Black Diamond knows how to make some top-end outdoor gear. And their headlamps are some of the best around.
They are both worth buying, without a doubt, BUT there are a few differences that might tip the scales one way or the other for you. Depending on what you need a headlamp for.
One is lighter. The other brighter and has more features.
First, let's do a head to head comparison in a quick table so you can see...
The Difference Between The Spot & Storm
These headlamps are very close cousins, but there are still some differences worth noting.
The biggest ones are:
In case you are not familiar with these two amazing headlamps, it is also worth taking a look at the other great features Black Diamond have added to them both.
It used to be that you just had one big lamp or a few modes you had to cycle through (what a pain in the butt that was, as you tried not to wake everyone when going to the bathroom in the middle of the night!). But these days, the contols on headlamps like there are awesome!
Lights & Controls
Both lamps feature the following very handy features:
Which Should You Buy?
For most people the Spot is more than enough because Black Diamond packs both these lamps with almost exactly the same features.
The only major difference is the weight, burn time and night LEDs. So, if you need light longer (mountaineering, climbing, hunting) without having to worry about changing batteries and have no need to save weight, the Storm is a great upgrade. Some people also love the benefit of having the 3 night vision colors too (red is sometimes just not what you need).
Which ever you choose, I am sure these top end headlamps are going to give you hours of adventure!
Spot 2018 Model
STORM 2018 Model
Spot 325, Storm 400
(Model Upgrades 2020)
Never a company to just let a model rest, Black Diamond have been working on some upgraded versions of the Spot and Storm.
First off, the brightness of the two models has been upped 25 lumens to -
- Spot - 325 lumens from 300
- Storm - 400 lumens