Conclusion: The Spot wins our Editors' Choice award because it had the best beam performance and battery life for a compact headlamp that only costs $40. Many headlamps that cost more than $80 couldn't match its brightness and close proximity scores. No headlamp tested had a better trail finding score while still delivering a long battery life and weighing less than 100 grams. Only two headlamps scored higher.
Summary: Though not billed as waterproof, one expert found the Spot continued to run after he submerged it for five minutes. Black Diamond backs the headlamp with a three-year limited warranty. Most customers praise the company's customer service as friendly and responsive, with one saying a new unit was sent to her without questions when it stopped working two and a half years after purchase.
Pros: Bright, long beam, 5 LEDs provide versatility, Solid battery life, Good customer service
Cons: Not waterproof, Hard to control with gloves on