I agree with this a lot. I appreciate the link. I am thinking about snagging one just because they are such a good deal. I have a couple of Petzl headlamps that I use regularly. They both have red filters which kind of led me down the rabbit hole of looking for a flashlight with a light filter as well. It's great to be able to illuminate something without destroying your night vision immediately afterward.DSH007 wrote: ↑Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:21 pmFor hiking/camping, I would highly recommend some type of headlamp. I have many flashlights, but the one that I always end up using the most is an inexpensive, base-model Petzl Tikka headlamp. I think I paid ~ $30 for it three or four years ago. Very useful, hands-free, simple on-off, bright enough for me see in the dark.. all around great light. Uses AAA batteries.. battery life has been great on mine, plus I like being able to easily swap out fresh batteries that are readily available just about anywhere. Mine is not, but they do have red-light models as well if that's something you're interested in.
I just did a quick search and found this at REI for $21.93! With a red-light setting. https://www.rei.com/product/109856/petz ... dlamp-2018.
Hahah, I actually just ordered one as a backup!
Anyways.. I'd strongly recommend something like this, even if it's just to supplement whatever you decide your primary light will be.. I can't stress enough how useful I find the hands-free aspect of these headlamps to be, especially for hiking/camping..
I appreciate this. I have looked at this model online and I have wondered if the quality was there. I am pretty sure that DLT also sells colored lens adapters for them. This is looking like a good choice for me.Vivi wrote: ↑Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:31 amFenix PD25 meets your criteria for half your budget, aside from the colored light option.
It's about the size of a bic lighter. Has a secure pocket clip. Waterproof. Can be set to low for when its night time at camp. Has four levels of brightness, from low to super tacticool bright. Strobe function. You can recharge the battery with a micro usb cable.
I carry my pd25 or my larger uc35 every single day.
The interface is simple. Press the tail end button to turn it off or on, tap the side button to change brightness. Hold the brightness button for strobe.
The pocket clip is handy. Outside of the obvious EDC function, you can clip the light to a jacket or shirt collar to light up what you're doing directly in front of you. Or pop off the clip, reverse it and put it further down the body, then you can clip it to a hat.
Like DSH was saying, a headlamp is the way to go. While hiking, you'll be able to aim it at the appropriate angle, and it will illuminate where you're looking. Carrying a flashlight in your hands has the light moving all over the place when you walk. It's the same while in camp, performing chores. A headlamp allows you the use of both hands.
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