The new Black Diamond Spot headlamp will produce 300 lumens, which is a 50 percent increase over the current version (read my review). Its weight and size appeared unchanged, as does its single control button, unfortunately.
The current Spot will become the new Cosmos, which represents a 25 percent increase in light output (to 200 lumens from 160). I’m uncertain if prices will change.
But I wonder whether the Spot’s added power will be as beneficial as it might sound. When the new and current Spot are compared side-by-side, it is clear that the flood bulb (upper-left) is bigger, and presumably more powerful. The primary bulb could be brighter too, but it’s not as obvious.
So, really, the new Spot will have a more powerful flood light, and perhaps a marginally more powerful spot light. When used together, they will produce 300 lumens, but that output is divided between flood and spot.
Personally, I would rather have a single high-powered bulb with adjustable brightness and adjustable focusing, such as with the Coast HL70. (Read my long-term review of the Coast HL27, which shares these features.) With this type of light, I can have a 300-lumen flood or a 300-lumen spot, or some combination of the two.
BTW, for all those who are skeptical of BD’s claims that its headlamps are water-resistant up to 1 meter, you might appreciate this display at their booth: