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Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp
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Rated 4.3846/5 based on 13 reviews
Rated 4out of5
by Easton Markfromreally nice headlampI have the older version, but they are pretty much the same. I really like this light. I use it for jogging in the early morning or at night. Light is easily and quickly adjustable and bright. I really appreciate the indicator light in the back. I find that those who start their commute at 0500 tend to wake up while on the road.
I love the fact that it's rechargeable. The energy cell is also much lighter than a lamp full of AAA's, but brighter than lights with the expensive little circular batteries). I have a couple other BD headlamps (one LED only and one LED/incandescent) and this is my go-to at this point.
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 3out of5
by ShipkeeperfromGreat headlight; suspect durabilityLast years model provided an AC batter charger which I use exclusively. But all three of my Sprinter headlamps from last year eventually failed in identical ways, with a cracked head-unit and switch failure. This year's model may have improved durability but it is still too soon to tell, since failure for me typically happens after three months. As a live-aboard ship keeper I use this headlamp after I de-power the ship each evening, so it gets much more usage than even a daily runner would experience. The on/off switch gets used perhaps 30 times a day.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated 2out of5
by kevin the hikerfromLiked it while working fineSome people like this headlamp because it's rechargeable, but for the same reason I dislike it.
I have been using the last year model for about 8 months. BD Sprinter worked fine for about six months. But then now even if it is fully charged overnight, light output is dim and it is calling for new batteries with no use.
When this issue happened, I realized that it was time to change the rechargeable battery, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 4out of5
by ShipkeeperfromNot quite tough enough for meI use this light daily and extensively. I love the fast-charging built-in battery, though I never take it far from a charging source, so I've never drained the battery to a dim output. I use it to get around a museum-owned WWII Victory Ship at night, and I use it when repairing crawlspace plumbing. I use it to light the ship's shower compartment, but it doesn't get wet so I can't comment on it's waterproof claim.
In two years, I'm on my fifth Sprinter headlamp because the light switch keeps wearing out. First it gets balky, then very reluctant to work, and then it quits. So I get about 3 months of daily usage and then have to get another. I keep hoping they will use a more durable switch, but not yet. REI has graciously replaced one or two headlamps for me, but they now say one replacement is my limit.
This switch failure seems par for many of the headlamp brands and models that I've bought over the years and used extensively, so I can't fault this one for being overly delicate. I'm just hard on headlamps, and this one I don't put in a drawer to be used now and again. I'm addicted to that rechargeable battery (and I always buy them with an REI discount).
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 4out of5
by DesertDragon06fromoptimal design for a headlampFinding a headlamp with the right balance of output, battery life, and fit is difficult. The sprinter meets my requirements with good marks, and is a good compromise of all features.
For running, it is bright enough to light the trail several steps in front of me. The flashing modes (front and rear) are also good features to keep you visible.
So far, the battery lasts up to 6 hours so it is good for the daily workout. Overnight runs will not work well unless you had several on hand. As can be expected, the brightness drops off quickly near the end of charge.
It is always a tradeoff between the internal rechargeable battery and disposables. But in this case, the compromise works for me.
The USB charger is also convenient. At least I don't need to buy or lug around a special charger.
It is lightweight enough that I don't even notice it while running. The head straps are snug and keep it from bouncing. Because it sits directly on my skull, I have not been able to use it with a helmet.
Date published: 2012-12-03
Rated 5out of5
by mtnrunner2fromGreat running headlampI've run with this a few times in the dark both on paths and mountain trails, and it's comfortable and bright. I like the fact that it's rechargeable.
Date published: 2013-04-06
Rated 5out of5
by Kat AttackfromGreat for runningI use this for early morning runs or late night runs during the non-summer months. It's super light and I love that it's rechargeable, which means no batteries to buy and that also makes it lighter. It stays put while running even without the band that goes over the top of your head. It's a little bit of work to adjust it back and forth between my husband and I but that's minor. I run in the darkness of morning and he goes at night so it's a daily switch.
The huge selling point for me is the fact that it already has a flashing red light in the back. I didn't want to have to remember 10 million things to just go on a run.
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 5out of5
by run swim bikefromBest Running Accessory EVER!I got this about 2 weeks ago since I live in Michigan and it has been getting dark earlier and I must say it is the best and brightest thing! It is perfect for running and keeping yourself safe. Everyone can see you with the blinking front and back light perfect for dawn or dusk but when its dark the full light headlamp is wonderful! You can see EVERYTHING! This is a MUST PURCHASE item for any city or rural running!
Date published: 2012-10-22
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