Black Diamond Storm Head Lamp
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- One Quad Power LED, two Single Power white LEDs and two Single Power red LEDs emit 160 lumens (max setting)
- Power Tap technology allows fast and simple transitioning between full and dimmed power in distance or proximity modes
- Red night-vision mode has proximity and strobe settings and activates without cycling through the white mode
- Sleek, low profile design uses four AAA batteries and three-level power meter shows battery life
- Settings include: full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock mode
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Equipped with a fully waterproof construction and an incredibly bright 160 lumens, the Black Diamond Storm is our powerful, all-conditions headlamp. Now featuring our Power Tap Technology, the Storm allows for quick, on-the-fly brightness adjustment with just a finger tap to the side of its touch-sensitive housing. The Storm features a bright, precise beam for after-dark route-finding, as well as proximity, strobe, dimming and red night vision modes to accommodate any lighting needs. An intuitive lock mode also keeps the light from accidentally turning on when stored in your pack or pocket.
Color: Matte Black
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[UPDATE #1: After a few months]
After using it for a 5+ night fishing trips, I'm really starting to like this headlamp despite it arriving with a nick on the bottom of it. I purchased this specifically to use for when I go night fishing and this has served me well.
Prior to purchasing the BD Storm headlamp, I owned a $3 cheapo china headlamp from eBay. It was good enough for home use or if I was tying a knot 12-inches from my face, but it wasn't very ideal for climbing up and down the jetties I normally fish. It basically didn't project enough.
The next headlamp I purchased was from Amazon, WorthTrust CREE XML T6 LED Headlight Headlamp Torch Flashlight 1600lm + 2 x Rechargeable 18650 Battery, Waterproof Design, This headlamp was super bright and would project the light very far. The only problem was that it wasn't waterproof, didn't have a night vision mode, and was super heavy. For night fishing, I prefer to have my headlamp on my head the whole time regardless if I use it or not. Lightweight and comfort is almost as important to me as brightness.
A week after I bought the WorthTrust headlamp, I purchased the BD Storm since it was their waterproof version. I figured I would drop it in the water someday so it's worth the extra few dollars.
BRIGHTNESS: It's definitely brighter than my $3 headlamp, but significantly dimmer than the WorthTrust headlamp I purchased before this. It's bright enough for me to see 40+ feet away, but I wouldn't say it's super clear. Anything within 20-30ft is very clear which is good enough for me. If I really need to see 50+ feet away, I'll use my cree flashlight. I'm primarily using this headlamp for night fishing and its range is enough for it.
The night vision could be a little brighter. When I use it while fishing, I can't see anything, but I'm sure it's not designed for that, but it would be nice.
COMFORT: It's pretty comfortable. Easy to adjust to straps and once it's on, I don't really notice it. Adjusting the angle is a little tough, but I suppose I have to break that in? I mean, I've only adjusted once or twice ever.
FEATURES: I really like the lock button and their "on-the-fly brightness adjustment" that you can just tap with your finger. I can easily go from brightest to dimmest with a quick tap. Ideally for me, I would be able to turn it off and on with a tap. The lock button does what it's supposed to. It locks to keep it from accidentally going off and draining the batteries while in storage. Very useful for anybody who's had that happen to them.
[UPDATE #2 - Two Years Later]
So it's been about two years since I bought this and I finally broke it. I was being careless and I overtighten the locking screw which created a small hairline crack that would prevent me from loosening the locking screw. I was pretty bummed because I've used this headlamp nearly every weekend. I've used it for night fishing, hiking, camping and just straight exploring. It was even useful when working on home repairs under the sink and what not.
Aside from the damaged screw, the headlamp shined bright and the buttons all worked.
WARRANTY CLAIM: Black Diamond offers a lifetime warranty on it's headlamps and while I knew the damaged locking screw was my fault, I still wanted to see if I could get this covered under their warranty. After contacting and submitting a claim with photos, the company approved my claim within a few business days. Today, I just received my new Black Diamond Storm. It's new, not refurbished and didn't have to send back my original. I've got to say that I am definitely a lifetime Black Diamond customer.
Would I recommend this product? Most Definitely.
Why did I need to get this updated one?
My 2 year old got ahold of my prior edition, and forced the light rotating mechanism too far, snapping the rotator mechanism (adjusting how far down or up you want to point the light).
Other than that, I would have still had my prior head lamp that I loved and had no problems with (so keep it out of reach of children!!!).
Having said above - I live in Washington state. So having a headlight that is essentially rain proof is a HUGH bonus, not to mention can take a rough tumble from time to time while I'm working on the house or what not.
I expect this headlamp to last beyond my prior edition, so long as I keep it away from the 2 year old. :)
Comfort is 7 out of 10.
Switching between the lights is a bit of a pain to get used to, but prefer the 1 button to having extra weight since I bought this for backpacking.
Biggest complaint, would have prefered to only use 2 batteries instead of 3. No one sells 3 packs of batteries and if I was going to be out long enough, it's easier to buy a 4 pack to have extras. Could live with a little less light for less weight and easier to buy batteries.
* The batteries last an incredibly long time, even at a high lumen output (160 lumens). I used it for at least 25 hours, and the battery indicator showed that the light had only drained the batteries by half!
* The battery indicator I just talked about above! After upgrading from a Petzl Tikka headlamp without this feature, I will never look back again
* It is waterproof for up to a meter submersion for 30 minutes
* The different lighting modes (Red, dim, dimming control) are easy, intuitive, and helpful!
* The ability to lock the light from accidentally turning on in your pack is an incredibly nice feature
* The casing itself feels bombproof
* It is HEAVY, I took it on out for a few late night runs, and you can feel the light bouncing up and down with each stride (this may be because I am a fairly vigorous runner)
* Light diffusion: the beam is focused in a single spot, not lighting the area around you clearly.
Verdict: It is a great headlamp, however Black Diamond has released a newer (and arguably better) product at a comparable price. Since purchasing this headlamp a few months ago, I bought the revamped Black Diamond Spot headlamp ($40), which produces 200 lumens with only three batteries (as opposed to the Black Diamond's four) making for a lighter and brighter user experience. In addition the light diffusion on the new Black Diamond spot is far superior. In addition to being brighter, the headlamp throws light around a greater area, illuminating the trail/rock face/street/what-have-you with a greater and brighter spread. Lastly the new Black Diamond Spot offers a slightly higher waterproofing rating (IPX8). The only downside is despite having a higher waterproof rating on paper, it doesn't feel nearly as burly as the Black Diamond Storm. In summation if you are looking for an even lighter and brighter light cannon to mount on your skull, for my money I'd go with a Black Diamond Spot, however you can't go wrong with the product listed on this page!