Petzl Tikka RXP (2014)

Petzl has dominated the headtorch market for decades and its latest advance, Reactive Lighting technology, is now being used in the Tikka RXP. The torch can pump out 215 lumens, which is enough to light up navigational features at some distance; but what’s really neat is that the Reactive Lighting technology allows the torch to automatically adjust the amount of light it produces – emitting just 30 lumens when you look at a map in your hand, then pumping out 215 lumens when you raise your head to look for that distant landscape feature. There are just two buttons for operation and these would be better if they were larger, as once you have gloves on it isn’t easy to know if you have pressed them or not. That said, you could argue that once you select Reactive Lighting, you don’t need to keep changing the light setting anyway. Personally, though, I like big, positive buttons. In use the Petzl Tikka RXP does work really well and the head tilt is well-designed. There’s no battery charge indicator, however, and as you only get 2 hours 45 minutes on Max Power and 10 hours on Max Autonomy Reactive Lighting Mode, you’ll need a spare set of batteries in your rucksack if you’re out at night for long periods

Bulbs 2 x high-power LEDs; 1x red LED
Maximum brightness 215 lumens for 23/4 hours
Maximum beam 70m
Maximum burn time 10 hours on Max Autonomy Reactive Lighting Mode
Batteries USB rechargeable lithium-ion or 3xAAA
Battery charge indicator no
Weight with batteries 111g
Website www.petzl.com

 

Verdict

Lower-priced headtorches don’t have the power or the Reactive Lighting feature of the Petzl Tikka RXP, which are both great features for hillwalkers; but battery life and button design aren’t perfect. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine February 2014