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Hey, for my grad trip...
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)03:31 UTC+1 No.278366 Report

Hey, for my grad trip we're going to an outpost in the mountains in Costa Rica. There will be several night hikes and the only light will be from the stars/moon and any flashlights we bring. I have no clue what kind I should buy and bring seeing as I have never done anything like this. Does anyone have advice on what light I should buy (preferably around $50 Canadian)?
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)03:37 UTC+1 No.278370 Report

I'm sure that someone on here is obsessed with flashlights and would love to share their knowledge, if so then please do.
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)03:44 UTC+1 No.278371 Report

Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)03:53 UTC+1 No.278375 Report

Holy fuck does no one like flashlights here?
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)03:58 UTC+1 No.278377 Report

Relax its a slow board, there have been many huge flashlight threads before, I'm sure people will turn up. On the recommendation of the last one, I purchased a Fenix LD22 (I wanted something that ran on AA batteries). I have not used it on a trip yet, but I really like it so far.
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)04:00 UTC+1 No.278378 Report

> Not using a torch
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)04:02 UTC+1 No.278380 Report

Yeah, I just realised that there is a thread from two weeks ago that is still going. I'm more used to the fast boards.

What did you use that for and how is it?

Why don't you make a suggestion.
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)04:23 UTC+1 No.278384 Report

random tip download "google sky " if you have a smart phone. u can use this app. to look and searsch star constelations
i have a fenix ta 21 but i am coinfident the smaller ones are just as good
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)04:36 UTC+1 No.278388 Report

Extra socks.

For a flashlight, get a 100 lumen led headlamp. They're amazing for the price ($15usd.) And they last many nights of hard use before the aaa batteries die. You can see animal eye shines everywhere with them- even spiders. Fucking love those lights. Energizer makes them, usually on racks with batteries in the stores. Coleman has some cheap but goodies too. You won't regret it.

Plenty of water

Maybe a small backpack - just one of those real small day packs big enough to throw water/snacks etc

Maybe a hat to keep rain out of your eyes

Bug spray if possible

I've been wanting to go there for a while now, I hear the wildlife is amazing. Let us know how it goes and hook us up with some pictures when you get back.

Watch out for vipers.
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)04:38 UTC+1 No.278390 Report

2 extra sets of batteries
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)04:44 UTC+1 No.278391 Report

I'll definitely be taking lots of photos, my chem teacher (the chaperon) told us about this one spider web he almost walked into that was about as tall as a bus and half as long. He tossed a cricket onto it and millions of tiny spiders appeared to devour it. Pretty cool.

Anyways, How about this?http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/energizer-hardcase-pro-4-led-headlight-0653015p.html#.Uw7Ax_k2wlR
Anonymous 03/01/14(Sat)01:50 UTC+1 No.278829 Report

Thought I'd bump in case someone new came along.
Anonymous 03/01/14(Sat)06:12 UTC+1 No.278912 Report

Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)00:13 UTC+1 No.279170 Report

Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)03:23 UTC+1 No.279240 Report

This thread will be here until I buy a light/it 404s. If you've got any advice you might as well post it.
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)04:29 UTC+1 No.279250 Report

For the past couple years I've been using a handful of Cree flashlights I've bought off eBay for dirt cheap. I don't know the lumens, but they're super bright and they work great. I've only had one crap out on me, and that was after a lot of use. They use the 18650 batteries. Probably not waterproof. Look on ebay for Cree Tactical Flashlight. I bought three, gave one away, one died, and then got 2 or three more similar ones for free when I bought some backpacks. Can't really go wrong with them, being as cheap as they are. And it's hard to believe how bright they are. I use them nightly and the batteries last a super long time before they need to be charged again. I'm keeping the free ones I got with my prep gear/bug out bag stuff because with those, I can charge them with a small solar panel.
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)04:39 UTC+1 No.279258 Report

I was looking at a pretty small Cree on amazon with two batteries for $18. That sound pretty good to you?
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)05:07 UTC+1 No.279292 Report

Does it come with a battery charger? It sounds fine, how many lm? Did you compare the same kind on eBay? You can snag them cheap on eBay. But the Amazon price sounds fine.
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)05:12 UTC+1 No.279298 Report

Comes with a charger, claims to be 1000 lumens, I have checked other sites and they have better prices but they all ship from outside of Canada so I get fucked with shipping
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)05:13 UTC+1 No.279300 Report

Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)06:10 UTC+1 No.279333 Report

Rodman yishota
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)08:15 UTC+1 No.279367 Report

ganyake experience
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)09:07 UTC+1 No.279377 Report

ootellll not
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)09:27 UTC+1 No.279378 Report

Fenix LD20 here.
pros: 180 lumen very bright, white narrow light, works well even in a storm, distance pretty good.
cons: cost, and sucks up the batteries pretty fast. (bring a change)

i use it at work to look for damage on aircraft, wish i had 3 more.
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)17:39 UTC+1 No.279505 Report

Forgot to mention it will be difficult to find an outlet where we're going. Very remote station.
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)18:04 UTC+1 No.279512 Report

so many lumens! My bike light is 500 and on full it's almost too bright to use as a flashlight for anything close up. 150 or so is plenty and the headlamp is probably a lot more convenient. Also some have red leds as well to save your night vision.

Where exactly are you going?
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)21:42 UTC+1 No.279673 Report

A few places
Anonymous 03/02/14(Sun)22:34 UTC+1 No.279718 Report

Trying to keep this on front page as much as possible.
Anonymous 03/03/14(Mon)00:07 UTC+1 No.279768 Report

>night entomological studies
I did some of that when I was there on a field course in uni. I think a headlamp is the best choice. Besides leaving your hands free, as >>278388 says you can see the eyeshine of critters in the forest (I remember a few of us borrowed the station canoe to go to the beach one night near Tortugero and saw red eyeshine by the canal bank, found out later it was probably a caiman or a gator).

The Crappy Tire one should be fine, but MEC also has a few for a decent price (I was just looking for one for night paddling).

I also suggest a full-brim hat of some sort for the sun, and a loose, light coloured long sleeve button-up shirt for likewise. The bugs weren't actually too bad when I was there (dry season) - Canada in spring/ early summer is far, far worse - but I did take malaria pills. And I did run into some army ants while hiking once.

Don't think I was at any of those places myself except San Jose the first and last night, and a quick stop at Monteverde on the way to Palo Verde.
Anonymous 03/03/14(Mon)00:53 UTC+1 No.279803 Report

If you all have lights on what'll happen is whenever anyone talks everyone will turn to look at them and they'll all instinctively point the lights in their eyes.

Use red filters and, if you feel comfortable enough/the conditions are right/the trail is ok etc turn your lights off. Trust me, once your eyes adjust then you'll be fine and the stars will look nicer. :)
Anonymous 03/03/14(Mon)00:55 UTC+1 No.279804 Report

Also if youre walking in file then only really the lead person needs a light on. Saves your batteries and uses less energy.. makes sky prettier cuz better night vision yada yada

captcha:dscaiir star
Anonymous 03/03/14(Mon)05:03 UTC+1 No.279920 Report

Thanks guys, it seems to me that the best option is the Canadian Tire headlamp. I'll leave this thread up in case anyone has anything to add but I won't be checking in as often.
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