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Time on our Hands: Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision

Since their early days, Victorinox (a company better known for its versatile pocketknives) has produced watches that, while standing up to the “Swiss Made” on their dials, haven’t been afraid to get dirty. The Night Vision watch ($695) is the latest handsome, sturdy and exceedingly useful piece of kit from the revered brand. And its most innovative feature has nothing to do with telling time.

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Environmentally enlighted

Design Spotlight: Switch LED Light Bulbs

Improving on Edison’s original incandescent light bulb design has been a mixed bag — the soft-serve CFLs save energy but cast a bluish cadaver pallor and require a HazMat response to clean up mercury released if they break. A different, albeit expensive, approach to energy efficiency comes in the Switch LED light bulb. Continues after…

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Pretty deadly

Inadays Ina Trap Insect Killer

One look at the Inadays Ina Trap Insert killer ($85) and you may be wondering where the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar is hiding. Bugs probably think the same thing. It’s curvy physique is merely a wooing facade, though, hiding an implement of destruction. Specifically, the Ina Trap’s LED glow couples with a photocatalyst reaction that expels warm…

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Light the Way

Kickstarter: Bosavi Headlamp

Sound principles don’t always create success, but they certainly don’t hurt. The Bosavi Headlamp ($80) is a multi-purpose light backed by the fundamental axiom of usefulness, something too often taken for granted. While flexible-use lights abound, the Bosavi provides a quality of design and ingenuity that sets it apart. Environmental friendliness and quality hands-on manufacturing…

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Flash of genius

Kickstarter: Blink / Steady Bike Lights

Bicycle enthusiasts the world over are unanimous on the subject. Apart from a sturdy helmet, the best tool against road rash is not more protection, it’s prevention. Many accidents involving cyclists occur due to lack of visibility, and this problem only gets worse as the sun goes down. Luckily, Brooklyn-based

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L.E.D. Surfer by Jacob Sutton

What do you get when you combine three nights of Red Epic filming on a skidoo, with a bespoke L.E.D. suit, and Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France? One hell of a visual spectacle, that’s what. While the short film above looks as graceful as ever, apparently the luminescent…

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Keep your creature comforts

HiNation HiLight

Plenty of brands sell solar panels to help adventurers keep their gadgets charged no matter how far they wander off the trail. The HiLight (~$257) from Swedish company HiNation provides the same charging convenience for USB or Micro USB devices, while also serving as an LED lantern. Ten hours of sunlight charging can power the…

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A lamp for a lifetime

CSYS LED Task Light by Jake Dyson

Any stylish LED desk lamp will dwarf their standard incandescent compadres in terms of energy efficiency. Jake Dyson’s CSYS LED task light (~$850) nearly triples the average life time of other LED bulbs though by reducing the wear and tear that normally comes from overheating. Using heat pipe technology originally developed for satellites and computing,…

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Über Compensating

Sharp Aquos 80-inch LED HDTV

Owning a 55-inch flat screen TV seems pretty damn sweet — that is until you mount it next to Sharp’s Nimitz-class LC-80LE632U. With an 80-inch diagonal, this full LED backlit HD 120Hz TV features more than double the screen area of the now belittled “big screen” we just mentioned, or four times the screen area…

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Canine Shine

Glowdoggie LED Collars

Glowdoggie LED Collars ($45-$50) are designed to make b(raving) the elements with your four-legged friend a safer affair. Their integrated Superflux LEDs have a lifespan of 150,000 hours or roughly 81 dog years of use — providing owners and other citizens with plenty of visibility for tracking rover’s movements. Thanks to an “all-in-tube” design, each…

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Top of the Line Television That Edges Out the Rest

Samsung LED 9000 Series 3D HDTV

The Pioneer Kuro Elite may still hold the title of best picture quality in our books despite its age, but after what’s been announced so far this year we’re not sure that title will hold for much longer. Showcased at CES 2010 early in January, the Samsung 9000 series is unquestionably one of the most…

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Yes, It's an $800 Flashlight

WiseLED Tactical Flashlight

It’s no secret we as Gear Patrol editors hold a soft spot in our hearts for multi-tools and flash lights. So when we came across the WiseLED tactical flashlight, there was no denying our compulsion to cover it, despite it’s ridiculous price tag. Featuring an incredibly bright output of 2,000 lumens, this hand-held bat signal…

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Brilliant!

Inova XO3 Flashlight

“Yeah, it’s tactical, Matte black, overbuilt, and expensive.” That sums up the Inova XO3 pretty damn well. Well, all except one thing. Inova has been kind enough to skip the expensive part. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, this sucker is shockproof, crushproof, and water-resistant. It has a 5.8 watt LED which, coupled with…

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The Most Energy Efficient Flat Panel HDTV Ever

Samsung UN46B7000 LED Green HDTV

Until OLED really takes off in the consumer market, LED backlit LCD screens (yes that’s what these TVs are, not LED TVs) like the Samsung UN46B7000 will be riding the cutting edge of HDTV technology. That’s because screens of this type have several advantages over their normal LCD & Plasma based brethren. First, their size….

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Leatherman Serac LED Flashlight

From The Men That Brought You Multi-Tools Comes… Light By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo Leatherman Serac S1 looks right at home on your keychain As a man, you’ve probably had or currently own a Leatherman multi-tool of some kind. It goes with you on your camping trips, sits in the glove compartment of your car…

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eGear Luxeon Star 1-Watt Tactical Hand Torch

Made from a high-strength machined aluminum alloy, this rugged, water-resistant torch can be hand-carried or easily weapon-mounted for search, inspection, or target identification. The single Luxeon Star 1-Watt LED produces an amazing 30 lumens of light — 10 times brighter than standard LEDs — and a collimator in the lens provides a more focused and…

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Brunton Firelight Windproof Lighter and LED Light

[from Stuff] Fire good! Flick open the cover of this palm-size lighter, click a button and it’s flame on. Fueled by the miracle known as butane, the lighter burns strong even in 80 mph winds. You’ll need a torch that strong atop Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, the site of the fiercest surface gusts ever…