VSSL Supplies – Emergency kit

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.

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NiteIze – Inova STS Headlamp

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.

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Outwell – Great Bear lantern

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.

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Raidlight – LED Running Vest

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.

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Cyba-lite – Lightstar 120 Torch

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.

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