Petzl Tikka XP 2014

Tikka and Tikka XP are ones of the most popular headlamps in the world. Lightweight, reliable, long operation time - these are the characteristic features of the whole family. After the average successful series Tikka 2, Petzl started seriously to refresh the whole series of Tikkas. New led's, new casings, new approach to the light distribution. And, finally, the long expected regulated power supply…

 

It is always a problem to find a headlamp for Adventure Racing; it must provide enough light that you may cycle freely and push forward in the night at unknown bushes, it must be waterproof enough that you may bathe in a lake or drown it in a kayak. Spark seems to meet most of these requirements...

 

It has been more than 3 years since the Silva L3 premiere - in the meantime, Petzl released on the market 2 refreshed versions of its Myo XP - now we finally will have a new Silva's middle class headlamp. Myo XP once again will have a decent competitor on the market, or even two because there are two versions: powered by the classic AA size cells X-Trail and supplied with a 8.4V Li-Ion battery pack X-Trail Plus.

New Silva got already a prize at the ISPO Trade Fair in Munich “This sophisticated, yet handy and lightweight gadget incorporates several smart technical features that improve one’s safety margin and comfort when left out in the dark”.

 

Silva L1L1 has its age, presented in 2005 was for a long time the unsurpassed example of headlamp powered with 4 AA-size batteries. Refined driver provides a constant amount of light for approximately 80% of the capacity of cells and then switches to economy mode. Possibility of attaching the container of the D-size cells allows to extended more than twice the working time of the lamp.

Remington RMHL4AA-BRemington 4AA 3W 150 Lumen Headlight - actually Rayovac, since Remington grants their brand only. What does have this one of the best known manufacturers of hunting weapon in common with this headlamp. Except of the brand, nearly nothing but, due to the unique combination of the red leds and the blue one, this headlamp highly facilitates noticing the red color; the blood traces, in this case. Id est, just fit for a greenhorn knifer chasing after cats in a park ;).

 

Princeton Tec EOS 70PT EOS - 2004-2011 and, probably, several years more will remain with us. Not known too much in the European market; in the US market, adored for years for its simplicity, reliability, water tightness and current stabilisation. For the biggest competitor in the market, the Petzl company, this took as much as 7 years. What special is in EOS, that makes it so unique and extraordinary solution?

 

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