Petzl Tikkina (2017)

Features

The Petzl Tikkina’s power output has been increased to 80 lumens from the 60 lumens of last year but most importantly the burn times are also extremely long, making this ideal for a week away without needing to recharge or replace the 3xAAA batteries. Operation is via a single button that is raised and crisp to use, while the head has a good ratchet to control tilt. It has fewer features than higher-priced options though. 4/5

Design

The batteries are held in the main front housing, and this opens and closes neatly. The head tilt is very neat and locks in place well in a range of positions. The single button is very well-designed to allow it to be easily found with a gloved finger and easily operated. The headband is wide and easily adjusted. There are not many features, but those you do get are done well. 5/5

Comfort

At just 87g this palm-sized torch sits easily on the head with the headband supporting it well. In use the torch is comfortable, although higher-priced units are even comfier due to them having more padding. The head tilts neatly without impacting on comfort, unlike some designs that dig into your head as you tilt them. 4/5

In use

The small size makes the Petzl Tikkina ideal for stashing in a rucksack all year round. Around the campsite the basic functions are great as 20 lumens is good inside a tent and 80 lumens is good for walking around. On the hill the long burn times are a real advantage. While 80 lumens is enough to find your way off the hill, more power is even better; but it’s nice to have such simple functions. 4/5

Value

You get good power with extremely long burn times, and for general camping and walking the Petzl Tikkina will meet your needs. 5/5

Verdict

Basic but good functions are the key here, and for most campers and walkers this is all you need; but pay more and you get more power. The Petzl Tikkina wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2017