It can be hard finding the right gear for your Scouts’ upcoming outdoor adventure. There are so many options available, but how do you know which one is best? It can be helpful to get a personal testimonial from someone who’s used the product and used it for similar purposes as your seeking. That’s why I’m going to be reviewing these two headlamps, a lighted beanie, and a light source. I’ve used each of these items personally, and I’ve found them to be reliable and useful with my adventures in the outdoors.
Lights and Outdoor Preparedness
Perhaps you have had the unfortunate experience of having a faulty flashlight with you on an adventure and that made the trip memorable for the wrong reasons. Early on in my Scouting days, I had a memorable experience like this. I was in Nutty Putty cave with my troop, and we were told to check our flashlights and batteries before going into the cave. I knew my flashlight was good, so I didn’t check mine and in the middle of our cave adventure my light went out. Luckily for me, the Scouts in my troop had a good flashlight. I was able to use their light to get out of the cave safely. It could have been prevented with a little more planning on my part, but it has become a powerful lesson to me to this day about “being prepared” and using our light to help others.
When it comes to useful flashlights there is a wide variety available. I would like to highlight a few that I have come across that I have really enjoyed for my outdoor adventures and even projects around the house.
The Energizer Headlamp, model HDL33A2, is a headlamp I’d recommend for a Scout. I have had this headlamp for the past seven years and have been impressed with the versatility, brightness and high quality for a low price. It has four light settings: night (red so you don’t zap your eyes in the middle of the night), spotlight, floodlight and a combo of spot and flood. It runs on just three AAA batteries and produces 46 lumens. This has become my go-to flashlight for many different occasions.
Recently, I got a hybrid light headlamp and found that it is good as well. The nice thing about it is that it has an internal battery that can be charged with a solar panel (included in the package) during the day. I know the thought of a solar powered flashlight sounds funny, but it is handy. It boasts 75 lumens reaching over 200 feet and 30 hours of light on a full charge. I have set this in my windowsill during the day to charge up. Then it is good to go whenever I need it.
Bean’s Pathfinder Lighted Beanie (L.L. Bean)
I got this battery powered fleece beanie and love it for cold outdoor adventures. I used this during a snowy fall trip with my family. On a night walk in a dark snowy forest, I had plenty of light for the trail. It has built-in LED lights that produce 48 lumens and can reach up to 42 feet. It runs for 68 hours on four lightweight and compact CR2032 coin-cell batteries. This hat is great for cold outdoor adventures or projects around the house where you just need a little more light.
The Luminoodle is an interesting product that produces a surprising amount of light. It is a flexible waterproof string of LED lights that are powered by any power bank with a USB port. You can stuff them in the little bag they come with to have a hanging ball of light. Or you can even string them along in your work area. My favorite use for them was in my little three-man A-frame backpacking tent. I strung them along the top seam of the tent from end to end and it lit up the whole tent with some amazing light. It was a winter campout with lots of crunchy snow on the ground outside. It was so nice to come into a bright tent. The Luminoodle comes in a five foot with 180 lumens or ten foot with 360 lumens!
These are just a few of the camping gear that I recommend to those interested in the outdoors. I recommend using this gear for you and your Scout’s next adventure. It will ensure that there are no faulty lighting problems like I’ve experienced in the past. Coming up next for Outdoor Gear Review Part 2, I will discuss several different items that I have come across.
Let me know in the comments of other gear that have worked well for your outdoor adventures! I am always on the lookout for something nifty to try out.