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Great light, but
on April 15, 2013
Had I reviewed this immediately after I purchased the Storm this would have been a five star review. It's a very bright headlamp on high and provides plenty of light on the low settings. Battery life is excellent if you mostly use the low setting and most of the time low is all you will ever need. The low here is roughly equal in effective brightness to the highs on some other headlamps I own such as the Petzel Tikka and several older headlamps from Petzel, Princeton Tec and LL Bean.
The controls take some time to figure out, but once you get it down changing settings is a snap. My only complaint here is that once in a while I accidentally wind up on the red light setting and it takes me a while to get off it. You need just the right touch.
The light is comfortable, though slightly bulkier than some LED headlamps I've owned, but none of those threw 100 lumens the way the Storm does so I'm willing to put up with the extra bulk. Many reviews here provide details regarding the function and specs so I won't go into those, but instead I'll go right to why I bumped this down two stars after a year and a half of use.
First the housing developed a small crack next to the screw that secures the battery compartment. The light still works fine, but I'm sure this compromises the water resistance of the product. I've seen other reviews mention this crack so it appears to be an ongoing problem with this light.
Second, one of the two LEDs used for the low setting no longer works, so my low setting is now half its original power.
For functionality this light gets five stars, but it has durability issues. I liked this so much however that I bought another and threw my older one with the crack in the housing in my tackle box for night fishing. I doubt I'll be fishing much in the rain at night anyway. Hopefully Black Diamond realized there was an issue with this light and addressed it. We'll see.
Update: I emailed Black Diamond support regarding the older, defective light. I was expecting to get an RMA with
instructions on returning the defective light, then waiting a month or more for a replacement. Instead I receive an email from Black Diamond instructing me to dispose of the defective light as I saw fit and they would be sending me a new one. Less than a week later a new Storm arrived in the mail. I'm impressed by Black Diamond's no hassle warranty.