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Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp

Weight3 oz
Includes HalogenNo

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Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp
4.4 out of 5 based on 50 user reviews.

Cred: 470
Review by godseye on Jul. 12, 2008
Great little lamp with a burn time that can not be matched. Has three dimming setting. High is good for find your way to and fro from camp for late night bathroom runs. Medium is great for around camp and low is wonderful for in the tent. It also has a strobe signaler that you can can use to signal your buddies who weren't able to get on the trail until after dark.
The Headband is comfy and secure for all general purpose camping. I would not try to take this one caving though.
Not waterproof
Petzl Zipka is the same lamp assembly and stores easier for those who don't care to wear a headlamp for hours on end.

Cred: 722
Review by elleasinswell on Aug. 10, 2009

I found my Petzl Tikka Plus headlamp out at a campsite on property that was last used in September this April or May. I gave it a rinse, hung it to dry near my bathrooms' little heater. The resulting headlamp is my new favorite, and replaced my Black Diamond Moonbeam (which is a 4-LED, multiple settings, but seems to fade much more quickly on the same batteries). It might not function well underwater but this headlamp can certainly recover, if the one I have has anything to say about it!
Batteries are hard to change. Band is okay, not great (not very snug).
Black Diamond Cosmo

Cred: 803
Review by ERock612 on Feb. 24, 2011
This is the best iteration of this lamp yet. The large white LED fills a use the smaller LEDs of previous models couldn't muster for power. The small red LED is a bonus for digging in a bag at night when you don't want to kill your night vision. This light is a good balance of power and ease of carry.
It's not a beam thats going to reach out and touch someone a ways out. You still need to carry a brighter light for spotting purposes or signalling but that's not a knock on it really.
For ultra light or backup lighting, the only other one I carry is the e lite - not an alternative to this style, but more versatile for the occasional user of a headlamp.

Cred: 1737
Review by barubin on Jul. 01, 2012
4 settings (red light, high beam, low beam, blinking), relatively bright for money. I use it for biking, camping, and seeing when the power's out. Of the headlamps I've owned, this is my favorite!
switching between modes can be a bit confusing; on the fly, it's difficult to determine how long you need to press the on/off button to change function. Sometimes I'll push the button hard and it'll change function, other times it'll just turn off. Not a big deal, but definitely requires patience, butterfly.

Cred: 324
Review by fb_503226040 on Jan. 18, 2008
great little headlamp - easy to switch modes (this is important, i have seen other headlamps that are annoying to use), stays at angle i want it, and is only 3 ounces.
nowadays there is probably something that will go brighter than the tikka, but for hiking on a trail or around camp it is perfect for me.
would be cool if it had one of those newfangled superbright/afterburner modes.

Cred: 531
Review by jrmontag on Feb. 06, 2009
very lightweight, easily adjustable head strap, super bright (i usually use the lowest setting unless i need to see more than 20 feet), packs nice and small (esp. if you get the little zipper case to go with it!)

Cred: 4460
Review by jonnymtman on Mar. 10, 2009
Light, small, bezel, bright. These live on our packs and have save our butts a few times now when we hadn't planned on staying out past dark. Get the pouch that petzl make for it so that it is always with you and not lost in the bottom of your pack.

Cred: 515
Review by brs1986 on Mar. 22, 2011
Excellent head lamp. The clicks, which you might not think about, are solid and can be felt through at least thick fleece gloves. The LED lamp is very bright and has an excellent spread for some decent night climbing. Red lamp is a great feature for any type on night reading. All in all my favorite petzl head lamp
No complaints here.
Petzl tactikka

Cred: 550
Review by tdpitts on Jul. 19, 2011
Relatively light weight, durable, bright (even on low setting). I have rarely used the high setting (it works well for crossing the Buffalo River at night by wading or boat). Uses 3 AAA batteries, so they are easy to replace. I have had no problems with it.
Uses AAA batteries, so make sure that you have spares on long trips. Not waterproof. Somewhat difficult to replace batteries (almost feels like you are breaking it).
Petzl Zipka or eLite. Various others.

Cred: 722
Review by elleasinswell on Sep. 07, 2011
Lots of great features that I'm sure other folks know.
I'm really used to a two-strap headlamp, I find this one hard to get comfortable on my head due to all the weight being on the front. Also, it has no feature to lock it off, so it can get set off in your pack or pocket and run down the batteries. Of course, Petzl has a solution to this:buy their headlamp case.

Cred: 225
Review by KayakSam on Sep. 23, 2011
The multiple brightness setting are very helpful. Not very bulky and very efficient (I've never needed to change the batteries). Also the strap is large enough so that it doesn't slide around or come off your head when doing vigorous activity.
The red light could be a little brighter.

Cred: 398
Review by slevasse on Nov. 03, 2008
super light, tiny, bright, batteries last quite a while, uses AAA batteries, fairly idiot proof. Rugged as well. I have dropped mine onto rocks from about 15 feet and it worked fine.
when changing batteries sometimes it takes a bit of work to get it to close again, otherwise it will pop open and spill the batteries out or shutoff.

Cred: 125
Review by stanhope2003 on Nov. 29, 2009
Great headlamp. Have had it for about 3-4yrs. Puts out great light. Great for hiking, running, etc. Good fit. Comfortable.
Could be brighter but that's what upgrading a new headlamp is for.
Black Diamond Icon - Great.

