Panther Vision LED Lighted Cap
This hat was bought on a whim at Lowe's, almost as a joke. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. As we renovated our 19th century home, we had no electricity for quite some time, and I thought this hat might work well when I didn't have a headlamp handy. It did! I wore it while wiring ceiling light fixtures, putting things away after dark, and for general all around use. I even wore it on a search and rescue mission (To help find my neighbors rogue beagle - found him too!)
The lights are small, but powerful enough to give adequate proximity and task lighting. They are aimed well too. The center light gives good forward vision, while the slightly lower-powered reading lights are set at the perfect angle for close "In- hand" work. The 3 position switch allows you to select which lights you want, or chose all at once. Also, I wear glasses all the time and the forward position of the LEDs combined with the black-colored under bill completely eliminates the lens glare I get with some smaller head lamps.
The hat I got was khaki and looks very much like an ordinary unstructured ball cap. In almost 2 months of wearing it, no one has seemed to notice that it is "different" - Until I light it up, that is!
Even though it is a bit heavier than a standard ball cap, I wouldn't think twice about venturing out on a day hike, or even a weekend backpacking trip wearing this hat. In fact, I have.
Washable? I wondered that too. You bet it is. Just remove the standard coin-sized batteries from the head band compartment, wash on the gentle cycle, and let it air dry.
I checked out the company's website, and they have A LOT of styles and colors to choose from.
While it is certainly no "Trailspace.com" chapeau, I still rate this product as one of my top 20 "Happily surprised" purchases! Get one, you'll like it.
Price Paid: $20 at lowe's
PowerCaps or Visors merge the cap and head lamp, eliminating weight from your pack. Great battery life.
- Dual purpose, eliminates old school headlamp
- Long battery life
- Batteries (CR2032) are popular but not universally found like AA's or AAA's.
I always wear a cap or visor when I hit the trail and, of course, always need a headlamp. Power caps combine the two and allows you to eliminate a head lamp from your pack its base weight.
Battery life is long and you wouldn't know the light is part of the cap. It does use two CR2032 batteries which are easily found at home but maybe not a "trail town." Spares are much lighter than AA's or AAA's.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About $20
Great hat with a lot of practical uses, would recommend to anyone.
- Multiple LED lights
- Battery life
- Multiple uses
I received one of these hats for my birthday and loved it so much I purchased another off the Panther Vision website for my wife.
We are constantly on the go and we have found practical use for these hats in almost every activity.
We get the most use out of them while camping during night and dusk, but have used them in instances such as walking at night, and working on our car.
Battery life has been good and all lights have stayed bright. It does appear you can change the batteries when needed.
I would recommend these hats for everyone due to the wide range of uses it can serve.
Source: received it as a personal gift
This lighted cap is easy to use - just press the hidden switch on the brim to ON and that's it. The lights really light up the area and are great to use at our campsite, and especially walking to the bathrooms - I don't have to carry a flashlight.
A cool idea - bright lights built into the brim of a regular baseball cap. My husband and I each have one.
Price Paid: $19.99
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