Equipment Review: Petzl Tikkina 2 Headlamp

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.

It costs R159 from ; R189 from and R175 from

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  1. Thanks for the review David
    I had slightly different needs – I wanted light for:
    i. trail running in the dark
    ii. hiking when it got dark
    iii. emergencies
    iv. security

    My needs were:
    1. a very strong beam (measured in lumens*)
    2. Battery pack at the back of the head, that evened out the weight of the light at the front
    3. Over-head strapping to prevent slippage
    4. Beam able to focus, and also to spread wide
    5. Long lasting batteries for multi-day events
    6. Waterproof

    I eventually settled on the Petzl MYO RXP headlamp for the following reasons:
    i. Premium reliable brand
    ii. Powerful 205 lumens throwing a beam for 90 metres
    iii. 86 hours of light on the low setting
    iv. Long distance and wide-angle modes
    v. Protects against accidental on switching in your bag
    vi. Rated 4 out of 5 stars by REI Outdoor shop
    vii. Costly: around R900

    Available from:

    In the finals for my selection were also the LED Lenser and the Black Diamond ranges – all making premium quality gear.

    I put the headlamp to the test on a 2 week solo camp in the Cederberg in September. Because it was so hot, I hiked at night on most days. The beam from the flood is crazy, lighting up the sides of the mountains I was hiking below, so I could keep my bearings. On wide-angle, it throws enough light to illuminate the trail on both sides, and well as at least 30 meters ahead – which is ample not to walk face-first into a bush, or off the edge of the cliff.

    *Note – lumens is the measure of light – here’s some idea of what to look for.
    1. 2 lumens will allow you to find a keyhole in the dark at arm’s distance
    2. 12 lumens is the light emitted by a candle
    3. You’ll need about 50 lumens to walk a good trail at night
    4. From 60 – 200 lumens, these are referred to as “tactical” lights – you’re able to identify a man-sized target at firearms range (this Petzl throws a max of 205 lumens, which can set fire to the hiking boots of the scout walking in front of you)
    5. 200 lumens and up are used by search and rescue teams

    Hope this is useful

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