Review by: daisuke, 2004-06-12
I have owned 2 of these headlamps, the first one I bought around 2 years ago, it was the original version without the adjustable brightness, and that one lasted me around a year, with only one change of batteries, it got stolen and after that I bought a new one, this time with the adjustable brightness feature, something which I have rarely used (maybe because I haven't gotten out as much as before) but might come in handy were I to use it more.
I preffer the moonlight over other LED headlamps because of the over-the head strap and the battery pack in back, at least in the sporting field, it makes it more stable on the head than say, the tikka or the aurora and it doesn't bob up and down when running with it or scrambling over rocks. The light the moonlight puts out is sufficient for trail hiking and for climbing at night, and the swivel feature comes in extremely handy no matter where you use it (useful enough that petzl decided to copy into their new tikka design). There isn't enough light to see long distances, however the moonlight and all other LED-only headlamps are designed for long-lasting burn times and for campsite and close-in use. The diffuse light of the LEDs (no dark patches in your beam) is also very welcome and after a few months of use, you'll actually find yourself annoyed when using a regular bulb-powered headlamp and wishing for LEDs
The rear mounted battery pack does become more of a pain when using it around a campsite, either when propping against something or while lying down to read or rest. this is the reason I don't give it a 5 (I'd give it a 4.5 if I could).