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Black Diamond Storm Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

This is an image of a man fixing his shoelaces on an icy ground wearing the Black Diamond Storm at nighttime.

Black Diamond as a company have a great reputation for producing high-quality outdoor equipment. They have been on the market since 1950, meaning it has years of experience in designing product’s with the user always at the heart of the work they do. All of their products are crafted with intrinsic design features, not just with headlamps but across all of their outdoor equipment.

In this review, we will be looking at the Black Diamond Storm. It is one of Black Diamond’s best-selling headlamps to date, and if you continue to read, you will find out why and hopefully agree!

We can all agree that for any climbing, running or outdoor activities that are ‘after hours’, the perfect headlamp is essential equipment which needs to be considered. As you read this review, you will find that the Black Diamond Storm has all of the key components that make up every headlamp user’s dream. Durable, bright, easy to use – it is the full package. Read on to find out why this will be the next best purchase for you.

Product Overview

This is an image of the Black Diamond Storm headlamp, gray color, with lamp attached to its band, on a white background.

Key Features:

This product has been compared with many other headlamps on the market today, and in this section, we will analyze the key features of the product and point out why we believe that the Black Diamond Storm Headlamp is the next best purchase for you in comparison to their competitors on the market today.

Lighting modes

For those who care about the quality of their lighting, look no further than the Black Diamond Storm. It features 3 different bulbs. They are the following:

  • 1 QUAD power LED (high-powered white light)
  • 1 DoublePower LED (low-powered white light)
  • Red, green and blue SinglePower LED

The QUAD light is a power LED light that offers a precise, bright beam. This is perfect for finding any route in the dark. The Black Diamond Storm headlamp has lighting that overall improves brightness and all kinds of peripheral lighting for any kind of activity. For example: long-distance walks or close-knit campsite lighting.

Some could argue that the featuring of 3 colour LED lights is somewhat too bright for night-vision, however, we disagree. They can be utilized for when you are travelling through a campsite and not wanting to disturb others. Also, a great safety component for the color LED lighting is that each have a strobe, which are perfect when needing to signal for an emergency. If they are still too bright for you, they also come with a dimming function, meaning you can adjust the headlamp to a radiancy perfect for you.

Equally, another great function is that these LED lights are activated without having to sort through the bright white lights, which in turn preserves night vision. Also included is a lock mode which prevents the headlight lamp turning on in your bag and soaking up the battery-life.

Comfort and Design

Although homing 4 AAA batteries, this is not an issue for the Black Diamond Storm’s overall comfort. When wearing the product, you are guaranteed a well-balanced fit. The single strap support function offers support to the base of the headlamp thanks to the firm and stretchy material. There is additional padding added to the back of the lamp casing which adds extra comfort while using. This also means there is little chafing or general indentation when you are using the headlamp.

If you need to adjust the strap, you can do this easily with one of the buckles that are placed on the inside strap of the headlamp. Equally, the design enables you to tilt the headlamp from a horizontal position to a downward facing position in order to get better viewings of your map or to trek through terrain.

One excellent design quality of the Storm is the PowerTap feature on the side of the headlamp. This allows the user to quickly change between bright and dim lighting modes effortlessly.

Technical Specifications:

The Black Diamond Storm is a durable, robust, full-featured headlamp that offers users a wide and bright light beam. It has a full waterproof enclosure as well as promising excellent optics for both close proximity flooding as well as long-distance spot lighting – meaning it is perfect to use no matter what the context. If you need more than just our word on this, you can have the sincere word of many other users. It has become the tested favourite among others, and is the favourite Black Diamond headlamp. It is also winner of the Editors’ Choice for best headlamp.

For it’s usage, you will need 4 AAA alkaline batteries. What makes this product even better is that it will also accept rechargeable batteries, unlike some of the other headlamps on the market right now. The rechargeable batteries have a high lighting performance, and are even better when you use Panasonic Eneloop AAA NiMH batteries also.

In terms of rating, the Black Diamond Storm holds IPX67. In technical terms, this means it holds the qualities of being waterproof in a 1m submersion for 30 minutes. Equally, it is dust-proof. If you are a stargazer or a hunter, then the LED lights on the Black Diamond are for you! They come in a variety of colors: red, green and blue – giving you the kind of lighting you need to set the scene. In terms of weight, it is 4.0 ounces (112g). We realise that this is higher than average, but this is mainly due to the additional AAA battery. The average headlamp has 3, but this one requires 4. The addition of this battery means, however, better battery life. The Black Diamond Storm has 5 hours of battery life in high mode, and a whopping 42 hours in low mode. For those who are more interested in using rechargeable batteries, the 4 battery requirement works better. Many rechargeable battery packs require an even number of batteries – making this simple!

