Cyclops with brains

Petzl NAO

The latest in automotive headlight technology is downright impressive. Adaptive headlights turn with the steering wheel, high-beams deactivate when oncoming traffic approaches and self-leveling low beams move when the road angle changes. Why can’t headlamps follow suit? No more complaining: the Petzl NAO ($175), an adaptive and rechargable headlamp, seems to work in conjunction with...

Light jogging

Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp

Now there’s officially a headlamp for every scenario. The Black Diamond Sprinter ($54) is designed for low-light runs departing from a consistent base of operations (a.k.a. your home) and perfect for twilight or dawn workouts. As the first headlamp to tout a lithium rechargeable battery, you won’t have to deal with swapping out AAs, but...

Swiss Army light

Mammut T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag

Mammut understands pack space is a premium when it comes to ultralight camping and designed the T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag ($50) to pull triple duty. Like most dry bags, it protects your gear from the elements, or conversely, safely carries up to three liters of liquid to and from your base camp. At night, the bag earns its name when paired with the included T-Trail headlamp -- serving as a soft diffuser and makeshift lantern that provides enough ambient light to set the mood in all but the largest of tents. More importantly, it frees up a vital space in your equipment pack -- leaving you with just enough room for some speakers and a little Marvin Gaye. Buy Now: $50

On holiday, off grid

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Must-Haves for the Adventurer

No matter the destination or pursuit, there’s one unpredictable constant that entwines throughout the spirit of adventure — the ever-changing natural elements. Rather than limiting your lifestyle or altering your approach, we’ve compiled this list of 10 critical items that belong in your outdoor gear arsenal. Some you may be familiar with, some you may...

The Eye Sees All

LED Lenser H7

All headlamps are about the same, right? Not quite. Basic LED headlamps do a decent job of lighting up dark places, but lack the intensity and flexibility needed for a range of night-time situations. This is where the LED Lenser H7 ($54) shows off its abilities. We got our mitts all over this new release...

A Lightweight Headlamp at an Unbeatable Price

Petzl Tikka Plus 2 E97 PM Headlamp

I recently decided to ditch the use of flashlights entirely in my life, in favor of a solid headlamp. After all, what can a flashlight do that a headlamp can’t (aside from not sticking tenaciously to your noggin, of course)? After researching the best model for my need, which include camping, hiking, and late night...

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