat. pack and the level of adjustability.

The Icon fits well, the front portion is light weight and the switch is glove usable though not friendly.

The one question with the new BD Icon will be durability. It does feel slightly less robust than the Apex.

The other factor which will probably not matter to many folks is beam quality. The Icon puts out a beam that is not uniform is brightness or shape. Especially when compared to say a Zebra light (which is not surprising). However, even when compared to my Petzls and PTecs, the beam on the Icon is sub par.

Given the negative factors I have mentioned, why should someone buy this Head-Lamp?

It has awesome battery life while putting out your choice of 4-200 lumens, is tested to be water proof, has infinite output adjustment in both white and red light.

This is not going to replace my Zebra light, Petzl zipka or tikka, It is going to be used for extended night use when Weight and size are only secondary concerns.
g-mac at REI on 02/02/2012

Fantastic unit

I bought this a few months ago during a sale to replace an older BD headlamp. I have used it for two summits this year and a handful of over nighters, day hikes. I have yet to replace or recharge the batteries as it uses very little power. The quality of light with the low and high beam is amazing. With the low beam I could see a good 20 yards while executing a midnight summit. The high beam is very bright and gives a great field of vision. The red light and strobe features are very handy. But my favorite feature is the lock out feature. I love that I can lock and unlock my head unit and not worrying about it accidently getting switched on in my pack, etc. I love the push button design as it is easy to activate with heavy weight, to lightweight gloves in the dark and cold. The unit is a bit heavier than some, but this makes up for the durability and life while on my helmet while climbing. I whacked it a few times and then some, and thought for sure it was done. But not even a hiccup. I would recommend this headlamp to all my friends along with a few lithium ion batteries.
Mardimus at REI on 08/08/2013

Black Diamond Goof?

I originally bought the Black Diamond Storm, which was a great lamp, but the battery life was awful. So I then traded in for the Icon. It fits all my needs. I do a lot of weekend hiking with some 2-3 day trips as well and I also do a lot of fishing. Both at night and early morning. So all the pros fit my needs. Has great battery life and the waterproof feature is tried and true. Needless to say after getting used to the 100 lumen Storm its great to Have the battery life of the Icon along with 200 lumen power. All that being said I have one major issue. Lithium batteries are super expensive so I chose to go out and buy the NRG rechargeable battery pack that is supposed to be compatible with the Icon. BEWARE. The NRG is NOT compatible with this headlamp. I called up REI when I got home thinking maybe I was not following the directions properly but I was. The staff at my local store had no idea of this goof at all. So I don't know if there are different variations of the Icon being made by Black Diamond but the NRG definitely is not compatible with this one.
Blaine-O at REI on 05/05/2012

I don't always need a light that can be seen from space, but when I do it's usually in a situation where there's no alternative. This fits the bill well.
The Good:
--The quad-power LED is BRIGHT, and throws a decent distance.
--The red LEDs are great for when you don't need to get NASA's attention.
--Has a locking mode for when you don't want to illuminate the inside of your pack.
--The third strap across the top keeps the Icon in place when things get bumpy.
The Bad:
--It's heavier than most others out there, especially since it takes 4 AA batteries. While I don't notice it on my head, I know I can do better in total pack weight without it.
--Tilt range doesn't go as far down as I'd like.
--Only waterproof down to 1m. While that may be sufficient for rain, I like the extra insurance of something that can be submerged further.
If you need a light that doesn't screw around in the lumens department (night rappels, climbing, etc.), this is a good choice. If you only need something to see the trail with, there are better options out there, like the BD Spot or ReVolt.

Michael Nies at on 12/22/2013

Divide the Night

Sure this light comes in at a whopping 8.66 oz, oh boy I don't know if I can carry all the extra weight. I sure like all the extra features and waterproof too. I use this thing hiking to and from camp at night and around the campfire. It allows me to have my hands free for cooking or sipping that hot cup of joe on a cold winter camping trip.
Having all of the various light settings allows the user to dial in the exact setting that they need.
I myself have very good night vision and find that the red setting set to the lowest available light is just about right for night time navigation on well maintained trails.
I hang this guy from the gear loft in the tent, using the wide angle beam on the lowest setting for light that is more than adequate in performing evening and morning tent duties.
The spot beam in full mode will give you adequate lighting for almost any circumstance that may arise.
Acclivity Crag at REI on 10/10/2013

Negative Reviews:

Not a general purpose headlamp

I really wanted to like this light as a replacement for my BD Spot. The Icons weight isn't noticeable since it is distributed front and back and the top strap, once adjusted makes it easier to slip on. The beam spread on the Main is great. I don't need tunnel vision out to 100 yards; I need to see to the sides as well so I don't miss a trail marker. However, I need a general light for all uses and this just doesn't work for around camp use. Looking at the PrincTech Vizz as a replacement for my trusty Spot.

• Bright! Even adjusted down this is an excellent light.
• Decent Red. Actually bright enough to hike with and one of the main reasons for buying.
• Great battery life. I don't use at full brightness, so the batteries have lasted three trips so far.
• Stow Off: The feature preventing the light from being accidently turned on while stowed.

• Hinge won't adjust to point down far enough. This is the biggest fail and ultimately caused me to return it. Two reasons: 1) For camp use I need to light up whatever I'm doing, but this light *Still* blinds others when it is adjusted to point down as far as it can. My BD Spot goes 90 Deg. The Icon goes maybe 40. 2) I use bifocals and when I tip my head back to see the page: No Light! Can't use for reading. Fail.
• Bulky. Can't stow in a pocket or zipper pocket on the hip belt. This means taking the pack off and digging.
• Heavy. You have to factor in the spare batteries for a long trip and four AA's brings the total up to 11.6 oz. My BD Spot with 3 spare AAAs: 4.5 oz.
• Turn on sequence. Come on BD! No one, and I mean NO ONE wants to cycle back and forth between Main and Dual Beams every. Single. Time. When I choose one, I want to return there next time, 99% of the time. You can remember when I choose Red? Do that for ALL.

Overall, for search and rescue or other specialized use this is a great light. Not recommended for general use.
Hungry Bear at REI on 03/03/2013

Go with the Petzl MYO

Uses: Kayaking, Fishing, Rafting, Tower Climbing, Backpacking, Hiking, Hunting, Camping

Great: It's black, looks robust and the inital light is bright, it has a red light option.

My issues with this product: I purchased this light for my wife as she needed a headlamp. I have a Petzl MYORXP that has been great for many years (ONLY issue with it is that it didn't have a red light, however a red sharpie over the wide angle diffuser fixed this problem as a cheap and effective work around and the buttons on top are a bit small if you're wearing gloves or have meaty hands like myself, but it's not a deal breaker). I do a lot of fishing on western rivers and know the importance of a bright light, especially if you have ever lost track of time on the last run and end up rowing out in the dark. I chose this model because it seemed rugged and it had lots of fancy options for lights. For a headlight that has 4 batteries, one would think that it would last a long time. This is not the case. Its battery life is less than my Petzl. And when the battery is gone, that's it. Plus the darn thing keeps shorting out. I need to whack on it a few times to get it to work. And it's clunky and bulky. It has a strap that runs over your head which makes it not so ideal if you put it on a helmet or you're wearing your rain cap. I work with wind farms and climb tower and this one doesn't work with my helmet. The button is small and not very intuitive to work with (if you buy this light, don't lose the O&M manual). I'm going to return this to REI and get her a new MYO. I cannot recommend this product. I've owned a lot of ultra-bright head lamps and this is at the bottom of the list. The Petzl products are a much better bet.

Duffman at REI on 08/08/2012

This was a replacement for my old Icon headlamp. At first I was excited about the new features and added red light, which are nice. However, for some ridiculous reason Black Diamond changed the on / off button to now cycle between the bright LED/ low LED every time the light is turned off and on. For most of my uses I am constantly turning the light off and on and cycling through the setting every time is so annoying. It doesn?t sound like a big deal but after a while it is complete waste of time/energy/and night vision. This is a HORRIBLE design, especially since it was a change from my last model. I found myself resorting to my old, beat up Icon headlamp, instead of the new one. I've used Black Diamond headlamps since they came out and this is probably my fifth light (all models). I gave away the new light and when my old Icon is done, I am searching for new manufacturer. This is just too annoying. Used to be a great light! So disappointed and so avoidable. Note: same exact situation when I also updated my Black Diamond Spot model Headlamp. The new features just don't justify the horrible new light control setting.

bri1968582296 at on 01/21/2013

Battery case failure

I had this light for 2 days and was forced to return it. The battery case is very poorly designed and once the rubber gasket starts to pull away from the lid there is no stopping or replacing it. This happened the very first time I opened it to place the batteries in, a tiny corner had lifted and after 2 more times closing the lid the rubber had seperated so much I couldn't even close it. Forcing the lid down would get it on there... but only because the thin plastic case would push open enough for me to see the batteries form the top. Not very durable.

I was very impressed with the lamp design and brightness - if they ever re-engineer their "waterproof" case then I'd love this light.
Camping Moth at REI on 05/05/2012

Faulty strap adjusters

It has the best light I've seen from a AA battery headlamp. But that point is all but moot. When adjusting the size, the plastic adjusters come undone from the strap very easily. Leaving you with an non- adjustable size 10 hat size headlamp.

I would not trust this headlamp in any cold weather or climbing situation. Its honestly very dangerous the way the plastic adjusters are designed.

If you are skeptical of my review I suggest you go to the store and check it r out for yourself. Just pull somewhat hard on the strap to tighten and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Al at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2012

Not reliable

Took it on the 7 night backpacking trip on the AT. Weather dropped to 34 degrees, and this thing was COMPLETELY unreliable. It could have been the batteries, but I still decided to return this and go with a much better one (though this might be good for the price). But yea, it would stop working whenever it wanted and would not start working until it wanted to again. Sleeping with it (15 degree down bag) didn't help. Huge bummer. The beam isn't even that bright to begin with.
Spark2013 at REI on 10/10/2012

Great unless you need waterproof

I bought this light because it is supposed to be waterproof to 1m. The light itself might be but the battery case is poorly designed. On my first trip the light was in the top of my pack which took in water. The battery compartment flooded and when I opened it one day later it was full of rust. The water exposure was no where near the rating. If you don't need waterproof it's a good light.
ackram at REI on 08/08/2012

overweight and underpowered

though this headlamp has as strong spot, it's reach is the same as the old icon. 4 batteries makes it too bulky for climbing unless attached to a helmet, and the low power led's are too weak for normal use. the old icon had better low power coverage and strength. the lowe power led's are also very soft and produce a flat image of the environment making difficult terrain harder to navigate than the old icon.
rufus4444 at REI on 12/12/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Bad switch

My first unit had a bad switch and the light would not come on. I was shooting a distant storm from an overlook off the At in VA near Waynesboro when it went out.

Luckily it is a short trail distance from the car to the overlook and I was able to use the back light from my camera to get back, otherwise I would have had to wait until morning because it was too dark to try to walk back. Pretty scary - especially if it had happened during a trail run.

When the light was working it was great. The beam goes deep and it is clear. I also tried the red beam and it was clear, just like the main beam. I did not find the battery pack to be an issue and I do not consider it too heavy.

I took a chance and got a replacement. I have taped a small, single-lamp LED flashlight to the battery pack as an insurance policy if it happens again. It should be strong enough to get me back. I think I just a bad switch.

BD needs to get back to on-off and stop trying to be fancy with all its "hold" this for "three" or "six" seconds or whatever. It is kind of overkill. BD also needs to check its quality control. I think I'm taking a chance with a replacement but the light is one of the best of the bunch. I will recommend with reservations.
Torry Ridge rider at REI on 06/06/2013

The previous model did it better

This headlamp is average but for the weight and light level you could get another headlamp with less lumens to do the same job. The previous model, which is no longer available, was a much better buy. Since we own several of the previous model I can confirm that in a side-by-side comparison the previous model was brighter and lighter than the new model. Out with the new, back with the old.
Sunshine Seeker at REI on 01/01/2013


This is a very bright light but it should be with 4 aa batteries.
Everything is great except for the on and off button is touchy, I have to put a battery in backwards so the light won't come on accidently in my back pack.
jafa at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2013