REPOST - Princeton Tech Scout Headlamp-Test Application
- Princeton Tech Scout Headlamp Test Application
Please review and accept my application to test the
Princeton Tec Scout LED Headlamp. This will be my
first gear test and I will give this light a complete
and honest review. I have read the Survival guide 1202
and in particular chapter 5 and agree to follow all
guidelines within. Shane also has my signed tester
agreement and approved it.
Name: Chuck Carnes
Height: 6�0� (1.83 m)
Weight: 175 lbs. (79 kg)
Email address: ctcarnes1@...
City, State, Country: Taylors, S.C. United States
Date: July 10, 2003
I have been influenced to go camping and backpacking
all my life. Every summer for the first 5 years of my
life, my parents took me camping. I was in the Boy
Scouts at the age of 12 and have been backpacking, on
and off, ever since. Needless to say, I love the
outdoors. I enjoy taking a lot of STUFF in my pack and
can�t seem to get my total pack weight down, I wonder
why. I usually hike around Pisgah National Forest and
The Great Smoky Mountains. I go at anytime of the year
and try to hit the trails when there is no rain. If it
does rain, it�s okay. Trail terrain, such as rocky
trails or muddy trails, is not that big of an issue
with me. I just like getting out and enjoying nature.
I plan to test the Princeton Tec Scout headlamp in
the Smokey Mountains National Park of Tennessee. I
will be on a weekend backpacking trip to Clingmans
Dome at an elevation of 6643 ft (2025 m) in August
where the temperatures are usually 55� F (12.7� C) at
night. The weather in this area can change at anytime,
from clear skies and comfortable temperatures to high
winds and heavy rain. I will note weather conditions
at the time of testing. I will also be in the field at
various times in the Winter of 2003 and in the up
coming Spring of 2004. I currently use a headlamp
during the night in camp such as cutting wood, reading
and eating. I also use a head lamp during trail hiking
and those middle of the night bathroom excursions.
If I am accepted and given the privilege, I intend to
test the Princeton Tec Scout Headlamp for its
durability during everyday camp use. Most, if not all,
of the following scenarios will be taken place at
night or in the dark.
As a long term test I will see if the headlamp is
durable enough to withstand the constant bumping and
dropping that sometimes takes place during camp set up
and take down. I will test the lamp for stability and
accuracy of the beam while cutting firewood, cooking,
reading, hiking and other various tasks. Site
distances will be tested and noted at various settings
and declination if applicable. The web site picture
shows and states two bulbs, one over the other. If one
fails, what does that do to the accuracy of the light?
Can it still be used or do I have to change the bulb
immediately? At some point during the test, I will
remove one bulb or the other to simulate this event.
How easy is it to change the bulb and batteries? Do I
need a tool to access the extra bulb and batteries? As
the batteries weaken, does that affect the brightness
of the bulbs? I will keep an estimated time log on the
life of the batteries and bulbs. With the simple
design and construction of the headlamp, how compact
can it get to be placed in a backpack or pocket?
Comfort, to me, is very important when it comes to
headlamps. I usually wear a baseball cap while hiking
or at camp. It is stated on the web site that the
headlamp can be removed from the headband and clipped
on a hat or shirt. How stable is the headlamp while
clipped on a hat? Is the clip spring strong enough to
stay in place after clipping it to a hat? If clipped
on a shirt, will it sag? I would also like to see if I
am able to use one hand to operate the headlamp, such
as turning it on and off and adjusting, while on the
headband, hat and shirt. Since the headband has no
over-the-head strap, will the headlamp have a tendency
to slide down during walks? How comfortable is the
headlamp on the forehead for an extended length of
time? Does the headlamp feel front heavy or is it
comfortable and light enough to not notice?
Waterproof tests will be performed in the field if
cases of rain occur. If accidents of dropping the
headlamp in a river or lake has not occurred by the
end of the review, I will submerge the headlamp in
water to test the effects if this happening in the
field. Does the light still work? Does water get into
the bulb compartment? Will it short out or become dim?
If and when the headlamp is to be cleaned, how easy is
it to disassemble to perform this task? Is there a
waterproof seal that is not to be broken?
Other various tests will be recorded in my reviews as
they occur. Weight and specifications of the headlamp
upon arrival will be reviewed, commented and recorded.
I would really appreciate the opportunity to test and
review the Princeton Tech Scout Headlamp. Again, if
given the opportunity to test this headlamp, I will
give it a complete and honest review. Thank you for
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Gregory Lassen-Internal Frame Pack (Model 2002)
Mountain Hardwear Sleeping Bag (1995 Nickel Cigar,
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