Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

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The aptly named Black Diamond Storm Headlamp will weather the gnarliest conditions with durability and ease. The storm features top of the line waterproofing allowing it to be fully submerged for up to 30 minutes while maintaining full functionality. Fully loaded, the Storm features multiple modes including one QuadPower LED, two SinglePower white LEDs and two SinglePower red LEDs. Easily transition between full and dimmed power thanks to the PowerTap Technology; simply tap the touch-sensitive housing to reach your preferred level of brightness. The incredibly bright 160 lumens give a lighting range around 70 meters so you can find your way in the darkest situations. Embrace the light with the Storm Headlamp from Black Diamond

Product Details

Light

1 QuadPower LED

2 SinglePower white LEDs

2 SinglePower red LEDs

Max DistancesQuadPower LED: 70 meters (230 feet) / SinglePower LED: 7 meters (23 feet)

Mounting

Adjustable head strap

Batteries

4 AAA (included)

Max Burn TimesQuadPower LED 200 hours / SinglePower LED 125 hours

Modes

Red Night-VisionThe red night-vision mode has proximity and strobe settings, and activates without cycling through the white modes

Full strength in proximity and distance modes

Dimming

Strobe

Lock modeIntuitive lock mode keeps the light from accidentally turning on when stored in your pack or pocket.

Additional Features

PowerTap TechnologyAllows fast and simple transitioning between full and dimmed power in distance or proximity modes by tapping the touch-sensitive housing.

IPX Rating7: Protected against water immersion down to 1 m (3.3 ft) for 30 minutes

Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on headlamp

Specs

  • Light Output (lm): 160
  • Weight (g): 110
  • Rechargeable: No
  • Warranty: 3 Years More 

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4.5

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

ALMOST PERFECTION â€"" 4.9 STARS!

I have used my Black Diamond Storm 2014 daily for almost a month now. Our family also has two 2013 Storms and 3 Spots. We live off-grid in the wilderness and really depend on...Read complete review

I have used my Black Diamond Storm 2014 daily for almost a month now. Our family also has two 2013 Storms and 3 Spots. We live off-grid in the wilderness and really depend on these headlamps. I have CRITICALLY AND THOUGHTFULLY READ EVERY REVIEW of the 2013 and 2014 Storms. Here is my concise response to every significant complaint. All the positive comments are thoroughly deserved so I won't take the space to repeat them. (See especially Zolen's 2014 model review titled “GREAT HEADLAMP NOW PERFECTâ€�) The POWERTAP IS THE MOST PHENOMINAL FEATURE imaginable for battery life extension and convenience AND it is SO EASY TO USE! I can't praise BD highly enough for this new feature! Be aware that “tappingâ€� does not activate this function, RELEASING a “touchâ€� does. “TOO COMPLICATEDâ€� - Those who might think the 2014 Storm is "too complicated" just need to take 5 extra minutes to read the directions CAREFULLY and play with it at home BEFORE they are on the trail. The logic, such as double tap to go to wide angle mode quickly, is improved over the 2013 model. A logic delay to keep it from ever going through the 160 lumen, distance mode at all would be helpful. By the way, the wide angle mode is absolutely perfect for reading. The light is so smoothly uniform and sufficiently wide-angle to avoid any need for head turning, even to read a large map. The RED MODE is much improved with the addition of dimming (which the 2013 did not have) but now is too powerful for its intended function not to hamper one's night vision. The increased intensity and focus of the 2014 red mode definitely makes it more broadly usable but the starting point intensity of this mode should assume that the user's eyes are fully adjusted to total darkness when it is activated. May I suggest this could be best fixed by bringing the red on at a lower intensity, say 25%-35% instead of 75%, and then brighten it gradually (if needed) to 100% by holding down the switch. The dimming does not seem to work quite as reliably on the red as it does on the white modesâ€"sometimes turning off rather than dimming. This may be a matter of my being a little more patient in adjusting intensity and is minor in comparison to all the other fantastic qualities of the 2014 Storm. The reviewer who despised the red mode on the 2013 Storm would love this function on the 2014 model! I also had a BATTERY COMPARTMENT SCREW STRIP on one of our 2013's. But I am confident that between REI and Black Diamond this lamp will be replaced to my absolute satisfaction. After all, who else beside Black Diamond has a 3 year warranty on a product like this? The built in plastic “screw-driverâ€� on the strap adjustment buckle might cause that failure but I am certain that it did not cause the failure in our case. Yes, I have noticed that GETTING THE STORM OPEN for battery changing on the 2014 is a bit more challenging than on the 2013. Two thumb-tabs, one on the case and another on the back, would fix this. The problem is that there is nothing to get a hold of in order to get it open. Also, I agree on the difficulty of FINDING THE ON/OFF SWITCH WITH GLOVES ON. How about an easily felt, raised rim around the switch? A “glove rimâ€� and tabs might also help one to know which side is up when putting it on in the dark. These modifications might also help those who forget to use (or do not know about) the LOCK mode when they put it in their pack. I can't comment on WATERPROOFNESS, because I have not used any of my Storms in heavy rain. I hope the opening problem is because of an improvement in the water seal? More COLOR OPTIONS help our family to keep from using someone else’s Storm. Thanks! I WEAR GLASSES. The 2014 Storm, evidently because of its slightly different battery arrangement and/or the opaque (as opposed to clear bezel around the LED cluster on the older models), does not glare in the edges of my rimless glasses. As have all other head lamps I have ever used. The 2014 Storm has a bit more maximum forward tip angle, making it more usable for close work and seeing right in front of your feet. Finally, I almost exclusively use RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES. I disagree with the criticism that the Storm “doesn’t take to rechargeables.â€� I use a very advanced charger (an older LaCrosse BC-900) so have a very accurate finger-on-the-pulse of the batteries I use. Those who want to use and have rechargeable battery problems need a higher quality charger. Also realize that the uniformity of quality of all batteries is declining. Even the best brands have to be watchedâ€"down to the individual battery. An apt illustration of this relates to the alkalines provided with my 2014 Storm. When the charge indicator on my Storm went to red I checked the voltage on all of the batteries individually with my LaCrosse charger. I found that one was substantially weaker (.82 volts) than the other three (at 1.28 volts.) I replaced only the weak one, my state of charge indicator went to green and I got over a week more use. This was a battery problem, not a headlamp defect. Several reviewers appear to have gotten defective 2013 units related to abnormal discharging. If something like that happens to you, that's what a good warranty is forâ€"use it. No manufacturer is perfect. This is still an exceptional product. I wish it could be made in the USA because its prospect of staying exceptional would be better. Sorry this is so long but it does cover almost all the bases. Ron From the wilderness in the Washington Cascades

