Black Diamond Spot 350

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Editor’s Conclusion
The Black Diamond Spot 350 gives 350 lumens of high-quality short and long-distance lighting with impressive beam optimization.

The spot is suitable for trail finding, trekking, hiking, running, camping, and use in mountain terrain. You can hit a beam distance of 86 meters, and user feedback does suggest a lot further. You get a beam at 8 meters on the low setting in a short distance, and the beam is equally impressive.

The light/beam performance is excellent, and this system can run on 3 AAA batteries or via a rechargeable battery which can be charged via a USB cable connection.
Editor's Pros & Cons

Spot light

Good flood beam

Good performance

User friendly




Battery life

Need to practice how to use the control button

Key Features


The Black Diamond Spot has a following of users and has been updated. The light optics have gone through updates which have resulted in users confirming the beam pattern is impressive.

The Spot has good optics when it's needed for trail finding. User feedback points to a wide beam that can hit 94 meters.

Trail finding

With a high beam setting, the spot can light up a distance of ninety-four meters and offers high-performing clarity. Feedback from users indicates that the trail-finding beam capability is among the best on the market.

Beam settings

For beam light modes and options, you will need to practice and master using the one button to access and set features. For several users, this one-button system is a slight drawback. The sequence of button pressing requires a lot of attention to figure it out.

You will get around 2.9 hrs on full beam, and the power supply lasts longer if you go to medium or low beam options.

The user feedback has highlighted the high-performing LCD lighting system shortens that battery life.

Close proximity

This is a performance feature that pushes The Spot ahead of many other comparative options. The beam is comprehensive and gives equal even lighting over different distances.

The flood mode lighting is even and balanced for long and short distances.


Feedback from users is consistent; the excellent performance and high-quality beam do push down battery time. It will be an excellent move to take along a few spare battery sets if you are using batteries. This lamp runs on 3 AAA batteries.

The Spot is marketed as giving up to 30 hours of battery life, but you should remember that this probably includes running the lamp on low modes, etc.


This is comfortable because it is so light at only 3.1 ounces. The brand has proven they can design a head-lamp that gives superb beam performance while keeping this system lightweight. The slight drawback means bring along some spare batteries just in case you need them. This is a lightweight lamp, but it eats up power.

User easy

The primary functions are easy to figure out. This product has extra functions and features which you might or might not use. To get to those additional features, the one-button operating system requires a lot of practice before it feels closer to being user-friendly.

The button is user-friendly; even while wearing gloves, the challenge is to master the combination of short and long pressing on the button. There are various short and long pressing actions to move between and activate those features for extra performance.


There is a good selection of comparative options on the market for performance and price.

If you are looking for good performance at a mid-range price tag, the PETZL ACTIK CORE Headlamp is an excellent comparative option. You get 450 Lumens, an option for using 3 AAA batteries or a rechargeable battery. An impressive long-distance beam for around 55 meters, which is less than The spot.

The lamp is suitable for night hiking, trekking, running, trail walking, and even climbing. You get a red light mode and a choice of three levels of brightness. The makers state this lamp will run for 130 hours. This does not mean in a bright lamp mode and suggests they mean in lower energy saving activity.

The ACTIK CORE can use a rechargeable battery that can power up in just under three hours. Or use 3 AAA batteries. The single headband can be detached for regular washing, and the weight of this system is 75 grams.


The Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp is a conventional headlamp that has been upgraded to give an improvised optimized light/beam. On high-level mode, the distance for the beam is impressive, and the illumination is excellent. The same high standard of optimized illumination and beam consistency is suitable for short, medium, and long distances.

This headlamp offers an excellent range of extra features for performance; mastering the one-button system for navigation of features does require practice and learning. If you're looking for high-level light beam and features options, this is an excellent option to consider.

This lamp system is versatile and covers a broad range of uses.

High performance can run the batteries down a bit quicker. If you choose the AAA batteries option, remember to bring along a set of extra batteries if needed.

The price tag is at a moderate level in return for an excellent high-quality performance.