Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Review

The Black Diamond Spot headlamp is a pretty standard headlamp offering with the exception of its 130 lumen output.  It runs on three AAA batteries and has a fairly solid run time.

One thing I don’t like about this headlamp is that it is unregulated – resulting in a pretty considerable lumen drop after 1-2 hours of continuous usage.  It also has a waterproof rating of “light rain and splashes”.  This decrease weight but it does mean you need to pay attention and keep it dry.

Like all Black Diamond headlamps the single button mode cycle is easy to get the hang of.  I also like the battery meter – no unexpected dead batteries. One other feature worth mentioning is a cool little brightness toggle that I’ve not seen used before.  Using some sort of touch technology you can tap the side of the headlamp (there is no button here, just tap the hard plastic side) and cycle between “bright” and “dim” quickly.  This is super handy but I’m curious how it will work if the headlamp gets wet.  I know my phone’s touch screen freaks out if it gets wet and I’m not sure if this will have the same issue.  I also had a hard time using this feature with gloves on.


A very bright headlamp that has an affordable price.  If you are wanting something to use on car camping trips or while bike commuting its great.  If you want something to depend on for an early morning summit push look toward the Black Diamond Storm or some other regulated output headlamp.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp