PETZL

TACTIKKA CORE

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

we wanted to like this cool­look­ing light, but the lack of fea­tures com­pared to many cheaper units cost it points, along with the poor run­time and dura­bil­ity re­sults. It’s not rated for sub­mer­sion (though it han­dled a 1-sec­ond dip), and the plas­tic feels flimsy—the first drop onto a hard floor popped open the hous­ing and sent bat­ter­ies fly­ing. The fore­head plate and crisp head­band are hard­edged and un­com­fort­able. The head­lamp does come with a longer-run­ning Usb-charge­able lithium bat­tery (the epony­mous “Core”) that you can use in lieu of AAA bat­ter­ies. This helps jus­tify the higher price, as it would ul­ti­mately save cash on bat­ter­ies over time.

price: $59.95 score: 69.2

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