Dorcy makes an affordable headlamp, which is light to pack, but doesn't match the build quality of more expensive manufacturers.
Dorcy was kind enough to send some lights for Robb and I to test out in exchange for reviews. Neither of us was familiar with the brand so we were curious to check out their gear. At first glance, their website contained a mix of products one might expect to find in a promotional bag, but closer inspection reveals some more serious products including a nifty lantern.
The globally named “120 Lumen Headlight Broad Beam” (“headlamp” to all of us in the US), came with the humble sticker price of $20USD so I took it with me into Colorado’s San Juan Mountains for a recent backpacking trip, leaving behind my much treasured Princeton Tec Apex Pro.
Dorcy Headlight Features
- 120 Lumens
- 12 Hour Run Time
- 48 Meters / 157 Feet
- LED Bulb
- 3 AAA Batteries
An Affordable Light which Performs Well but May Break
Bottom line: Dorcy’s headlamp puts out a surprising amount of light for $20. Wandering around at dusk, taking star trail exposure at 4am, and relieving myself in the pitch black were all no problem using this light. Its brightness reminded me of an old Petzl lamp: easy to use, functional.
The lamp can articulate forward and down to provide directional lighting. I found this feature useful, but the hinge mechanism feels cheap. The first time I directed the light was by accident and I thought the light had broken.
There’s not much else to mention. It’s bright, lightweight, and feels like I’d expect for the price. For casual use, it’s a good little light. For demanding endeavors, go with something more solid.