The headlamps are – in my opinion – indispensable equipment for hiking. Why? First, for a security issue and secondly because they are extremely practical.
And it’s not just about hiking for days. There are plenty of day hikes where I take a headlamp in case – as soon as I know there is a possibility to end up in the night, even though it is tiny.It was a reflex that I took quite quickly after a few day hikes or climbing routes that ended in the night without headlight.Not very practical and potentially dangerous …
According to Ledlightsclassified, it is of course possible to use a torch but the unquestionable advantage of the headlamps is that they do not clutter your hands to illuminate you – whether it is to walk at night, eat, read, do your natural needs in full night, cook, or other.They are extremely practical and avoid dubious tricks to free your hands, such as holding your torch in your mouth or stalling it under your bonnet.
Once you buy one, you wonder how you did it before – hiking or even at home to tinker, barbecue or whatever.That’s why we see so many outdoor sports practitioners.
Models tested:headlamps Petzl Tactikka, Tikka 2 and Tikkina 2
When I bought my first vintage headlamp (Tactikka), the market was mainly dominated by the Petzl brand. It is always more or less, but at the time, it was really the reference. It was also for me (and it still is) a mark of confidence because I was always very satisfied with the climbing equipment of this brand.
So I had the opportunity to test the model Tactikka I always use. I also used the Tikkina (and Tikkina 2 ) and the Tikka (and Tikka 2 ) that many friends own.I was also able to benefit from their feedback on these models.
Under what conditions did I test them?Honestly, so much so that I could not quote them all.So here are a few in bulk: hiking, climbing, orienteering, camping, kayaking, tinkering, in the snow, in the rain, in the desert, in France, in Oceania, etc.
Comparison of the characteristics of Tactikka, Tikka 2 and Tikkina 2
These 3 models are classic “basic” models that are suitable for most hikes but may not be suitable for atypical conditions or for other activities.
These headlamps are mostly made for bivouac and shelter lighting, and for night walking (early morning or late arrival) – although they may not be ideal for long periods of night walking. They are not powerful enough to do fast night activities like mountain biking or skiing, for example.
These 3 models are quite similar but have some differences.
- Unique case located on the front containing vintage LEDs and batteries.
- Large adjustable elastic band.
- Degree of resistance to water:IP X4 – resistant to rain and splashes but not waterproof.
- Wide light beam.
- Adjustable beam.
- 3 year warranty.
- Weight (within a few grams).
- Number of LEDs.
- Number of lighting modes.
- Presence of a red filter.
- Lighting power.
The Tikkina 2 is the most basic and inexpensive model that meets most hiking needs. Its advantage over the other two models is undeniably its price. It has two lighting modes – which is handy to tailor your lighting to suit what you are doing. To walk at night for example, you will need maximum illumination while to read, you can settle for the economic mode to prolong the life of your lamp.
This model has good autonomy but a lower maximum power compared to the other two models and only two LEDs. It is perfect for small budgets and very versatile for non-extreme uses.
The Tikka 2 is the most powerful of the three, the one with the most LEDs (4) and 3 lighting modes, including a flashing light. It is a model to be preferred if you intend to walk often at night, or to make you see by the roadside.It is also a model that you can use for other activities requiring more powerful lighting.
The Tactikka has the advantage of having a red filter that does not have the other 2 models. It is very practical to have a discreet light (to observe animals for example) or to read a map while retaining its night vision. Reading a night card with white light, you are dazzled and take time to find a “good” night vision. This is not the case with a red filter. I use it for example a lot for night orienteering races. To remove or remove the filter, simply rotate it up or down.
This model has only one mode of lighting (quite powerful and with a good autonomy) and is a little more expensive.
These 3 models are basic models, but there are other (more expensive) models with slightly different features and additional options like “XP” or “plus” models.
Here is a comparison of the characteristics of these three models of Petzl headlamps:
For those who are interested in details, here is a complete document with the performance of Petzl headlamps.
My opinion on these Petzl headlamps
The first thing I must say is that my Tactikka never missed me and I do not know anyone in my entourage who had any fault with one of these three Petzl headlamps. They are extremely reliable because they are solid and durable.However, I can tell you that they have sometimes been mistreated.
They are also comfortable, practical and easy to use. The elastic band is adjustable quickly and is pleasant to wear. They fit well on the head, on a helmet or over a cap and are not painful. They can be easily lit with a button (pushbutton or zipper depending on the model) that is located above the main box and they do not light up when they are stored.Finally, simply tilt the case to direct the beam more or less away from you.
They are compact and lightweight and therefore easily slip into a pocket. In addition, their long battery life makes it possible to avoid spare batteries – even for long hikes.
The only weak point that I observed on some models is that the light beam is sometimes trembling.The lighting varies in intensity without doing anything.This can be a bit annoying, especially for reading.I only observed this on the old models.Perhaps the LEDs of the new models – which are of better quality and better performance – solve this problem.