REPOST: OWNER REVIEW, Darryl Styles, Petzl Tikka XP2 Headlamp
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*Petzl Tikka XP2*
Name: Darryl Styles
Height: 6' (1.83 meters)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Email address: darryl.styles AT gmail DOT com
City: Santa Fe
State: New Mexico
Date: May 15 , 2012
*Backpacking Background:* Backpacking has been a passion for over a decade
now. I have used an array of products through my Military and Search and
Rescue experience. I travel through all types of terrain on trail, but
predominantly off trail and through all types of weather. With Search and
Rescue, I have to plan for all conditions as I never know what could happen
or how long I�ll be out, also what environment ill be in. I have traveled
through many climates in various countries.
Year of Manufacture: 2011
Listed weight without battery: 88 Grams
Battery Type: AAA (Duracell Alkaline included)
Bulb Burn Time (Bulb Life): None listed. See report body for more
Battery Burn Time (Battery Life): 190 Hours MAX
Illumination distance: 223 feet MAX (68 meters MAX)
The Petzl Tikka XP2 comes in a plastic blister pack that includes the LED
headlamp, 3 batteries, and an adjustable elastic 1-inch (25 mm) band with
checkered orange and grey design, that incorporates a whistle into one side
of the plastic adjuster in the headband. The headlamp housing is made from
plastic and the elastic band is made from nylon/ polyester. There is one
push button on top of LED unit, and a Flood light mode screen that slides
up or down when not required. There is a low battery LED indicator on the
unit also. It has regular lighting options as well as white strobe and red
night vision preservation, and red strobe modes.
*If the switch is pushed, if light is on, then it turns off.
If the switch is pushed, if light is off, then it turns light on to high
If the switch is pushed again within 2 seconds, it goes to medium
If it's pushed again within 2 seconds, it goes to low brightness.
If it's pushed again within 2 seconds it goes to Strobe.
If the button is pushed, then held down for two seconds, it switches to one
red LED mode to preserve naturally acquired night vision. Push button
within 2 seconds goes to red LED strobe mode. Hold button again for two
seconds, back to regular light options set out above.
*Locations where udes:* Dense highline bush, scrub, desert, high alpine
(snow), kayaking and urban environments
*Weather conditions:* Ranging from 10 F (-12 C) to 105 F (40 C). Sometimes
heavy rain to very humid conditions. I use lithium ion batteries in cold
alpine conditions to improve life, and decrease weight. Alkaline otherwise.
*How it�s performed: *
I have used Petzl headlamps for the last few years and this particular
model has been my go to headlamp since I purchased it late September 2011.
The new LED technology industry has seen many good developments in the last
couple of years and that has shown in this Petzl Tikka XP2.
Through my many outdoor pursuits this headlamp has been exposed to all
sorts of precipitation and occasionally submersion in fresh and salt water
due to unexpected rolls in my kayak while night paddling. Petzl �states�
that this headlamp is water resistant to a level of IP 4X, and I couldn�t
agree more. Although the submersions were for no more than seconds in 4
foot (1.2 meters) of water in both salt and fresh, there were neither
visible signs of water ingress, nor any change in light functionality. If
anything, it cleaned the plastic lenses of the previous trips muck. The
plastic lenses are not scratch resistant buts that�s OK as the lenses are
recessed slightly in the housing to prevent any contact. After many drops
on the ground and banging onto rock while climbing, there is no change to
the lenses from purchase date. My personal use causes this headlamp to be
strapped to all sorts of helmets in all configurations. The elastic band is
easy to adjust and has been constructed of well placed and tough materials
to withstand what I can only assume, is years of abuse. I believe they had
this in mind during design phase as all the helmets I own (rock climbing,
mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, ski) had no problem
accommodating the headlamp. But in saying that, I have had the band slide
off a couple of time on the helmets that do not have retainer clips for
such things. I would have liked to have seen the �non-sticky� �gel-like�
substance glued to the inside of the band similar to those found on ski
goggles to stop this from happening. My fix was electrical tape at a couple
of spots, which gave suitable resistance, in New Zealand where I am from,
many things, can be solved with electrical tape and/or chewing gum.
I often backpack through rough terrain with a helmet on due to a Search and
Rescue mission I may be called out on. So whether I�m helping someone off a
cliff or searching for them in the high desert trails here in New Mexico,
the lamp has to stay on my head, and not get in the way. It works, I can
adjust the band with one hand on helmet, I can switch modes quickly and
efficiently, but a big thing for me is battery life, and replacement in the
field. Battery life is not quite as good as what the manufacturer would
like me to believe. It chews through power. But this means that when the
light�s on full, man is it on full. It lights up everything with 80 lumens
of brilliance for about 164 feet (50 meters), slightly less than what is
suggested by Petzl. It may be going further, but it�s hard to test. I can
light up in flood light mode which gives a little less light over a larger
area which is my primary option, but on spot light mode around the
campfire, people ask me not to bring the sun next time, it�s bright. On
strobe, this can be seen from at least a half a mile (0.8 km) away through
light tree cover. This has been proven by subjects reporting they have seen
my signals from ridgelines away in light desert scrub terrain in light
rain. When light starts to dim, I will know it. The battery indicator has
not been a good guide; I have not replaced batteries due to seeing the
indicator light go on, I have done so because my visibility is poor at
best. 5 hours of high power, and I am getting batteries from my pack. Push
the clip at rear top of housing and pop the new ones in. I found it easy,
far easier than previous models.
I would not put this Petzl Tikka XP2 into the washing machine, but keeping
it clean is easy. When the mud�s dry, scrape it off, when wet, wipe it on
your mate�s shirt when he�s not looking. Even with the sliding fog light
shutter, no grit or sand gets in. I have face planted a couple of times
around camp and on trail, still no impact damage to lenses or bands. Only
sign of wear is tiny abrasions on the hard-shell plastic housing.
It�s the best water resistant headlamp I have used to date. It�s rugged,
and has performed to my expectations, more so when referring to its water
tightness. I see many other types in my field, this always seems to light
up just that little bit more.
*Things I like: *
1. Durable and from what I can see, fairly watertight
2. Whistle on headband
3. Power of light projection
**Things I don't like: *
1. Chews through batteries on high
2. No gel strips on inside of headband to prevent band slippage on helmets
3. Price, when you consider battery replacements too. I don�t recommend
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***With Search and Rescue, I have to plan for all conditions as I never know what could happen or how long I'll be out, also what environment ill be in.
EDIT: what environment "I'll" be in
***The headlamp housing is made from plastic and the elastic band is made from nylon/ polyester.
EDIT: nylon/polyester (remove space)
***There is one push button on top of LED unit
EDIT: on top of "the" LED unit
***Locations where udes:* Dense highline bush, scrub, desert, high alpine
EDIT: where "used"
***I have used Petzl headlamps for the last few years and this particular
model has been my go to headlamp