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WINNER - Petzl IKO - The Headlamp, Reinvented Competition

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WINNER: Ally Smith

A lot of time has passed since the early 1970s when Petzl came out with its "all-on-your-head" lamp. It was the first headlamp designed to allow the user to truly go hands-free. Guess what was used for the headband? An elastic garter purchased at a local shop…! This first series paved the way for the long line of headlamps that has followed.

The Headlamp Reinvented - IKO

Petzl's main objective over the years has always been to provide the best visibility possible whenever the user, camper, or athlete ventures into the dark. This approach is what led Petzl to break the mold of how a headlamp is made and what it can do.

What if a headlamp was both high-performance and lightweight? Comfortable and well-balanced? Versatile and inventive?

Conceived after months of research, testing, brainstorming, and innovating, the IKO headlamp, little by little, began to see the light.


Our designers and engineers had free rein to revolutionize the relationship between the user and their headlamp. At first, the prototype proved a real challenge to mass produce: one of the major barriers to overcome between design and manufacturing. However, instead of focusing on how to change the design to make mass production easy, Petzl took the time to perfect the manufacturing process for the best design.

Envelop yourself in light

The IKO provides an exceptionally even beam.

The ultra-thin high-performance seven-LED light panel offers:

  • Up to 500 lumens with minimal heat
  • 3 brightness levels for proximity and distance vision
  • Rotates 180º for optimal light positioning when used in various configurations

The rechargeable IKO CORE headlamp combines multiple technologies to offer 500 lumens at only 79 g. Featuring a new AIRFIT headband, an ultra-thin lamp body and an energy source worn in the rear, the headlamp is balanced, comfortable and almost imperceptible.

This competition has now closed.

More information available from petzl.com

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