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Kevin Stephens
(KyKevin) - F

Locale: Land of Arches
What do you use for light? on 06/12/2007 23:23:57 MDT Print View

What do you all use for light around the camp? No one ever really talks about that, just flashlights?

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: What do you use for light? on 06/13/2007 00:24:32 MDT Print View

For normal a normal utilitarian knife, the Fenix Cree LOD with it's single AAA battery is hard to beat.
You get 9 hours of low with a lithium battery that is brighter than all but the best 3AAA headlamps.

It's also much more water resistant and shock-proof than a head lamp and weighs just under an ounce.
It doesn't even compare to any of the other model Crees.
If you want a really sweet light, going with any of the other models will not do you wrong. Especially if you want to do any night hiking.
Ounce for ounce there is no headlamp out there that can even come close to the Crees.

Jonathan Duckett
(Thunderhead) - F

Locale: Great Smoky Mountains
Re: What do you use for light? on 06/13/2007 08:17:39 MDT Print View

I use a Petzl Tikka XP. Great, powerful light but be warned that it loses its maximum brightness pretty quick after putting brand new batteries in it. I've never used lithium in it, so that may porlong the maximum brightness. I also have a Princeton Tech Impulse Micro Light. The Tikka XP weighs 3.3 oz with batteries and the Micro Light weighs .5 oz with the hat clip on it.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: What do you use for light? on 06/13/2007 08:50:20 MDT Print View

If I wasn't a flashlight geek I just take a photon freedom button light except trips where I was planning to do a lot of night hiking in which case I would most likely bring a Princeton Tec EOS. But I am a flashlight geek so I bring other lights to play with / test. I have a list of recommended flashlights

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
What do you use for light? on 06/13/2007 09:43:27 MDT Print View

For emergencies I have a Photon Freedom Microlight that is on a lanyard which never leaves my neck (along with my Swiss Army Classic knife and my whistle). For regular camp duties and night-hiking I carry a Black Diamond Spot headlamp.

Benjamin Tomsky
(btomsky) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: What do you use for light? on 06/13/2007 09:56:58 MDT Print View

I carry one red and one white photon freedom on a lanyard around my neck and use the clips to attach them to my hat at night. I use the red to read and do close-distance chores, and the white if I need to go somewhere. Sometimes I bring another white one if I plan to hike at night. Two white photon freedoms aimed in approximately the same direction is plenty bright for night hiking...

Edited by btomsky on 06/13/2007 09:58:20 MDT.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: What do you use for light? on 06/13/2007 10:06:36 MDT Print View

I've been using a PT Aurora and the free PT Pulsar (similar to the Photon) that came with it.
I keep the Pulsar on a lanyard around my neck with a whistle and small Swiss Army knife.
I keep the Aurora in my pack and, although its a great light, I find myself using it less and less. I've thought about getting the e-LITE or a real Photon to replace it to save some weight.


Jason Turner
(headchange4u) - F
Headlamp on 06/13/2007 12:46:22 MDT Print View

I use a Petzel E+Lite. It's great. 27 grams including batteries, 45 hour burn time low, 35 hour on high, it has strobes, super bright LEDs and a red LED. You can wear it on your head, wrist, hat, shirt, etc. I use it in my hammock a lot. Just clip it to the ridge line and you are good to go.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Re: What do you use for light? on 06/13/2007 12:51:31 MDT Print View

I second the Fenix LOD CE. Brighter than my tikka xp at half the weight, with fewer batteries and actually works with lithium batteries. Duct tape a Photon clip and voila, you have a headlamp.

Kevin Stephens
(KyKevin) - F

Locale: Land of Arches
.... on 06/13/2007 16:30:00 MDT Print View

Thanks for all the info

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Light on 06/13/2007 18:11:37 MDT Print View

Princeton Tec EOS.

Fred Stevenson
(FredS) - F

Locale: Montana
light on 06/16/2007 23:37:11 MDT Print View

My Petzl Tikka Plus weighs only 2oz. It is brightest of all in a compact size (barely bigger than the three AAA batteries). I do not like the strap headbands and don't want to carry the weight. I took my old North Face hat, which is gore-tex lined with a rollable baseball brim, and modifed the adjustment strap in back to hold the light. The hat only weighs 1oz.and both the hat and light are water proof, so I just have to turn my hat around to have a light in any weather.

Edited by FredS on 06/16/2007 23:39:20 MDT.

Andrew :-)
(terra) - F

Locale: Sydney, Australia.
Great idea! on 08/02/2007 02:34:19 MDT Print View

Great "Tikka plus on the hat" idea. I love it!

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Which lights I carry on 08/07/2007 10:48:36 MDT Print View

I don't know why anyone would use anything other than Photon Freedoms. I carry two, one white, the other one emitting light that does not mess up your night vision (red, blue-green I think, etc). They weigh next to nothing, give plenty of light, and can be dimmed to whatever level you need.