We take a look at some of the latest survival gear from Streamlight,...
Nighttime visibility is paramount to safety, whether you're in a dimly-lit urban setting or a pitch-black forest. We've said before that we often recommend headlamps, as they enable the user to keep both hands free to manipulate tools, unfold maps, write notes, or use a self-defense weapon. However, during the cold and wet winter months, it's important to consider the effect the elements will have on your electronics. The last thing you want is for your light to short out or malfunction in the rain or snow.
Black Diamond has addressed this problem with the release of the completely-redesigned Black Diamond Storm headlamp. This new light is rated at IP67, meaning it is sealed against dust and water. Specifically, the light has been tested and certified to withstand total immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. The company says it can even be used in saltwater, and requires no maintenance after submersion. It's also resilient against a wide range of temperatures, from 0°F (-17°C) to 110°F (43°C).
The new Black Diamond Storm features a central LED cluster, which emits up to 250 lumens of clear white light. The light's PowerTap controls allow the user to adjust quickly between full and dimmed power by tapping the side of the housing. Additional LEDs to the left and right of the central lens can produce red or green light for night vision, and offer dimming and strobe settings, as well as direct access without powering on the main white light.
Four AAA batteries power the Storm, and a three-level power indicator helps the user monitor power level. A built-in heatsink also keeps the batteries warm to preserve life and maintain functionality in cold environments. Total weight is only 3.9 ounces including batteries, and maximum run time is 250 hours in night vision mode (or 60 hours on full power).
The Black Diamond Storm headlamp is available at an MSRP of $50. For more information, visit BlackDiamondEquipment.com.