Review by: tim, 2004-04-11
I've been very happy with mine; surprised that others felt it was so disappointing. The hyperbright bulb works pretty well, but I was unhappy to discover that the range is about 30-35m with it, rather than the 50m that Black Diamond initially promised. I was hoping to get acetylene brightness, LED burn time, and negligible weight, but instead I just ended up with a nice headlamp that works really well for my needs. If you want something really bright stick with halogen (something like the Space Shot or Myo3), if you want super-light the Ion is $20 and you can will not notice it tied around the beltloop of your chalkbag. But after a few months, I have not yet had an issue with the Zenix, and coupled with rechargeable AAA batteries, I have used it a LOT. Whether this is a good headlamp at $36 (cheapest I've seen it) really depends on what you intend to use it for.