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Petzl Tikka XP

in Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps

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4.33 / 5 (3 reviews)

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Brett .
( Brett1234 )

Petzl Tikka XP on 09/04/2007 23:58:09 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

In preparation for a night hike I wanted to buy a new headlamp. Technology has come a long way since my old Zipka Plus.. (and I couldn't find it!)
After a few hours of research including This place I decided on the Petzl Tikka XP.
Lumen values are difficult to come by; most manufacturers use measuring systems which make their own lights seem best (Petzl uses hours and meters(!) and a reference illumination of a full moon) Talk about obscure; I just wanted a simple lumens vs. time curve for each setting... ok, enough ranting..

The Tikka XP offered a few upgrades which all met my requirement set;
1) 1+ watt bulb,
2) focusable or variable beam.
3) 4+ modes including blinking or SOS.
4) Adaptable to my helmet.
5) Compatible with tinted lenses (red for stargazing, biking, etc..)

So anyway, my initial impressions;
1) Burst mode gives 1W of light for 25 seconds; pass.
2) Beam quality is TERRIBLE. Not visible in the lighted store, but very visible at night. The lens artifacts are just inexcusable for a company like Petzl. My LED from the $1 store has better beam quality. Pics down below..
3) Modes OK, but I wish they gave SOS instead of blinking. What good is blinking?
4) A stick on adapter for my helmet will allow secure hands free use with my helmet.
5) Tinted lenses available.

Overall impression is marginally favorable. I would buy this light again for the feature set; I dont think there is another light out there which meets them, but c'mon Petzl; look at the artifacts on this beam..
The Tikka XP, 'diffused' mode:
Tikka XP beam detail

The following pics were taken at constant exposure and shutter speeds:
Tikka XP, diffused
XP diffused

Tikka XP, spot
XP spot

compare these to the smooth beam transition of the Zipka (equivalent to the pre-XP Tikka)
Zipka beam

The result of these artifacts is that objects do not come into view smoothly as your head rotates. The areas of brighter and dimmer light cause distracting variability in the visibility of objects near the periphery of my vision. With the old Zipka, things smoothly came into view and passed out of view on the other side of the beam.
Maybe my brain will adapt to this; maybe not. Maybe I complain too much..

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Petzl TIKKA XP priced at: $43.99 - $54.95
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Al Shaver
( Al_T.Tude - M )

High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Complain Too Much on 12/22/2007 03:47:09 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

For my camping, trailrunning and climbing/mountaineering applications this is about the perfect light. I also own a Tikka and Tikka Plus. Each generation shows an improvement. The diffuser lens is far more useful than I expected. I use it 90% of the time. Voltage regulator and LEDs create absurd useable battery life on 3 AAA alkaline cells.

I bought the belt clip option to free up my hands while trail running and hiking (head band use is very dangerous while hiking or running).

The only improvement that I look forward to is when Petzl figures out how to source LEDS that work reliably with the higher voltage, lower weight, longer lasting, cold resistant lithium batteries.

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Petzl Belt - Men's priced at: $19.95
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Eric Riddick
( 50Miler )
Heavy duty light in small package on 02/03/2008 01:36:04 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Ive been using this one watt LED light since it got the editors choice award in Backpacker magazine. Soon afterward, I started doing a lot of night backpacking, which was really, really cool.

The thing is so small and lightweight is ridiculous, but the amount of light it puts out really is enough to realistically operate at night on the trail. Ive found I can lighten this thing even more by using lithium batteries versus traditional alkaline batteries.

Id say this is probably the best one watt LED headlamp on the market.

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