There’s nothing quite like communing with nature in the way humans have done for millennia: on the hunt, in the Great Outdoors. Woodsmen relish the escape from civilization that hunting provides. Yet that same distance from society can prove deadly if the outdoorsman is unprepared. Every hunter should have the following five items when venturing into the wild this winter:
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Portland biking ebbs and flows. In the summer, the bike paths are packed. But once the rains set in each fall, the numbers of cyclists drops dramatically. It’s unfortunate that so many bikers let Portland’s rainy season dictate their riding patterns. Really, the Rose City is a great town for biking, even in the dead of winter. We don’t see the frozen roads and snow piles that Minneapolis bikers face in the winter, for instance. (There, avid bike commuters are known to put studded snow tires on their rides to maintain a proper grip on slippery winter roads.) Portland’s weather rarely dips below freezing. As long as you have the right gear, you can enjoy cycling in Portland all year round, even during the rainy season from October through April.
Wind, rain, and darkness are your main concerns. To combat biting winds and incessant rains, wear multiple layers. Start off with a wicking bottom layer to draw sweat away from your skin while you ride. Second, add an insulating middle layer to keep you warm on your commute. And to top it all off, wear a waterproof windbreaker that will keep you dry. Also: make sure your bike is equipped to tackle stormy weather, with fenders and good tires. Don’t forget to get a tune-up this fall, to ensure no unexpected breakdowns on the road. Finally, wader boots are a great way for newbie winter commuters to keep their feet dry. As you’re ready to invest in better rain gear, look for shoe covers to fit over your biking shoes. Finally, you’ll need a good pair of gloves, a hat that fits under your helmet, and warm socks to stay comfortable on your ride.
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. (more…)
We are proud to announce that COAST Products has received attention from another leading tool website. Recently, Tool-Rank.com has featured our products in two separate articles – one suggesting items to include in an emergency kit, and another highlighting the Rapid Response knife as a Tool Rank Editor’s Pick.
In the emergency kit article, the author suggested using the Bosch Click & Go System as a housing for a 72-hour post-disaster kit. This emergency setup is intended to assist a family in the days just following a disaster, during the lull before federal emergency services kick in. As we saw with Superstorm Sandy, families often have to fend for themselves in this time period, and a 72-hour kit is a lifesaver in this situation. Tool-Rank.com included four COAST products in the kit: the HP7 LED flashlight, the HL7 LED Headlamp, the Rapid Response knife, and the 2-LED Pro Pocket pliers.
Troops can’t afford a spare hand to carry an LED emergency flashlight. And what with nighttime maneuvers, the need for portable, consistently bright light becomes clear. America’s latest military engagements have been especially demanding of reliable light. As former Marine Geoffery Ingersoll explains, “In Afghanistan, even in Kabul, electricity is not a guarantee, and when it gets dark, it’s really dark. An LED headlamp will make sure you don’t go falling into a hole.” For all of these reasons, an LED headlamp is critical to mission success. If you’re in the market for a military-grade LED headlamp, read on to learn what features you should prioritize.
1. Lightweight. Troops must be mobile and light on their feet – but they also must carry everything for survival on their backs. So every opportunity to lighten up is greatly appreciated. A military-grade LED headlamp should therefore be lightweight – like our HL4 model, weighing in at a mere 4.4 ounces.
Car mechanics may spend hours at a time underneath cars and trucks, straining to peer deep into engine blocks. A high-quality LED headlamp is crucial in such circumstances. As experienced mechanics can vouch, the cheapo headlamps from drugstores just can’t stand up to the rigors of the car shop. And it’s just plain awkward to cradle a flashlight under your chin while using both hands for repairs. To serve mechanics well, LED lighting must be hands-free and reliable.
Cities across the globe are choosing to install LED lighting, first and foremost for financial reasons. Compared to an incandescent bulb, an LED light is 90 percent more efficient, so cities can get more light for their buck with LED lighting. LED bulbs also last up to 10 times longer than CFLs. Moreover, the possibility for visual dazzle is nearly limitless with LEDs, which can be programmed to take on mesmerizing patterns of shifting, shimmering colors.
For those whose work involves peering into dark, tight spots, an LED headlamp is a crucial tool. Mechanics, home inspectors, firefighters and anyone else who needs hands-free light may be interested in the following comparison of two of our top LED headlamp models: the HL4 Dual Color LED headlamp and the HL7R Rechargeable Focusing Headlamp. Because we know it’s not always easy to wade through lengthy product descriptions, we’ve organized the basic facts about each LED headlamp in an easy-to-digest table. We’re hoping this will allow you to quickly compare them against your own needs. Alternatively, if you’re shopping for a loved one, this table can help you choose the best LED headlamp for a gift.