Petzl TacTikka Plus LED Headlamp Review

Light Your Walk for Night Walking or Running

Petzl Headlamp
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For hands-free night walking or running, this headlamp is essential. It is lightweight, bright, and it runs on 3 AAA batteries that last 150 hours. The TacTikka has four LED bulbs with three levels of brightness, plus a flashing mode. A red lens flips down to use if desired. You can adjust the angle of the beam and adjust the fit of the headlamp over your head, hat, or bike helmet. This headlamp is my first choice for night walking.

Features of the Petzl TacTikka Plus LED Headlamp

  • Headlamp with adjustable strap.
  • Four LED bulbs run off of three AAA batteries for 150 hours.
  • Lights your path up to 15 meters/yards with an adjustable light angle.


  • Lightweight
  • Long lasting batteries
  • Adjustable strap and light angle


  • No over-the-head strap provided, so it may not stay in place as well as it could.

Expert Review 

A headlamp gives you a hands-free option for night walking or running. Carrying a flashlight is a problem for those of us who use a vigorous arm swing. A headlamp provides steady light where you need it. The four LED bulbs use little juice to give you plenty of light, so your batteries are less bulky and last longer than with standard bulbs. The TacTikka model allows you to adjust the angle of the light so it hits the ground where you want it to. The lightweight made it comfortable to wear for hours.

I was worried that the headlamp wouldn't be secure with just the single strap, as I have been used to wearing headlamps with a cross strap that goes over the head. But I had no difficulty — the TacTikka stayed in place without slipping.

Wearing a headlamp makes you more visible at night, beyond simply lighting your way. You improve your safety by wearing a light. Make it a part of your walking wardrobe, or even inspire a Halloween costume while keeping you safe.

Other Uses for a Headlamp

This is a good headlamp to keep handy with your workout gear, but you might also want one to keep in your vehicle in case of emergencies. You never know when there will be a breakdown and you could use a headlamp. Being able to work hands-free on a problem is a big benefit.

The same is even true for around the house in case of power outages. When a storm is coming, it's great to have a hands-free option for getting around inside as well as outside. Another use is in reading at night in bed so you don't disturb your partner by turning on a lamp. This is also a solution for reading on an airplane when you don't want to use the overhead light.

The bottom line is that a headlamp is a very useful item in a variety of situations. An LED headlamp has the benefit of long battery life so you can use it for days rather than only for hours. If you don't have a headlamp as part of your night workout gear or emergency gear, you should consider one like the Petzl TacTikka Plus. Stay safe indoors or outdoors.

You can find the Petzl TacTikka at outdoor stores such as REI or Eastern Mountain Sports.

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