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Gear Reviews / December 4, 2016

This week in gear: Let there be light

Written by: Stewart Moore

Maybe you’re the kind of person who opted outside this past Black Friday, trading checkout lines for quiet trails. Maybe you’re the kind of person who, instead of putting a fake plastic tree in your house, chooses to go au naturel and venture among stands of pines and firs for the holidays.

Regardless, as we reach the darkest days around the winter solstice, take a little extra light and holiday cheer into the woods or urban jungle with the four lighting systems we’ve rounded up this week.

ENO Twilights

Essentially a portable string of Christmas lights, ENO’s Twilights can do more than just decorate your camp.

The 4oz string of ultra-bright, water-resistant LED lights runs 72 hours on three AAA batteries and provides enough dispersed illumination to read or sort gear while avoiding single headlamp beams to the face.

The Twilights sell online for $19.95.

Lite-a-Life Mini

The cute factor is strong with Goal Zero’s Lite-A-Life Mini, but this tiny light has more to offer than looks. Weighing in at 2.4oz apiece, each Lite-A-Life Mini produces 110 lumens and has an adjustable shade to diffuse or focus light.

The Minis come with a USB cable to draw power from any Goal Zero charger or another source and carabiners for hanging. They can be used independently or chained together for maximum cheer.

The Lite-A-Life Mini sells online for $24.99.

BD Sprinter Headlamp

Remember the song “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer”? Well, the last thing anyone wants under their tree is a corpse. That’s why Black Diamond’s Sprinter Headlamp features a red taillight strobe to keep grandma visible on her late night runs.

The taillight can be turned off when not needed, and the front lamp has three settings (bright, dim, and strobe) and produces up to 200 lumens. The USB rechargable headlamp has a stormproof exterior, so there’s no need to worry about rain or snow either.

The Black Diamond Sprinter sells online for $79.95.

Big Agnes Fly Creek mtnGLO

Big Agnes has finally released their integrated mtnGLO lights on their best selling Fly Creek tent.

A favorite among backpackers for its simple setup, small packed size, and light weight, the Fly Creek mtnGLO offers the same great features as the original and still only tips the scales to 2lbs 2oz. The LED lights run on three AAA batteries and can also be set to 50% power.

Available in a two-person version as well, the Fly Creek mtnGLO sells online for $369.95.

about the author

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

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