Posts Tagged ‘headlamps’

COAST Product Super Bowl Match-Ups: HL5 vs. HL7 Headlamps

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

HL5 vs. HL7 LED HeadlampsToday’s Coast Super Bowl matchup is between two of our finest LED headlamps. On one side, we have the HL5 LED headlamp; on the other, the HL7. Both make for a top-quality LED headlamp, but only one can win today’s game.

Headlamps provide all the hands-free flexibility you need when hiking, camping or even fixing a car. But there are various factors that come into play when we compare these two excellent headlamps. To begin, let’s look at the basic stats of each headlamp: (more…)

LED Flashlights and Your Eyes: Why More Lumens isn’t Always Better

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Blinded by the lightA bright LED flashlight can be one of your greatest assets in the wilderness. Used inconsiderately, however, it can also be a huge nuisance to those around you. Because flashlights and headlamps are such an integral part of the outdoor experience, every hiking, camping, hunting and fishing enthusiast can benefit from having a basic understanding of how our eyes interact with the light from an LED flashlight.

The following is a look at how the eye operates, as well as an overview of some of the different functions of LED flashlights and headlamps with eye science in mind. You may just learn a better way to use your LED flashlight on your next outdoor adventure. (more…)

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…)

Seasonal Hiking: A New Thanksgiving Tradition?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Eagle Creek Ride/HikeWith its typically crisp weather and clear skies, Thanksgiving weekend is often a great time to get outdoors – especially if you want to work off some of those mashed potatoes.  As Americans become increasingly aware of the need to get more exercise, more and more families are incorporating seasonal hiking into their holiday traditions.

A Thanksgiving hike is a way for the whole family to get out into nature before it gets too cold and snowy.  Choose a route that suits the age and ability level of everyone in your hiking group, and make sure you’re prepared for the colder weather and earlier sunsets by bringing along plenty of LED flashlights and warm clothing.

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What Makes Gadgets So Fascinating?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

What's in my werk bagThe frequent use of gadgets is a fairly modern trend, following the rise of the Industrial Revolution and modern technology – i.e., the mass production of small, complex objects. While we might consider the stopwatch as an older gadget, most of the gadgets we use these days are much more advanced in design. (Take multi-tools and LED flashlights, for example.)

Indeed, our reliance on, and fascination with, gadgets is so powerful that some people become addicted to obtaining the newest and most cutting-edge of everything. We often (unnecessarily) use them to accomplish simple tasks that could easily be achieved with our own two hands. So why the fascination with gadgets? To answer this question let’s take a look at the psychology behind gadget collecting.

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Fishing and LED Flashlights: How Not to Scare Away the Biters

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Every fisherman’s kit should include lures, hooks, bait, a net and a good LED flashlight. LED flashlights and headlamps are incredibly useful gadgets for fishing expeditions. They come in handy for dozens of tasks, from baiting your hook to cleaning your catch to finding your way back to your tent if you spent a little too long on the lake. Furthermore, because many fishermen prefer to cast their hooks during the hours of darkness, LED flashlights and headlamps are often considered necessities.

Like humans, fish follow certain activity patterns during a 24-hour period. Although it is certainly possible to catch fish during the day, it is sometimes difficult because this is the time when most fish cling to the shore, hiding under protective leaves and branches to avoid predators. Watch a lake or river at twilight, and you’ll notice a definite uptick in the number of fish jumping and feeding as darkness approaches. Many fishermen even prefer fishing at night, when some species of fish are naturally more active, since they have the protective cover of darkness. Avid night fishermen say that many fish are most active around 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., when they tend to feed.

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5 Desert Hiking Tips

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Desert Horned LizardThe desert can be a beautiful, magical place. It can also be dangerous for hikers and backpackers, such as those hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. From the scorching heat of the day to freezing temperatures at night, hiking in the desert can be as difficult as it is rewarding. Here are five tips for safely hiking in the desert.

1. Watch the time of day.

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Green Camping and Hiking Tips for Earth Day

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
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Earth Day is right around the corner – April 22, to be exact – and we here at Coast couldn’t be more excited. Our high-quality LED products use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, which helps people reduce energy consumption on a day-to-day basis. This year, we want to focus on two of the most popular outdoor activities, camping and hiking, and the different ways you can enjoy these activities in a green, eco-friendly way using LED headlamps and other LED camping accessories.

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