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Long approaches, inclement weather, and quickly changing conditions can keep you out longer than expected, so you should always bring a light. With an airy weight and a compact, rugged construction, the newly updated Tikka line remains a climber and alpinist favorite. We liked the XP model because of its three beam options: wide and dispersed, long and focused, or a combination of both. The highest setting is a bright 160 lumens, and it features Constant Lighting technology, which keeps it burning at the same rate for the battery’s duration. Most headlamps have unregulated life, meaning the light dims as the battery drains. When the batteries are low in the Tikka XP, it automatically goes into reserve mode, giving you just enough light to finish the task at hand. The strap is ergonomically shaped so it’s comfortable, and it’s removable and washable.