A Review of the Olight HS2 Headlamp for Running & Hiking.
In this gear video I go over my personal experiences with using the Olight HS2 rechargeable headlamp system, specs, features, and operational procedures to access the Olight H2R Nova’s light modes and charging functions. As a backpacker more so than a runner, I also go over my thoughts and experiences with using this as a running headlamp vs a hiking and camping headlamp.
HS2 Specs, as per the Manufacturer
Beam Distance Max: 279 feet / 85 meters
Max Performance (lumens): 400
Charge type: Micro-USB
Compatible Batteries: Customized LiPo Battery
Light Intensity (candela): 1,800
Light Form: Wide/broad hotspot. Perfect for up close illumination.
Lens / Reflector Type: TIR bead lens (wide/broad beam)
Mode Operation: Side Switch
Size Factor: Small size (Car key / Zippo Lighter)
Series: Series H (Headlamps, Multitasking)
Can be powered directly from any USB power source – never run out of battery.
Dual LED system for long range and up-close wide illumination.
Audible beep at 10% battery capacity to alert the user to charge.
Compact and lightweight at only 4 ounces.
Dual Beam High: 400 lumens , 2 hours 12 minutes
Dual Beam Low: 100 lumens , 9 hours
Single Beam High (wide or spot): 200 lumens , 4 hours 30 minutes
Single Beam Low (wide or spot): 50 lumens , 18 hours
Moon 1 lumens Cool White / 1 lumens – Neutral White – 45 days
SOS / BEACON: Yes
Weight: 4.06 oz , 115 grams
Length: 24mm / 0.94 in
Head Diameter: 23mm / 0.91 in
Body Diameter: 45mm / 1.77 in
LED: Cree XH-G2
Use: EDC, car, camping, fishing, household, general use, fishing, climbing, cave exploration, outdoor activities, house activitie
Checking out two bugnet options for double hammock camping – The Bird’s Nest (for use with any two hammocks), and the Double Dutch Bugnet (for use with the Chameleon Hammock), both made by Dutchware Gear.
Both of these bugnet systems are designed specifically for use with double hammock, spreader bar systems. i.e. Putting two hammocks on a single pair of trees for use with the same tarp. While I showed the Beetle buckle suspension (stock suspension that came with my Chameleon Hammock) for use with the spreader bar, there are several suspension options that would work with this setup as well (links below.
A discussion on Cuben Fiber Tarps for Hammock Camping (specifically, the Hammock Gear Cuben Hex Tarp models, both with & without doors).
I recently received a message from a viewer asking for feedback / advice regarding the potential purchase of an ultralight cuben fiber tarp for hammock camping and backpacking, as well as the pros and cons related to some of the options available for these tarps.
Below are his two main questions, which Mike and I used as a jumping off point for our discussion on these tarps. While our reference point throughout the video is HG Cuben Hex Tarp line of tarps (also know as Dyneema Tarps), this discussion is pretty much applicable to cuben tarps in general as well as cuben fiber’s properties as a backpacking gear material.
Lyle’s Questions & Talking Points
I’m considering purchasing the Hammock Gear Cuban Fiber Tarp, but given the price I thought I’d ask some people who own it a couple of questions.
1) 11ft vs 12ft I have an 11ft hammock (Warbonnet – Blackbird XLX)… I’m leaning towards the 12ft length, only because I like the idea of greater coverage.
2) Doors vs no-doors This is my biggest question … if I should order it with doors…or can get away without them?I’m primarily a 3 season camper…BUT, I would like to do more winter camping. When would you have preferred a “door” version of this tarp vs. a “non-door” version?
I’ve seen you use this tarp in several of your videos. Is there anything you’d do/choose differently if you were purchasing this tarp again?
Other Topics Discussed
Cuben Fiber Cost
The advantage of cuben fiber’s lower volume in addition to the more obvious weight savings.
Cuben fiber strength & durability considerations for hammock camping.
Tarp ridgeline length and finding the right trees.
Tarp ridgeline length vs doors for rain and snow camping situations.
Tarps Seen in the Video (all weights are tarp only, no lines etc)
Hennessy Expedition Asym Stock Standard Tarp 70D Nylon, 10 oz (283 g) , 5.25′ x 8.25′ (it’s an asymetrical shape, so actual ridgeline legnth is still 11′)
Hennessy Hex Tarp 70D Nylon, 23oz (652 g) , 12′ x 10′ (be aware that there is a slightly shorter 11.5′ version out there for the same price, mine is the 12′ version. i’m not sure if it’s discontinued or what happened.)
A detailed review of the Olight X7R Marauder 12,000 Lumen Flashlight
In this gear video I go over my personal experiences with using the Olight X7R Marauder Rechargeble flashlight system, specs, features, and operational procedures to access the Olight X7R’s light modes and lockout function.
X7R Marauder Specs & Features, as per the Manufacturer
Beam Distance: 1247 feet / 380 meters
Performance (in lumens): 12,000
Charge type: USB Type C
Compatible Batteries: Customized Li-Ion Battery
Light Intensity (in candela): 36,100
Lens / Reflector Type: Smooth
Reflector (central area and flood area)
Mode Operation: Side Switch
Form Factor /Size Factor: Large size (Deodorant Spray / Coke Can)
Turbo S: 12,000 lumens, 12 mins / step-down to 7000 lumens, 110 mins
Turbo: 7,000 lumens, 3 mins / step-down to 7000 lumens 120 mins
A Review of the Enkeeo Mosquito Zapper Lantern for Backpacking and Camping.
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The Enkeeo Enkeeo 2-in-1 Mosquito Killer Camping Lantern Tent Light is both a standard backpacking / camping lantern with 3 levels of light output, as well as a mosquito zapper. The bug zapper function uses several blue looking LEDs operating at 360nm to 400nm that specifically targets the attraction of mosquitoes (while mosquitoes are said to not be attracted to UV light (which has wavelengths of around 10nm – 400nm), these LEDs seem to emit light just at the edge between visible light and non visible UV Light. Once attracted, a wire mesh grid operating at 1000 volts completes task.
Features and Specs, As Per the Manufacturer
High Light (100% lighting) ≥ 180 Lumen, ≥ 6h
Normal Light (50% lighting) ≥ 90 Lumen, ≥ 12h
Low Light (20% lighting) ≥ 30 Lumen, ≥ 20h
Weight: 200g/ 0.44lb
Dimension: φ3.46″ x 5.08″
Zapper-Only Mode ≥ 15h
Voltage Input: 5.0±0.2V
Current Input: 900mA±100mA
Full Charge Time: 2~4 hours (depends on the input current)