Best for Backcountry Camping

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

This headlamp has every mode we need and two more that we love. The night vision, strobe, lock, and power settings are what we look for in any headlamp. The two that make this light a keeper control the brightness quickly and easily: Hold the power button and the main white LED scrolls through its entire range like a dimmer switch, and let go at the exact setting you need. Maybe even more useful is the PowerTap Technology: Touch the side of the case to switch between full and half power and back again.
[$40; blackdiamondequipment.com]