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**EXPIRED** Black Diamond Spot Headlamp $19.93 - 1 day only (Feb 13th) - US only

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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp $19.93 - 1 day only (Feb 13th) - US only

find it here: http://www.rei.com/product/835600/black-diamond-spot-headlamp-2011-closeout

i think shipping is free too: http://www.rei.com/free-shipping

it's only 5 bucks more normally.  and i don't really like this headlamp that much - it's got some issues.  but if you're looking for a camping headlamp on a budget, you could do a lot worse than this for $20.  i

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robostud5000 wrote:

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp $19.93 - 1 day only (Feb 13th) - US only

find it here: http://www.rei.com/outlet/deal-of-the-day

i think shipping is free too: http://www.rei.com/free-shipping

it's only 5 bucks more normally.  and i don't really like this headlamp that much - it's got some issues.  but if you're looking for a camping headlamp on a budget, you could do a lot worse than this for $20.  

 

seems like a great light at a good price. WHAT issues did u have with the light? I guess the updated model has 15 more lumens (90).

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[quote=saypat][quote=robostud5000]Black Diamond Spot Headlamp $19.93 - 1 day only (Feb 13th) - US onlyfind it here: http://www.rei.com/outlet/deal-of-the-dayi think shipping is free too: http://www.rei.com/free-shippingit's only 5 bucks more normally.  and i don't really like this headlamp that much - it's got some issues.  but if you're looking for a camping headlamp on a budget, you could do a lot worse than this for $20.  [/quote] seems like a great light at a good price. WHAT issues did u have with the light? I guess the updated model has 15 more lumens (90).[/quote]

It has a bit of an ugly beam (yellow spot in the middle). Tape will fix that pretty well. It isn't waterproof and doesn't look all that rainproof although it will probably work as long as you let it dry out.

The flood mode isn't very bright. Would be useful mainly only in the tent for instance.

For $20 considering what you would be comparing it too it's probably a good deal.

I didn't have mine all that long before I traded it in for a Storm.

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The Coast headlamps are the way to go.  They throw a lot farther. 

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saypat wrote:
seems like a great light at a good price. WHAT issues did u have with the light? I guess the updated model has 15 more lumens (90).

i concur with mr. bryan about the negatives.

some of the good things about the Spot are that it's small, light weight (90g), got lots of levels thanks to the infinite dimming UI, red can be accessed without cycling through the other modes, and the build quality actually looks pretty good.  

it is not a thrower, not a real flooder, has limited output, and as i said in the first post, it's probably best for camping and backpacking and other activities where weight and versatility matter more that being really good at any one thing.  but it's not bad for $20.  for that price and for what i generally use headlamps for, i'd take it over a Coast LED Lenser any day.  

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I wouldn't.  I would 10 times rather pay about $20 more and buy this one and have a way better headlamp that will do more what I need.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/270912362086?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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I guess people have different preferences and needs when they use a headlamp but I'd have no use for a LED Lenser Headlamp if it was given to me.

Throw (other than a bare minimum) is not to useful in a headlamp to me. Maybe hunters use throw to locate animals?

Separate battery packs also seem like a thing of the past (to me).

The Spot at this price is interesting for all of the things Robo mentioned. "spot" and flood modes as well as red mode and infinite ramping as well as being small.

I've noticed that the XP2 is now available in the $35 range in some places.

Certain lights are decent lights but are just overpriced given what else is available. I'm glad to see these decent headlamps become available at appropriate prices.

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ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:

I wouldn't.  I would 10 times rather pay about $20 more and buy this one and have a way better headlamp that will do more what I need.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/270912362086?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

 

WOW! That is a nice headlamp there! I watched the video. Never seen a Led Lenser lamp before. Just went to their site and read all about them. Very nice, but on the heavy side for some, huh.

thanks for the link....

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ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/270912362086?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

$43?! yowza that's steep!  there's no way i'm paying more than $20 for a headlamp that takes 3xAAA batteries.  for that price i'd rather get a UF-H3 or spend $20 more and get a Zebralight.  

*edit* i thought that Coast looked familiar.  here it is at Manafont for $30

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I'd like to see someone design a light that uses an aspheric with the design criteria being to minimize the rings.

Some of it is chromatic aberration I think (the color changes). However some of it is light hitting the aspheric in places that it doesn't need to hit. This could be designed out.

The lights that use a larger aspheric relative to the ID of the head generally have less rings than those aspherics with a smaller effective area and then a flat flange around that. This creates at least some of the rings I believe.

I still think for the most part it's more effective to carry two P60 sized lights with one diffused for a perfect 3 mode flood and another optimized for 1 mode dedicated throw.

It doesn't need to throw 1,000 feet in reality since you can't see anything (other than a building) that far away. A P60 dedicated thrower with the standard sized head will "target" any animal, trail marker, or anything else you might realistically want to keep track of in the 300 foot range which is the range that you can see and note some detail.

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I have ordered from Manafont 1 time and it took a damn month to get my order.  Screw that. 

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How about this one?  http://offers.dealextreme.com/team.php?id=1025 $13 and free shipping.  

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ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:

I have ordered from Manafont 1 time and it took a damn month to get my order.  Screw that. 

never taken more than 3 weeks for me, even during Chinese New Year.  typically takes 2 weeks.  even if it took a month, i don't mind waiting if it means i can save 30%.  if i really needed it fast, i'd probably get it from Amazon anyway.

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robostud5000 wrote:

ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/270912362086?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

$43?! yowza that's steep!  there's no way i'm paying more than $20 for a headlamp that takes 3xAAA batteries.  for that price i'd rather get a UF-H3 or spend $20 more and get a Zebralight.  

*edit* i thought that Coast looked familiar.  here it is at Manafont for $30

thanks for the heads up, that's quite a bit cheaper than even Amazon! I wish DD had it as I have some gift cards there.