David, I have a petzl headlamp - has a two or three bulb LED as well as a
conventional beam which is adjustable. The LED beam has a very wide field
which works OK for on the trail but really handy for doing stuff - you know,
packing and unpacking backpack, fiddling with gear, etc. etc. I've found
that the conventional, adjustable beam is best for walking or running on a
trail, especially if you're moving quickly, but the LED is OK also.
That wonderful Costco -- I got a headlamp (straps around head, lamp
itself on forehead, a la coal-miner), forget the brand name, but
has *five* led-bulbs (click: 1; click; 3; click 5 on) plus, in middle,
one incandescent bult (click -- it comes on -- forget whether also
turns off the led bulbs for that one).
But no narrowing/widening.
Wonderful for reading while dwaiting for movie to start, especially
at festival where you have to get there EARLY to get a seat.
Any decent camping / outdoors store (REI, etc.) will have a good
selection...mostly of the headlamp variety. I have one made by Black Diamond
that's at least 3 years old, and still works great for nighttime trail running.
I would assume the newer models are even better.
Reminds me of the commercials for hand cranked radios so you'll be
ready for when we all get nuked or hit by a comet. Alkaline batteries
last over 5 years. The hand crank radio costs over $100. For $50 you
could by a big box of batteries and a couple of plain ol radios and
have multiple redundancy if you are THAT worried about listening to
the radio when the nukes/comets hits.
Elbridge Gerry, of Massachusetts:
"What, sir, is the use of militia? It is to prevent the
establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. . .
Whenever Government means to invade the rights and liberties of
the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order
to raise a standing army upon its ruins." -- Debate, U.S. House
of Representatives, August 17, 1789
Personally, never trusted those. We sometimes get days of gloominess
before a storm, and was uneasy about having a flashlight that could
'drain' before we actually needed it.
tom @ www.FindMeShelter.com
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