Black Diamond – Cosmo Headlamp


Review by Fiona McIntosh
RRp: R599

The Black Diamond Cosmo has always been a good all rounder, but 2016 sees a major upgrade and redesign that lifts this baby into a different league.

With 160 lumens of power (up from 90 lumens in the previous version), a throw of 60 metres, six different lighting modes – including beam, spot and red night vision (which activates without cycling through the white mode) – the new Cosmo is a versatile and value-for-money headlamp that will light up the trail, allow you to spot climbing anchors from a distance, provide non-invasive lighting around camp, and last for hours. And I mean hours. The average run time is 50 hours on high power and 250 hours on low.

The sleek design means that you barely notice it on your head, while the water resistant housing (IPX 4) protects from downpours and dunkings. The Cosmo takes three AAA batteries, and a handy lock mode ensures that you don’t accidentally drain them while carrying the headlamp in your pack or pocket.

• 160 lumens
• 60-m beam
• 87 g with batteries
• IXP-4 waterproof rating
• Red and white LEDs with strobe function
• Proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock mode

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