> > I started backpacking when I was 8 and quickly became hooked on the
> EDIT: this is 154 words! You need to get it down to our limit of 100.
> Sorry, but we do all manage (eventually).
You are right! I don't know how that old bio got in as the new one is under
100 words. Sorry.
> > Autonomie
> Comment: Hum ... OK.
French, I'll remove.
> > Immediately after opening the package, I was impressed.
> Edit: there are two pics after this which look almost the same. It is not
> clear what they are meant to illustrate? Can
> you improve on this?
I can only assume that you are talking about the two pictures that show
different light direction at tilted and non-tilted angles. The arrow shows
the direction when the lamp is tilted. I will however explain this in my
text to make it easier to understand. I'll try to get a picture of the
rubber band that holds, but pictures that I took didn't come out too well
because of the extreme closeup I had to take.
Owner Review - Petzl Tikka Plus
January 23, 2007
Tester Biographical Information
Name: Andrew Buskov
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 218 lbs (99 kg)
City, State Zip Madisonville, Kentucky USA
I started backpacking and became hooked on the outdoors. I realized that I
enjoyed the colder weather and solitude of deep backcountry, and have hiked
various environments from the green mountains of the Appalachians to the
barren desert of Arizona. My hiking season starts early September and ends
early June. Im usually a moderate weight hiker, but as an Emergency Medical
Technician Im trained to be prepared, so my pack usually weighs between 30
to 40 lbs (13 and 18 kg) while solo, to 60 lbs (27 kg) when leading.
Information about the author can be found at http://www.corridor9.net
Item: Petzl Tikka Plus
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Actual Weight: 2.75 oz (78 g)
Listed Weight: 2.7 oz (77 g)
The Petzl Tikka Plus is a light weight headlamp that provides 3 levels of
lighting in addition to the strobe function. There are 4 leds that provide
long lasting, white light. The headband provides a pivot point for the user
to aim the light. In addition, it is water resistant for all weather use.
(Information from the Website)
Adjustable proximity lighting with long burn time.
* 4 LEDs produces a long-lasting and even, white light.
* 3 lighting levels (maximum, optimum, economic) and strobe mode, to
adapt the light to the activity and light duration needs.
* Produces diffuse, proximity lighting.
* Light beam can be easily aimed where desired.
* Adjustable and comfortable elastic headband.
* Water resistant for all-weather use.
Here are the light duration statistics from the website:
Test 20°C - alkaline batteries
100 h t0 = 32 m
t30mn = 25 m
t10h = 15 m
t30h = 5 m
120 h t0 = 23 m
t30mn = 20 m
t10h = 13 m
t30h = 6 m
150 h t0 = 15 m
t30mn = 14 m
t10h = 11 m
t30h = 9 m
Description and Performance:
I initially bought this product to replace a cheaper headlamp which had a
slider style switch that kept turning on while inside my pack. When I went
to the store I was looking for something that was fairly inexpensive, yet
durable enough to take repeatedly being stuffed inside my pack, being bashed
against rocks when carried in my thigh pocket on my pants, could provide
many hours of use on a single set of batteries, yet be light enough that my
head wasn't bobbing back and forth all night when I was wearing it.
I settled on the Petzl Tikka Plus due to its relatively light weight, its
three brightness levels, the fact that it offered 150 hours of light on a
single set of batteries when in low light mode, and the fact that it was
made by Petzl. Having a good quality name to back up your product doesn't
usually mean a lot to me, but when shopping for an item like this, with so
many alternatives out there, the name just helped tip the balance of choice
a bit more easily to the Tikka Plus.
Immediately after opening the package, I was impressed. Inside was a very
well designed, light weight, headlamp that offered a number of additional
features I wasn't even considering when making my purchasing decisions. This
headlamp is noticeably lighter than the old one that I was using.
