A headlamp is is a piece of equipment that we recommend that all walkers own.
Staying as safe as possible when out walking at night or in low light conditions is important.
The main advantage that a headlamp has over a handheld torch is simply that is allows you to keep you hands free for either reading your map or perhaps allowing you to use walking poles unhindered.
There are many different types of headlamps available to the walker ranging from the basic lamps through to super-featured until that offer many functions. Over many years in the hills and mountains, I have found that headlamps that are basic and simple to operate are often the best option.
The Petzl Tikkina Headlamp
The Tikkina is a 150 lumen headlamp that is designed for people who need a lightweight and compact light for use while out walking and camping.
Design & build
The Tikkina is very basic in design which is a good thing. The main unit is made from tough acrylic plastic and is nicely rounded with no sharp edges or corners to catch on the other kit stowed in your pack or pocket.
The whole headlamp only weighs 85 grams which is fairly lightweight when compared to other brands and the unit can withstand even rainfall without issue and is rated at IPX4.
The lamp unit is securely attached to a thick elasticated adjustable headband and the headlamp can be easily altered to the angle you wish to throw the light down.
The unit is powered by three AAA batteries or you can purchase a rechargeable battery unit from Petzl which is called CORE and is compatible with many different Petzl products. Battery life is good and spare batteries are lightweight enough to allow you to carry plenty with you.
The headlamp has a maximum output of 150 lumens with quite a wide beam. There are three light modes which Petzl describe as being proximity, movement and distance vision. The modes are selected by cycling through the options using the main power button.
I have been using the Petzl Tikkina headlamp for the past year while both walking and camping and have found it to be a very reliable headlamp in even the foulest of weather conditions. The proximity mode is ideal for use within camp or map reading and the movement mode is perfect for most walking. The distance mode is good for throwing out some extra light when looking for a path ahead.
The Tikkina is a good performing headlamp for the walker who just wants something simple and reliable at an affordable price.