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Frustrating, on/off button way too sensitive.

I purchased this headlamp as an upgrade from a different brand with less features. I was looking mainly for a lamp with a red light option and dimmers. I knew Black Diamond had a...Read complete review

I purchased this headlamp as an upgrade from a different brand with less features. I was looking mainly for a lamp with a red light option and dimmers. I knew Black Diamond had a really good reputation. I just have to say that despite the fact that the light on this is awesome - distance and brightness are really great! The red light and dimmer are just what I wanted but..... the thing is SO sensitive to touch that it is constantly turning on in my pack, my pocket, my glove compartment and even just changing beams with the slightest touch. I even use the lock feature but it unlocks so easily. I bought it from a locally owned outdoor store in Portland, they recommended that brand as a staff favorite. I don't want to take it back to them as I know it is hard enough for a locally company to survive without having returns. I just feel so frustrated with the amount of times I have replaced the batteries in the past seven months and that twice I have been left out in the dark, literally, when I went into my pack and found that my lamp had been on and it had drained the batteries.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great headlamp now perfect

By 

from Birmingham, AL, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I have two of the last-year's Storms. They are awesome headlamps. They had some minor annoyances, though, and BD fixed them ALL with this new Storm. First of all, it's now 160 lumens vs 100. Then, there's the Power Tap technology, which is awesome. It allows you to instantly change from full power to whatever dim level you had been using. To me, however, here's where BD really made this light better: they fixed the mode of operation. Instead of having to cycle through the wide angle mode every time like on the 2013 model, now it starts up in spot mode every time. THANK YOU!!!!! You double tap to get to wide angle mode. Also, the red mode is now brighter and more focused, and it dims. It also looks better, and there's less light bleed through the housing of the orange model. This new model is also more comfortable to wear. In my opinion, this new Storm is unbeatable. Here's what you get: 160 lumens, three color battery indicator, lock out mode, spot and wide modes, infinitely variable dim in all modes/colors, Power Tap (freaking awesome), red mode which you can access without cycling white, waterproof, good battery life. It's unbeatable. If you don't like this headlamp, you have issues. My only question to BD is whether or not the Storm is still regulated through the first 25% of battery life like the old one was. I hope so.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ALMOST PERFECTION â€"" 4.9 STARS!

