Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp

Priced: $59.95 - $69.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 20 reviews.
Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp - Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp - The sleek Sprinter headlamp by Black Diamond opens up the dark for those whose trail time isnâ??t restricted to daytime hours. Perfect for streets and trails, the Sprinter headlamp features excellent fore-aft balance and a low profile to minimizes bouncing and shifting with your stride. A DoublePower LED projects a strong, ovalized beam optimized for running, while a red rear strobe offers safety around cars. With a USB-rechargeable battery and regulated design for constant illumination, the waterproof Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp will keep you on the run.


  • Sealed construction provides IPX7 water resistance (submersible to 1m)


  • Designed specifically for running, the low-profile Sprinter weighs in at only 3.4 oz. and has excellent fore and aft balance so it doesn't bounce up and down while you run
  • Hold down the on/off button to activate the dimmer and fine-tune your lighting needs; press the on/off button twice to activate the front strobe
  • Protected against water immersion down to 1 m (3.3 ft) for 30 minutes (IPX 7)

Weather and Wind:

  • Included rechargeable lithium polymer batteries offer outstanding cold weather performance


  • Removable top strap provides increased stabilization


  • Made in China


  • DoublePower LED has a maximum output of up to 75 lumens and throws a strong oval-shape beam up to 45m; beam is optimized for running to illuminate the ground around your feet
  • Red taillight strobe for visibility in urban areas with on/off switch
  • 42 m max distance
  • Full strength, dimming & strobe settings
  • Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp includes a USB charger
  • Rear red safety strobe helps keep you visible to cars, bikers and other runners; rear light can be turned on and off
  • Headlamp is powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable battery that provides up to 42 hrs. of use on low and 6 hrs. on high; battery fully recharges in about 5 hrs.
  • 42 hours burn time
  • US shipments only
  • Wall charging kit and dock included
  • 3.5 oz (w/o batteries)
  • Regulated for constant illumination on max brightness setting
  • Regulated output ensures consistent lighting levels even as battery power is reduced
This Black Diamond Headlamp is a running headlamp that's lightweight and comfortable while providing plenty of visibility and roadside safety.
With a sleek rechargeable design and excellent fore-aft balance, the 75-lumen Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp is a versatile, all-weather light that's ideal for high-impact use on the trail or the skin track.
A red taillight strobe in the rear adds visibility in urban areas, and the lithium polymer battery recharges through a USB port in 5 hours.
The Sprinter's waterproof design keeps it going strong in any weather, and the regulated design provides constant illumination throughout the battery life.
1 DoublePower LED with 75 lumens (max setting) projects a strong, oval beam.
Red taillight strobe with on/off switch for visibility in urban areas.
Powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable battery (5-hour USB charge time)
Settings include full strength, dimming and strobe.
Regulated for constant illumination on all brightness settings.
Protected against water immersion down to 1 m (3.3 ft) for 30 minutes (IPX 7)
The Black Diamond Sprinter running headlamp is the ultimate headlamp for running - now you can safely hit the pavement after hours!

Backcountry Edge

Built for runners who aren't bound by the rise and fall of the sun, the Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp is equally at home on city streets and backcountry trails. Powered by an integrated rechargeable battery, the Sprinter produces a strong, ovalized beam and has its own red "taillight" to make runners visible in urban settings. The taillight like can be turned off when not needed. The Sprinter is also a great option for the backpacker who also happens to be a runner and wants a single, do-it-all headlamp.
This item will be shipped via UPS Ground Service. Please Note: Due to USPS international mailing standards, at this time, we cannot ship items with lithium batteries to military addresses (APO, FPO or DPO).
The rechargeable Sprinter headlamp by Black Diamond® is for those runners who desire a headlamp that can go from the streets to the trails with ease.
Bouncing and shifting with your stride is minimized with excellent fore-aft balance and a super low profile.
DoublePower LED with 68 lumens (max setting) projects a strong, ovalized beam optimized for running.
Powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable battery (included along with wall charging kit and charging dock).
Black Diamond's Sprinter Headlamp is a rechargeable all-weather light designed for excellent illumination. It has a sleek fit and excellent front and back balance. The lithium polymer rechargeable battery recharges through a USB port within just five hours. The headlamp gives off 75 lumens of light for excellent visibility. It also has a rear red strobe for safe biking in urban areas. A waterproof design means that this light works well in any weather conditions. It even functions when immersed in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Sprinter.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Sprinter.

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Black Diamond Equipment's Sprinter headlamp lets you sprint from streets to trails without missing a step. Lightweight and perfectly balanced, the double power LED has three settings and is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery.

