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Good, But There Are Better Options
on May 14, 2012
The Petzl Tikkina 2 is a small, simple headlamp with a rugged design. It does what it's supposed to do. I've also owned a Streamlight headlamp and a Princeton Tec Fuel. Of the three, the Streamlight was a shoddy piece of junk which broke through no fault of my own, and the Princeton Tec was my favorite.
My issue with the Petzl Tikkina 2 is the range of motion of the beam. You can tilt the beam down, but you can't tilt it up. The ability to tilt a headlamp up is useful to me when interacting with people. I don't want to shine light in their eyes, so I flip it upward. I principally use this light to read at night and to change baby diapers. Trust me, in the dead of night, you don't want a beam of light shining in a baby's eyes waking him up any more than he already is.
The Princeton Tec Fuel tilts all the way up and all the way down. It also has a blinky mode which the Petzl doesn't. I dropped my Princeton Tec Fuel on the ground and it broke. Maybe it shouldn't have broken, but I was particularly savage with it and feel perhaps the manufacturers were not to blame in this case. The only reason I didn't get another Princeton Tec is because I like to try new gear. I can compensate for the Tikkina 2's lack of an upward tilt by sliding it higher on my head, but my suggestion to you, gentle reader, would be to look at a Princeton Tec headlamp.