Headlamps are part-in my opinion the essential equipment to go hiking. Why? First for a Security issue and secondly because they are extremely practical.
And this concerns not only the hikes of several days. There is a lot of day hikes where I take a headlamp in case-as soon as I know that there is a possibility to finish at night, even if it is tiny. It’s a reflex I took quickly after a few rides for the day or climbing routes which ended in the night without headlamp. Not very convenient and potentially dangerous…
It is of course possible to use a torch, but the advantage of the headlamps is they don’t you clutter not hands to enlighten you-whether for walking in the night, eat, read, make your natural needs in full night, Cook, or others. They are extremely practical and you avoid questionable tips for hands free, as hold your flashlight in your mouth, or wedge under your Cap.
Once you buy one, you wonder how we did without before-in hiking or even home for tinkering, a barbecue or other. This is why we see so many sports practitioners of open air to own.
Models tested: headlamps, Petzl Tactikka, Tikka2 and Tikkina2
When I bought my first headlamp (Tactikka), the market was mainly dominated by the Petzl brand. It is always more or less, but at the time, it was really the reference. It was also for me (and it still is) a brand of confidence because I’ve always been very satisfied with the mark climbing gear.
So I had the opportunity to extensively test the model tactical which I still use. I havealso used the Tikkina (and Tikkina2) and the Tikka (and Tikka2) have a lot of friends. I could also enjoy their feedback on these models.
Under what conditions I tested? Honestly, so much so that I couldn’t mention them not all. So, here are a few in bulk: hiking, climbing, in orienteering, camping, kayaking, to tinker, in the snow, in the rain, in the desert, in France, in Oceania, etc.
Comparison of the characteristics of the Tactikka, the Tikka2 and the Tikkina2
These 3 models are “basic” classic that are suitable for most hiking but may not be in atypical conditions or for other activities.
These headlamps are made mainly for you inform the bivouac and refuge, and to walk at night (early departure or late arrival)-although they may not be ideal for long periods of night market. However, they are not powerful enough to do quick activitieslike mountain BIKING or skiing, for example.
These 3 models are quite similar, but there are a few differences.
- Single box that is on the front with LEDs and batteries.
- Wide adjustable elastic headband.
- Degree of water resistance: IP X 4 – rain and splash resistant but not waterproof.
- Wide light beam.
- Steerable beam.
- 3-year warranty.
- His weight (a few grams).
- Number of LEDs.
- Number of light modes.
- The presence of a red filter.
- Lighting power.
The Tikkina2 is the most basic model and the cheapest that meets most of the needs for a hike. Its advantage over the other two models is undeniably its price. She has two lighting modes-what is practical to adjust your lighting depending on what you’re doing. To walk at night, for example, you will need a maximum light to read, you can settle for the economic mode to extend the life of your lamp.
This model has a good battery life but a lower maximum power compared to the other two models and only two LEDs. It is perfect for small budgets and very versatile for no extreme uses.
The Tikka2 is the most powerful of the three, one that has the most LEDs (4) and 3 light modes, including a flashing. It is a model to focus on if you intend to walk often at night, or to make you see roadside. It is also a model that you can use for other activities requiring a more powerful lighting.
The Tactikka has the advantage of having a red filter that do not have the other 2 models. It is very convenient to have a discreet light (to observe animals for example) or to read a map in keeping his night vision. By reading a map of night with a white light, you are dazzled and put time to find ‘good’ night vision. This is not the case with a red filter. I for example use much for the night orienteering. To set or remove the filter, simply rotate it upwards or downwards.
This model has only one mode of light (powerful enough and with a good autonomy) and is a bit more expensive.
These 3 models are basic models, but there are other (more expensive) models with slightly different features and additional options such as the models ‘XP’ or ‘more’.
My opinion on these Petzl headlamps
The first thing I have to say is that my Tactikka has never failed me and I don’t know anyone in my circle who had a any failure with one of these three Petzl headlamps. They are extremely reliable as strong and durable. Yet, I can tell you that they have sometimes been abused.
They are also comfortable, practical and easy to use. The elastic band can be settled quickly and is comfortable to wear. They fit on the head, on a helmet or over a CAP and are not painful. They light easily with a button (push or slide depending on the model) which is located above the main body and they do not illuminate not generally when they are stored. Finally, just tilt the box to direct the beam more or less away from you.
They are bulky and light and slip so easily into a pocket. In addition, their autonomy to not be burdened with extra batteries – even for long hikes.
The only weak point that I have seen on some models is that the light beam is sometimes trembling. Lighting varies in intensity unless we make anything. This can be a bit annoying, especially to read. I’ve watched this on older models. Maybe the LEDs of the new models – which are of better quality and more efficient – compensating for this problem.
Here is a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of the Petzl headlamps tested:
Lampes frontales | Petzl | TACTIKKA® +
Lampe frontale Petzl Tactikka XP camouflage (Lampes frontales)
Lampe frontale PETZL Tactikka +
LAMPE FRONTALE PETZL TACTIKKA PLUS
[Test] Lampes frontales Petzl Tactikka, Tikka2 et Tikkina2 …
Lampe frontale Petzl Tactikka +RGB desert Lampe frontale …
Lampe frontale Petzl Tactikka camouflage (Lampes frontales)
Lampe frontale Petzl Tactikka XP Adapt (Lampes frontales)
Lampe frontale PETZL Tactikka
Lampe frontale PETZL TACTIKKA dans RAYON_TITRE.
Lampe frontale Petzl TACTIKKA Noire
Lampe frontale PETZL® Tactikka 200 Lumens
Lampe frontale PETZL Tactikka
Lampe frontale Petzl Tactikka + camouflé
Lampe frontale tete camouflage petzl tactikka militaire …
Frontale Petzl TACTIKKA 200Lumens lampe frontale pour la …
Lampe frontale Petzl TACTIKKA Core 350 lumens avec batterie
Lampe frontale Petzl Tactikka+ Noire 250 Lumens
Lampe frontale tete petzl 250lumens tactikka plus
Lampe PETZL Tactikka Plus