DTG: Product Review – Petzl Tactikka Headlamp


Read and heed.

Gear like this needs to be field-tested and tossed, if needed.

That’s what happened to my last headlamp.

7 responses to “DTG: Product Review – Petzl Tactikka Headlamp

  1. SemperFi, 0321

    I’ve had this Tactikka and another blue Petzl head lamp for several yrs now, awesome equipment. Can’t find any faults with it. Get the Petzl clamshell carrier and it holds another 3 spare batteries inside, as well as protecting it inside your pack.
    With this being grizzly country, I carry several powerful flashlights at all times, this is my weakest lamp, then a CR123 weapons light on my Glock 10mm and also a hand flashlight for reaching out to 100 yds. Nothing scarier than walking back to your truck in the dark thru grizz country.

  2. Awesome headlamp! That’s the same primary one I use and having it in alaska has been essential. With only 3-6 hours of sunlight (depending on how deep in winter you are) its pretty handy and very reliable. I always have it with me.

  3. I had good luck with the cheapo Eveready headlamp in Iraq. Used it many hours every night fueling convoys. Best out of all I bought. Battery lasted the longest.

  4. I was issued one with a red filter more than 10 years ago. Has a slight crack in the housing, but still works.

  5. The Streamlight Sidewinder Compact is another excellent option. I’ve got one on a headlamp strap, and another one dummy-corded to my PC.

    Headlamps are damn-near mandatory pieces of gear.

    DTG is correct, buy quality or buy quantity; with cheap stuff you’ll usually spend a dollar trying to save a dime.

    Santa Claus, is, indeed, Comin’ to town.

  6. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on The Dixie Traveler.

  7. I like headlamps that have *good* output regulation. They give you a constant level of light output (if their regulation is good, not all lights that claim to be regulated do it well *cough* Princeton Tec */cough*).

    You also want to look at how efficient the light is: X lumens for Y hours. Better efficiency means fewer battery changes. Some of the supposedly high-end headlamps are half as efficient as some of the less well known brands. Petzl uses crappy low efficiency LEDs – which is hard to understand, because everything else about their products is not bad. They probably need to beat their accountants – cutting costs on the LEDs was stupid.

    Zebralight has nice stuff. Fenix is more of a mixed bag, some of their products are nice and some are less so.