EDIT: Owner Review: Black Diamond Polar Star headlamp
- Hi Richard,
Nice job. I've made some edits to your review. Once you've made the
appropriate changes please repost it to the group with REPOST in the
subject line. I'll grab it for another look before approving it for a
test upload to the test/owner review folder on BGT. After that checks
out (quick look to make sure hyperlinks work, formatting isn't too
wild, etc.) I'll setup a place for you to upload it to its final
Thanks again for the nice work.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "splitchard"
>### Welcome to the fray. Nice to see another east-coaster ;-)
> City, state, country: New Paltz, New York, USA
> Burn time: 2 ½ hours with the bright xenon bulb### Their website lists 3.5 hrs for the bright xenon and 2.5 hours for
the super bright xenon. Please clarify.
> 500 hours with the LED#### Their website lists $49.95 as the MSRP
> MSRP: $45 US
> - Plastic lamp housing can be tilted up or down in order to shine### Unless this is a direct quote (in which case it should be noted
> the beam of light where you need it
that this, or this paragraph, are copied from BD) eliminate the use of
"you" to avoid projecting...for instance I often need a light behind
me but I don't think this is going to tilt that far.
> - Lamp turns on with a push button on bottom of plastic lamp### "pushbutton"
> - Batteries are located in a separate pack from the headband and### I think you mean separate from the headlamp. It can attach to the
> to the lamp, connected to the headband by plastic clips### Their specs list 140 m for the effective distance of the super
> - Bright xenon bulb shines a beam of light 430 ft (130 m)
bright xenon bulb. Please clarify.
> The bright xenon bulb is said to have a lifespan of about eight### Who said this? BD? If so, note that.
> hiking on well marked trails. For these activities I always use the### The super bright xenon is listed as 140 m with the standard xenon
> LED, which shines just enough light. The xenon bulb puts out a
> focused beam of light for about 430 ft (130 m). I switch to the
listed at 100 m. Please clarify. Also, when referring to the xenon
bulb please make sure you note whether it's the super bright or the
standard bright xenon (or the long life one if you use that one at all).
> they cannot power the xenon bulb. I cannot attest to this since I### Do you replace them between trips?
> have not had to replace the batteries during any trip.
> headlamp did not obstruct my movements at all and the LED was all the### Does the wire running up your side from your waist to the headband
> light that I needed to see where I was swinging my ice axes and
> placing my ice screws.
cause any issues?
> properly, the headlamp does not move or bounce at all during### "where I want"...also, how easy is it to tilt the headlamp since
> activities such as hiking, jogging, and ice climbing. The light
> stays right where you want it.
it doesn't move when jogging (which could be expected to jar it up &
>### Any idea how thick the wiring is? Have you ever gotten it caught
> I have really put this headlamp through some heavy use, and it has
> held up very well. It is made incredibly strong and the electrical
> wiring and connections are all still in perfect condition.
and pulled the lamp or battery pack off? I assume if you did that it
survived without incident in which case you might want to note that.
Do you know if it's water resistant? Any exposure to water that caused
a problem or did rain, etc. not have an effect?
> Cons:### What do you mean "specialized for extended cold weather use"? I
> o Very specialized for extended cold weather use and therefore it
> is not versatile
didn't see anything mentioned about any cold weather specific design
features (except being able to push the button with gloves).
> o Heavier and bulkier than most hybrid headlamps### "than most hybrid headlamps I have seen" unless you've got an
exhaustive list of hybrid headlamps with weights and sizes so we can
compare to make sure this isn't just an observation based on the
number of lights you've examined.