Posts Tagged ‘LED headlamps’

Portland Biking Safety for Fall/Winter

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

LED headlamp
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.

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COAST Wins H.I.E. Innovation Award

Wednesday, 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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End of the World 2012: Survivalist Guide for Preparation

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

21.12.2012 _DDC4836Dec. 21, 2012: It’s almost here. For some, this date signals nothing more than the final three days of Christmas shopping. To others, however, it’s considered the end of the world. It is the date on which the 5,125-year-long cycle in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, closely associated with the Mayan Civilization, will end.

Many people interpret that to mean the world as we know it will come to an end, often referring to Mayan and Hopi Native American prophecies about the end of the world. Many major religions insist the world will come to an end at some point, as well, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism (although none of them indicate it might happen this year). Indeed, as the Earth’s North and South poles shift magnetic positions and a growing number of natural disasters continue to plague the planet, there seems to be plenty of evidence that major change is afoot.

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Find COAST Products around the World

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

GlobeThe need for high-quality LED headlamps and flashlights isn’t unique to the United States; consumers all over the world need illumination for their outdoor adventures. That’s why COAST Products is pleased to announce we now have international distributors in Australia and Israel to cater to our global customers.

This is thrilling news for us, as we previously were able to directly distribute our innovative LED flashlight models only within North America. From the Outback of Australia to the Mediterranean shores of Israel, our LED headlamps and torches will now shine into diverse corners of the planet.

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Modern Camping: The Evolution of Camping From Necessity to High-Tech

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Campfire on Honeymoon Beach, Isla Danzante The first camper’s handbook was written in 1908 by Thomas Hiram Holding, whom many consider the grandfather of camping as a recreational activity. Holding learned his camping skills during a 1200-mile trip across America in a wagon train in 1853. Back in those days, canvas tents and wood-burning cook fires were the norm.

Today’s camping expedition looks very different. Indeed, camping technology and campers’ habits have evolved so quickly in the last decade or so that even the mountaineering pioneers of the 1970s would be shocked. (more…)

Let’s Get the Gear: COAST LED Headlamp Featured on Recent ‘Portlandia’ Episode

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Get the Gear! Here at COAST, we’ve found that our LED headlamps and flashlights have a tendency to turn up in the oddest places. Our favorite so far is the recent episode of Portlandia, in which the uber-prepared super-couple, Kath and Dave, decide to go hiking. But even a quick jaunt through Forest Park is no simple matter, they realize, once you factor in all of the safety gear required for a walk in the woods.

Anyone who has ever taken a stroll through innocuous Forest Park has to laugh as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein continue to pile on the outdoor gear, even going out shopping for LED headlamps and flashlights – because “you never know, with the lumens, how many lumens you’re going to need” – and baking their own energy bars. By the time these two outdoorsmen head for the trail (on matching segues), they have only 15 minutes of daylight left.

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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…)

Trick or Treat: Why LED Headlamps are Perfect for Halloween

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Halloween

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

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