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Keith Stone

Keith Stone

Northern/Central Alabama, Smoky Mountains

Keith Stone's Passions

Hiking & Camping

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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