Pelican is famous for their line of nearly indestructible transport cases. But did you know they also make an impressive line of flashlights and headlamps, too? Their HeadsUp headlamps (like the ones pictured) include numerous thoughtful features such as an interchangeable head strap — cloth strap for bare-head comfort and rubber to keeps it in place on a hard-hat — and back-up bulbs on some incandescent models to keep you working when most other lights would go down for the count.
One light worthy of note is their new HeadsUp 2670. It features a rear-mounted battery box, which not only balances out the lamp module up front but hosts a safety beacon to make you more visible from behind. Its 22-lumen LED isn’t Earth-shatteringly bright, but considering that it runs more than 11 hours on three AAA batteries, that’s pretty respectable.
The kicker is the price: Even its $35 MSRP is reasonable for a well-made light with those features. But you can find it on around $20. And from keychain miniatures to 500-foot-depth-rated dive lights, they’re all backed by a “you break it, we replace it” guarantee.
Pelican’s site has all the details plus an incredible time-lapse video showing the delivery and installation of “Colossus,” their huge new injection-molding machine. That alone makes it worth checking out, though low-bandwidth users need not apply — the video is almost ten meg.