One of the things that struck me as ingenious was the fact that when the
battery cover was removed, there was a small rubber strip holding the front
of the headlamp to the battery plate. This makes it virtually impossible to
lose the battery cover unless the rubber piece breaks completely. In
addition, battery replacement is done relatively easily without the need for
coins or other prying items to remove the battery cover. While it is plenty
tough to get the battery plate off without meaning to, a firm push against
the battery retention clip lets the user remove the battery cover without
The battery case does a great job of holding the batteries in place even if
the cover isn't securely placed. After inserting the batteries into the
cover, I tried out the light and near blinded myself. The light from the 4
LEDs are quite bright, and can easily cause discomfort if looked at
directly, even at a low light setting.
The headband it made of a stretchable material that is very comfortable. It
has two hot welded plastic pieces at each end and a clip that allows the
user to easily adjust the length without much effort. The design is such
that it is easy to adjust, but doesn't slide unnecessarily when left alone.
The headlamp isn't designed to be removed from the band and doing so can
damage the plastic clips. I tried to remove this, but after looking at it
more closely I wasn't willing to damage my headlamp simply to see if I could
The Tikka is designed to rotate up and down through a number of positions
making it easy for the wearer to position the light at the best angle to see
with. You can see in the picture above and below how the light angles change
with the tilt of the headlamp. I found it very helpful to position the light
more toward my feet to avoid blinding the people I was talking to while
cooking my food or other operations that required me to use the headlamp.
The radiant light from the Tikka Plus is sufficient to light an area, thus
limiting the need to rotate the headlamp often to illuminate an area
Even on the lowest setting it was very bright and allowed me to see roughly
15 m (50 ft) down the trail. I found that only a few times did I need the
brightest setting as most of the time my eyes were adjusted to the dark
enough that the low light setting worked perfectly. In addition the four
light settings (economic, optimum, maximum, and strobe) the Tikka Plus also
offers a push-and-hold feature that will illuminate the LEDs for only as
long as the user is holding the button. This feature was wonderful for those
nights when I needed a simple flash of light to see the shelter doors or the
zipper of a tent without wanting to totally obliterate my night vision.
I was completely surprised at the cleaning of this headlamp. The
instructions state that: "After use in a humid environment, remove the
batteries and dry out. If sea-water gets into the lamp, remove the
batteries, rinse thoroughly in fresh water and dry." It was surprising to me
that the instructions would say to rinse the headlamp in water. I would
assume that this would allow washing of mud or sand off the headlamp without
problems. In addition, although it isn't specifically stated in the
instructions, I would also assume that this headlamp is somewhat water
resistant. Although I'm sure this isn't a very good situation for the
batteries, during an emergency situation I won't hesitate to use this lamp
Another item that struck me as weird was the fact that the instructions
state NOT to use Lithium batteries. Using such batteries can cause the
headlamp to overheat and possibly damage the LEDs. Someone who doesn't'
fully read the instruction manual wouldn't find this information. While I'm
not sure if using Lithium batteries would void the warranty, I feel this is
something that should be more visible on the packaging since it isn't
something that would normally be thought of as a damaging action.
One of the things that has bothered me with the operation of the Tikka Plus
is the sequence of lighting that is designed into its electronics. I've
found that my usual brightness level is the lowest setting. As it stands now
though, I must click through the maximum and optimal setting to reach this
lowest brightness level. I feel that the operating levels post an
unnecessary drain on the battery, as well as additional strain on the
switch, and should be reversed. The light should start off at the lowest
level, then progress to the highest light level before reaching the strobe
function. Not only would this save battery life, but it would also limit the
decline in night vision adjustment.
I have used this headlamp in a number of conditions ranging from semi-warm,
dry 70 F (21 C) weather, to cold wet 20 F (-7 C) weather. All the while the
light from this headlamp stayed steady and true. At no point in time have I
noticed any sort of dropping in light intensity while wearing this. I'm sure
that it happens over time due to battery drainage, but my point is that it
is nearly imperceptible and at no time did it hinder my operations or views
while hiking the trail at night.
I am very pleased with the quality, durability, and ease of use that the
Petzl Tikka Plus provides. The band was comfortable on my head and didn't
scratch, nor was the weight heavy in my opinion. I would recommend this
light to any who are searching out a light weight headlamp for their