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  Black Diamond Gemini Headlamp Review By the Everest GearGal


It seems like just yesterday we were convincing our friends that it was “cool” to wear a headlamp, due to the advantages of hand free lighting it didn’t take long. Then along came LED lights, long lasting and lightweight, but still we asked for more. Black Diamond has delivered with the Gemini Headlamp. The Gemini is a hybrid with dual LED’s and a xenon light source, it weighs in at just 7oz (batteries included). 

The xenon bulb provides that laser like beam that’s been missing, used to spot trails, climb and spy on your tent mate taking a pee break. The two LED bulbs provide proximity lighting allowing one to follow maintained trails, set up camp, cook and read.

Running the xenon bulb exclusively the batteries will lasts between 4-5 hours, while if the LED light is solely utilized the batteries can last up to 80hrs. The actual life depends on the ratio you use the lighting. The Gemini runs on three AA batteries. 

The Gemini moves from one lighting mode to the next by means of a three-function push switch. The switch moves from the xenon bulb, to the LED and then off. The switch has a safety feature designed to prevent it from turning on while in the pack. and the LED and xenon light can not be on at the same time.

The Gemini is a great all purpose light for Backpackers, day hikers (you should always be prepared) climbing, mountaineering, adventure racing and any other endurance sport you may participate. Okay, maybe not swimming, although it is tested to IPX waterproof standards.

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A cold weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura® upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand See more here.

 






 

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