Black Diamond Storm Headlamp review – Brighten your travels!

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Black Diamond Storm Headlamp review – Brighten your travels!

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

A review that will shed some light on your travels

I don’t choose to review a product unless I truly believe in it, and feel that it can be beneficial to those interested in travelling!  That is why I’ve decided to review another one of the very few items I choose to travel with when I’m flash-packing my carry-on travel bag! No matter where I’ve travelled to, I’ve always had a situation which involved me having to use my Black Diamond Storm Headlamp!

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

Photo credit: http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/

I think the first situation I was in where I realized I could really use a headlamp (or flashlight/torch of any nature) was after a caving trip in Sumatra, Indonesia. I came out from the bat-cave, and the sky seemed to have an armageddon type air to it. Dark, treacherous storm clouds rolled in quickly. It was the tail-end of monsoon – but not the absolute end, judging by these clouds.  We ran quickly back to our bungalow, only to hear a crash of lightning which knocked out our power for the night. Luckily (and for some unknown reason) I had a glow stick in my backpack. That glow stick provided us with a tiny bit of ambient, neon blue light for the evening. Reading, card games, and pretty much anything else was out of the question. Why didn’t I pack a flash light?

After researching several different varieties of lights, I decided a headlamp would best suit my needs. Hands free lighting meant I could do exponentially more in darkly lit situations. But what made the Black Diamond Storm headlamp stand out more?

Black Diamond Storm - Spelunking in Belize

Photo of me spelunking in some humid caves in Belize! (Please note: Storm not shown in photo)

Why’s the Black Diamond Storm so hot?

I’m not a huge advocate for just sticking to name brands, but this was an item that  I figured I would need for a long time, and I would want to be reliable in situations such as the one listed above.

  • Black Diamond has a good standing reputation for outdoorsy activities. It’s a durable design, with a good lifespan on it’s batteries.
  • I really liked the fact that the Black Diamond Storm in particular has a water resistance of up to a meter deep for 30 mins! Doing a lot of water related activities, this was a plus. Water resistance didn’t necessarily even mean I’d be swimming with little Nemo clownfish either – that monsoon was enough to short circuit most run-of-the-mill headlamps. It has a good
  • With 100 lumens (measurement of visible brightness) – this bad-boy will shine up to 70 meters away! This came in especially handy when on some night safaris, including one to Bako National Park, Borneo when I spotted some flying lemurs!
  • Size and weight – for a flash-packer like myself, having items be small and durable are key! Granted there’s not too many headlamps the size of a football, this is still a perfect size for my carry-on bag!
  • Price – at roughly $50 USD, it didn’t break the bank. It comes with a year warranty, which should be adequate in figuring out if it’s defective or not. For the peace of mind knowing that it won’t ‘blow a fuse’ in dire situations, it was a worthwhile investment.
Black Diamond Storm - Lemur Sighting

A night hike Flying Lemur sighting in Bako National Park, Borneo!

Black Diamond Storm - Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher sighting

An Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, fast asleep while hiking through Bako National Park

Reality Check

Though there’s loads of headlamps out there, the Black Diamond Storm is my flashlight of choice. Though I’m sure there’s plenty of more water-resistant, rough and tumble, professional headlamps out there – this was a perfect general use torch for travelling with. As I mentioned before, if I don’t believe in a product, I won’t freely promote it here for your off-the-beaten-path exploits.

Want to learn more? Check out their website, or ask me a question in the comment section below!

Have you used a Black Diamond Storm headlamp, or similar product? What was your experience with it? Have you ever been travelling and realized that you really should have packed a flashlight?

Please feel free to share your experiences and thoughts in the comment section below! 

2016-11-30T07:50:38+00:00 By |Categories: Packing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

About the Author:

From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. He's since travelled to all 7 continents, and has spent the majority of his life pursuing this passion. Follow him in his off-the-beaten-path adventures and discoveries!


  1. Matt November 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    You are spelunking with a Petzl Myo, not a BD Storm. I’m afraid this debunks your entire review and causes me to think you wrote it to obtain payment or products from BD rather than to provide an honest review of the BD Storm. Poor show.

    • Doc.Josh November 20, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Definitely not the storm in the photo, you are correct. It is a nice headlamp though, I picked one up a couple of weeks ago.

      • Ian Ord November 26, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

        Glad to hear you’re liking your Storm, Doc.Josh! I would love to hear about any of your experiences (good or bad) with it! Enjoy!

    • Ian Ord November 26, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Hey Matt – good eye on the photo for spelunking. That was actually the headlamp that the caving company supplied and was attached to the helmet. Unfortunately, it’s the only photo of myself spelunking I have, and is from 2007 *(I didn’t buy my storm until 2011) – however, the review is entirely honest, as I don’t collect any payments or provide any sponsored reviews on WSE travel, unless I myself have tried it out. Even then, as per the disclosures page, I would by law be required to disclose that it was in some way sponsored as per the FTC.

      You can see photos of my BD Storm in my packing list from last year (before this article was written) here: https://wheresidewalksend.com/carry-on-only-challenge-results-after-trip-one/

      Thanks for the comment and stopping by. I’m sorry you felt mislead, that was not my intent, and you can see by any of my other posts on this site, I try to give a very well rounded opinion on anything or any place I review. 🙂 Thanks again!

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