Petzl BINDI

$60; 1.2 oz.; petzl.com

Backpacker - - Field Test Shakedown -

OUR TAKE Let’s start with the num­bers: At 200 lu­mens and 1.2 ounces, the new Petzl Bindi is the bright­est ul­tra­light headlamp we’ve ever used, as pow­er­ful as the com­pany’s pop­u­lar Tikka, but at less than half the weight. “It packs like an emer­gency light, but it’s pow­er­ful enough to take on night­time climbs and trail runs,” says our tester. “The 120-foot range was enough for me to scout out the trail ahead when I came to a junc­tion on Boul­der’s Mesa Trail.” Bonus: A cen­tral axle lets the Bindi tilt both up and down, which en­abled testers to wear it around their necks to il­lu­mi­nate the their camp kitchens with­out blind­ing ev­ery­one they looked at.

THE DE­TAILS The Bindi’s min­i­mal­ist shock cord strap and a body the size of a pair of dice stash neatly into a pants pocket, and the lamp’s tiny hous­ing packs in three white light­ing modes as well as a red beam. A lock func­tion pre­vents it from ac­ci­den­tally turn­ing on when not in use. Ding: The 680 mAh bat­tery pro­vides a scant three hours of run­time on the stan­dard 100-lu­men set­ting; plan on recharg­ing from a power pack for longer trips.

TRAIL CRED “I ex­pected the shock cord strap to dig into my head, but the Bindi was so light I didn’t even feel it,” said one tester, who used the lamp as his only light on a three-night back­pack­ing trip in Colorado’s White River Na­tional For­est. “It’s so small, my big­gest prob­lem was find­ing it in my pack.”

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