Black Diamond Releases New Lantern
Black Diamond will be releasing the Orbit lantern this fall. Weighing in at 2.9 ounces (84 grams) and 4.4 ounces (126 grams) with batteries, this nifty little lantern would be great for after-dark chores and hanging from your tent ceiling. The top can be popped off and converted into a flashlight. The lantern comes in white and black.
The Black Diamond Orbit lantern.
- Batteries: Four AAA
- Weight: 2.9 oz (84 g) without batteries, 4.4 oz (126 g) with batteries
- MSRP: US$29.95
New Fire Starter From Ultimate Survival Technologies
The "Sparkie" is a one-handed mini fire starter that weighs 0.85 ounces (24 grams). The device is stored with the "mesh metal" strip inside the handle. Pushing the button deploys the metal strip and pushing down on the handle sends a shower of sparks into your tinder. The following video shows this piece of gear in action.
The fact that the Sparkie must be placed on a solid surface to work (versus a flint being held in the air) could be a nuisance in the field. It may be difficult if the tinder being used is fragile.
The Sparkie will be available December 2008.
- Weight: 0.85 oz (24 g)
- MSRP: US$14.95
Sparkie - the one-handed fire starter.
Black Crater Introduces the Cord Lock Light
Weighing in at 0.3 ounces (8 grams), this product functions as both a cord lock and (you guessed it!) a light. As a cord lock, it does great - although it's a bit on the large side. As a light, it's not the brightest kid in the class. We did a quick test between the Cord Lock Light and the Photon X-Micro LED. The Photon was the clear winner. The cord lock light has three modes (high, low, and flash) and runs on two lithium CR1220 batteries.
I can see this gadget coming in handy in a number of situations. As a backpacker, you're never far from a cord lock, and your flashlight or headlamp is often out of reach or buried somewhere in the bottom of your pack. Having a light source immediately available would be nice. Multi-use gear is something we value as lightweight backpackers, but is this practical enough to put in your kit? We'll let you decide.
The Cord Lock Light.
- Weight: 0.3 oz (8 g)
- Battery Life: 12 hrs High, 20 hrs Low, 50 hrs Flash
- MSRP: US$10.00