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#54756 - 03/05/19 07:29 PM New Headlamp
WanderingJim Offline

Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 246
Loc: California
So my headlamp is starting to fall apart. Duct tape is holding the battery cover on and half of the white lights are dead.

I'm thinking of these:

Fenix HM50R Rechargeable Headlamp

Fenix HL60R Rechargeable Headlamp

Nitecore HC65 Headlamp

Of course, bright main light is important. Red light is nice to have.
Rechargeable worries me a little (don't need more devices to charge on the trail), but since these all can use a CR123 as backup, it's mostly the same as my current setup that uses 3xAAA batteries (so I can carry spare batteries, plus my Steripen uses CR123, so I can share the spares between it and the headlamp).

Anyone have any experience with any of these or have any other suggestions?

#54757 - 03/05/19 11:04 PM Re: New Headlamp [Re: WanderingJim]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7680
Loc: Fresno, CA has a nice compare feature, and they show the HM50R and HL60R. You should compare those to maybe a Black Diamond 375.

Comparing those three, it looks like the 60R doesn't have a spot beam, only flood, and it's 5 ounces. I think I'd drop that one.

The HM50R is super lightweight--2.2 oz. Doesn't have the red beam, but that light weight is really great.

I have an older Black Diamond, uses 3 AAA, and it sure is bright enough for any sort of hiking and camping. I think it compares closer to the B.D. ReVolt, only mine doesn't have any recharging capabilities. ReVolt's max is 300 lumens. Since mine is older, it's probably lower output.

#54758 - 03/06/19 10:08 AM Re: New Headlamp [Re: WanderingJim]
bobpickering Offline

Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 366
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Last summer, my ancient Black Diamond headlamp (probably 10-15 years old) started acting up. I bought the Black Diamond Spot 325 on sale at REI. Itís smaller, lighter, and brighter than the old one, AND the batteries should last longer. Itís also, smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the Black Diamond Storm 375. The only downside is that it takes a while to figure out how to use all the cool features. I love it!

#54796 - 03/13/19 05:03 PM Re: New Headlamp [Re: bobpickering]
Wiff Offline

Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 41
Loc: LA
Dang, you buy a headlight 5 years ago and think you are up to date and forget about it. Turn around and they're half the size and twice as bright.