Cred: 315
Review by kord92 on Nov. 01, 2011
i found an one of these in a campsite many years ago and it has been a really tough little headlight (been dropped submerged dirty knocked up against things) that makes the batteries last. durable and works great!
not super bright, band doesnt snug down real tight.

Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Mar. 31, 2007
A great minimalist headlamp. 1,000 hours of light. Very light.
The 4 LEDs are not going to provide as much light a halogen setup.

Cred: 688
Review by fb_20613207 on Jan. 18, 2008
Great caving light, also good for around camp general close range lighting needs
Not a far shining beam, 5 or 6 yds is about it to still see any detail, if you want a big beam get a bigger lamp

Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Aug. 11, 2009
comfortable, easy to adjust. 3 brightness settings and a strobe setting. This is the perfect hiking or around camp light. Long burn with 3 AAA's It's really light and is always in our packs.

Cred: 1364
Review by zephyr7863 on Jun. 22, 2010
Pretty standard headlamp. 4 settings, hi, med, low, and strobe. Good burn time. Reasonably bright. Solid product
Princetontec Fuel

Cred: 18
Review by hikernks on May. 13, 2011
Great light, red light is a huge bonus. I use mine constantly, from night-time bike rides and runs, to a multi-purpose light in Afghanistan. Works great.
Wish the red-light was a little brighter, but other than that, a great GP headlamp!

Cred: 353
Review by alisonmakins on Mar. 09, 2011
Sufficiently bright for all my needs (I wear it to run at night, city and trail); the strap is wide enough that it stays put even when I'm running on rough, technical terrain

Cred: 83
Review by fb_5800777 on Jan. 20, 2008
compact, good backup
sometimes has not worked in extreme cold (maybe a battery issue, not the headlamp)

Cred: 11
Review by jbaumgartner on Aug. 06, 2009
life, brightness, and beam width are great for close-in work around camp and the tent.
beam is a little wide and short for walking

Cred: 23
Review by fastskier720 on Feb. 17, 2008
very small and cheap, a good lightweight setup. the adjustable brightness is nice for battery life.
not super powerful

Cred: 22
Review by Spurvs on Aug. 03, 2008
-Takes 3 AAA Batteries
- Only lights up small area.... not good for distance
-a little hard to open to change the batteries

Cred: 5
Review by davidcnoe on Mar. 01, 2011
I lost my Tikka Plus 2 on a recent outing and replaced it with the same model because it fits my needs at the right price. I use it for everything including night kayaking and running It has performed well in all conditions. It may not be the brightest on the market but just may be the best value out there.

Cred: 698
Review by senom on Nov. 02, 2007
with a green or red filter it's great for around camp
not quite enough light for navigation

Cred: 614
Review by octennis on Aug. 22, 2008
Light, easy to use, great for around camp or in your tent
Not super bright, long distance beam

Cred: 663
Review by Fushyuguru on Nov. 10, 2008
Very Light, Awesome Battery Life, Dependable

Cred: 484
Review by fb_775474335 on Jan. 14, 2009
Lights up and whatnot
The band is kind of gay
The ladies!!!!

Cred: 647
Review by romleinster on Jul. 11, 2011
good range of settings
takes standard AAA batteries
a little bulky compared with other headlamps

Cred: 198
Review by fb_124300797 on Mar. 22, 2008
Its light weight, good price, and bright all that you can ask for in a headlamp.

Cred: 831
Review by stevencook on Jan. 20, 2008
easy,simple, fast, light

Cred: 147
Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
Sweet all around light weight light

Cred: 275
Review by fb_560005471 on Apr. 24, 2008
Bright for its size.

Cred: 350
Review by Dusty on Jul. 15, 2008
Long Battery life, lightweight

Cred: 35
Review by fb_500632662 on Jan. 19, 2008
pretty good battery life

Cred: 24
Review by ospray on Feb. 04, 2008
Compact, easy to use.

Cred: 21
Review by fb_79302166 on Feb. 06, 2008
Light, easy, cool

Cred: 22
Review by Anstey on Apr. 03, 2008
Lenses are hard to change!!

Cred: 46
Review by fb_866120310 on Apr. 04, 2008
great for camping

Cred: 25
Review by fb_740791199 on Apr. 15, 2008
Very good lamp. Batteries will last for days.

Cred: 38
Review by fb_590200209 on May. 03, 2008
Solid. Can't go wrong.

Cred: 68
Review by BigRockFun on May. 18, 2008
I've had it for 5 years and it still is awesome

Cred: 63
Review by fb_61700548 on May. 21, 2008
Just the right features. Batteries last forever.

Cred: 36
Review by fb_564910901 on Jul. 08, 2008
Simply the best I've tried.

Cred: 49
Review by chico69 on Mar. 19, 2011
Bright, battery saving
poor red light

Cred: 2
Review by fb_1183590185 on Feb. 07, 2008
different types of flash

Cred: 26
Review by Kirill Zemlyanskiy on Jul. 19, 2008

Cred: 60
Review by superguide on Feb. 19, 2009

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Review by fb_1216650414 on Apr. 04, 2008
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