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rated 4 of 5 stars
Stoked Goods Stoke Lip & Face Balm

A really good option to avoid or deal with chapped lips and face. I like that it's a particularly fat lip balm. Bonus for putting in a paper (can be recycled) container. A bit pricy, and no sunblock. A very good lip balm (fine for face too) for cold, nasty weather that can chap and dry you out.  Five ingredients: cocoa butter, shea butter, cocoanut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. The manufacturer says it's all organic, if you care. It has a fairly thick consistency but still smears on nicely. It smells… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
NiteCore NU20

From a brief experience it appears to be as advertised—super light, rugged, and of good quality. It functions effectively. INITIAL IMPRESSION NITECORE NU 20 ULTRALIGHT HEADLAMP This is a brief initial impression of the Nitecore NU 20, as the light arrived just as I was heading out for a night hike. I found the bracket “tab” that covers the switch to be pretty ingenious. The joint between the light and bracket is firm and will maintain the angle set. It's not going to change accidentally. The… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
SureFire Minimus

OK headlamp. OK headlamp. Purchased mine in 2011. Two failures over the years. Both had problem with the switch turning on by self. Burnt hole in side of backpack in one instance. Great headlamp for trailwalking, and close work, but not for finding something in distance. Will not buy another, but as long as Surefire continues to warranty, will not throw away. Two RMAs later, cost of ownership is bit steep. In 2019, there are far better choices in headlamps to be had. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Kahtoola MICROspikes

ALL SEASONS. Keep exploring and protect yourself on snow, ice, wet leaves, steep bushwacking... You can look around and price shop. Or just go get the best. I love mine and bought them for the whole family. Noticed it's a mandatory piece of equipment for some on hill employees at some larger resort. I saw them clipped to packs and belts all over the resort. The quick, just in case, footing protection.   Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
BioLite Headlamp 330

Light, comfortable, and bright rechargeable headlamp. I bought a Biolite headlamp after passing on the Kickstarter. I’m a supporter of Biolite and use their products. I’ve been very happy with the lamp and I plan on buying the rest of the family they own. I had some concern over the recharge-only option, but so far it has not been an issue. The light maintains adequate usage time for general camp use and reading in bed. The three lighting options—beam, LO, and red—give a good range of uses. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Fox Outfitters Firefly

Amazingly bright, low weight, long battery life—these are just some of the highlights of this light. I received my Firefly headlamp today to test and review. Starting with the shipping, it was surprisingly fast. I had recently moved and even with the company shipping to the old address, I had product in hand in under a week. The packaging was very well done and the unit made it here with no issues whatsoever. The product's packaging is appealing to the eye, clean box, specs and information can… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Coast HL40

This is a rugged, basic headlight. It has a battery pack on the back that if you wear a warm hat over will keep the batteries warm and functioning much longer than typical hiking/backpacking headlights. WORKS IN THE COLD! I was leading some night hikes last winter and both my Petzl and Black Diamond headlights were fading out after about 45 minutes in the cold (~20 degrees F). I switched over to lithium batteries from alkaline because lithiums are supposed to be less affected by cold. Didn't do… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Petzl Tikka RXP

DO NOT PURCHASE THIS HEADLAMP. Constant software and charging issues. Customer Service at Petzl constantly offers technical solutions that provide no fixes. NEVER works when you need it to work. Highly recommend NOT purchasing this or any other Petzl product offerings. Would never recommend purchasing a Petzl product. Worst experience I've ever had with any device or Customer Service Department. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Ledlenser MH10

Best head torch I have used, and I have used many over the years. I must have used more than half a dozen head torches over three or more decades. None of them compare with this Ledlenser head torch. Lots of features are similar to others I have used but this torch is brighter and more focusable than any I have owned. It is so bright it is almost like being in daytime for the illuminated area. Last trip I took this torch along with my best older one. After a brief comparison, the older P...l was… Full review

user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
3M Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator Insect Repellent
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
All Terrain Herbal Armor Insect Repellent
$9 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Aloe Gator SPF 40 Lotion Sunscreen
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light Headlamp
$15
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Atlas Dual-Trac Running Snowshoe
discontinued
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Atlas Race Running Snowshoe
$340
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Atlas Run Running Snowshoe
$250
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Badger Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen Sunscreen
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
BioLite Headlamp 330 Headlamp
$40 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Camo Spot Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp
$22 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Gemini Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Icon Headlamp
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Icon Polar Headlamp
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Ion Headlamp
$16 - $24
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Iota Headlamp
$24 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Black Diamond Moonlight Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Moxie Headlamp
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond NightRay Headlamp
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Pearl Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Soliras Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (39)
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
$25 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp
$64 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
$32 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond SuperNova Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Vectra IQ Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Zenix Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Zenix IQ Headlamp
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bosavi Headlamp Headlamp
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Brunton L3 Headlamp
$148 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Brunton RL4 LED Headlamp
$50 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
BugButton SuperBand Insect Repellent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coast FL75R Headlamp
$105 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coast HL4 Headlamp
$24
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coast HL40 Headlamp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coast Micro Headlamp Headlamp
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Citronella Candle Insect Repellent
$3
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman 3AAA LED Headlamp Headlamp
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Cree 3 Watt Zoom Ultra Bright Headlamp Headlamp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Crescent Moon Gold 12 Running Snowshoe
$199
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Cyclops Atom Headlamp
$12 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dermatone SPF 36 Zinc Oxide Lotion Sunscreen
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DIY: Sheet Metal Screws Traction Device
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Duration Permethrin Insect Repellent
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
eGear Focus Control 200 Headlamp
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Energizer 1-Watt LED Headight Headlamp
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Energizer 6 LED HeadLight Headlamp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Everlite Solar LED Headlamp EL8 Headlamp
$50 MSRP
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