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SureFire Saint LED Headlamp - A Saintly Glow

Posted in Product Reviews on December 1, 2010
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Photographers: Courtesy of the Manufacturer

It's sometimes tough to clearly see our rigs' innards while turning bolts, even in a garage during the day, let alone on our driveways during late-night wrenching sessions. So we often have to resort to biting down on the butt-end of a flashlight while under the hood. But slobbering and grinding our teeth on a maglite gets old really fast. So, the arrival of the SureFire Saint brings smiles to our faces (and frowns to our dentists).

SureFire Saint LED Headlamp
Weight: 9.4 oz
Price: $185

Light It Up
This high-output LED headlamp fits conveniently on your forehead, providing a powerful yet adjustable light source in whatever direction you look.

And it's bright - super bright. It puts out anywhere from 1 to 100 lumens for a maximum of 144 hours. The Saint can even shine up to 42 meters (almost 46 yards) and has an SOS beacon that can blink for days.

Also, the Saint has an innovative dual-fuel capability - it accepts up to three 123A lithium or two AA alkaline batteries, though it works better with the lithiums.

Smooth Operator
Operating the Saint is simple. A knob on the left of the LED adjusts the beam angle while a dial on the right adjusts the beam intensity - a convenient one-handed dimmer switch of sorts.

Head Ware
To increase comfort, the Saint features microfiber straps with low-profile buckles and smooth stitching, as well as washable Breathe-O-Prene pads to relieve pressure points and reduce "ickiness."

Verdict: A+
The SureFire Saint is heavenly. After some use, we soon forgot the Saint was even on our heads. It felt more like an old hat rather than a helmet or a flashlight on our foreheads. But then again, SureFire created it with SWAT, military, and search-and-rescue crews in mind. So if it's good enough for those elite operators, it's plenty good for us.

Sources

SureFire
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
800-828-8809
www.surefire.com

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