Rating: 5 / 5
There is always a compromise between battery life, brightness, and weight in headlamps.
The Petzl e+ is no exception, but its set of compromises is really intriguing. It weighs only a shade under an ounce. The continuous burn time listed by Petzl is 45 hours, though they don't specify which brightness or color setting. So far mine shows no sign of dimming. I received this as a christmas present last year and was really surprised by it. Granted it's not really bright enough to hike a faint trail with, but it's plenty for around camp use and watching where you are stepping on a trail that is well raked.
I really like the mechanical switch. Soft touch push-button switches on electronics drive me crazy. However, do we really need all those strobe options? I guess it could come in handy, but for my uses, all I use is ON, OFF, DIM, and RED. At least with the mechanical switch, it's easy to skip past the unwanted functions.
The closest competition to this would be the Photon Freedom microlight, which weighs something crazy like a quarter of an ounce and has variable brightness settings. If you wear a hat, the Photon Freedom clips to the bill and becomes a headlamp. Really, they're both great, but I think the e+ is a little brighter and has a more focused "flood" of light, whereas the Photon Freedom is more diffuse, less bright. After all, the e+ does have three white LEDs instead of just one.