The Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp

Simple and Rugged, just the way we like them

Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp in green. Photo courtesy Princeton Tec

Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp in green. Photo courtesy Princeton Tec

By Alan Kesselheim

Full disclosure. I’m kind of an on-off guy. Sure, hands-free light was a major breakthrough, but then the techies got a little out of control. In an effort to out-feature the other guy, basic headlamps sprouted all manner of complicated straps, tricky double-click on/off switches, weird battery packs, hard-to-feel power buttons, colored lights, flashing lights. Look, I don’t need a laser show. I just want to find the bag that has my dinner in it.

The Vizz has a few features, but it’s compact, light, sturdy, and intuitively straight-forward. The power button is easy to find, even with gloves on. The battery closure is a threaded screw with graspable head and stopper so it won’t fall out in the sand. One click you get easy-on-the-eyes red light. Two clicks for full power. Press and hold for adjustable light level. One more click and it’s back to dark. There are a few more bells and whistles, but that’s the basics. One, simple head strap holds it secure. Best of all, for klutzy paddlers like me, it’s waterproof to 1 meter for 30 seconds, so when you drop it doing dishes on the lakeshore, you’re still good.

Intel: www.princetontec.com; 165 lumens, 3 AAA batteries, 92 grams; msrp – $49.99.

The Vizz is available in red, green and gray. Photo courtesy Princeton Tec

The Vizz is available in red, green and gray. Photo courtesy Princeton Tec

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