We’ll never stop recommending a backup light to carry in our kit, whether we’re nordic-touring by night or trail-running by day.
For those who rely on the flashlight app on their phone, let us point out that this is the worst backup option. You need your phone to navigate or to call for check-in or help—not for its weak-ass flashlight.
Enter the Alloy-X.
Princeton Tec Alloy-X Pen Light
Princeton Tec’s Alloy-X offers dual-fuel rechargeable technology and a blinding 400 lumens all in a sleek and compact design. With its attached clip, this pen light can be secured to your pocket, belt, or pack for quick and easy access. With its 28-hour burn time on low, Alloy-X will not let you down on longer adventures.
Alloy-X also features textured knurling to ensure a firm grip, as well as a one-touch tail switch that ensures quick and simple use. This highly tensile switch is highly unlikely to engage by accident in a pack or pocket. It’s also waterproof to an IPX7 rating (submersible down to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes).
Fail-safe ReliabilityFail-safe Reliability
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Snap Solo Headlamp
Snap Solo’s innovative design features a magnetic head unit that can be easily detached from its base, making it the ultimate multi-use light. Wear it as a traditional headlamp, use it as a handheld flashlight, or attach to any magnetic surface to illuminate the area around you or your workspace. The Snap Solo boasts 300 lumens and will run for 10 hours on the highest setting (and an insane 155 hours on the lowest setting). There’s one simple switch for activation and switching between high and low spot beams, as well as a flash mode. The rubberized, slightly recessed switch feels pretty safe against accidental engagement in a pocket or pack.