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Gear Review

3 5

mediocre lantern

I recently purchased this lantern for a week long car camping trip in the Tetons. While I like the retro styling, I just wasn't that impressed with the lantern. On the plus side it is decently bright and didn't fail during the trip. On the negative side this thing is huge; it takes 8 D batteries so it has to be big. Also, 8 D batteries are not cheap and will only power the lantern for about 18 hours. While big, the construction does not feel that sturdy like the name might suggest.

Right before the trip I also picked up the Rayovac Sportsman Extreme to test the two lanterns. The Rayovac is awesome. It is easily a third the size of the Coleman and brighter than the Coleman. It takes 3 D batteries and will run for 72 hours on high. The construction is very sturdy.

Backcountry - if you are going to stock this lantern you should also add the much better Rayovac.