Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp Review

The Princeton Tec Vizz is a fairly standard headlamp with the exception of its overall max brightness – 165 lumens! I did a double take the first time I read that stat.  Outside the lumen advantage there isn’t much else that makes it stand out.  It has a screw closure for the battery door, adjustable strap, and several lighting modes along with  a lock mode (all accessible through a single top button).

The biggest drawback about this headlamp, in my mind, is that it is unregulated.  You get the max 165 lumen output for only about 15 minutes before you start seeing a noticeable drop in brightness.  For most, who only use a headlamp for a few minutes at a time, this really isn’t a drawback and I would recommend you buy this headlamp.  It has the best price vs. performance of any headlamp on the market right now, IMO.  But, if you are using this headlamp for extended periods of time (such as for summit attempts) I’d recommend the Black Diamond Storm.

Here's me wearing my Vizz at the summit crater of Mt. Rainier.  While the Vizz might not be ideal for mountaineering it did get me to the top of Mt. Rainier during our early morning summit bid.  Got to give it props for that!

Here’s me wearing my Vizz at the summit crater of Mt. Rainier. While the Vizz might not be ideal for mountaineering it did get me to the top of Mt. Rainier during our early morning summit bid. Got to give it props for that!

Conclusion:

When it comes down to it the Princeton Tech Vizz is a great headlamp for the average outdoor enthusiast with its 165 lumen light output making up for any drawbacks.

Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp