$60; 1.2 oz.; petzl.com
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.”