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BioLite Launches HeadLamp on Kickstarter

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Launching today on Kickstarter is the HeadLamp from BioLite, who claims, “It’s a wearable that’s actually wearable.”

It’s a really neat design. The 3D SlimFit Construction incorporates a 3D-molded housing integrating the electronics directly into the fabric for a SUPER thin front that sits flush on your forehead. This, combined with the power source mounted to the rear, results in a balanced, no bounce design.

The rechargeable design offers 330 lumens in the following modes: dimmable white spot, dimmable white flood, red flood, and strobe. Plus the panel articulates easily with one hand so you can direct your light where you need it.

Offered in limited quantities on Kickstarter. What’s more, early adopters will get a free Light Diffusing Stuffsack with their pledge, turning their HeadLamp into a hangable lantern. These will be delivered by the end of the year. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until Spring, 2019 for them to be restocked.

SureFire Introduces New 1,000 Lumen E2D Defender

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Fountain Valley, CA—SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest—and most innovative—illumination tools and tactical products, is proud to announce the launch of two new E2D Defender flashlights. The single output E2D Defender® Tactical and the dual output E2D Defender® Ultra. The new Defender series lights feature a high output of 1,000 lumens via a virtually indestructible high-performance LED and a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens. The signature Defender crenulated Strike Bezel® offers defensive options should the need arise. The E2D Defender® Tactical and E2D Defender® Ultra are both activated with a push-button click-type crenulated tailcap. The machined aerospace aluminum body has a Type III MIL-SPEC hard anodized coating for durability and corrosion resistance. The bolstered dual-function pocket clip is best for bezel up or down pocket storage. Slender and powerful, the E2D Defender® is an ideal everyday-carry light.

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THYRM Launches the SwitchBack S

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Fits SureFire’s EDC Lights

Sunnyvale, CA — The THYRM® SwitchBack® is widely considered a must-have flashlight accessory. Now, they have added compatibility for two new SureFire flashlights with the introduction of the SwitchBack S Backup.

THYRM improved upon the design of the original SwitchBack Backup to fit the popular SureFire EDCL1-T and EDCL2-T while retaining compatibility with most legacy E-Series Backup flashlights with click or tactical tailcaps.

The SwitchBack S enhances your compact flashlight, optimizing ergonomics for searching and shooting.

• Securely mounts between the tail-cap and body of the flashlight
• Rigid retention ring helps reliably index and deploy the flashlight from both pockets and pouches
• Shoot using a natural two-handed grip (the SwitchBack Technique)
• Employ all traditional low-light techniques such as Neck Index, Modified FBI, and Harries
• Positively retain the light during reloading, and malfunction clearance

Designed and Made in the USA, the SwitchBack S is in stock and available for purchase at and at authorized dealers.

SureFire Launches New 1,000 Lumen Scout Light

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Fountain Valley, CA—SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest—and most innovative—illumination tools and tactical products, is proud to announce the launch of the all new M600U Scout Light. The M600U Scout Light is a lightweight weaponlight featuring an ultra-high-output LED that delivers 1,000 lumens of blinding white light. A proprietary TIR lens shapes the recoil-proof LED’s light into a beam with plenty of reach but enough surround light to accommodate peripheral vision, making the M600U ideal for medium to longer range applications. The rugged M600U attaches quickly and securely to any MIL-STD-1913 rail via its integral thumbscrew clamp. Constructed of lightweight aerospace aluminum, Mil-Spec Hard Anodized finish, and O-ring sealed to keep out the elements, the tough M600U will endure combat-like conditions without any sacrifice in weapon maneuverability.

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SureFire Shipping NEW 1,000 Lumen X300U!

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Fountain Valley, CA—SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest—and most innovative—illumination tools and tactical products, is proud to announce the launch of the all-new 1,000 lumen X300U-A and X300U-B. With tens of thousands of units sold to military and law enforcement world-wide, the SureFire X300 Ultra is the finest duty-grade handgun weaponlight available today. The X300U, features 1,000 lumens of stunning white light focused by a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens to produce a tight beam with extended reach and significant surround light for peripheral vision. Activating the X300U is done via ambidextrous switching located at the rear of body, providing one-finger control — press the switch on either side for momentary-on activation, flip up or down for constant-on activation. Optional DG grip switches (for handguns) permit the X300U to be activated with one hand, without altering your grip on your weapon.

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ORSM 18 – Solar String Lights + Mobile Charger by Luci

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

I’ve been a big fan of Luci Lights’ solar charged, inflatable lanterns for years. We keep a few in our hurricane kit and always have one or more on camping trips.

At Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, Luci introduced a solar string light and mobile charger combination.

It offers 18 feet of cord with 10 LED lights along its length. The cord terminates with a USB connector. In addition to the ability to charge other devices, it also features an external flashlight function.

ORSM 18 – Princeton Tec SNAP

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

SNAP is a modular light system which can be configured as a headlamp, flashlight, and bike light, thanks to its magnetic base which snaps into the different carriers. It offers 200 lumens at up to 130 hours on 3 AAA batteries and is rated at IPX4 (splashing water).

Princeton Tec is working on a tactical version.

Brigantes Presents – High Angle Solutions – Petzl Tikka XP²

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Weighing in at just 88g, the Petzl Tikka XP², is lighter than other head torches on the market but still delivers 80 lumens in maximum mode and lights up to 68 meters. In economic mode, it can reach a burn-time of 190 hours, which is ideal for extended exercises in the mountains. It has options of both white light and red light, as well as a Wide Angle lens, with a simple open-close feature, allowing the user to choose between a long distance focused beam and flood beam proximity lighting.

The Petzl Tikka XP² headtorch, in reality, will cover most of your mountain needs, this is a good choice if you want a well priced torch for a ‘bit of everything’, or if you are buying a second torch to back up a more beefy model for extreme use.

The AAA batteries are located in the front of the lamp, in the same unit as the LEDs and the TIKKA XP² can be used with lithium batteries to decrease weight or improve performance in cold weather.

With th TIKKA XP², the button system is simple and can be used with gloves on, a necessity in higher, colder altitudes. The strap itself is well made, easy to adjust and solidly connected to the lamp unit.

The TIKKA XP² is reliable and bright, an excellent all-rounder for a military mountaineer.

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(High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.)