Pro's:
  • As discussed throughout this entire Black Diamond Storm review, there are many great benefits from investing in this product. Not to repeat these details to you again, of course, so instead we will summarize! In our opinion, the biggest pros of this product is it’s excellent ability to trail find. It will make any excursion you are on easier for you, promising a better time for you and whoever else is on the journey with you also. Equally, it has a close proximity beam, making the light reflect evenly. It means that any surface you shine the light on will have a clear illumination, improving the safety of your night walking and providing an overall amazing lighting performance.
  • This product is designed for any kind of climate, it’s durable nature make it long-standing to the weather conditions that could suddenly come upon you. It’s reliable waterproof nature means you don’t have to worry about it becoming impaired. Lastly, compared to the other products on the market right now, the Black Diamond Storm has an above-average battery life. This means that you can have it charged and have the comfort that it won’t lose battery life while you are out and about.
  • For all of these reasons and more, we cannot recommend this product more. It is simply too reliable to pass up on such a worthy investment.
Cons:
  • Once looking at the Black Diamond Storm in comparison to other headlamps available today, it is difficult to find many cons with this product. Many of the previous users have had successful experiences with this item, and with few complaints.
  • So, if we had to give any cons – compared to some of the other products available today, the Black Diamond Storm is more expensive. However, we believe that for a top quality headlamp, the Black Diamond storm is a worthy investment. It will enhance the quality of your night-vision unlike any other. It’s durability means it will last you for years to come, making the expense at the initial beginning, totally worth it.
  • Another con is the extra weight that the Black Storm carries. However, what it adds in extra weight means that it benefits from more in it’s performance. This headlamp offers a stronger performance and overall better lighting quality.

Final Verdict:

Now that you have reached the end of this review, we think it is best to give our final verdict on this superb product. If you want a headlamp that is high-quality and every feature has the user in mind, then it is crucial that you buy the Black Diamond Storm. It has a long battery life, a range of modes, beam distance and more – it is a headlamp that should cost more, yet doesn’t.

All in all, it is safe to say that this will be a purchase that you will not regret. Although higher in price, the pros trump any of the competitors and instead give you a headlamp that will last you for many years to come. What more could you ask for?

FAQS

Why do I need to use a headlamp?

This is easy – for safety. It will be able to guide you through any after hour activity you do in the knowledge that your vision is clear no matter what the journey. But also – they are super convenient, especially than that of a carrying torch. It allows hands-free movement, and saves on hygiene purposes too, as you won’t have to have the torch in your mouth as some hikers are fond of doing!

A headlamp also always ensures that the light is pointing in the direction you are looking at. It can help you if you need to go to the toilet, or to find road-signs or arrows. It is essential to have with you!

How bright does my headlamp actually need to be?

You will often see talk of ‘lumens’ – this is standard procedure when measuring light brightness. Headlamps commonly range from 20 lumens and even all the way up to 1,500 lumens!

The headlamp’s optics focus the lumens, which directly translates to how much light goes where you want it. With a company like Black Diamond, they have their optic technology dialled so it is easy to view for the user. The number of lumens will always be a great way to measure how bright the headlamp is. However, it is important to note that lower quality brands with a high lumen dial might not actually be as bright due to the overall quality of the light’s optics.

The amount of lumens you need depends on what you’re planning to use it for – brightest doesn’t always mean that it is the best. Almost all lights have a high, medium and low mode, so a high-output light can still give you low output options. Some general tips that we think are worth considering are the following:

  • Low lumens (25+): Good for setting up camp in the dark, reading in the tent, doing close-up work, walking the dog, keeping in an emergency kit, or using anytime you’re in a group (an extremely bright light can be annoying).
  • High lumens (200+): Good for running in the dark or night hiking
  • Higher lumens (600+): Good for evening mountain biking or skiing.
  • Really high lumens (1,000+): Good for spotting poorly flagged trails, skiing or biking at high speeds, or for search and rescue.
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