Rated 5 out of 5 by RockyMtnRoadie Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp
I only wanted to buy one headlamp so I looked around to try and buy the best one available, I think I did. The headset is easy to use and set up. I didn't load the factory software because I'm sure I can use the existing settings for everything I need.
November 11, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Tekime Bright but difficult to use
I purchased the Tikka RXP with high hopes for a super bright rechargeable headlamp. It is definitely bright. It's sturdy and fits comfortably. Unfortunately the buttons are incredibly small, making it frustrating to use under all but ideal conditions. Once you have located the grain-of-rice sized power button, you have to hold it down for 2-3 seconds to power on. I prefer to have a lamp that powers on instantly without any fuss. I can't imagine using this with mitts/gloves on or in subzero temps.
It's also quite bulky and on the heavy side, which is expected from a high power lamp. It does fit comfortably, but occasionally slips due to the weight if you're being very active with it.
Aside from these (to me) glaring design flaws, it performs as advertised and puts out a lot of light. The reactive lighting feature is actually pretty nice, even though I never expected to use it. It is a solid and beautiful piece of gear, if you can look past the annoying design aspects.
Overall, I think Petzl would have made the perfect headlamp here with just a few improvements to the button design and "interface". I reluctantly had to return this lamp because despite all that it has going for it, it was just too awkward to use. Unfortunately this is the brightest rechargeable lamp L.L. Bean has to offer so I'm just hoping that Petzl makes some improvements and they introduce a new model down the road that's more user friendly. Give me a normal sized button with instant power-on, and I'll buy it again in a second.
October 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by cnjlaw Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp
Love this light and have been using it for my 6:00 am run practices. It sits securely on my visor and sheds good light on our trail. Then charge it up while at work, it is super.
September 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Runswithmydog Great light!
I bought this headlamp for running and trail running. LL Bean had the best price with their $10 off coupon which made it around $80.
Pros: it throws enough light to see ahead of you when running. It is adequate or overkill which to me is just right, better too much light than not enough. It disappears on the head once you get used to it so you forget it's there, especially with a headband or beanie. Bobbing is less than I thought it would be, naturally if you move up and down when you run the light will move with you, but the light pattern on the road stays consistent and isn't distracting. It is light weight for the amount of power it puts out. The micro usb charger is common so you don't need a special charging clip like others I was considering. It is rechargeable, but you can buy another battery pack if you wish. I prefer this over replacing batteries, I suppose it depends on your needs. The Reactive technology works well, the light dims when a car goes by and I haven't had any drivers complain about it yet. You can tell when you run under a streetlight etc. that the light dims.
Cons: I wish the red light was a bit brighter. It's more for signaling or safety than actually seeing anything with. I'm not 100% certain, but I think when I breath heavily and my breath freezes and goes up it causes the light to change it's brightness as the breath cloud passes in front of the sensor. This is when the wind is slightly behind me and I am barely out-running my own breath and only when it's really cold. Also if you run when it's snowing the snow may settle on the light and you have to shake it off to keep the lenses clear.
Conclusion: I think the cons I have listed are fairly specific to running outdoors in extreme cold and snow, except for the red light thing. Definitely not deal breakers though. On the whole I think paying about double the price for this over a cheaper headlamp pays off over time. You get the reactive lighting which works well and is actually useful and not a gimmick, and you get enough light that you probably won't want for more unless you have poor night vision, in which case you might find it inadequate and want even more.
The Petzl OS software lets you tweak the light output settings, I did, and it lets you view the state of charge on the unit itself.
The only wish I have for the light is I wish it had a red light for the back, maybe I'll find a clip on model somewhere. All in all, two thumbs up!
December 15, 2013