Rated 1 out of 5 by Windhover1 Terrible product quality
LL Bean's Trailblazer headlamp is an attractive, light (weight wise), and bright headlamp. Unfortunately, the battery closure is remarkably fragile and the plastic battery casings are not symmetrical - two batteries are easily moved in and out, the 3rd with much difficulty. The latter problem is workable but not the terrible closure quality. After replacing the batteries one time, the plastic door clasp simply fell apart. Cheap material renders this otherwise praiseworthy lamp, a very poor investment.
March 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bugz2020 Bright?
Much brighter than the other headlamps I've been using to take my dogs out for walks in the early morning and at night. I figure the dude in the wrecked Taurus must have had welding glasses on when with the light shining through his windshield and onto his face we (dog Ruger) and I had to dive over a snow bank to avoid getting squished.
Otherwise easy to operate, with gloves. Press and red light comes on. Press and hold and white light comes on. Press again to cycle to brighter light or from red low, red high, white low, white high.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mgm1942 Marlo
Purchased one for my husband, which pleased him as he could use it for several situations. Our sons have used it and wish they had one too as they are electricians and often working with limited light until power is restored or establioshed. Will be ordering two more real soon!
February 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by ReddRust A little bright for reading glossy pages
I exchanged for the Petzl XP2 for these reasons: case was a bit hard to open; the toggle method between lights; light diffusion.
The battery replacement was not a big deal, but the Trailblazer XR was a bit stiff. I imagine it is a hard case to open with gloves. Even without cold fingers, it took a little bit of a tug to open.
The toggle method of the Trailblazer XR requires you to go through the red light each time you turn the lamp on. To switch to white light, you have to hold down. I found it a little annoying compared to the Petzl model.
Finally, I tested the brightness (or dimness) of the light by reading a National Geographic. The pages put glared enough to be bothersome. The Petzl Tikka XP2 overcomes this problem with a diffusion lens. Had the Trailblazer come with a diffusion lens, I doubt I would have exchanged headlamps.
February 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Devos Best ever
This is by far the best headlamp I ever owned! The red light feature is a great idea and the brightest red light I have ever used, I will highly recommend this headlamp
January 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by FightRSDnCRPS Good Headlamp
I did a lot of research before purchasing this headlamp. After my husband had a harrowing incident with while hiking the AT with his buddies, I knew I had to find a headlamp that weighed very little, but would also be bright enough to light an unfamiliar, frozen mountain trail in the pitch dark. This headlamp had everything I was looking for, and it also came with red LED lights that help to save one's night vision and also keep from waking up neighboring sleepers in a packed shelter. The only reason I would give this headlamp four instead of five stars is that it has a strange system of changing from one setting to another. For some reason you have to press the buttons in immediate succession to get to a different setting (the instructions don't make this clear). You can't just have it on one setting, and then decide to change it to another a few minutes later; if you do that, you simply turn off the light. You have to start by turning on the light every time to get to a new setting. I find that frustrating, but not enough to overshadow all the other good points of the light. My husband used it on his annual December AT hiking trip with his buddies, and he said it worked wonderfully. Thanks L.L.Bean for making a good headlamp at a great price!
January 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beanhikerman Nicely made head lamp
One of my favorite LL Bean products ever. Great for my evening walks and so handy to be hands free. Nice and bright and great battery life to boot. Easy to use even with gloves on. Stays put on my head even with a hat and adjusts perfectly to light up the path in front of me. Various levels of light is wicked handy too. I use it for working on computers as well. Very handy light when you have both hands full of computer parts and your head inside of a computer.
January 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Farmwise Works Great!
This headlamp does exactly what I needed, light my way around the pastures and barn after dark. I don't find the red lights that useful for my needs, but the LED is great.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 A good idea that makes more and more sense.
My neighbor was wearing one of these head lights when he checked in on me during a recent power outage. I bought 2 for friends who need their hands free for reaching, walking up stairs, shoveling snow in the dark. When people who did not get this for Christmas saw it, they were intrigued, so I expect your sales to increase. I will be buying one for myself. Very well made and of course, excellent service from L.L. Bean.
December 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by AMaineDad OK head lamp
Nice, bright light. Lightweight, easy-to-operate button, easy to aim. To get the white light to come on, you have to start with a red light which is a nuisance and it's pricey. However, it's a reasonably good light so I use it a lot.
December 15, 2013