By 

from Washington State

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I have used my Black Diamond Storm 2014 daily for almost a month now. Our family also has two 2013 Storms and 3 Spots. We live off-grid in the wilderness and really depend on these headlamps. I have CRITICALLY AND THOUGHTFULLY READ EVERY REVIEW of the 2013 and 2014 Storms. Here is my concise response to every significant complaint. All the positive comments are thoroughly deserved so I won't take the space to repeat them. (See especially Zolen's 2014 model review titled “GREAT HEADLAMP NOW PERFECTâ€�) The POWERTAP IS THE MOST PHENOMINAL FEATURE imaginable for battery life extension and convenience AND it is SO EASY TO USE! I can't praise BD highly enough for this new feature! Be aware that “tappingâ€� does not activate this function, RELEASING a “touchâ€� does. “TOO COMPLICATEDâ€� - Those who might think the 2014 Storm is "too complicated" just need to take 5 extra minutes to read the directions CAREFULLY and play with it at home BEFORE they are on the trail. The logic, such as double tap to go to wide angle mode quickly, is improved over the 2013 model. A logic delay to keep it from ever going through the 160 lumen, distance mode at all would be helpful. By the way, the wide angle mode is absolutely perfect for reading. The light is so smoothly uniform and sufficiently wide-angle to avoid any need for head turning, even to read a large map. The RED MODE is much improved with the addition of dimming (which the 2013 did not have) but now is too powerful for its intended function not to hamper one's night vision. The increased intensity and focus of the 2014 red mode definitely makes it more broadly usable but the starting point intensity of this mode should assume that the user's eyes are fully adjusted to total darkness when it is activated. May I suggest this could be best fixed by bringing the red on at a lower intensity, say 25%-35% instead of 75%, and then brighten it gradually (if needed) to 100% by holding down the switch. The dimming does not seem to work quite as reliably on the red as it does on the white modesâ€"sometimes turning off rather than dimming. This may be a matter of my being a little more patient in adjusting intensity and is minor in comparison to all the other fantastic qualities of the 2014 Storm. The reviewer who despised the red mode on the 2013 Storm would love this function on the 2014 model! I also had a BATTERY COMPARTMENT SCREW STRIP on one of our 2013's. But I am confident that between REI and Black Diamond this lamp will be replaced to my absolute satisfaction. After all, who else beside Black Diamond has a 3 year warranty on a product like this? The built in plastic “screw-driverâ€� on the strap adjustment buckle might cause that failure but I am certain that it did not cause the failure in our case. Yes, I have noticed that GETTING THE STORM OPEN for battery changing on the 2014 is a bit more challenging than on the 2013. Two thumb-tabs, one on the case and another on the back, would fix this. The problem is that there is nothing to get a hold of in order to get it open. Also, I agree on the difficulty of FINDING THE ON/OFF SWITCH WITH GLOVES ON. How about an easily felt, raised rim around the switch? A “glove rimâ€� and tabs might also help one to know which side is up when putting it on in the dark. These modifications might also help those who forget to use (or do not know about) the LOCK mode when they put it in their pack. I can't comment on WATERPROOFNESS, because I have not used any of my Storms in heavy rain. I hope the opening problem is because of an improvement in the water seal? More COLOR OPTIONS help our family to keep from using someone else’s Storm. Thanks! I WEAR GLASSES. The 2014 Storm, evidently because of its slightly different battery arrangement and/or the opaque (as opposed to clear bezel around the LED cluster on the older models), does not glare in the edges of my rimless glasses. As have all other head lamps I have ever used. The 2014 Storm has a bit more maximum forward tip angle, making it more usable for close work and seeing right in front of your feet. Finally, I almost exclusively use RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES. I disagree with the criticism that the Storm “doesn’t take to rechargeables.â€� I use a very advanced charger (an older LaCrosse BC-900) so have a very accurate finger-on-the-pulse of the batteries I use. Those who want to use and have rechargeable battery problems need a higher quality charger. Also realize that the uniformity of quality of all batteries is declining. Even the best brands have to be watchedâ€"down to the individual battery. An apt illustration of this relates to the alkalines provided with my 2014 Storm. When the charge indicator on my Storm went to red I checked the voltage on all of the batteries individually with my LaCrosse charger. I found that one was substantially weaker (.82 volts) than the other three (at 1.28 volts.) I replaced only the weak one, my state of charge indicator went to green and I got over a week more use. This was a battery problem, not a headlamp defect. Several reviewers appear to have gotten defective 2013 units related to abnormal discharging. If something like that happens to you, that's what a good warranty is forâ€"use it. No manufacturer is perfect. This is still an exceptional product. I wish it could be made in the USA because its prospect of staying exceptional would be better. Sorry this is so long but it does cover almost all the bases. Ron From the wilderness in the Washington Cascades

