Petzl Tikka XP Head Torch - Ideal headlamp for running and cycling
The Petzl Tikka XP is the next generation of the Tikka headtorch (headlamp) range providing excellent illumination via an even and adjustable white light, what's more being an LED headtorch it also has a long light duration. The XP is compact in design thanks to the batteries being located within the lamp's body. This model is ideal for running or cycling.
- Light duration: up to 120h
- Light distance: up to 35m (50m in boost mode)
- Powerful, focused light beam with 3 lighting levels (maximum, optimum, economy) and a blinking mode
- Boost mode: 50% more light than the maximum level for 20 seconds
- Wide angle lens for flood beam-like proximity lighting
- Battery life indicator (indicator light + blinking LED): warns when the batteries are approximately 70% and 90% drained
- Compact and lightweight
- Tiltable light body
- Adjustable and ergonomic headband
It used to be that headtorches were big, heavy and powerful or small but relatively weak, but as LED technology has developed, Petzl have been able to develop a head torch that tips the scales at under 100 grammes but delivers a beam with a claimed range of up to 50 metres.
The Tikka XP is like a cross between the standard Tikka and big brother Myo XP and anyone who's used the Myo will be familiar with the way the XP version of the Tikka works.
There's a single, high-powered LED which has three settings and a boost switch which ups range to a maximum 50 metres regardless of which setting the torch is on. The boost works for 20 seconds only to save power and prevent overheating.
The light unit pivots in its housing like a standard Tikka and like the Tikka, it runs on small AAA batteries.
It's hard to believe that something so light and so compact can throw out this much light. At a measured 94 grammes, the XP is only around 16 grammes heavier than a Tikka Plus, but has a much more penetrating and focussed beam. Using the 'boost' button ups things further, good if you're straining to pick out some navigational feature in the gloom. That 20 seconds doesn't sound a lot, but in practice, it's quite adequate.
Review from What MTB
Not strictly a bike light but we've included this because everyone needs a handy chuck-in-the-pack/around-the-camp light and this is so much better than clenching a torch between your teeth as you struggle double-handed with the enmeshed tent zip after coming in from a night lap. The lights itself is surprisingly good, with a flkip-across lens switching it from spot to flood, and a boost button to provide extra power. We'd use it as a helmet light at a push - and it's invaluable for trailside repairs in teh dark.
Emergency/pits light(practically compulsory for 24hr races)