Lightweight Light: Petzl Zipka Headlamp Review

Petzl Zipka Headlamp

The Petzl Zipka headlamp, while at 2.29 ounces (with AAA/R3 batteries) is not the lightest of the lights, it is certainly one of the most compact. The retractable headband is very clever and one reason I like it so much. You can pull out the band a full 12 inches, for any size head, or place it over your wrist for close up work. When you let go of the retractable band, it immediately and neatly closes for perfect fit.

With three LEDs, the Zipka is very bright, great for reading or night hiking.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

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Lightweight Light: Black Diamond Ion Micro Headlamp Review

Black Diamond - Ion Micro Led HeadlampAt 1.25 ounces, the two-LED Black Diamond – Ion Micro Headlamp, is everything a lightweight backpacker needs: the LEDs never need replacement (according to the manufacturer), are very bright, and the battery is likely to last for many seasons. A positron switch prevents accidental turn on and the adjustable, tilt housing lets you direct light where you want. This is one of many of my lightweight lighting solutions (I have at least a half dozen).

Another feature I like about the Black Diamond Ion is that you can wear it on your head or cinch it down on your wrist to see better up close, like when you are cooking.

The light is extremely bright with just two LEDs.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

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