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!
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?
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.
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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?
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