Gear Review

5 5

The coolest lantern I've ever owned...

Snow Peak puts a lot of thought and effort into designing it's products and this little lantern is a prime example of that attention to detail and usability. The light has 2 settings: solid and flicker. The solid is what you'd expect- with 3 brightness settings. You also get a mode however where holding down the button slowly dims the light, just like a dimmer in your house, so you can get just enough light. The flicker setting, enabled by double-clicking the on button can also be set to stepped brightness settings, and puts out a light that feels remarkably candle like. But the best part of the flicker is that it's affected by movement- giving a surprisingly real feel as the lantern swings from the roof of your tent or truck-awning. It is even realistic to the point that if it gets jostled too hard or a big gust of wind moves it it will blow the light out. The lantern can either be hung or set on it's hook so it looks like a candle. And the globe around the lantern is a silicone rubber so it folds down pretty small. In the hook is also a micro-USB plug so you can run this from a rechargeable battery. The 1 downside to this lantern for me is getting the battery cover back on when replacing the batteries... it takes a little bit of finessing and isn't something you want to have to do in the dark while wondering what is making the noise in the brush...