It’s a small form-factor, about the size of 6 AAA batteries with an elasticated headband that is 2cm in width and spreads the (not considerable at 56g) weight of the Iota nice and comfortably. In fact, it’s light enough that you’d forget you were wearing it pretty easily.Read more
The aluminium-bodied Divide+ is a simple affair with one crucial difference which torch-users all over the world have universally been failing to cry out for since the dawn of time: if you twist the head it disconnects the contacts from the batteries to supposedly save juice.Read more
WAIT RIGHT THERE! This solar-powered inflatable Luci light is actually pretty nifty, and even though the valve on ours has become somewhat troublesome and Mrs Muz has managed to burst it* I’m recommending that everyone orders one immediately. And I’m not even joking.Read more
The VSSL is a bit of a jack of all trades, and is only as useful as you know how to use it – so it’s worth taking time to read the little instructions book. It’s also worth noting that there are other flavours of VSSL – a 1st-aid version and an emergency shelter version – for more specific needs. And perhaps most useful of all for people who DO know what they’re doing, they sell an empty version which still has the torch and compass at each end, and is waterproof and drop resistant.Read more
I have – due to its weight and chunkiness – inadvertently chucked it around. Indeed it has survived a one story bounce down a flight of wooden stairs and landed onto flagstone flooring and not even flickered in the process.Read more
At it’s brightest the torch is 142 lumens, which according to Google is a bit dimmer than a 25 watt incandescent light bulb. It has a distance of about 84 meters, but I’ve not found an easy way of verifying that so we’ll just have to take Nite Ize’s word for it. It runs off 3 AAA batteries, which are really easy to replace and will last for about 4 hours 40 minutes on the brightest setting.Read more
Camping lanterns are ten-a-penny these days and with so many options available you really are spoiled for choice. So you pays your money and takes your pick. But here’s one to consider seriously if you’re in the market for a new one. Outwell’s Great Bear is a multi-function effort that covers a few different bases – it’s a general purpose lamp, a torch and a dedicated reading light all rolled in to one sturdy unit.Read more
It’s a solar-charged (or wall charged) LED light, which can be used as a spotlight, torch, room-light, phone charger, amplifier and centre-piece! It might be easier to watch the video…Read more
The top, a cross between a tabard and a vest, is described by RaidLight as being “ultralight”. And with a weight of only 140g and its material efficient design it’s surprisingly easy to forget you are wearing it. The top, made from 20% polyester and 80% polyamide, is pretty versatile too. Designed to fit over a coat when trail running it works just as well over just a T-shirt.Read more
This is a simple torch and unashamedly uncomplicated. It’s a manly man’s torch. It should sport a neckbeard and smell of old beer. At 25cm it’s a mid-range unit in terms of length but it weighs almost as much as SausageTheCat. He’s our cat. If he was also constructed out of hardened aircraft-grade aluminium this would be understandable, but no, he’s a proper fatty.Read more
Initially I was sceptical that lights on shoes would catch anyone’s attention when running. However, on the first trip out with them I was stopped three times by people either quizzing me on the lights or moving into my path to stare at them goggle-eyed. I even earned the ire of one youngster who told her mum in my earshot that my lights beat the ones on her shoes.Read more
We’ve been living without any electric lights for the last 6 months, so we’ve had ample chance to try out different lamps and torches here at GWA. The LuminAID has proven itself to be a really useful night-light, with a constant glow that last up to 16 hours from a good, strong day’s sunlight.Read more
Sometimes a piece of gear boasts a claim that is so definitive, that the only way to test it is to call them out on that claim. So we stuck some batteries – an honourable mention must go to Varta’s High Energy Alkaline AAs – in UST’s 10-day lantern and turned it on.
24 days later, it finally went out.
Afraid of the dark? If you are, that’s a particularly tricky situation if you want to keep up running through a UK winter. Silva’s Trail Runner II headlamp could definitely come in handy for those darker months.Read more
I suspect that this is an accident of the design, rather than intended – is that the top edge surrounding the bulb is crenelated, meaning that when rested downwards on a hard surface a bit of light still leaks through, this is a nice amount of ambient light in the dead of night to find your sleeping bag zipper, shoes etc without having to phaff with the whole dimmer switch element.Read more