When it comes to camping or hiking there is no shortage of gear to choose from. It’s almost comical at the wide selection of products that all do the same thing yet claim to be different or superior than others. One area I find this happening in is headlamps. Pretty much they are just small powerful flashlights with a strap for your head.
The Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
One of the highest rated LED head lamps one the market today is the Storm from Black Diamond. It has a price of around $50 at major retails outlets like REI, but you can find it on Amazon for around $40 plus shipping.
The good thing about the Storm is that it is waterproof. It claims to have an IPX7 rating which means that it is protected against water for up to 30 minutes down to 1 meter.
Another good feature is that it has a dimmer switch that allows you to turn down the brightness to conserve battery. There are also red LED’s to use around camp or on the trail to preserve your night vision once your eyes have adjusted to the darkness. There is also a strobe mode for signalling.
The headlamp operates on 4 AAA batteries which provide up to 50 hours of use on high and up to 200 hours of use on low settings. The Storm has a battery indicator light so you don’t have to guess how much juice you have left before you head out.
A headlamp like this is best used for backpacking or hiking/camping. You will find that any headlamp without a top strap will slide down off your forehead if you start running or bouncing around.
Before buying anything I always like to check out the reviews for a product. I read the good and the bad. The Storm had mostly good reviews. The only negative I saw that kept coming up was that it was a little bulky. For $40 I wouldn’t expect this to be very compact. I would expect that out of the higher priced headlamps. Also keep in mind that this headlamp puts out 100 lumens, so yea. I’d be pleased to have this in my bugout bag or on my person when left out in the woods after the sun goes down. For survival gear, I would opt for the all black version. Some reviewers mentioned that there was some light bleed on the lighter colored plastic housings.
One other small gripe some users had was the light control interface. To dim the light you have to press and hold a button. To turn to red mode you have to hold a button for 3 seconds. To get it into strobe mode you have to press the button rapidly.It seems like a pain in the ass to be pressing and holding buttons when you could just turn a dial and be done with it.
- Bulb Type: LED
- Number of Bulbs: 1 HO LED, 2 LED’s, 2 red LED’s
- Red Light Mode: Yes
- Max Output: 350 lumens
- Beam Distance: 70 meters on high, 20 meters on low
- 3 Brightness Levers
- Waterproof and dustproof: up to 1m for 30 minutes
- Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Size: 1 x 2 x 1 inches