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Gerber Cornea Flashlight : Shine On

I'm obsessed with flashlights and headlamps, which is sort of odd because I don't have the chance to use them that often. But that's the thing about flashlights - you don't think about them until you need them. And when you need them, they need to work.

Gerber's Cornea flashlight is the most serious torch I've ever used. I like the sleek, black aluminum housing; this is one durable light that I'll have for a long, long time. I get a big beam and a long beam in a thinner, easier to handle light than those old "D" battery lights from my youth. Still, the Cornea is hefty enough to clock someone with if I run into trouble. (I'm a city gal at heart; always aware of the dangers that lurk in dark places.)

It's long enough to hang through a belt loop, and it has a lanyard hole at the end of the light. The housing has several vertical scores running along the handle, so I get a good grip even when it's wet out.

As for function, I can use the Cornea in any outdoor setting I want. With its 3-watt LED bulb (100+ lumens) and a spot-to-flood range, it can illuminate a dark trail or beach for evening outings as well as give me the light I need to read a map in my car when I get lost at night.

The Cornea is super easy to use. I just twist the handle to switch between spot and flood modes, and click the power button to move from low light to medium light to high light. It also has a strobe feature, which I think is essential for any outdoor light, again activated with a simple click.

The Cornea runs on three CR123 batteries. I use rechargeable batteries that I charge with a solar charger.

Bottom Line : If you want a durable light for a variety of uses, the Cornea is an excellent choice.--E.D. (April 09)

Price : $121.50 (on sale for $64.38 at Amazon - Click to shop/purchase)

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.