COAST’s HL7 LED Headlamp and a Story of Survival in the NZ Wilderness

September 24th, 2013

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The COAST HL7 LED headlamp recently saved Matthew Parrett’s day—and perhaps his life! Matthew works for Charton International, one of our major distributors in New Zealand. He and his lively crew have quite a mountaineering tale to tell—one that involves over 30 extra hours of hiking, walking, and route finding. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips from COAST for National Preparedness Month

September 17th, 2013

#6 supplies

This September marks the 10th annual recognition of National Preparedness Month. From Superstorm Sandy to Hurricane Katrina, the last decade has presented us with plenty of reasons to prepare for the worst. Even if you weren’t personally affected by these storms, hopefully every passing disaster nudged you to update your emergency preparedness kit. The CDC and FEMA are hosting events all across the country, partnering with more than 3,000 organizations and hoping to spur Americans to get ready for the next big storm, flood, fire, or earthquake.

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COAST Resources: Helpful Articles on LED Lanterns

September 10th, 2013

COAST EAL20 LED LanternWhen you’ve been blogging as long as we have, you come to realize which of your posts have been the most useful for readers. In the last few weeks, we’ve been reviewing our blogs on LED Lanterns. Based upon Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools data, we’ve compiled the following list of the most popular LED emergency lantern resources on the COAST Portland website. Whether you’re looking for a refresher on LED emergency area lights, or you just need some advice on what to look for in a good camping lantern, these resources will come in handy.

“Camping Lanterns: Propane vs. LED Battery”
This blog, originally published in April of 2012, has drawn over 1,800 pageviews in the period between June 2012 and June 2013, and we can guess why. It’s a helpful post comparing traditional propane lanterns and their modern counterparts, LED battery camping lanterns. The blog compares these two LED lantern options according to brightness, cost, safety, maintenance, energy efficiency, sound, and durability. A great read for those who are considering ditching their old propane models for slick new LED emergency lanterns.

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Tools of the Trade Puts COAST’s A25R Rechargeable Flashlight to the Test

September 4th, 2013

A25R Rechargeable FlashlightOur A25R LED rechargeable flashlight was recently featured in Tools of the Trade online magazine. Tools of the Trade calls itself “the complete resource for the tools used in the construction industry today.” For construction workers, having the right tool makes all the difference. Tools of the Trade helps contractors select the best tool for every project. The magazine specializes in side-by-side comparisons of tools; these detailed specs are specifically geared toward construction professionals.

Tools of the Trade’s Review of the A25R LED Flashlight
Tools of the Trade reviewer Michael Davis called the A25R “one of the coolest flashlights [he’s] ever seen.” Here are a few A25R features that Mr. Davis highlighted in his review of this top-notch COAST product: Read the rest of this entry »

Stay Prepared Throughout Hurricane Season

August 28th, 2013

Hurricane Bud

The end of summer does not signal the end of hurricane danger. Officially, hurricane season runs between June 1st and November 30th of each year. Typically, August and September are the most active months for hurricanes. However, as last year’s Superstorm Sandy proved, it’s quite possible that severe weather could hit closer to Thanksgiving. And some of history’s most destructive hurricanes have made their appearance in the fall months.

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COAST Wins H.I.E. Innovation Award

August 21st, 2013

COAST is a 2013 Home Improvement Executive Innovation Award Winner! Home Improvement Executive (HIE) is an exclusive publication that caters to industry leaders in the home space. Each year, HIE names innovation award winners in a variety of categories. We are thrilled to announce that two of Coast’s products, the HL27 and the HL8, were awarded Gold Innovation Awards in the LED headlamp category.

The COAST HL27 LED Headlamp

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COAST’s PX50 Featured in The Jerry Hall World Record Dive

August 14th, 2013

Jerry Hall with COAST's PX50

Jerry Hall has been breaking diving records since 2002, when he beat the previous Guinness World Record for longest freshwater SCUBA dive. At over 71 hours, Jerry’s dive was more than 12 hours longer than the previous record dive. But Jerry didn’t stop there. In 2004, he broke his own record with a dive that lasted 120 hours, one minute, and nine seconds. The dive did take a toll on Hall’s body—he emerged from the depths of Tennessee’s South Holston Lake 20 pounds lighter, with bloodshot eyes due to burst blood vessels. His feet were so saturated that he couldn’t walk normally for about six hours following the dive.

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COAST Knife Resources: Our Most Useful Reads on Tactical and Sporting Knives

August 7th, 2013

We’ve been blogging about tactical knives, LED flashlights, and multi-tools for five years. Our first blog post, on fishing knives, was published on January 25, 2008. Since then, we’ve posted hundreds of blogs, some more popular than others. By analyzing page view information culled from Google Analytics and WebMaster Tools Data, we can determine which posts our readers have found the most useful. To bring these helpful posts to your attention, we’ve listed a brief description of each below.

“Serrated Knives: When They’re Great and When They’re Not”
Published in December of 2011, this post had more than 890 page views in the past year. A great read for those wondering which applications are best for a serrated knife, and when a serrated blade may actually be a hindrance.

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