The Petzl Tikkina 2 headlamp is a little gem in the world of headlamps. If you are looking for a sturdy, cheap quality headlamp for hiking then this one must be in your short list. It only has two settings – bright and energy saving. The bright light throws a beam an acceptable distance while the energy saving setting is actually better for cooking and similar functions since it gives a wider dispersion of light.
The Tikkina 2 doesn’t have the flashy stuff like flashing lights and red LED’s. What it does provide is simple effective light which lasts a long time. The headstrap is easily adjustable and comfortable on the head. The switch is easily available. As one whose formative years as a hiker was with conventional handheld torches (no headlamps in those days) the use of this light is simply wonderful. You probably can get better lights than the Tikkina 2 with more options and maybe longer life but the choice will largely come down to hiking philosophy and the cost. For me hiking equipment should be simple and sturdy. Extra functions should serve a real purpose. The Tikkina 2 fulfills all the criteria I need from a headlamp.