Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew Super Bright
I happen to run in the dark, early morning outings for the most part, and there are often moose in my neighborhood. After one too many close encounters, when using another more 'average' light, I decided I'd better get as bright a light as I could find and see if that would help avoid these close calls. (Often the moose couldn't care less about me, but then there's the occasional ornery bull during the rut, or a cow with a calf or two. When they swing towards me, head down, all riled up, it's time to get gone.)
This light is all that I'd hoped for. It reaches out a long ways with a powerful focused beam, great illumination of surrounding terrain, even moose mixed into willow thickets are easily seen.
It would take care of lighting in a mountaineering setting for pretty much any need -- rescue work, difficult route finding -- and seems both durable and efficient.
If you need powerful lighting beyond 'average' headlamp use, then I don't think you could do better than this model.
And if the moose do get me, it's because I'm really slowing down... I will see them coming, though!
October 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gerald Holy brightness, batman!
I got this light for early AM bike commutes, ski touring, and general mountaineering. Its still summer here, so the only use its gotten so far is for the early Am commutes. So far, spot on, lol. I have no complaints and I highly recommend it if you want a well thought out piece of equipment that's meant for serious adventure.
September 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Rob Used on Everest
Took the Icon Polar to the top of Everest last year (2013) w/ the USAF 7 Summits team and it worked like a charm. Wired the battery pack into my jacket and no issue with them freezing up in the -20 to -35F temps. Climbed from 9pm until sunrise in between spot-light and the dimmer LEDs. Very easy to use and excellent headlamp. I've used it with both rechargables and regular batteries and it has never failed me. I also used it in the 30hr Atomic Adventure Race in GA this spring (strapped it onto my bike helmet- didn't use battery pouch) and beat it up in heavy rains through the forest- once again, it was "spot on". Ha ha... sorry, had to say it. I highly recommend.
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zephyr Powerful
The Cadillac of headlamps if Cadillacs were fuel efficient, small and versatile. So bright if you look into the light it's as if your staring into the sun. Should have a cautionary "Could cause blindness if you stare into the light". Don't stare into the light.
April 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Donald Pretty Good
Love the head lamp but the length of time @ 200 lumens is kinda not true. But on the flip side, super bright, 6 different settings to choose from, will recommend to anyone who needs a sun at night (at least for a short length of time).
November 27, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by brian What a dissapointment.
I took this light on a 1 hour night run before using it during a 100-mile run. My first impression was that it was the perfect light for running all night. However, only 7 hours into the night this headlamp dimmed so much that I had to borrow a smaller lamp from my pacer in order to even see the trail. I would have been stuck waiting for sunrise had I not been able to borrow a spare light. 75 hours @ 200 lumens? I think not. Great while it lasted.
September 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Roger Needs Lens Diffuser
My only comment as a new owner is I'm not happy about the lack of a lens diffuser (such as the Sprinter light offers). As a runner, the prospect of staring at a two-foot circle of light all night is very annoying. I would very much like a replacement diffusing lens to be made available as an option for the Icon
July 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Krissy Lighting the way
This light was designed for the needs of many athletes, and definitely suits those of a 100 mile ultra-distance trail runner. Running through the dark and wee hours of the morning lighting the way makes or breaks the runner's experience. The brighter the better and the Icon has a reputation for being one of the brightest out there. Add various lighting methods to help save battery life as well as separating the battery pack from the head strap and you have the perfect set up. With the ease of throwing the battery pack in your hydration pack or around your waist the neck is saved from unnecessary strain over the hundreds of steps covered under the shadows of night.
June 6, 2013