Good value for the performance.
I've only had this product a few days, so I can't speak to any long-term testing, but in the couple of times I've used for night running I've been pleased.
It's lightweight and doesn't bounce, which is great when I'm running. The brightness modes are nice, but let's face it, you'll rarely switch from the brightest mode unless you're out in the backcountry and trying to conserve battery life. The watertightness is great for me as I sweat a fair amount during a run and haven't had any issues yet.
The only bad thing I can come up with is that it's a bit uncomfortable after any extended wearing. I wish they would've put a small amount of foam or rubber behind the bracket that rests against your forehead. It's not unbearable, just annoying.
I bought this two years ago for a weekend camping trip and was glad I had it during Hurricane Sandy. I also found if very useful for fixing things around the house in dim locations. BUT, like many others, I was disappointed when I noticed the battery door latch had cracked. I had only changed the batteries three times before and had always used the tool on the headband to open the latch. Yet, it cracked and while it still works, I know it won't survive another battery change or two. I really would like replace it with another P-Tec product, but this has made me wary. It's a shame because other than the latch, this is a very nice headlight.
More than I expected.
I have other lights with Luxeon/maxbright LEDs and expected the fuel to be dim with only 4 conventional LEDs.
I was wrong.
This thing is plenty bright for night hiking and seeing what essentials are in front of you. Plus, it's sturdily made while being simple.
I wouldn't go mountainbiking in the dead of night with this alone, but it will definitely get you out of the woods.
Just what I wanted
I bought this light so that I could continue snowshoeing and hiking without having to worry about getting out of the woods by sundown. It fits very securely on my hat and the beam is incredibly bright. I find that I use the light whenever I go out at night, be it to the car, or walking the dog, or just digging around in a dark closet, it does the trick!
I really like this headlamp. Unfortunately, the plastic broke on the clip of the battery door. I have to use duck tape and rubber bands to keep the battery compartment closed to use it.
That said, I really like it and will likely replace it with a new one.
If you are from Princeton Tec feel free to contact me to replace it for free :-)
Good solid quality light
Great sturdy light with a solid construction. The beam adjustment is nice and holds itself inplace nicely. The only thing that I was hoping with this light is that it would have more distance instead of being such a broad beam. I can't say there are any cons to this light, it's of great quality and I highly recommend it.
great AAA LED headlamp
Great as a back-up headlamp for caving. I've tried a few similar lights. Cheaper than comparable lamps and the design seems more robust. Could've done better for caving though, since there are unnecessary rough edges and even recesses mud can (will) get stuck in. Princeton Tec, as usual, makes a solid lighting product for the price and purpose.
Basic headlamp that delivers
I got the pink fuel headlamp for my wife and after my headlamp broke, I "borrowed" it on several occasions. Now I got the OD version for myself. If you need light for general nocturnal backpacking chores, this one is great. Lightweight and easy to control. I keep it by my bed for power outages as well.
Works great! And it's PINK so my husband won't take it. But that's what I said about my pink coffee press mug, and that disappeared... oh well. Great headlamp - sturdy, reliable, plenty bright. Keep it hanging from the rear view mirror so it's always handy.
Very Useful for camping
I used it only once so far for car camping. Very bright and very useful for handsfree usage. I wish it would be a little dimmer on the dim setting. Reading at night at the campsite provided an attraction for bugs. But very happy overall.