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love the wide range of settings

By 

from California, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

This headlamp is extremely bright. It has 4 settings. One is a focused circle in the direction you walk, and one gives a wide spectrum view of everything around you. Both can be dimmed and brightened. I especially love the wider spectrum light for stationary activities, while the more focused light is great for hiking. There is also a blinking setting - nice addition. The last setting is a red light which is great for looking at detail in the night because it doesn't make your pupils shrink the way a strong white light would. Overall, I love using this headlamp on my helmet when I hike and climb at night, and it is usually the brightest light of all my friends (: I highly recommend it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well built headlamp.

By 

from Northern Minnesota, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I am impressed on the quality of construction of this headlamp. I have own many headlamps over the years and none have held up like this one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Head Lamp

By 

from Rangeleywood

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I've used this a couple of times so far, not only on the trail but to work on my car when I do light auto work, what a time saver not having to deal with a drop light, definitely a great buy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great. For intended uses.

By 

from Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I bought this lamp thinking that it was the Spot when I was in a bind the night before the Wasatch 100. It performed well through the night, but I wasn't doing much running at that point. Since then I have gone on a few night runs and it's basically too heavy to run with. Having said that, I understand that this is not it's intended purpose. For someone who wants a bright light that will perform without questions in all mountain weather, and you won't be doing any running with it, this is a killer lamp. I'll definitely be keeping it around for a reliable climbing/skiing lamp. Just wanted to give feedback for any runners who might be considering this lamp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lamp

By 

from Central CO

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

Let me start off by saying that this is not my first headlamp, just my first BD headlamp. I think I actually have an earlier version, but the list of improvements on this seem to be well thought out and beneficial. Anyway, I have had my Storm for two or so years. I have used it from CO to OR and up to AK - and everywhere in between. The reasons I like it: The spot is great for hiking in before dawn and after sunset. The flood is perfect for digging through your pack on those hikes, or rigging equipment around the campfire. The versatility is second to none. I found the red light to be almost obnoxious at first, but once I read the instructions, I realized it was pretty easy. And thankfully, the red light is an "always on" function. Meaning when you select it, it stays in red light mode until you switch back to white light - even when you turn it off and on again. Therefore you don't have to worry about ruining your night-vision with the white light. As a native Oregonian, the best part is that it's waterproof. I've used the lamp in the most awesome downpours. The only ill-effect was that I got soaked. Finally, I am sure I have changed the batteries in this lamp, but I absolutely don't remember doing it. The burn time may be on par with many modern lamps, but it is still epic. I love the lamp and "if" it every gives out (more likely I will lose it), I will absolutely buy another. I recommend this to all my friends.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

its the one for me

By 

from Australia

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

spent 3 years dithering and a year ago i bought this. had the money to buy anything and not care. I am a fan of standard battery sizes. Anything more powerful was pointless and some hurt my eyes. Anything noticeably less was not good enough. It has wide beam for in tent use with the two white leds as wide as my field of vision. That quadpower for night walking was at least good enough. One set of re-chargeables has always been enough for a couple of nights in the wild. Love the dimmer and power tap. Perfect

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Loaded with features

By 

from South Lake Tahoe, Ca

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

What an amazing headlamp. Multiple settings and great lumens from a small package. I highly recommend if your in the market for a new head lamp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great light

By 

from Masontown, PA 15461, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I have several lights and needed one that was water proof. Like all the bells and whistles in this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best darn headlamp. Period.

By 

from Central Cascades, Wa

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

This is the best headlamp on the market for this price. The features are awesome - especially the red-light option and the lock to keep it from turning on in your pack. I have 5. Once I had one go bad on me after leaving the batteries in it for a year without use. Black Diamond replaced it no-questions-asked with a new one. No bad things to say - this is the headlamp you want for serious endeavors where ruggedness and high-lumens are necessary.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Battery door blows chuncks

By 

from Michigan

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

This is my second headlamp from Black Diamond. I purchased my first one 3 years ago and the battery door had a thumb screw for opening. After 3 years the battery door broke which I fixed with a little tape. Upon purchase of this unit the manual has no mention of how to open it. After reading other reviews on Black Diamonds website I concluded I would have to open it with a screwdriver and it wasn't easy. Installing batteries was a challenge as well. Please fix this issue on future models.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is waterproof

