This week on Buy or Bust we’re talking headlamps, the Cabela’s Alaskan Guide XP Headlamp by Princeton Tec. Everyone needs a good flashlight, but how about those times when you really need both hands? Headlamps take the good ol’ flashlight and elevate it to an even more useful tool, if that’s possible. The headlamp itself and the battery pack are encased in a waterproof housing that allows them to withstand a wide variety of weather conditions. The Maxbright LED pumps out 550 lumens, enough to make you see stars if you accidentally shine it in your eyes. Four 5mm green LEDS produce 40 lumens and give you the ability to change your light color and brightness. In all, there are four different light output options, plus a safety flasher. Its wide beam and spotlight settings are especially helpful when you need to light up a big area. The head strap is soft, comfortable and easily adjustable so you can snug it down on your noggin and keep it securely in place. Running on just four AA batteries (batteries are included) the Cabela’s Alaskan Guide XP Headlamp can operate for 70 hours at its brightest 550 lumen setting or 150 hours with the 40 lumen green lights. At only 9.8 ounces, this headlamp is lightweight, small, packs easily and wears even easier.
So, why do you need a headlamp? Let’s count the ways:
- Hunting: Trail and field dress animals at night. Because a head lamp is hands free you won’t have to try to hold your flashlight in one hand and make precise cuts with your other hand. Didn’t get an animal down, that’s alright, your headlamp is still handy for helping you get out of your stand or blind and walk back to your vehicle safely.
- Camping: Don’t worry about taking the lantern in the middle of the night so you can take care of business, a head lamp lights your way to the backside of any bush or tree. The headlamp goes where you go and really replaces the need for a lantern, saving you on space and weight in your gear bag, plus money on batteries.
- Fishing: Heading out before daylight? Many anglers are early risers, hitting the water early in the morning. A headlamp can help illuminate your trailer and hitch, boat, docks, gear and more in low light conditions. Fishing after dark? The benefits of a hands-free light source for nighttime fishing or even frogging are huge. Keep both hands on your rod and reel and don’t worry about dropping your flashlight in the water.
- Grilling/Smoking: Smoking a pork butt or brisket for dinner? Awesome, that means you’re probably up at 3:00 or 4:00 am lighting that charcoal for a low and slow all day cook. Strap on your headlamp and light up your workspace, grill or smoker and the hunk of meat you are getting ready to put on. The hands-free nature of a head lamp in this kind of situation is especially great when you’re dealing with heat, food grates and raw meat.
- Power Outages: How many times has the power gone down in the middle of the night and you are left searching your house for a flashlight, stubbing your toe on everything possible before you finally find a light source. Keep your headlamp handy and you can quickly have light to make it to the electrical panel or in my case, outside to boot up the generator.
- Home Projects: Basements, crawlspaces, underneath sinks – there are plenty of home projects where you find yourself working in poorly lit areas. A headlamp is a great tool to have at your disposal for these projects.
- Outdoor Chores: If you’re anything like me, you find yourself working in the dark outdoors fairly frequently. Mowing, landscaping, taking care of livestock, working on vehicles or machinery and the list goes on. A headlamp goes a long way in helping you illuminate and complete your projects more efficiently.
Be sure to listen below (press play on the audio player) and check out the Cabela’s Alaskan Guide XP Headlamp by Princeton Tec, it’s a solid investment that you’ll use more than you ever anticipated.
Light it up!