Out of the hundreds of headlamps on the market, I’ve found that the Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp is one of the best for surf and adventure travel.
When the power goes out in a third-world shelter, your hooked-up on the biggest fish of your life, lost in the jungle, or just cooking, reading, and conversing around a campsite, the Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp works dependably and effectively in every situation. I’ve used one on a regular basis for 2 years, and it comes with me on every trip.
The Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp is a tactical version of the popular TikkaPlus headlamp. It uses 4 LEDs and push button technology, has tiltable housing, 3 brightness settings, and current regulation for when battery power runs down. It also features a red flipdown lens for night vision, and includes 3 AAA batteries for up to 150 hours of burn time.
While this headlamp is designed specifically for night fishing, it could just as easily be used for other purposes, such as night hiking, camping, reading, climbing, or even hunting.
The Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp is lightweight (78 g with batteries) and comfortable to wear. Another great feature of the LED bulbs is that they are much more impact-resistant than incandescents: you’re really going to have to smack it hard against something before you lose your illumination. Plus, LEDs are extremely energy-efficient. According to the manufacturer, you’ll get functional illumination up to 150 hours on the included batteries, depending on which light levels you operate at.
The Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp has three intensity settings, allowing you to customize your lighting to match your needs. The optimum setting illuminates to 23 meters (note that the range will decline slightly over time as you run your batteries down). If you need more vision, you can switch to the maximum setting; if you need to look at a map, use the economic setting. Hunters and fishing enthusiasts will appreciate the pull-down red filter, which renders the light invisible to most game. It even has an emergency strobe if things get ugly.
Overall a handy, well-designed product. Only issue may be uncovered use in heavy rain, and extended submersion in water.