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Backpacker Magazine – October 2011

Gear Review: Mammut X-Shot

The brightest headlamp we tested.

by: Casey Lyons

(Courtesy Photo)
(Courtesy Photo)

Ultra Lights
Four more camp lights
For dark-of-night pursuits, the X-Shot outperformed every other light we tested. After an alpine start on Colorado’s 14,259-foot Longs Peak, one tester said, “My partners could turn off their lamps and hike in my beam, and it wasn’t even on high.” Three LEDs provide up to 200 lumens of shadow-free, white light that blasts farther than a football field (on high), and three AA batteries power the high beam for 12 hours (the longest in this test).

Likes: It’s easy to operate with gloves on, and a snap-on lantern casing (sold separately, $12, 1.7 oz.) diffuses ambient light.

Dislikes: The strap is difficult to adjust, and stability is below average due to a large rear battery pack and thin strap.
$90
6.5 oz

www.mammut.ch



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John Keller
Oct 20, 2011

C'mon Backpacker, get with it and start testing Zebralights. 200 lumens, 1 AA battery, 3 oz, $64, warm tints, it blows everything else away.

Dwain Crispell
Oct 18, 2011

Yes the Mammut is nice but you guys should check out the HL5 or HL7 from coast. Super bright one hand operation and long run time. The fit is secure similar to my old stand by Petzls.

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