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Survival / April 9, 2017

This week in gear: 4 tools to light the way

Written by: Stewart Moore

Whether you use it for hunting, diving, self-defense, or convenience when the power goes out, a flashlight ranks as a survival essential. 

So these week we rounded up four of our favorite light sources, each designed for its own purpose. 

The Crosstac Pak-Lite

Billed as the ultimate survival LED light and currently used by the US Air Force, Crosstac’s Pak-Lite is an ingenious design that clips directly onto a cheap and readily available 9-volt battery.

Capable of lasting 600hrs on its low setting, the Pak-Lite weights .14 ounces. It’s also available with colored bulbs.

The Pak Lite sells online for $25.

The Coast HP314

With 1132 lumens and a long range focusing system, Coast’s HP314 can cast a beam over a third of a mile. Using the slide focus, you can also create an wide even field of light with edges as bright as the center.

The 17-inch light weighs in at 3.1 pounds. It features three different settings and can withstand anything you throw at it—water, dirt, heavy impacts… you name it.

The light sells online for $330.

Princeton Tec Point Hat Clip

A clip-on headlamp with a flexible neck, Princeton Tec’s Point Hat Clip is ideal for small jobs like tying a fly or reading a map without blinding fellow adventurers.

Weighing in at 17 grams and giving off 10 lumens, the light attaches easily to the bill of a hat.

The Point Hat Clip sells online for $14.

Fenix SD20 Diving Light

1000 lumens, a 500+ foot beam, and waterproof up to 100 meters, Fenix’s SD20 is at home in your hand, on land, or in the depths.

Just more than eight inches long and weighing in at 8.6 ounces, the SD20 also features a 105 lumen red LED light, which is less likely to spook animals and will keep your eyes adjusted to darkness. The light’s low-voltage warning will help you ensure you’re never unexpectedly caught with a dying light.

The light sells online for $144 (it’s actually on sale now for $109.95).

Do you sell or promote a piece gear we should test? Email [email protected] to pitch it to us. 

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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