New for review, Petzl's completely revamped TIKKA and TIKKA XP headtorches.
Just in for review are two brand spanking new Petzl head torches
and the TKKA 2 XP
both of which will be in the shops come September 2009.
We told you about the whole new TiIKKA2
range a few weeks back, but we thought
you'd appreciate a close up initial look now we actually have a couple
in our paws. The general theme is better light output and burn times in
a slicker, more modern, easier to use package.
One other big difference is that all the torches in the range have done
away with the middle brightness setting and now have just low and high
plus flash. Apparently Petzl's research showed that users didn't
actually take advantage of the medium setting, so that's why.
The straight TIKKA2
a slicked up descendant of the original TIKKA. It has four LEDs
designed to produce a flood beam for general use, walking, running,
camping, reading and jobs about the house, hard to get to U-bends
anyone? On 'economic' level, the three AAA cells can last up to 120
hours and on max, range is up to 29 metres.
One big improvement is access to the battery compartment. The slotted
coin lever thing has been replaced with an easy to use tab that simply
opens up the torch in seconds. It looks great too with a transparent
plastic casing. Price is £32.50, the ZIPKA2 costs the same,
but uses an elastic cord to reduce weight from 81 grammes to 69 grammes
Also on the go is the new TIKKA2 XP. The XP's aimed at
more technical use, the single, high-powered LED throws out a claimed
60 lumens, enough for a 60-metre beam, which Petzl is keen to point
out, is the length of an alpine climbing rope.
It can, they say, be used for anything from mountaineering through to
trail running and 'technical mountain biking'. Like the previous
version, it incorporates a diffuser to switch from spot to wider beam
output, but the new one is much easier to use with gloved hands having
a bigger tab.
Along with high, low and flash options, there's also a built-in red LED
with on and flash settings and a battery level indicator. Looks again
are more modern and you're getting a lot of light from a very neat and
compact package - it only weights seven grammes more than a standard
The XP version retails for £45. There's also a TIKKA2 PLUS
which again uses a single LED, but has a slightly lower output and no
diffuser, though it does get the red light option as well.
Finally all the models in the range bar the basic TIKKINA2 can be used
with alkaine, rechargeable and lithium batteries. That's particularly
good news for cold weather where lithium cells perform better than the
Full tests to follow. More about Petzl's new range at