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Petzl Zipka LED Headlamp Headlamps Review

Petzl Zipka LED Headlamp


Description
With it's retractable headband and streamline design, the newly released Zipka takes hands-free lighting to a new minimalist low.. Not much larger than the batteries that power it, Zipka weighs just a tad over two ounces--and that's with batteries!. Retractable mini band adjusts to fit almost anything, allowing you to put it on your head, helmet, arm, pack or wherever you need light. Triple LED bulbs distribute light evenly throughout your field of view with no blank spots in the beam; LED bulbs won't burn out. Streamlined design sets the beam at an efficient illumination angle. Batteries included.


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Review Date
August 16, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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2.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Shaun Paul Wilson ,  Backpacker

Summary:
You know how the 5 star rating says, "can't live without."? Well, that about sums it up. These guys are awesome. Yeah, maybe some people have big heads and have to wear the retraction mechs down to fit, but they must make them tight enough for little guys like me. I love these things. I've used them for everthing from taking out the garbage at night, or cleaning the pool, or chasing a raccoon out of our koi pond; to night bording down 7000 feet of Reineer wilderness, hiking up the Glaciers at Mt. Pilchuck and Goat Lake in WA., mountain biking all over Oregon and Washington etc.; to seting up camp late at night and catching crawdads with my son, reading star wars in the tent or washing dishes or preparing a midnight snack. These little gems are amazing! I never thought of them being adjustable - I just move my head to where I want to look!.. I also use them (I have two) for crawling under houses and doing termite and dryrot inspections...what a lifesaver. My old one was so bulky and stupid. The batteries lasted about thirty seconds if they were really good ones. The "adjustable angles" really meant it just fell to the lowest adjustment with every bump and it was incredibly uncomfortable - yes cheaper, but who cares when you get something worth it's cost! Besides the fact I think this already is worth it's value, I also think it's awesome when a company comes up with such a bold, new concept and gets it to the public. GOOD JOB PETZL!!!

Customer Service:
None

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Peice of junk thing probably by coleman or stanley? Bought at Home Depot 5 years ago...


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Review Date
June 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: highspeed_gardener ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I have used my Zipka headlight for several years now without any problems and only 2 battery changes. It has provided enough light for many night hikes on trails as well as being a great light for around camp. I have used it on backpacking trips in everything from 110 degrees in the deserts of S. California to -15 degrees in a January snow storm on the A.T. in Tenn. I have never had a problem with it in light rain. In heavy rain I try to protect it some, not because I've ever had a problem, just because I don't want to push my luck. The Zipka's most unique feature is it's retractable head band. It is handy because of how easy it is to fasten to just about anything. This makes it easy to light up your kitchen area, for example, allowing everyone to use just one light. The retractable headband also makes the Zipka very compact. You can easily carry it in your front pocket without noticing it. Over all I'm impressed with the Zipka but I do have a few small gripes. First of all I would hesitate to use it as my sole light source if I were to be bush wacking or traveling on a very poorly marked trail that I wasn't familar with. It just dosn't have the range. Second, it is not adjustable. I believe they have fixed this on the Zipka Plus. Another point is it is not actually water proof. The directions do say it can get wet as long as you dry it off later and take out the batteries. My final gripe is the comfort. After several hours the strap (string really) is really digging into my head. During winter it is not a problem because i just put it over my beannie but during summer it leaves a wicked line across my forehead. You can reduce this a bit by moving it up and down on your head or by making a head band out of your bandana.
Overall this is a great light for everything except super wet hikes or situations where you need to be able to see for miles with your light. If you neeed a light weight, reliable headlight you should look into the Zipka.

Customer Service:
Never had a need.

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To many to list. My wife thinks I'm addicted to trying new flashlights/headlamps.


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Review Date
September 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: paulbaguio ,  Backpacker , from Baguio

Summary:
Pros: Light and durable. so many all around purposes. I even use it on my bike and I wrap it around my handlebars. The white light is good for campsite lighting and last a long time as far as battery life is concern.
Cons: The light is not effective for long ranges but very effective inside the tent for reading and cooking (It is made for that way anyway). I have a worry on the rope strap of the light.... it may give in if used during rainy trails. Once the thin rope is detached, goodbye zipka...

Customer Service:
no problemo.


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Review Date
September 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: richtheclimber ,  Climber

Summary:
This review is for the Zipka Plus Headlamp. I put it here because it has no place of its own (at the time of writing).
Anyway, It kicks ass and paying the little bit extra was fine by me. BUY ZIPKA PLUS!!!


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Review Date
September 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Brandon ,  Day Hiker , from Prescott AZ

Summary:
This light is great on batteries and works better than expected as long as you dont expect a spot light. The one major flaw that I found is the switch. Do not take it out into the rain or let any water touch it or you will be left in the dark. I wasnt really expecting waterproof but even a little water resistance would be nice. All around a nice compact overachiever.


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