Snow Peak Snow Miner Headlamp
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45
Excellent but lacks a red light.
- Double duty headlamp, tent light
- No red light
Sticking with our early morning (before sunrise) walking routine, we have been using the SNOW PEAK "SNOW MINER" headlamps and they are pretty dorky looking, but are extremely well designed and serve a dual purpose.
This is the only headlamp that I found that was BOTH a headlamp and a tent/camp lantern.
There is a large 1.5" diameter silicone globe on the front of the headlamp, push the dome in to collapse it and you get a focused spotlight that easily throws a beam well out in front of you (claims 40 meters).
But squeeze the dome and restore it to its dome shape and the spot light turns into a soft glowing area light that will light your tent. A couple of these will light a small campsite. The light in this mode is easily bright enough to read a book by, and is diffused enough so that you don't go spot blind. It eliminates the need for a compact flashlight in the pack as it serves multi duties. One of the 2 adjustment clips on the headband includes an integrated hanging hook, so you can hang if from a rope, branch, etc.
It also has HIGH - LOW - STROBE capabilities. The single silicone encased button controls all functions. Push once for HIGH and again for OFF; push quickly TWICE for low and again for OFF. Push quickly 3 times and the warning strobe starts with a claimed 200 hour flash time. While on HI (80 lumens) and claims to burn for 55 hours with 3 (included) alkaline AAA batteries. Also, if you have it in HIGH mode you can push and hold the button and it will slowly DIM the bulb allowing you to control the brightness, release at the desired brightness and it stays at that setting until you turn it off.
The integrated hinge allows you to angle the headlamp down and it has several (5) secure click stops so you can adjust it to project the beam exactly where you want it.
There is no RED LIGHT/GREEN LIGHT functionality so this is probably NOT a good headlamp for setting traps, hunting, etc. It is, however, an extremely good light for backpacking. IT WOULD BE A PERFECT LIGHT IF IT OFFERED A RED LIGHT FOR PRESERVING NIGHT VISION. Still its a great light. Works in a tent or at a campsite as an area light with the silicone dome popped open, works as a headlamp with it popped in
At 3.6 ounces on my scale (with batteries installed) it's not the very lightest unit, but it's plenty lightweight. I can see why this won the BACKPACKER Magazine Award for best headlamp. Again, great backpacking/camping headlamp, probably not a great hunting/trapping headlamp.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp is a high quality portable light source that easily transforms into a lantern, lighting up the trail and the tent in a single compact and lightweight solution. It's clever design enables quick and single-handed conversion from headlamp into an amazing beaming ambient light. 80 lumens of brightness Flood lighting is great for general lighting needs, spot lighting concentrates brightness Runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) Made of poly-carbonate, high-modulus fiber nylon, silicone resin, ABS, natural rubber Dimensions: 2.2 x 2 in (5.6 x 5.1 cm) IPX4 Water resistance protects from splashes or light rain
Snow Peak's new headlamp, the SnowMiner offers a high performance headlamp that easily transforms into a hanging lantern The backpacker can now light up the trail and the tent in a compact and lightweight solution The SnowMiner's smartand patent pending design allows for the lens to be easily removed with a singlehand, converting to an amazing ambient light spanning 180 degrees The multi-function, sleek design, and long battery life are all included in this newproduct, the SnowMiner
Why buy a headlamp and a lantern when you could get one gadget that does it all? The Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp/Lantern switches easily from a bright headlamp to a lantern with soft, diffused light. Simply pop the front silicone piece in or out to switch between headlamp and lantern modes-it only takes a second to do. Single LED operates on high, low, variable and strobe; hold down the power button to engage the variable dim mode to set the brightness at whatever level you want. LED outputs 80 lumens on high and 8 lumens on low; throws light up to 40m on high and 7m on low. 3 AAA batteries (included) provide up to 140 hrs. of use on low, 55 hrs. on high and 250 hrs. on strobe. Built-in hook lets you hang the Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp/Lantern inside your tent. Buttons and straps are designed to be functional even while you're wearing gloves. Small red light warns you when your battery power is getting low. IPX4 water resistance protects against sprayed water. Closeout.
What makes the Snow Peak Snow Miner Headlamp special is that it can function as both a high-power headlamp to light your way at night and as a hanging lantern that can dispense ambient light in a tent, cabin, or yurt. That's right; no more trying to play cards under a headlamp that only lights up one corner of the playing table or tent floor. Advantage: you.