Why We Chose The Black Diamond Revolt 350: Powerful, bright, fully-featured and comfortable to wear
Compared to some of the more exotic head lamps in this year’s Outdoor 100 – like the BioLite HeadLamp 750, or the Petzl Iko Core, for example – the Revolt 350 from Black Diamond looks a lot more familiar. In many ways, it’s a conventional head torch, with the LED light and battery pack placed at the front in one compact unit, with a wraparound headband.
That’s no bad thing. It’s a tried and tested design that has proved its utility over many years. But this head lamp is still far from basic. Like Petzl’s CORE battery pack system, Black Diamond have their own range of rechargeable batteries, and the Revolt 350 includes a BD 1800 Lithium-Ion cell, which can be removed from the lamp’s battery compartment and charged via USB. Again, just like Petzl’s rival CORE system, this makes it easy to swap out a dead battery pack for a fresh one, or alternatively to power the lamp using 3 x standard AAA alkaline batteries.
Who Is The Black Diamond Revolt 350 For?
With both proximity and distance modes, plus dimming, strobe, red night-vision and lock functions, this is a practical head lamp for climbers, wild campers, backpackers, hikers and hillwalkers.
The ability to use either the included USB-rechargeable battery pack or 3 x AAAs also makes this a good choice for extended off-grid adventures – whether your preference is to carry spare batteries or a fully juiced power bank. The lamp works with either option (and if you also purchased a second BD1800 battery pack, you’d get maximum versatility).
Materials and Construction
The body of the lamp is made from chunky plastic, as is the bracket that attaches it to the elastic headband. It has a softer rubberised front surround to ward off bumps, with two easy-to-use buttons on top of the unit, plus a little three-LED battery indicator on the side of the head lamp. The headband itself also has perforations to reduce sweat build-up.