I’m old enough to remember when the only headlamps out there were used by miners.
My first high-tech “light-in-the-dark” that I used on a camping trip was a small Maglite that I still own to this day.
Before headlamps became popular, we’d stick these metal objects in our mouth and hold them with our teeth. Needless to say that as soon as headlamps became available, and I was able to afford one, I bought my first headlamp.
A simple headlamp, containing the 3 AAA batteries held on my head with a wrap-around elastic band. I was so proud of my lamp and took such good care of it that I still have it today. I cracked the housing by falling when I shouldn’t have. A few wraps of good ole duct tape holds it all together. It still shines for me today.
I have bought and used many types of headlamps over the years.
“You get what you pay for”, applies to headlamps just as it applies to everything else.
That being said, you don’t need to spend a fortune, to get a good headlamp that will serve you well, without costing you an arm and a leg.
The Storm Headlamp is rugged, dustproof, and waterproof.
Providing 350 lumens of light, it has 3 different coloured night-vision modes and 8 lighting modes, in total, to customize your lighting situation. Improved peripheral vision for close-range tasks such as cooking and reading add to its functionality.
Brightness Memory lets you return to your last setting without cycling through all 8 modes. Settings include full-strength-near and far, dimming, strobe, red, green, and blue night-vision.
The very useful lock-mode rounds out this fine little package.
The sealed housing withstands immersion of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, IP67.
Maximum distance on low is 11 meters and 80 meters on high.
Burn time is estimated 160 hours on low setting and 22 hours on the high setting.
Product Name: Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
Best Place to Buy: Amazon
Price: $49.95, on sale for $36.93 + shipping. Amazon Prime solves that problem!
Weight: 3.2 ounces
Batteries: 4 – AAA’s, included
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- 350 lumens
- 8 lighting modes
- improved peripheral vision for close-range tasks
- Brightness Memory lets you return to your last setting without cycling through all 8 modes
- 3 night-vision modes, … red, green, and blue
- lock mode, to save your batteries
- a sealed housing protects this headlamp at 1 meter of immersion for 30 minutes
- maximum distance: 11 meters on low, … and 80 meters on high
- burn time: 160 hours on low, … and 22 hours on high
- I have owned this headlamp for a few weeks only, and I have had no problems with it so far.
- It performs as stated.
- Do not let this lamp out of your sight!
- It will walk away, and you may not be able to find it again!
My thoughts on this product
Black Diamond has been around since 1989 and is well-respected in the outdoor community. This is a compact, well-designed headlamp that performs as stated. Most of the over 300 reviews on Amazon are positive. It is Amazon’s Choice.
I like my Black Diamond Storm Headlamp. I use it often at home, at work, and in the outdoors. It continues to work for me and even though it is still fairly new, I expect it to shine for me well into the future.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this headlamp or headlamps in general, do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I would be pleased to share my outdoor experiences with you,