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I use this canyoneering where I jump in pools and swim all day long. I would say it is a maximum 2 ft depth but I have never had a problem with it not lighting up.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good headlamp with some minor annoyances

By 

from PA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

Pros: Very bright, especially in the high setting. Easily outshines most other headlamps. "Close Up Mode" is not as bright (saving battery) and is great for working on something right in front of you. Remembers if you are in Red or White mode so you can turn it off and return to the previous mode. Great for waking up in the middle of the night if you like red mode so you don't blind yourself/lose night vision. You can also go straight to red mode from off without having to go through white mode. Great for the same reasons. Waterproof. I haven't had it underwater or anything, but it has held up great in rain, sleet, and snow. Ability to dim. Nice if you are working up close or don't need as much light. Cons: Remembers if you are on red, but it can't remember the previous dim setting! C'mon BD. If it can remember the mode surely it can remember the dim setting. It always defaults to ~70% now. Burns through batteries fairly quick. This could possibly be because I use rechargeables, but I think it's more likely due to the brightness of the lamp. Not much can be done about that. As batteries die the headlamp dims. This is a known feature though. Headlamp strap gets wavy after some use or possible after it gets wet. Kind of annoying. Heavy, but this is simply because it takes 4AAA batteries to produce as much light as it does. This isn't so much a con as it is a fact of engineering. If BD was to fix the issue with the headlamp strap and also allow it to remember the dimness setting I would buy another immediately. Regardless, I recommend this headlamp as-is.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I now own 2 of these

By 

from Omaha, NE

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I bought the first one, loved it so much, I ordered a 2nd one. Super bright, lightweight, and easy to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great headlight

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

The light is very bright and not too heavy for running.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for any Storm!

By 

from Austin, TX, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

This headlamp is perfect for any storm. My first time using it was for an early morning run that saved me from running into a heard of deer and an armadillo! You can use it for running, reading, backpacking, finding the candles when the power goes out... pretty much anything you could ever imagine. I cannot wait to take it on all my future adventures.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NEW Just opened and really happy

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

Ordered this to replace my Icon which I have used virtually every day working under dashes of vehicles since I bought it. The only complaint I had about the Icon was the unpredictable ON/OFF sequence. Since it was based on the last state when you turned it off you never knew what mode it was going to turn on in. That has all been fixed with the Storms State cycle. The same button sequence does the same thing every time .... great update! I cannot comment on durability but if its anything like the Icon it will last forever. The only reason I am replacing the Icon is I left it on full on a hot day in a hot car on a black seat and melted the Fresnel lens on the front so the light beam is now scattered. Will report back if i run into any problems

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very easy to use, adjusts angle easily and simple to adjust brightness

By 

from Gold Coast QLD, Australia

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

Use the headlamp for work every shift, it has a great battery life and is very robust. The only improvement would be to have a longer lasting elastic, the torch itself is so well built the head band wears out before the lamp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very good product

By 

from Colorado, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

Very happy with this headlamp. It's a little heavier than others due to the extra battery but I expected that and bought it because of the power and longevity. Use this on Search and Rescue Missions where a good headlamp can make all the difference.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best I have found

By 

from New Zealand

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I use this headlamp for tramping and for urban search and rescue. This headlamp is the best that I have found. I have both the current (2014 version) and the previous version. It has an excellent control logic, including locking, separate red / white light modes, powertap and easy dimming). The new logic improves on the old logic (press to turn on then quick press to change from white beam to white flood) and the powertap technology is incredibly useful, allowing to change from powersaving low light level to a high light level in an instant. Many lights require you to cycle through light settings with button presses - normally very annoying if you only want to use red light. This has the ability to switch between the red light (on/off/flash) and white (beam/flood/flash/dim) by holding down the button for two seconds. The light lock also helps to make sure it doesn't accidentally turn on. The new version has made the button slightly less tactil (slightly harder to press and you can't feel the click as much), however it is certainly not as bad as others I have tried and it is still easy to press/hold. The only change I think would improve it would be to remember the last dim setting now that it has the powertap technology allowing you to change from full to dimmed in an instant - I normally change it to the lowest dim setting (or near to it) as soon as I turn it on.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Over all: so far so good.

