SureFire Saint

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About a month ago I started to look around for a new…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $160

About a month ago I started to look around for a new headlamp to replace my Petzel Tikka XP, which broke while on an extended trip into the Boundary Waters. One of the first things that I was looking for was durability, I own three different Surefire products other than the Saint and one thing that stands out about Surefire over other companies is their durability. The Saint does not disappoint in this category.

One of the things that I love to do after purchasing a Surefire product is to put it through its paces. I put it under water buried it in sand, dropped it (more than I probably should have) and it held up great. The housing, straps and battery pack withstood it all.

The next thing that I was looking for was functionality, I wanted something that I could take on an overnight trip or an extended trip. I also wanted something that I could use up close (for reading, cooking, etc.) and something that I could use for distance. Once again Surefire excelled in this category.

The Saint is able to convert into the Saint Minimus, via the included adapter. The variable light output is extremely smooth, it doesn't jump from one level to the next, the output is completely up to you, you are not limited to three light levels.

One thing that I also appreciated is the fact that if you turn the dial back and forth rapidly several times it begins to flash the morris code for S-O-S, it is not your typical emergency strobe. Yet another thing that makes this headlamp extremely functional is its ability to accept both AA batteries and 123 lithium ion batteries (this only applies for the Saint, not the Saint Minimus).

Now that I have covered what is great about this headlamp I need to say what I don't like about it, which is very very minimal. First is the weight, it is a little weighty when using the battery pack, but when it is setup as the single battery version it is not really an issue.

The last thing that is a little bit of a downside is the dial does not turn as easily as you would hope, however this really is not a huge issue because the let stays on the setting you put it on, it doesn't turn when brush up against things. I don't know if this was intentional or unintentional but I know for some this is an issue.

In the end I can say that this is one of the most rugged, durable and functional headlamps I have ever owned. If you are thinking about buying it, do so, you will not be disappointed.

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This rugged, waterproof headlamp delivers brilliant, hands-free illumination. The lamp is adjustable from 0 to 100 lumens, so you can comfortably read a map or see objects at a distance. Wide diffused beam offers generous peripheral light. SOS beacon setting. Lightweight anodized-aluminum body. One-handed adjustments for light levels and 90-degree rotation. Fifteen-hour runtime at medium power (10 lumens). Moisture-wicking forehead pad on headband. Runs on one123A lithium battery, included. Imported.

- L.L.Bean

When you're trying to get the most out of your adventures make sure your gear is up to the challenge - the Saint Headlamp from SureFire is built to endure the deepest and darkest locations and gives you powerful illumination that is instantly adjustable from zero to 100 lumens with the simple twist of a dial that works well even when your hands are cold or gloved. Bombproof design combined with an attention to detail in terms of comfort and fit makes this headlamp ideal for backpacking into camp at sunset, crawling through wet caves, or making an early-morning summit bid.

- Mountain Gear

The next time you take to the trail, grab the advanced SureFire Saint headlamp for complete control over your lighting needs. Variable light output dial lets you easily dial the light up or down from 0 to 100 lumens with a simple twist; dial is easily operated with gloves on. Advanced optics and a high-quality LED form a smooth white beam that corresponds with your peripheral vision; beam also works well for close-up work. High-quality LED throws light up to 42m on highest setting and 4m on lowest setting. Expect to get about 6 hrs. of runtime on high and 144 hrs. on low. Innovative design gives you the flexibility to operate the SureFire Saint on 1, 2 or 3 CR123A lithium batteries or 2 AA alkaline batteries. Includes a single-battery adapter cap that converts to a lightweight version. Battery cap holds 1 CR123A battery and screws directly into the Saint's light assembly, letting you remove the battery pack/cable system. Stretchy headband utilizes a fine mesh material for a comfortable and secure fit; soft Breathe-O-Prene(R) pads sit against the forehead and back of head to wick moisture. Includes a removable top strap for a secure fit on your head. SureFire Saint headlamp is waterproof to 1m for 30 min.

- REI

Saint is a virtually indestructible headlamp with a wide yet powerful beam that's optimized to match your field of vision. Saint is controlled by a variable light output dial designed for one-handed use, even with fingers that are cold or gloved, enabling you to dial it up or down from 0 to 100 lumens with a simple twist. Cut from hard-anodized aerospace-grade aluminum, Saint is built to survive season after season yet it's still lightweight. Its comfortable headband features moisture wicking Breathe-O-Prene pads that provide unmatched comfort and dryness. And Saint is dual-fuel capable, operating on one, two, or three 123A lithium batteries or two AA alkaline batteries. Also included is a single-battery adapter cap that holds one lithium battery and screws directly into Saint's light assembly, replacing the battery pack/cable system and making Saint lighter. This is the no-holds barred headlamp you'd expect from SureFire.

- Ramsey Outdoor

The SureFire Saint headlamp is a refractive optic that gathers and shapes light produced by high quality LEDs to form a smooth, white beam that corresponds with your peripheral vision, even for close up work. It's cut from hand anodized aerospace grade aluminum that's built to last. Custom made headband is accented with two moisture-wicking Breath-O-Prene pads, providing unmatched comfort and dryness. This virtually indestructible headlamp is controlled by a variable light output dial designed for one handed use, even with fingers that are cold and gloved, enabling a user to dial it up or down from 0 to 100 lumens with a simple turn. The Saint was engineered to operate with one, two, or three 123A lithium batteries or two AA alkaline batteries. This dual fuel capability gives you the flexibility you need out in the field and is unique only to the Saint. Max Output (variable settings): High:100 Lumens.Runtime (variable Settings): High:6 hours; Low: 144 hours.Weight: 8.7 oz. without batteries. Batteries: Operates with one, two or three 1232A Lithium or two AA alkaline batteries (one Lithium battery included).

- Campmor