Gear Showcase: October, 2023

Photo By: Devos

Fall and winter are great times to get out and explore. But with cooler temps come shorter days and longer nights. This month, we’ve rounded up some items to help you boost your backcountry power and illumination game.

Claymore — Cabin Lantern

Image by Claymore

Image by Claymore

Image by Claymore

One of the most underestimated aspects of camping is the importance of proper lighting for creating an exceptional nighttime experience outdoors. This is why the Claymore Cabin Lantern serves as the ideal lighting solution for outdoor enthusiasts. 

It’s equipped with a rechargeable and durable battery, and this lantern has demonstrated its resilience in challenging outdoor conditions, delivering dependable illumination even in the most remote wilderness settings. 

The Claymore Cabin Lantern offers four distinct light modes, providing users with the flexibility to set the desired ambiance at the campground, whether it’s a cozy night by the fire or an adventurous exploration of the night. The inclusion of a leather strap ensures convenient portability, allowing users to carry the lantern effortlessly during their outdoor excursions. 

Furthermore, the timeless design of the Cabin Lantern makes it a versatile lighting accessory suitable for both outdoor and indoor environments. Its aesthetic appeal adds a touch of rustic elegance to any setting, making it a valuable addition to various scenarios. 

MSRP: $155.00 CAD 

Devos — LightRanger Telescoping LED Lantern

New and improved for 2023, the patent-pending LightRanger™ 1200 area light is an overlanding essential. Devos’ innovative design and ultra-compact form factor, paired with the dramatic lighting capacity, have made the LightRanger a game changer for camp setup, cooking at night, and having added safety and security around camp. Now, with USB-C for 60% faster charging and a redesigned telescoping pole that is 20% more compact (the complete unit is only 36″ long), the LightRanger 1200 continues to lead the way in the camp illumination space.   

Construction has also improved since first launching in 2021 with durability enhancements to the tripod base and a waterproof rating that increased to IPX6 (high-pressure spray). Even the USB-C charging port is waterproof!   

A number of new accessories to the LightRanger 1200 are also available to improve the camp experience. Pair the LightRanger with a colored filter kit for a soft white, amber, or red color temperature. When you don’t need the full 1200 lumens, these colored lenses are easier on the eyes, reduce insect attraction, and are perfect for maintaining night vision and stargazing. You can also extend the run time of the light and be completely off-grid with the AMPak 10 portable power bank or a 20-watt solar panel that integrates with the top of the lantern.  

MSRP: $155 CAD

Go Power! — 100Ah Advanced Lithium Battery

Photo by Go Power!

Photo by Go Power!

Photo by Go Power!

The 100Ah Sun Cycle™ Advanced Lithium Battery from Go Power!. Go further off the beaten path with this LiFePO4 powerhouse that brings the latest technology to your 4×4 in a lightweight, smart package.  

Overlanders have been using lithium batteries as the backbone of their basecamp power systems for years. They charge faster, are lighter in weight, and have a longer lifespan, making them reliable and cost-effective for powering overland adventures.  

The Sun Cycle Advanced 100 is built for life on the road and tested to the highest safety standards. Engineered for peak durability and performance, they feature a rugged design and IP6 weatherproof ratings.  

This battery also boasts an impressive cycle life of over 3,000 cycles, which means it can be charged and discharged over 3,000 times while maintaining optimal performance. Its high discharge rate ensures that it can deliver power when you need it most. This makes it an ideal choice for overlanders.  

The Smart Battery is Bluetooth-enabled, and smart features allow you to monitor your systems and view solar charge status remotely with the mobile app. The integrated BMS safeguards the battery against overcharging, over-discharging, and other potential issues that may arise on the road.  

Built-in DC heater keeps this battery toasty warm even in sub-zero temperatures. It charges almost twice as fast as traditional lead-acid batteries. Optimized for solar charging, but not required. The 5% reserve capacity allows you to perform emergency actions with the battery even when it is completely discharged. 

Weighing in at only 28 pounds and featuring compact dimensions, this battery adds minimal weight to your build. With the built-in mounting hardware and multiple orientation options, this battery can be placed in any nook or cranny you can find for it. The complete with a 10-year pro-rated warranty means this battery might just outlast your rig. 

MSRP: $1,375

Optima Batteries — Optima Bluetop Batteries

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The Optima Bluetop® Battery is a high-performance AGM battery with exceptional runtime, and more recharges than you would get from a traditional battery. In addition to its outstanding resistance to vibration, with the efficient power generation of the BLUETOP ® and faster recharge times, you will spend less time worrying about your car battery. This means more hours of fun, time after time. This flexible boat and RV battery is ideal for those who need a power source that requires no maintenance but provides a safe start with plenty of power. 

