The Mammut X-Shot has been upgraded for 2013 with a ‘Boost’ function, which allows it to pump out 200 lumens for 20 seconds – a useful feature when, say, you want to check where the path goes during a descent. The torch has a single high-powered LED and a pair of lower-powered LEDs to provide a range of lighting that is ideal for general camping and walking. Switching through these power settings is not as neat as other headtorches, though, partly as the button is quite small, so it is hard to know if you have pressed it when wearing gloves. Also I found that navigating the Mammut X-Shot’s functions was less intuitive than others, which meant I just got annoyed with it. There is also a rear red light on the battery housing so you can be seen from behind, and this thankfully has a separate switch. The battery housing is a little more niggly to use as well, but it appears better than the 2012 version and it now has a battery power indicator too. The upgrades do make the Mammut X-Shot a better headtorch than last year and if you can get your head around its niggles it is a reasonable option.
Bulbs 1 x high output white LED; 2 x white LED; 1 x rear red LED
Brightness no information (200 lumens for max 20 seconds)
Maximum beam 125 metres
Maximum burn time 200 hours
Battery charge indicator yes
Weight with batteries 182g
The light output of the Mammut X-Shot is ideal for camping and hillwalking, and the 2013 version is better than the 2012 version; but it is still not the best option at this price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013