Beam Comparison - Headlamp

Beam Distance Comparison - Click on the images to compare at full size. Keep in mind that beam photos like these may overstate the negatives of dimmer headlamps, since unlike the camera (which is kept at the same settings for all photos), your eyes will adjust to dimmer light and thus see better than is implied by the photos.

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Winner of our Editors' Choice award  the Coast HL7 impressed us with a combination of high-power beam  great close-proximity lighting  relatively light weight  and low-price.
Coast HL7
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The Black Diamond Spot was updated for 2016 with better optics  53% more lumens (200 vs. 130 before)  and is now waterproof to 1.1 meter. But  we one change we don't like is the new headband strap  which has one buckle facing in (see the right side one above) that we found to be less comfortable than the old strap.
Black Diamond Spot
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award   
Price $29.52 at Amazon$24.96 at Amazon
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Pros Incredible brightness and beam control, great valueGood spot light capability, above average in almost every category
Cons Short battery lifeLess battery life than competitors
Weighted Metrics Coast HL7 Black Diamond Spot
Trail Finding - 20%
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Close Proximity - 15%
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Battery Life - 15%
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Brightness - 25%
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Weight - 15%
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Ease Of Use - 10%
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Product Specs Coast HL7 Black Diamond Spot
Measured Max Beam Distance 131 m 71 m
Claimed Distance 152 m 75 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 3.4 hrs 3.7 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time 3.8 hrs 50 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 80 hrs 200 hrs
Weight 128 g, 4.5 oz 96 g, 3.4 oz
Battery Type 3 AAA 3 AAA
Water Resistance Water-resistant IPX 4 (splash proof)
Manuf Claimed Lumens 196 lumens 130 lumens
Beam Type Flood Flood/Spot
Red Light no Yes
On/Off Switch Lock No Yes