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[pct-l] Two new (to me) gadgets
- Subject: [pct-l] Two new (to me) gadgets
- From: Jeff Jones <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2000 11:30:57 -0700
I haven't been following the list closely for the last couple of months
so these may have been discussed already. If so, delete. I was at a
training class away from home and had a Sports Chalet store to wander
around in to kill time. I came across these next two gadgets and like
them both. They have not been extensively trail tested though. Both
are much lighter than the pack items they will replace.
Gadget #1 - Mini Buck tool. This well made mini tool weighs around 1 oz
and has the tools I need for the trail- needle nose pliers (for pulling
out spines from the ubiquitous cholla cactus around here), mini scissors
good enough to trim thick toenails, a nail file/cleaner, overly stiff
tweezers, a bottle opener, a dull knife blade, and a couple of mini
screwdrivers. For me, the big selling point is the good needle nose
pliers, good scissors, and knife blade in a single lightweight tool.
The other tools are not important to me on the trail. I had a
Leatherman tool with scissors (PST II or something like that) and the
scissors were way to wimpy to cut anything other than thin paper.
Gadget #2 - The CMG Equipment Infinity flashlight. It can be seen at
http://www.cmgequipment.com/infinity2.html Cost at Sports Chalet was
$15.95. If it gives even half the battery life advertised, it will be
worth it. The claim is 41 hours of light from a single AA battery. The
light is an LED with a little circuit board. The only light color
available where I got mine was yellow but white and other colors are
available. I played around with it on a trail after dark and there was
plenty of light to follow the trail which is my minimum standard for
brightness. You can also read though I think the white light would be
better. This light seems rugged and has survived a couple of falls onto
hard surfaces already.
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