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Backpacker Magazine – October 2011

Gear Review: Black Diamond Storm

The Storm has multiple setting options for only $50 and four ounces.

by: Casey Lyons

(Courtesy Photo)
(Courtesy Photo)

Ultra Lights
Four more camp lights
You want it, the Storm’s got it. There’s gusto: On the spot setting (100 lumens), it’s “powerful enough for night hiking through any terrain, and it’s spotlight-bright more than 100 feet out,” said one tester after a trip in California’s Trinity Alps. On flood setting, the light diffuses evenly into the periphery, creating 180 degrees of yellowish light (which testers much prefer over blue-tinted LEDs).

Bonus: You can adjust brightness, and a fourth AAA battery (most in this class have just three) maintains high output for four hours.

Tip: Read the manual to figure out all the functions, like the lock mode to prevent accidental turn-ons.

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Also from Santa Cruz
Sep 05, 2013

^Spot on ><

But the Storm is a very worthy headlamp that is also waterproof so when it's coming at ya sideways you got nothing to worry about.
I don't usually use the high beam,I keep it low, but it's nice when you need to see off in the distance! It's blows other headlamps away!
Lock feature prevents battery suicide.
Adjustable beam offers just the right amount of light.
Not as comfortable as my Tikka XP 2 but hey it still rocks and most the time I'll have either a bandana or a beanie on so I can't tell.

From Santa Cruz
Nov 30, 2011

For one less battery worth of weight at the expense of only 10 lumens, check out their "spot" model as well.


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