Mountain Gear
Casting a beam of light up to 54 feet, Black Diamond's Sprinter Headlamp is the perfect addition to the nocturnal runner's gear.


Don't let darkness limit your running routine. With the Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp, you can keep your training goals clearly in view.

Manufacturer-supplied specifications.


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Adjustable Focus:No
Average run time:High: 6 / low: 42 hours
Batteries:Rechargable Lithium Polymer (included)
Battery:Powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable battery (5-hour USB charge time)
Battery Life:Up to 42 Hours
Battery Type:2 x 2016 Lithium (Included)
Beam distance:High: 45 / low: 7 meters
Beam type:Flood
Brightness Modes:3
Brightness levels:1 + dimmer
Bulb:75 Lumens; 1 DoublePower LED
Bulb detail:High-output LED / red LED taillight
Bulb type:LED
Bulbs:1 DoublePower LED
Burn Time:[High] 6 H; [Low] 42 H
Burntime on High:6 hours
Burntime on Low:42 hours
Dimensions:Lamp: 2 x 1.25 x 0.75 / battery pack: 3 x 1.75 x 0.9 inches
Distance:[High] 45 m; [Low] 7 m
Distance on High:147 ft / 45 m
Distance on Low:23 ft / 7 m
Housing Tilts:Yes
IPX rating:7.
Led Type:1 DoublePower
Light output:High: 75 / low: 4 lumens
Lighting Use:Sport/Outdoor
Lumen Range:50-99 Lumens
Max Burn Time:[High] 6 H; [Low] 42 H
Max Burntime on Highest Setting:6 H
Max Burntime on Lowest Setting:42 H
Max Distance on Highest Setting:45 m
Max Distance on Lowest Setting:7 m
Max Distances:[High] 45 m; [Low] 7 m
Max Lumen Output:75 Lumens
Max Lumens:75
Max beam distance (m):45 meters
Max distance:50 m.
Max light output (lumens):75 lumens
Maximum Battery Life:High: 6 hr.Low: 42 hr.
Maximum Burn Time:6 hours (highest) - 42 (lowest)
Maximum Range:45 m
Minimum Lumen Output:4 Lumens
Modes:Settings include full strength, dimming and strobe
Other:Integrated red "taillight" strobe
Output:75 lumens
Power Type:Battery
Recommended Use:Trail Running, Night Running and Backpacking
Red light mode:No
Regulated output:Yes
Warranty:3 Year
Water Resistant:No
Waterproof:Waterproof to 1 Meter
Weight:3.7 oz / 105 g
Weight W/ Batteries:3.5 oz.
Weight With Batterie:Battery Enclosed
Weight With Batteries:105 g, 3.7 oz
Weight without batteries:3.5 oz.
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Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Not quite tough enough for me

I use this light daily and extensively. I love the fast-charging built-in battery, though I never take it far from a charging source, so I've never drained the battery to a dim output. I use it to get around a museum-owned WWII Victory Ship at night, and I use it when repairing crawlspace plumbing. I use it to light the ship's shower compartment, but it doesn't get wet so I can't comment on it's waterproof claim.

In two years, I'm on my fifth Sprinter headlamp because the light switch keeps wearing out. First it gets balky, then very reluctant to work, and then it quits. So I get about 3 months of daily usage and then have to get another. I keep hoping they will use a more durable switch, but not yet. REI has graciously replaced one or two headlamps for me, but they now say one replacement is my limit.

This switch failure seems par for many of the headlamp brands and models that I've bought over the years and used extensively, so I can't fault this one for being overly delicate. I'm just hard on headlamps, and this one I don't put in a drawer to be used now and again. I'm addicted to that rechargeable battery (and I always buy them with an REI discount).
Shipkeeper at REI on 10/10/2013

optimal design for a headlamp

Finding a headlamp with the right balance of output, battery life, and fit is difficult. The sprinter meets my requirements with good marks, and is a good compromise of all features.

For running, it is bright enough to light the trail several steps in front of me. The flashing modes (front and rear) are also good features to keep you visible.

So far, the battery lasts up to 6 hours so it is good for the daily workout. Overnight runs will not work well unless you had several on hand. As can be expected, the brightness drops off quickly near the end of charge.

It is always a tradeoff between the internal rechargeable battery and disposables. But in this case, the compromise works for me.

The USB charger is also convenient. At least I don't need to buy or lug around a special charger.

It is lightweight enough that I don't even notice it while running. The head straps are snug and keep it from bouncing. Because it sits directly on my skull, I have not been able to use it with a helmet.
DesertDragon06 at REI on 12/12/2012
This product is amazing! I live in a rural area, so safety is very important, the only road to run on around here is a state HWY. The light is so bright you can be seen by drivers by up to 1/2 mile away! I know this because just yesterday I was stopped by a driver who wanted to tell me how awesome my light was and that he appreciated me making myself visible. He saw me from a 1/2 mile away WITH the sun to to MY back. The red light on the back ensures you're visible from all sides, and the battery pack ensures you won't go dark in the middle of a run. In fact I've had this light on for almost 2 straight days before it died! (I was trying to kill the battery to recharge it!) It is light and small enough you could also use it camping, hiking, climbing, whatever, and the light on the back would be especially useful for hiking or climbing in low light conditions so you're team could follow you.
Derek at on 02/09/2011

Great for running

I use this for early morning runs or late night runs during the non-summer months. It's super light and I love that it's rechargeable, which means no batteries to buy and that also makes it lighter. It stays put while running even without the band that goes over the top of your head. It's a little bit of work to adjust it back and forth between my husband and I but that's minor. I run in the darkness of morning and he goes at night so it's a daily switch.

The huge selling point for me is the fact that it already has a flashing red light in the back. I didn't want to have to remember 10 million things to just go on a run.
Kat Attack at REI on 09/09/2012

really nice headlamp

I have the older version, but they are pretty much the same. I really like this light. I use it for jogging in the early morning or at night. Light is easily and quickly adjustable and bright. I really appreciate the indicator light in the back. I find that those who start their commute at 0500 tend to wake up while on the road.

I love the fact that it's rechargeable. The energy cell is also much lighter than a lamp full of AAA's, but brighter than lights with the expensive little circular batteries). I have a couple other BD headlamps (one LED only and one LED/incandescent) and this is my go-to at this point.
Easton Mark at REI on 07/07/2012

I once was blind, but now I see...

My wife and I recently moved to a rural property. We had difficulty seeing the road, which is filled with potholes, loose rock, and a very uneven surface.

After 1 night run, I purchased this headlight for each of us. Wow! What a difference. This light perfectly "floods" the area in which you need to see. Our night runs have been much safer now that we can see!

The red flash in the rear of the headset is a plus, improving visiblity for vehicles to see us. If you are a runner and need a headlamp, don't consider anything else!
SanksterG at REI on 01/01/2013

excellent, dependable headlamp

I run at least once a week in the dark, through the woods (on or off trail), up creeks, and through heavy briars. I need a reliable, waterproof and bright headlamp. I purchased several different battery powered models, but every one broke. I have returned them all to REI, but this model. The fact that there is a solid state rechargeable battery makes the headlamp very reliable as well as inexpensive to use. Definitely a great buy for a great product.
Trimojo at REI on 01/01/2013

Best Running Accessory EVER!

I got this about 2 weeks ago since I live in Michigan and it has been getting dark earlier and I must say it is the best and brightest thing! It is perfect for running and keeping yourself safe. Everyone can see you with the blinking front and back light perfect for dawn or dusk but when its dark the full light headlamp is wonderful! You can see EVERYTHING! This is a MUST PURCHASE item for any city or rural running!
run swim bike at REI on 10/10/2012


I carry it with me in my backpack. So anytime it starts to get dark I pull it out and put. It on. I always have it with me. I feel much safer with this and my reflector safety vest on. I've gone green. It's buses or walking for me. This way I'm always ready. Come on dark!
Knittinmary at REI on 01/01/2013
I bought this headlamp to use for an overnight running relay in California and it was perfect! It is much brighter than most headlamps and the ability to charge via USB was an incredible pro. It stayed in place while running and was not too heavy. I highly recommend this product!
Jess M - customer at on 05/20/2013

Negative Reviews:

Liked it while working fine

Some people like this headlamp because it's rechargeable, but for the same reason I dislike it.

I have been using the last year model for about 8 months. BD Sprinter worked fine for about six months. But then now even if it is fully charged overnight, light output is dim and it is calling for new batteries with no use.

When this issue happened, I realized that it was time to change the rechargeable battery, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
kevin the hiker at REI on 10/10/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Great headlight; suspect durability

Last years model provided an AC batter charger which I use exclusively. But all three of my Sprinter headlamps from last year eventually failed in identical ways, with a cracked head-unit and switch failure. This year's model may have improved durability but it is still too soon to tell, since failure for me typically happens after three months. As a live-aboard ship keeper I use this headlamp after I de-power the ship each evening, so it gets much more usage than even a daily runner would experience. The on/off switch gets used perhaps 30 times a day.
Shipkeeper at REI on 09/09/2013