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Get in Gear: Petzl Headlamp

To stay safe outside when the light is waning, or completely gone, you need to be able to see and to be seen. So if you are camping and searching for firewood or cooking up some camp grub, you need your hands and you need light. You can't really hold a flashlight in these situations so what's a gal to do?

These situations call for a headlamp, a hands-free light that you wear on your head. Headlamps may be slightly dorky (OK - really dorky) but they sure are useful. The Tikka Plus LED (($34.95), by Petz, is water-resistant and takes 3 AAA batteries that can power the lamp for up to 22 hours. Think about how much firewood you can gather in 22 hours.

The head of the lamp swivels so you can aim light where you need it, and you can select from 4 levels of brightness. It even has a bright strobe setting making you more visible to cars and other people. This is an important feature if you are using the headlamp as a bike light or wearing it on a nighttime run (not the safest of activities but sometimes you have to exercise in the dark).

Having a headlamp makes me feel safe when I'm in the outdoors, and I always keep mine in my pack - you never know when you'll need a light.

beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i have one of those and take it camping with me. so convenient!
susanec susanec 10 years
Ha, I got one of these for Valentines's day!
jhuck jhuck 10 years
After years of camping, I've always had a friend willing to hold the flashlight for me. Safety in numbers right! I'm sure it's great for some people, I just can't think of a situation where I'd need one yet.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
I never go camping without mine!
mem952 mem952 10 years
if you are camping or anything like that these are the BEST. no more holding the torch in your mouth when you need both hands.
jamiegirl jamiegirl 10 years
I think these are awesome, except the last time I went backpacking it was the middle of the night and I really needed to pee so I borrowed this from a friend of mine and went out into the night. This was the most frightening thing. It looked sooo eerie and ghost like :ghost: (didn't help that we were camping in Panamint City)I was so completely freaked out. Those LCD are pretty bright and neat except in spooky situations I rather hold a regular flash light.
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