HEADLIGHT — Coghlan's LED Headlight

Rating (Out of 5): 3.5

Price: $15 to $30

Review: There is no piece of gear that I enjoy on backcountry camping trips more than headlamps. Whether you're tidying up camp in the dark before hitting the sack, reading a book in your tent or climbing up a 14,000 foot mountain in the dark, headlamps give you the option of doing so while still having the advantage of two hands. They are so much better than traditional flashlights that it's not even funny. And in the case of mountaineering, they are crucial.

There are a number of headlamps out on the market. They range in price from $10 to more than $500, with the average probably falling somewhere around $35. It really just depends what you're using it for.

The Coghlan's five-light LED Headlight is on the low end of the price spectrum. I've seen it priced from $17 to around $30.

The device has some nice features. There's four levels of brightness, including a blinking option. It's also very light, fairly tough and the three AAA batteries it requires last quite a while before running out of juice.

However, because it's cheap, meaning encased by plastic, it's not as durable as some of the more expensive models on the market. I actually bought the device for a climb on Mount Shasta, a 14,000 foot mountain where you have to wake up in the early morning darkness to climb, but I wouldn't recommend it for those purposes. Too many things can go wrong.

Another downside is that the lights occasionally stop working. On my device, only three of the five small LED lights still work. Luckily, they're so bright that it hasn't made much of a difference.

Overall, I'd recommend this headlight for normal backpacking and camping activities. It's bright, light and strong enough to take at least a little abuse.Buy the Coghlan's five-light LED headlamp here.

—Review by Zach Urness

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