By 

from NH & CA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I've not yet had an opportunity to use it in a technical situation, but it works perfectly. I do a lot of winter mountaineering and ice climbing , so I'm uncertain as to how easy it will be to switch through the modes with gloves on. That being said, it's quite a useful piece of gear. I've grown to expect nothing less from Black Diamond.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressed so far!!

By 

from Montana, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I've always spent very little money on headlamps and gotten by just fine. Had a friend pick one of these up and I was very impressed with the brightness this lamp had. I got one and used it on a recent elk hunt. Made the hikes out in the dark easier than ever before. Time will tell if the battery life lives up to it's expectation.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good light for the money.

By 

from Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Village, CA 95389, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

Different lighting features are a nice touch and the overall construction of this thing is bomber. If I could suggest one thing it would be to make the button a little more prominent so that you don't have to fiddle around feeling for it in the dark.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT warrenty service!

By 

from Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I bought the storm last year, and really loved it, until a hairline crack started forming near where the battery case screws together. Then another crack started to form on the opposite side of the screw, then it just cracked off completely, making the headlamp useless. I had only ever screwed it in thumb-nail tight, so i knew i got a lemon! I just took a photo of the manufactures defect on a Sunday, and sent it in to BD, then left for a 3-day camping trip. To my great surprise and joy, a brand new Storm was waiting for me when i got home!! Now THAT'S how customer service is supposed to work! I've been using BD products since the 1980's, and will continue to do so with confidence. BTW, the newer version of the Storm that I got is even more awesome with the new "tap" feature, and just the dimming feature itself is reason enough to put BD on top of the competition.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

All it needs is more color options

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I Havent tested the waterproof capabilitys yet, but its really bright, lightweight and has more functions than a flashlight of the same cost. I go caving and work as an Outdoor instructor/Camp counselor. The red is so bright I can build things in the dark and not need the regular light. The "High beams" wide angle lights make sure I miss nothing. All I ask is I got the Orange because I want a bright easy to find color. My friends and co workers also got the same for the same reasons. Neon Green, blue and red would be great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bright and Sturdy Headlamp

By 

from San Francisco, CA, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

This will be my second BD headlamp. I had a 2012 Spot. That was a great light. So when i saw a good deal on the 2014, i bought one. The 2014 Storm feels fairly solid for a plastic $50 lamp. I like the feature where the light is at 75% brightness when turned on. that way you will not be draining the battery while walking around. with only a tap youre at 100% brightness. light is quite bright at 160 lumens for the spot light. Great for hiking down trails after dark and spotting things in the distance. The proximity light is nice and bright too. this is what i didnt like about the BD Spot, the proximity light wasnt bright enough. I enjoy night photography, so the red light helps me set my camera settings without loosing my night vision. Some cons: lamp glitched the first time used, it will dim then turn off, instead of dim then reverse dim. power button is too stiff. i have to press hard with my nail. the manual in the box had the wrong specs (100 lumens, but its a 2014 model with powertap). The max burn time and lumens on BD's site does not match the box or the instruction manual in the box and does not match the web base manual. It appears a few of the models of the head lamps on BD's site have discrepancies with burn times between BD's own marketing material, instructions and box... fix this BD.

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1.0

Not good

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

After a few uses the closure screw stripped and now the unit is useless. It appears I may have received a defective one as the nut the closure screw engages was press fit at an odd angle in the housing. it was a struggle to get battery cover to close right out of the box.

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5.0

Does it all

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

This light covers all uses. From dim to bright with red night sight feature to boot. It is a tad heavy, but overall feels pretty good on the head. The one nit to pick is because it does so many lighting variations, it is hard to remember them all. Perhaps a small weatherproof cheat sheet could be included with each lamp. Regardless, don't toss out the instructions!

 
5.0

One of the better ones out there

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from Milwaukee, WI, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Storm Headlamp:

I saw one of this brand being worn by one of the people on an Alaska subsistence show so I checked it out. I liked it because of the max brightness rating and battery life. I ran the included batteries for at least 200 hours running the main LED at mid brightness. The included batteries were Duracell. Brightness was very good and the band is nice and stiff. I am a contractor and i need one that will stay on my head while working upside down. This one does well. For the cons, The vertical adjustment does not have enough clicks and is very stiff. You need two hands to aim it down. Using the various lighting options is not easy to do. I carry the instructions with me to figure it out. It uses 4 AAA batteries and so is a bit bulky and heavy. The battery compartment is held closed with a thumb screw that needs a tool or coin to open it. And lastly the button for turning on the light is a bit hard to locate blindly. Overall I think it is very good for the price.

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