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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Designed I was most impressed with this lamp due to the way it turns on and the different modes. On other lamps I have had, they are on all bright or not and then you have to hold the switch down to dim the light. This lamp had three modes - the first press gives you a low level that is actually just about perfect inside a tent. The second press turns on to a much brighter light if you really need to see inside a tent or just looking around outside. Then the third press puts out an impressive 280 lumens. Very bright and you can really see when it is dark! Will be very interested to try out the rechargeable batteries and then carrying 3 extra AAA batteries is no big deal since I do that anyway.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An almost perfect headlamp It was my intention to purchase a Petzel Pixa 2 Pro Headlamp, but the store was out of them at the time. I was familiar with that model, since my girlfriend and her sister owned them. Ordering one was not an option at the time, since we were leaving for Arizona next day, to backpack the Tonto Trail in the Grand Canyon NP. I chose to purchase a Petzel Actic headlamp instead. Actic is an excellent product, with one exception. The plunger type switch/selector is troublesome and sometimes unresponsive when wearing gloves. Upon our return from the trip, I'll be purchasing a Pixa 2 Pro with, at least in my opinion, a more reliable side knob switch/selector. Happy trekking everyone!
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Petzls have never let me down I used this Petzl while hunting as it has strong enough output to really see where I am going in the woods at 04:00 and more importantly to see at some distance what else is out there. I then took it on a climb of Mt Kilimanjaro and once again on the day of the final ascebt it did not disappoint as it ran strong on a fresh set of batteries for 5 hours in the dark making sure that I could see my footing as we scaled a rock wall and picked our way through boulders and along ledges at night.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb for hiking I've gone through several headlamps and I'll always trade up to something better. Previous lamp was a BD Spot that I found to have too narrow of a beam when hiking. This Petzl lamp is brighter and the light spread is great when hiking in the dark. I'm using rechargeable batteries and I never run the things out during a multi-day trip. Other reviewer(s) have pointed out that the button can be a bit hard to press, but that also prevents it from getting pressed when riding in your bag. Even though the BD Spot has a 'lock' for the on button, it can (and did) turn on in the bag more than once and that's not a good thing. I find that the middle setting is more than ample for hiking and the high setting is very bright, so take your pick.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super bright I was using a tikka plus and saw this new one that just came out. The actor is super bright. It lights up my hikes I've also used it as a back up for Mtn biking at night. I also like how you can buy a regarable battery pack for it.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have seen the light After using one of these bad boys to fix some wiring on my dads camping trailer one trip I knew I had to get one. After using it in attics at work, to put on and take off snow chains, on camping trips in late October to cook, and to just see in the dark I know I will never go back to a hand held flashlight. With the triple brightness settings I can adjust the light to my visability needs. Ditch the flashlight and get a actik headlamp!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Performance is not even close to spec Bought this two weeks ago to replace a Tikka. Desired a greater spot distance for trail running & fast hiking in the woods at night. The 'regulated' light dimmed to useless after 4 hours (not even close to spec.). Lots of lumens but not well managed so no real spot (the 5 year old Tikka did better) (note REIs comments on exactly that - more lumens doesn't mean more light). This will be returned with much disappointment.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Head Light After much research, I went to REI ready to purchase another light however, during my discussion with an associate, I was introduced to this light. It was a new product for REI and after running through its specs and operation, this light was the winner. Having used it around camp a few times, I am only more impressed.
Date published: 2017-01-28
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Questions & Answers

Is the burn time on High mode really 60 hours?

Asked by: Marie Claude
I'm surprised they haven't won any Nobel prizes for finding a way for the medium and the high to both last exactly 60 hours despite having different lumen output--defying all of science as we know it.
Answered by: Einstein
Date published: 2018-02-13

He mentions that this headlamp is "The start of the Performance Series" however I went to Petzl's website and it is not listed under the Performance Series. I researched this to see if it had the Constant Lighting feature. Does this support CL Technology?

Asked by: sterling
​This headlamp is part of Petzl's Standard Lighting series, it does not have the Constant Lighting technology.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-28

Is the headband easily removable? I have a Petzl that the plastic backing is molded to make it easy to take of the headband; convenient for swapping it on to a bike helmet with a different strap and then easily switching back.

Asked by: eshutt
​The headband is easily removable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-06

Is the lamp itself adjustable? AKA - can I tilt it up to shine straight ahead and later tilt it down to shine at the ground in front of me?

Asked by: breezy4424
​You can adjust the angle of the headlamp up or down to illuminate whichever area you prefer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-24

Can the Petzl Actik Core be adjusted with the My Petzl IOS app

Asked by: Gmagnes
Unfortunately, only the Reactik+ or NAO+ headlamps are compatible with the app because of their Bluetooth compatibility.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-20

I have this headlamp and love it. I'm wanting to buy one for a raffle prize and am wondering, what is the best selling color of the Petzl Actik?

Asked by: Toni
​We're sorry, this information is not available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-10

Is this lamp part of their constant lighting series?

Asked by: Mtbshark
​This headlamp is part of the standard lighting series.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-01

can you adjust the lamps position (such as down or slightly down) or is it in a fixed position? I plan on using it for night trail running. Thanks.

Asked by: Scott
​You can adjust the angle of the headlamp up or down so it illuminates the area in front of you that you'd prefer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-01
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