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Northbound Train LED Review
Cons: No switch lock, short beam throw
Bottom line: Its simple design makes this lamp sleek and easy to use.
This headlamp is priced similarly to the Black Diamond Spot and $15 less than Editors' Choice winning Black Diamond ReVolt. With this price-point competition, Northbound Train really needs to step up their game. Performance across the board suffers next to these and other products we reviewed. We anticipate that this product is apt to be readily available on sale. In this case, as long as the price is competitive with our Best Buy winner, the Petzl Tikkina, we can recommend the Northbound Train as a household headlamp.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Northbound Train LED light is a product that appears to be made and packaged in the same facility or facilities as some of the best performing products in our test. It is also priced like a better performing product. However, our experience with the Northbound Train indicated substandard performance.
As you can see in the beam comparison below the Northbound Train light isn't even in the same league as the Editors' Choice winning Coast HL7. For fewer dollars on the Coast, you get what looks and feels like truly high-end optics and beam throw. We are somewhat perplexed by the Northbound's performance and price, to be honest.