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COAST A25 LED Flashlight Nominated for 2012 Innovation Award

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Our A25 focusing LED flashlight is one of the slickest models we’ve ever designed, and we’re not the only ones who think so. Not only is it a favorite of mechanics, technicians and other professionals, but Professional Tool & Equipment News magazine has nominated it for a 2012 Innovation Award!

The award highlights the most innovative and cutting-edge tools introduced within the past year, and we’re proud to be a contender in the lighting category. The A25 LED flashlight, which transitions smoothly from spot to flood using our Pure Beam Focusing Optic System, casts a superior 226-lumen beam that alternates between three power settings (including a strobe light) – all packed within a tough, compact stainless steel casing.


All about Wildland Fire Fighting

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Using fire to fight fireOne of the things we at COAST are most proud of is that firefighters (among other public service personnel) often choose our tactical LED flashlight models for use in the field. Because firefighting is such a demanding job, an LED flashlight for tactical use must meet much higher standards in terms of power, utility and durability than a flashlight intended for general use.

Of the different types of firefighters out there, wildland firefighters have one of the most rugged and potentially dangerous jobs in existence. Wildland firefighters battle uncontrolled wildfires, often located in the middle of nowhere; their job requires different equipment, training and techniques than firefighting in more populated areas. For example, an urban firefighter will use a powerful tactical LED flashlight for searching burning buildings, whereas a wildland firefighter will more commonly need illumination for navigating outdoor areas at night. (more…)

Packing for a High Mountain Lake Fishing Trip

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Crooked River Burning MountainNearly 350,000 fish. About 500 lakes. And just $33 for an annual resident angling license. The numbers don’t lie: This is going to be a great year for those who enjoy high mountain fishing. The state of Oregon stocked about 500 lakes in the Cascade Range with 345,000 fish last July, and many of those meals-on-fins are now large enough to keep. Of course, many anglers practice catch and release – it seems the chase (and the breathtaking scenery) is enough for them.

Still, there’s nothing quite like hiking into a remote area, fishing for a while, and then frying your catch over an open fire, having cleaned it with your ever-present folding knife. No wonder 25 percent of Oregon anglers prefer to fish in the state’s high-altitude lakes – there are fewer people around and no noisy jet skis or boats, making for a very relaxing, rewarding experience.


Night Skiing Safety Precautions

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Mt Hood Skibowl WarmhutImagine gliding among the stars with a sharp, invigorating wind on your face, and you’ll come near the wonder of night skiing. Many people prefer night skiing because the slopes are generally less crowded after sundown. Furthermore, a night skiing lift ticket is usually less expensive than a day pass. However, the colder temperatures and icier conditions of night skiing require special safety precautions, such as bringing a high-quality LED headlamp, as outlined below.

 How to Prepare for Night Skiing: Your Safety Checklist


LED Headlamps for Winter Running Safety

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Fog at Dog ParkWinter is quickly approaching, and that means the days are getting shorter – not to mention the weather changes, including snow, rain and fog. Your normal running time might have fallen during daylight hours in the summer months, but now it’s likely to be dark and therefore more dangerous when you go for a run.

When running at night, you have decreased depth perception, less secure footing and often little motivation to run in the first place. Fortunately, many runners have found headlamps to be an effective method of combating these common winter running hazards. (more…)

Tips for Enjoying Fall Color

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The striking array of brilliant colors that graces temperate areas of the world during autumn is really nothing more than the side effect of deciduous trees preparing for their winter’s sleep. Summer’s green leaves are filled with chlorophyll, a crucial ingredient in photosynthesis (the process plants use to transform sunlight, soil, and water into sugars).

Fall’s lengthening nights signal to trees that winter is on its way and that they should begin to shift from active sugar production to passive protection of their sugar stores. The vibrant oranges, reds and yellows of fall appear as chlorophyll drains from leaves, allowing underlying carotenoids and anthocyanins to show. (Carotenoids are found in yellow, orange and brown plants; they give color to bananas, rutabagas, and butter cups. Anthocyanins are responsible for the color found in concord grapes, blueberries, cherries, plumbs, and strawberries.)


5 Mountaintop Activities for Summer

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

rock climbing is funWhen the summer heat sets in, there are two popular ways to find relief in the Pacific Northwest: Get thee to water, or head to the mountains. Whether you’re a hard-core climber or a casual hiker, the mountains offer plenty of recreational opportunities that allow you to take advantage of the cooler air available at higher elevations. Here’s a look at some of the top Northwest mountaintop activities to help you beat the heat:

1. Hiking and rock climbing.


3 Ways to Get Your Kids Outdoors

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Kid PlayingLet’s face it: Too many kids sit around the house, glued to their electronic devices and cultivating pasty skin. American youths spend as much as six hours a day watching TV, surfing the web or playing video games and a mere 30 minutes each week in unregulated outdoor play.

Once these habits are formed, they’re hard to break. Here are a few ideas for sparking your children’s interest in the great outdoors.