BLACK DI­A­MOND STORM £50

With more power and fea­tures than last year, is this the best op­tion for hill­walk­ers... or can you have too much of a good thing?

Trail (UK) - - HEADTORCHES - Tester Tim Butcher

This pop­u­lar IT'S GOOD head­torch has new fea­tures for 2019, with power ris­ing from 350 to 375 lu­mens and a mas­sive quoted burn time of 75 hours. It’s also rated wa­ter­proof to IP67, which means it can be sub­merged to 1m for up to 30 min­utes, so Black Di­a­mond is right to brag that the Storm is en­gi­neered for epics.

The white LED light is fully ad­justable for bright­ness from 8 lu­mens right up to 375, so you can choose ex­actly how much light you want, and the long burn time means you shouldn’t have to worry about run­ning out of juice. If you value red, blue and green light, then you have those on board too.

The unique Pow­erTap fea­ture means you can tap the cas­ing for a short boost at full power, which is use­ful on com­plex ground, while the lock func­tion en­sures the Storm can’t get turned on ac­ci­den­tally, which is su­perb and one of the many fea­tures that set this head­torch apart.

For some­thing as HOW­EVER sim­ple as a head­torch the Storm isn’t quick to get to know, and I strug­gled to work out how to use it dur­ing our out­ing on Fleetwith Pike. Even af­ter a few more days of use I still get lost within its func­tions. Op­er­a­tion is com­plex, with three dif­fer­ent but­tons, and I found the power tap boost kicked in when I grabbed the cas­ing to ad­just the tilt an­gle.

For nor­mal hill­walk­ing, 375 lu­mens seemed ex­ces­sive, as only 100 lu­mens is re­ally needed to safely nav­i­gate at night, and the main beam is so bright and dis­tant on full power that it cut out all of my pe­riph­eral vi­sion.

You don’t get the op­tion to recharge the bat­ter­ies di­rectly, so you ei­ther need to take spare al­ka­lines or get an ad­di­tional recharg­ing kit for the bat­ter­ies. As it takes 4x AAAs rather than the 3x used on other torches it has a longer burn time, but this also adds ex­tra weight and bulk.

Great light out­put and VER­DICT burn time for hill­walk­ers and camp­ing, but you need to con­sider if the ex­tra fea­tures are worth the time spent work­ing out how to use them.

■ Power ra■ge 375 lu­mens for 75 hours, 8 lu­mens for 310 hours ■ Beam 100m ■ Bat­tery 4x AAA ■ Weight 120g

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