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Take Cover From The Storm By: Black Diamond

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Date: 8/11/15
Manufacturer: Black Diamond
Category: Hunting Accessories

Introduction: All duck hunters know how important it is to have a good light. We have them in our boats, in our trucks and everywhere else imaginable. A good source of light is essential when setting up your decoys early in the morning before the sun comes up. We can all agree going out before the sun rises and coming back after it has set, would be much more difficult without some sort of light. While a good flashlight is useful, a headlamp is invaluable; which is why we were so excited to receive Black Diamond’s Storm Headlamp. Since 1957 Black Diamond has been producing top quality equipment for outdoor enthusiasts.

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp packaged up

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp packaged up

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

Model & Size  Storm Headlamp
Options  6 available colors
Features  Waterproof, Brightness adjustments, PowerTap Technology, Strobe, Lock
MSRP  $49.95

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Batteries included, the Storm requires 4 AAA batteries

Batteries included, the Storm requires 4 AAA batteries

First Impressions: I’m sure like many of you, we have used our fair share of headlamps. Some have worked out, while others have left a lot to be desired. The Storm Headlamp showed up in a very nice package with instructions and batteries included. While this particular headlamp is available in 6 different colors the one we received was azurite (blue). The instructions showed all the available settings, modes and features. The Storm light has a main and proximity LED. It also has a red LED for night vision.

The battery compartment is secured by a small screw. It's big enough to grab ahold of with your fingers, but a screwdriver or small coin is helpful.

The battery compartment is secured by a small screw. It’s big enough to grab ahold of with your fingers, but a screwdriver or small coin is helpful.

The Storm is waterproof down to 1 meter for 30 minutes, which is a great feature for duck hunters. It includes a powerTap button, a dimmer and a strobe for all three LED lights. As far as brightness goes the Storm is 160 lumens, which is more than enough. The entire light with batteries weighs only 110 grams or 3.9oz, which is light enough to wear for  an extended period of time without becoming uncomfortable. Needless to say this light has a ton of options in a small package.

Instruction sheet with all the options and modes.

Instruction sheet with all the options and modes.

 Field Test: As you can see there are countless options with this light. One touch and the light turns on. Another touch and it turns off. To make it strobe click three consecutive times. For night vision hold down the power button for 3 seconds. Another feature this light has is a locking mode. This could be very helpful for when you have the light stored away in a bag or your pocket. This will ensure it does not cut itself on and drain the battery. To set the light in lock mode simple hold down the power button for 6 seconds. To deactivate lock mode you again, hold down the power button for 6 seconds.
When you enter lock mode the blue lockout indicator will activate in the battery power meter window.

When you enter lock mode the blue lockout indicator will activate in the battery power meter window.

To help conserve battery life the Storm is made with a built in dimmer. Once the light is on to the dersired setting hold down the power button. The light will go up to maximum power and then slowly begin to dim. Once the light is at the desired brightness let off the button and it is set. To make this proses even faster Black Diamond has included a powerTap button on the right side of the Storm. Touch the powerTap button and the light will go to maximum power. Hit it again, and it will return to the original brightness.
The PowerTap button on the side allows to do go from your set britness to maximum brightness, with a simple touch.

The PowerTap button on the side allows to do go from your set britness to maximum brightness, with a simple touch.

The next thing we wanted to test was to see how waterproof it was. Having waterproof equipment is very important considering most duck hunting is done in or around water. The Storm claims to be waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. So we dropped it down into a fish tank and let it sit for 20 minutes. Once we pulled it out the light performed like it had just come out of the box. We opened up the battery compartment and saw no sign of any leaks. I have ruined many headlights and flashlights by either hunting in the rain or dropping them in the water. With the Storm Headlight we should not have that problem.

Sumbereged in the water for 20 minutes and the Storm still performed flawlessly.

Sumbereged in the water for 20 minutes and the Storm still performed flawlessly.

The light is very comfortable to were with or with out a hat. The angle can be adjusted 3 different ways for optimum viewing. The elastic band is easily adjusted to fit nearly anyone comfortably. Overall the light is easy to use comfortable to wear and has a ton of options.
Easy to adjust and comfortable to wear.

Easy to adjust and comfortable to wear.

 Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
 Quality  High quality construction from a reputable manufacturer
 Price  Good price considering the functions and waterproof design
 Performance  All functions and modes perform as stated
 Design  Comfortable to wear and adjust, easy to choose which function you are trying to achieve
 Side NoteThis light is worth the money. It has nearly every possible function and option that can be built into a head light.
                        Positives                                                                        Negatives
 Waterproof
 Comfortable to wear
 Lots of settings and features
Available in 6 different color options

Available in 6 different color options

Conclusion: If you are in the market for a new headlamp or just want to try something different you need to check out the Black Diamond Storm. Although this is not one of their flagship headlamps it is still a high quality piece of equipment at a affordable price.  The Storm is also covered under a limited one year purchase, so give it a shot and see what you think.

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Up close shot of the adjuster on the elastic head band

Up close shot of the adjuster on the elastic head band