I use head
lamps everyday for working on boats. We also use them on-board. A red night mode is important to us and headlamps with this feature can be harder to find.. I own a Princenton Tec, a Black Diamond and a pile of older Petzl's none of which have red night mode..
lamps I use most often, and the ones that get beat on day after day in my tool bag, are the Energizer Brilliant Beam Headlight.
I have about six of them, maybe more now because I grab a new one at Wal*Mart or Home Depot every time I forget mine, and have yet to kill one.
I keep a few on the boat, a few in my tool bags, one in each car etc. etc... They are comfortable, inexpensive, and bright. They also have a red night mode.
While not "waterproof" they are very water
resistant. We have hiked in pouring rain with them and I all too often take the dogs
over to the islands in the pouring rain. My daughter dropped one in the ocean while getting in the dinghy
one night and it was still on when I reached in the water to retrieve it.. It still works to this day.. We've never had a single
Energizer Brilliant Beam Headlight fail us and because of the price
we beat on them more than we probably should.. They have sealed buttons and an o-ring on the battery compartment. The one that went in the drink was dry inside when I got back to the boat and opened it up...
For the $19.00 they honestly can't be beat, and I do beat on them every single
day of the week..... On one of them I have actually resorted to headlight restorer to polish the lens back from being beat & scratched by my tools. I literally just toss them in my soft sided tool bags with my wrenches, screw drivers, crimp tools etc.. The damn things still work. They also come with a set of Energizer batteries which makes them even less money
than ones that don't...
Last winter I was almost laughed off the Presidential Range by my gear
head buddies who were in shock that I chose my Wal*Mart head lamp over my gourmet gear head
Black Diamond for a night hike into the range.
When they saw my red night mode, and how bright it was when hiking in, the laughing stopped. I simply loaded it with three Li AAA batteries and got an entire three day trip out of it. I was the only guy in camp at night with the head lamp on because I was not blinding everyone off the snow with my white LED on.........
It has survived Mt. Washington
in the winter..
For the price I have had no need to even think about using any of my gourmet
head lamps since discovering these inexpensive Energizers.....