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11/9/2018 9:21:38 PM
Posted: 11/8/2018 10:04:37 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/8/2018 10:06:24 AM EST by danpass]
First up, headlamp:

Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II

I chose the Aviation model (green LED instead of red)

Spec Sheet (shows runtimes): https://www.streamlight.com/docs/default-source/fact-sheet/239.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Notable battery feature: With a spring-loaded battery compartment the unit can accept a single CR123 or single AA (lithium or alkaline). Run time between the two lithiums is spec'd identical but with (slightly) higher lumen output for the CR123







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Handheld

Streamlight Sidewinder Personal Distress Marker

I chose the Aviation model (green LED instead of red)

Spec Sheet (shows runtimes): https://www.streamlight.com/docs/default-source/info-sheet-with-part-numbers/sidewinder-rescue_sup.pdf



There are two flashing functions: a double tap (any color setting) will set a quick-flash. If you follow that double-tap with a 1-second hold on the power button the full-power strobe function will activate. The flashes slow to one per second but are brighter, just like your usual strobe.

Instead of merely sliding across the lens the strobe reflector can lock into any of three positions:

Over the main white light



Over the 3 other LEDs



Off (so to speak)



I bought two each off eBay (all new
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Link Posted: 11/8/2018 10:24:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/8/2018 10:25:17 AM EST by wildearp]
Looks huge for a headlight, unless maybe you have a fivehead.
Link Posted: 11/8/2018 12:41:59 PM EST
Sidewinders are awesome, but I like the red light version.
Link Posted: 11/8/2018 3:22:11 PM EST
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Originally Posted By foggy:
Sidewinders are awesome, but I like the red light version.
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I have two of those as well (handheld, non-rescue)
Link Posted: 11/9/2018 9:42:08 AM EST
That Sidewinder Compact will also take a AAA battery. I have one with me here in Afghanistan and it's a versatile headlamp. Both are a little bulky, but well built with great features; they aren't your typical high-beam torches, but they are very practical for 99% of you lighting needs.

ROCK6
Link Posted: 11/9/2018 12:39:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ROCK6:
That Sidewinder Compact will also take a AAA battery. I have one with me here in Afghanistan and it's a versatile headlamp. Both are a little bulky, but well built with great features; they aren't your typical high-beam torches, but they are very practical for 99% of you lighting needs.

ROCK6
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I'm guessing OK for helmet mount, but bulky if you're going to use it with the strap for normal night hiking back here in the States?
Link Posted: 11/11/2018 3:17:24 AM EST
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Originally Posted By tc556guy:

I'm guessing OK for helmet mount, but bulky if you're going to use it with the strap for normal night hiking back here in the States?
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Yeah, it's a little bulkier for similar sized (single cell) headlamps, but it's not that heavy which is a plus. I think of it as more of a "tactical" headlamp where you don't need a ton of output and the red, green/blue, or IR LEDs offer versatility that others don't.

ROCK6
Link Posted: 11/11/2018 10:00:27 AM EST
It definitely sticks out further than my Fenix HL23 headlamp yet the balance still works out ok. Even with the headband barely tight it doesn't bounce much on the forehead. (that may change as the headband material flexes more)

The green and flash versatility certainly make up for it.

The blue and the IR functions are bonuses
Link Posted: 11/11/2018 10:09:53 AM EST
Agree, I have the red one instead of the green.
Very versatile and meets more than 99% of my needs.
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