Posts Tagged ‘headlamp’

Factors that Affect Your LED Flashlight’s Run Time

Friday, December 16th, 2011

ANSI Run TimeRun time is an important characteristic to consider when shopping for an LED flashlight or headlamp. Run time describes how long a flashlight or headlamp will operate on the same set of batteries.

Different consumers value run time for different reasons. An avid fisherman, for instance, could buy flashlights based on run time because he doesn’t want to have to change out batteries on one of his weeklong fishing expeditions. Backpackers appreciate long run time as well – after all, who wants to scramble for a new set of batteries in the dark? In general, run time speaks to a flashlight’s efficiency – well-designed models will be able to run longer. (more…)

Is Your Car Storm Ready? A Look at Multi-tools and Other Necessities

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Snow Storm, Near Cedar Breaks, UtahWhen disaster strikes, it is common to hear newscasts about preparing your home and family for an emergency, as well as creating an emergency preparedness kit that includes a multi-tool, LED flashlight and a headlamp. However, it is just as important to prepare a kit for your car in the event you get caught in a storm. A roadside or weather emergency generally occurs when you least expect, so it’s best to make sure all your vehicles are storm-ready now – and equipped with an LED flashlight or headlamp – before you end up wishing you had.

Making Your Car Storm Ready


How to Use Your LED Flashlight for Self-Defense (from Monsters)

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Halloween is coming up, and there isn’t a better time of year for monsters. One of the scariest things about monsters is that they seem invincible – they’re hard to kill and even harder to defend against.

As you stock up on stakes, silver bullets and chainsaws (never underestimate the power of a chainsaw), don’t forget to include a few LED flashlights and a headlamp in your monster-fighting kit. Not only is an LED flashlight critical for helping you find your way in the dark, but it can actually help improve your defense against all manner of menacing creatures


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.)


Group Camping Etiquette

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Group Camp Site #1One of the best things about going camping is the ability to get away from the cramped city and stretch out into open space. At the same time, however, when you’re camping with a group of friends, the campsite can begin to feel crowded pretty quickly – the walls of even the best tent are pretty thin.

To keep from getting under each other’s skin, and to avoid angering your neighbors, there are some basic camping etiquette guidelines you can follow:


Trick or Treat: Why LED Headlamps are Perfect for Halloween

Monday, September 19th, 2011


  • Fake blood: Check.
  • Pillowcase: Check.
  • Reflective tape: Check.
  • Flashlight: How about a headlamp instead?


What to Bring on a Geocaching Expedition

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Geocaching was a hot pursuit when GPS devices first hit the mass market, and although the hubbub has died down somewhat, the hobby lives on for many outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re not familiar with the term, geocaching is basically a worldwide treasure hunt in which GPS coordinates are used to track down hidden caches, which contain small trinkets or souvenirs. It’s a great way to add a sense of excitement and purpose to your hiking adventures.

Once you own a GPS device, it’s also fairly inexpensive; all you really need is a good LED flashlight or headlamp, some small tokens or “treasures” to replace what you take, and your regular hiking supplies. Here’s a more detailed look at what to bring on a geocaching expedition: (more…)

Barefoot Running 101: How to Get Started

Monday, July 25th, 2011

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may have noticed that an increasing number of runners are ditching their shoes and hoofing it barefoot. Barefoot running is nothing new – humans evolved doing it, after all – but as a recent fitness trend it’s been getting quite a bit of attention. Barefoot runners tout a number of advantages, including reduced impact, improved circulation and muscle tone, stronger feet, and better posture and balance.

If you’re a tenderfoot, barefoot running may sound painful, but many enthusiasts are shedding their shoes for 10ks, marathons and even rugged trail runs. With minimal equipment required – just make sure to bring a headlamp with you to spot potentially painful obstacles – it’s an activity anyone can do. For those who are interested giving it a try, here’s a look at how to get started: