Don't get left in the dark!
I had recently lost a Black Diamond Icon, I thought it would turn up, so I didn't want to spend the money to replace it.
I had grown accustomed to the 200 lumen output of the Icon, and saw the Fenix HL30 200lumen, and thought for the price it would be a ok value.
Upon receiving the Fenix, the packaging looked nice, but after opening it, some things began to sick out as poor design.
The battery cover is a very poor design, and barely stays on, or shut,I doubt this would stay water resistant under a drizzle, they mention aluminum construction, and as a metal fabricator, I was sold until, I needed to use it, which was sundown.
The real reason aluminum is used, is the LED is being pushed to the max, and needs it as a heat sink, it gets rather warm, and finally battery life in the highest setting, dies rather quickly, couldn't get me thru the evening with fresh batteries.
I was an owner of the 1st and original LED headlamp, the Princeton Tec Matrix, I've always been open to new products, companies innovations, but in this case I wouldn't recommend this.
If money is super tight, and you need a real bright headlamp, don't waste your money, I highly recommend, save up a few more bucks, and buy a trusted and reputable manufacturer. It is not a well made or designed product, if you think Energizer, or Coleman, make a good headlamp, then you have another piece of garbage to add to your list. I have seen plenty of people show up prepared to go into the wilderness with this junk.
Stick with Black Diamond, Princeton Tec, or Petzl you'll be glad you did, don't get left in the dark, literally. As a part time outfitter, and someone who uses a headlamp for work in his trades, this failed!
I need extended battery life, durable, tough design, and true water resistance, which the Fenix fails at!
Like the old adage, you get what you pay for.
I think this company has potential, but I would wait a year or 2, they popped up over night, based in China, with no real reputation. They have some good design elements in some of their product line, but mostly mimicking others, with miniscule improvements. Overpowering an LED my be brighter, but rapidly kills the life of the LED, and power consumption soars, which translates to heat, all of which this model does.
Inform yourself, you work too hard for your money to waste it. I was quite suprised by the reviews here, as I usually take, my fellow co/op's opinians as solid.
Thanks for reading, hope this helps, don't get left in the dark!