For my first headlamp, I ever purchased I went into Go Outdoors for a cheap feature-packed solution and picked up the Coleman CXS headlamp. So how did it do?
Why the Coleman CXS?
It had all the features, red light, dimming, auto-adjusting, head strap and so on and it was only £22 so it seemed like a no-brainer at the time and initially, I was very pleased.
How well does it work?
It doesn’t score terribly high for performance, the fact it takes 3 AAA batteries is definitely a massive turn off for me nowadays and the battery life, while good, wouldn’t justify the size and weight. Also, the auto-brightness function on the lamp would trigger when not required, making the lamp dim and brighten on its own accord. Very annoying.
Who’s it for?
I wouldn’t recommend this lamp for a thru-hiker, but it would be okay for an avid camper, or even to have in the back of your car for emergencies.
Why review it?
As it’s the first headlamp I ever purchased, I thought it’d be a good idea to include on the site to show how I progressed and upgraded over time. I’d highly recommend the Nitecore NU25 for a good all-rounder, or even the Olight H2R Nova for an incredible performance headlamp with amazing beam distance.
Value for money
At around the £20 mark, if all the features worked properly and it was rechargeable it wouldn’t be a bad lamp. It’s definitely worth spending a little more, but for something cheaper that’s not rechargeable, go for something like the Black Diamond Ion instead. Sorry, Coleman!
- Durability 40% 40%
- Power consumption 30% 30%
- Brightness 60% 60%
- Power to weight ratio 30% 30%
- Value to weight ratio 20% 20%
- Value for money 30% 30%
- Good battery life
- Not USB rechargable
- Not easy to use
Max beam distance:
- SOS Beacon: No
- Red light: Yes
- Auto adjusting brightness