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Keith Stone

Keith Stone

Northern/Central Alabama, Smoky Mountains

ronald's Passions

Backpacking
Hiking
Keith Stone

Keith Stone wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

Not bad
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this from Steepandcheap.com for $20. I normally don't use the lantern case, only the Gorillapod and headlamp. I love how the tripod can wrap around tree branches and even the grip of my hiking pole to take pictures. Only 1.6 ounces for the tripod, too. The headlamp can blast a mighty 130 lumens on high, or you can use a few lower settings for minimal light and to save battery life. The headlamp is really heavy, though. 4.6 ounces is like a brick compared to other headlamps. The headband is adjustable, which is nice for people with gigantic heads, like me. The lantern has a hook on the top of the case that lets you hand it from the top of the inside of your tent to give some great illumination. I had only one problem with it, and that was when the cover to the battery storage compartment popped off and got lost. I contacted Joby and asked them if they'd send a replacement cover. They responded by sending me a whole new Switchback unit! Tripod, lantern and headlamp! That's great customer service! I'm surprised to see this get such low marks. I really like my Switchback. For the current price of $30, you can't beat it. Heck, the Gorillapod tripod alone will run you $20 at least, on most online gear stores.

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Keith Stone

Keith Stone wrote an answer about on December 24, 2012

I bought this about a month ago and I love it. I'm glad I ordered a size up (Im somewhat 'thick'). If you keep moving, this will keep you warm. I carry it on dayhikes constantly, but because it's so thin, be careful if you're going somewhere you may have to go through thick brush with thorns or briars. I got it snagged several times on small thorns and I thought it put a hole in it. No tear was detected, but I won't do that again. I'll wear a thicker shell next time. I wore a Columbia longsleeve wicking shirt under a Columbia short sleeve wicking shirt, and had this over it, and I was warmly hiking in low 40F degree temps. For bike rides, hiking, running...it's great. Best piece of outdoor gear I own, because it performs well, very very lightweight and versatile.

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