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Very nice product. It would be even better if it had more water proofing as this is suited to occasional splashes, I would like to be able to feel confident wearing this in the rain without worrying about damaging the unit. This headtorch uses PWM to control the brightness settings, I can notice this occasionally which if you are sensitive to PWM can be slightly irritating, I would love to see a fully regulated current controlled version available. Overall these are only a few niggles, and the retractable head band makes this a unique, lightweight and very pocketable torch, so I do recommend it!
This 300 lumen Zipka did not disappoint. I’ve had several Petzl Zipka models for around 19 years and each newer version is a little better. The “headband” is ingenious, comfortable, and makes the headlamp very compact. Just don’t let it “snap back” when removing it from your head. I’ve always retracted it back gently and have never had a problem with the mechanism. The red LED is great for nighttime in a hotel, tent, cabin, etc as opposed to a bright white light. With it you don’t disturb kids or spousal unit if they’re sleeping or if you don’t want to reduce your night vision when star gazing. The three levels of white light is nice with an even spread on the beam pattern. The reason for the 4 star as opposed to 5 is twofold, and they are minor flaws. 1) I wish it had a lockout so you don’t activate it in a backpack, pocket, or pouch accidentally. It’s never happened with any of the Zipkas that’s I’ve owned, but it has with other push button activated headlamps so it’s just a matter of time. 2) If you could angle the beam a little up or down, that would be great. It is accomplished by now by moving the light slightly up or down the curve of your forehead. It does have a wide beam so that minimizes the need to do it. All in all, these minor shortcomings are not enough to make me abandon it as my favorite headlamp, and I’ve had over ten different kinds and different brands over the last forty years. If I were to lose or break this one, I would purchase another one of the same kind in an instant.
I love these retractable head lamps. They're lightweight and compact and easy to throw in a pocket or a day pack. Very convenient. I've owned several over the years and always go right out and buy a new one when mine breaks or wears out. They now turn on at the lowest/dimmest setting which is nice. The little glow in the dark ring around the lamp is a nice idea and makes it easier to find in the dark, but I'd kind of prefer that when I turn off the lamp all light is extinguished. I'm knocking off one star because they now appear less well made; the plastic on my new one is definitely thinner and flimsier than previous models. Time will tell on how well it holds up.
OK. So they don't advertise it as waterproof. But I make the assumption that outdoor gear will just be waterproof. I left my last one in the dinghy (salt water environment) and it was toast in a few days. It just couldn't handle the exposure to salt water. So then I got a replacement because I love the design so much. Lost a star because of how quick the salt water killed it.