Key benefits of OPTIMA BLUETOP® batteries include OPTIMA starting power (boot applications and dual use), up to three times more recharges than any other marine battery,15 times more resistance to vibrations, leak-proof, and can be mounted in virtually any position without maintenance. 

MSRP: Starting at $309.99

Renogy — REGO System

Photo by Renogy

Photo by Renogy

Photo by Renogy

Photo by Renogy

Get ready to experience the ultimate solar power solution that will change the way you enjoy the great outdoors! The Renogy REGO System is your all-in-one solution to achieving energy independence and discovering your energy freedom. With the REGO System, you’ll have access to an incredibly reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective source of power that is designed to help you live off the grid without sacrificing modern conveniences. Imagine being able to charge your batteries and power your electrical appliances using nothing but the power of the sun! Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, an RV lover, or a camper, the REGO System is the perfect choice for anyone looking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and embrace a more eco-friendly and self-sufficient lifestyle. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join the solar power revolution and take your adventures to the next level!

MSRP: Starting at $6,100

Vision X — Cannon Race Series Lights 

Photo by Vision X

Photo by Vision X

Photo by Vision X

Photo by Vision X

The next generation of Vision X Light Cannon is smaller, lighter, and brighter than ever before to make your next adventure safer and street-legal. The Cannon Race (CR) Series was designed to provide class-leading LED performance lighting both on and off the street.  

The VX CR-3 Driving Light is available in both a spot and hybrid lens variant, and each pair cranks out 4,200 raw lumens. The swappable hybrid beam and spot beam lens system give you more control to put light where you need it most on your setup. The CR-3 was designed to be installed in the front bumper or a-pillar of Jeeps, Trucks, and SUVs, as well as most side by sides.  

The CR-4 Fog Light boasts a beam 450 feet long and 300 feet wide at 1 lux and is SAE/DOT/ECE compliant as a fog light. The CR-4 fog has a sharp cutoff and can be run at full power without blinding oncoming traffic. The CR-3 and CR-4 Driving Lights are available as direct plug-and-play replacements for various vehicles like Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Wrangler/Gladiator, and more!  

The Vision X CR-7 is the brightest 4.5-inch driving light on the market, pumping out over 15,000 lumens per pair! The beam pattern is exceptionally usable for most applications at 1,505 feet long and 200 feet wide. The 4.5-inch CR-7 is perfectly sized to mount in a bumper, as a ditch light, or on a roof rack. The VX CR-7 offers maximum output for vehicles of any size! 

All Vision X CR lights are built with shatterproof polycarbonate lenses and bezels and are IP68/69K rated to handle any environment you throw at them! Each light kit includes a wiring harness and the option of clear or selective yellow lenses. All Vision X driving lights come with a limited lifetime warranty, which means if there is a manufacturing defect, Vision X will replace or repair the light. 

MSRP: Starting at $399.97 

Cali Raised — LED Worklight

When you need light at an odd angle to knock out a project or backcountry repair, a magnetic base and multiple brightness settings are huge bonuses. This 15W rechargeable light from Cali Raised is the next evolution of the work lights that have been getting it done in garages for decades. Offering four to six hours of lighting, charging via 12V or AC 120-240V, and a DC 12V adaptor, you’ll never be without light when you need it. All of this is backed with a two-year warranty.

MSRP: $68.98

Klymit — Everglow Inflatable Lights

The Everglow Light Tube is an inflatable, easy-to-use light tube that provides both directional and lantern-style lighting. The efficient five-volt white LED light tube is perfect for camping and outdoor adventures. The Everglow light tube’s inflatable chamber reduces harsh light by diffusing the LED light. The Large and XL models feature dimmer switches to dial in the light to fit your preferences perfectly. These two sizes also feature magnetic attachment points. The Everglow Inflatable Lights pack down to fit in your pocket and easily attach to your tent, awning, or car door via a Hypalon carabiner loop. These convenient lights are powered by USB, so you’ll have plenty of options to plug them into portable packs or other sources. 

MSRP: $34.99

National Luna — Touch LED Light

If you’re looking to upgrade your lighting for a camper, teardrop trailer, or truck cap, the National Luna Touch LED Light is worth taking a look at. This hard mount 18+12 LED Clear/Red light responds to touch and offers two colors, clear and red, both with three settings. The white light settings range from 75 to 547 lumens, so you can dial in the illumination to fit the space and your needs. The red option ranges from 15 to 99 lumens, and it’s great for preserving your night vision while still finding what you need to see. The electro-static switch makes it easy to use, and the button includes an always-on indicator light, so you don’t have to search for the switch in the dark. 

MSRP: $55.00

Photo by Brett Willhelm

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