Gear Review: Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp

Product Tested:

Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp

Best uses for product:

Camping, hiking at night, power outages

What you used the product for:

Peak Races Ultra 50 miler

Winter Storm Nemo

Hiking in the White Mountains

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Irene

Reading in bed at night

Favorite aspect of the product:

My favorite aspect of the Tikka Plus 2 is the two white light settings. The highest setting was extremely important while doing the Peak Races Ultra. We were out in the middle of the woods in Vermont searching for the next little pink flag that let us know we were still on course. While the highest setting is great for being outside in the middle of the night on trails, I have found that walking around my house after losing power from a storm I prefer the lower setting. When you spend time in the low lighting of candles it seems to be easier on the eyes to use the lower setting of the headlamp. Also, at night, if I am reading in bed I tend to use the lower setting.

The Tikka Plus 2 also has a red light mode. This is even easier on your eyes and your camping partner’s eyes. In an emergency the white or red LED lights can be put into strobe mode.

How it fits:

The Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp has an adjustable headband strap. If I am out hiking I do tend to tighten it to make sure it is securely on. I have worn the headlamp over both wool hats in the winter and baseball hats and still had extra room to loosen if need be.

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