Shine On You Crazy Headlamp
Headlamps shine in areas flashlights failby Brendan Gahan
Miners have long known the benefits of strapping a source of light to their head in order to keep their hands free for working. More recently, climbers have embraced the philosophy of using their heads to free their hands. Evening climbs are common, especially when the mid day sun in some parts of the country can pump the temperature up to a sweltering 105 degrees. Headlamps are popular in some circles, but here at BackcountryStore.com, we believe firmly in the systematic extinction of the primitive flashlight, to be succeeded by the modern headlamp. Itís Darwinism at itís finest, the survival of the fittest. Lights with weak qualities(i.e., you have to hold it in your hand) being replaced with those that have adapted to modern need and common sense. Itís a headlamp revolution, well you know... Replacing your reliance on flashlights, familiar in form and function, with a newfangled headlamp can seem a bit scary at first. Relax, headlamps are just as easy to use, lighter, and will last significantly longer on one battery run. To ease the transition, we offer these models.
The Black Diamond Lunar Head Lamp is a compact reliable source of light fueled by three easy to install AA batteries. Equipped with a long life bulb, the Lunar will burn for 7 straight hours. Never wanting to leave itís customers in the dark, Black Diamond also included a spare Bright Xenon Halogen bulb that provides 3.5 more hours of burn time and 100 meters of light. This is allot of headlamp for the low price of $29.95.
Also from Black Diamond is the ultra compact, super powerful Ion Headlamp. The Ion Headlamp weighs but 25 grams, but is bright enough to light up even the darkest of situations. A 6 volt battery powers this little headlamp that could, and you get 15 hours of burn time. So small you could conceal it in your palm, with a price tag to match...$22.45.
The Black Diamond Gemini Head Lamp has a long life LED bulb that will last an impressive 1000 hours and provide a light perfect for outdoor cooking. It also has a Halogen bulb that throws an impressive 70 meters of light and lasts 7 hours for activities when brighter is better. Itís like getting 2 headlamps for the low price of $38.45.
The Petzl Tikka Head Lamp is another micro sized lamp that packs a big punch. 3 LED bulbs throw light 10 meters, and the Tikka will burn for 150 hours on three AAA batteries(included). This lamp produces a very white light, making ideal for long term, close up work, like fixing that broken engine. Tiny and weighing only 70 grams with batteries, this lamp will fit unobtrusively in your glove compartment, and unnoticeably in the bottom of your pack. A small lamp at a great price, the Tikka is a deal at $34.95. For those looking for something even more compact, Petzl offers the Zipka. The Zipka is the same lamp as the Tikka, but a retractable strap replaces the elastic headband, making the Zipka even more compact, lighter and a steal at $43.95. The headlamp revolution is well underway. Donít get left out. Dispose of that flashlight, free your hands, and strap one of our nifty headlamps to your forehead.