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Old 03-08-2013   #1
Corvallis, Oregon
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paddling at night

does anyone know of a good broad-beam waterproof headlamp for paddling at night?

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Old 03-08-2013   #2
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if your on a raft you need one of these
WEST MARINE Waterproof 200 Lumen Battery-Powered Spotlight at West Marine

on a kayak i think this will work well, but have not used one

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There's an old lion a roarin' n the river down below
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Old 03-08-2013   #3
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Don't be a bitch! Play by natures rules and paddle in the dark.
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Old 03-08-2013   #4
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Check out this list of caving lights. If your looking for total water proof, you should research dive lights. I personally would look at the Apex or possibly sten light.
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Old 03-08-2013   #5
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I agree a rechargeable spot light is crucial. 1,000,000 candle power. I just bought a head lamp with the battery pack its got an amazing spotlight and regular led light. Princeton from rei if it breaks from getting wet you can take it back.
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Old 03-08-2013   #6
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Bicycle lamps can be bracket mounted and are water resistant. Don't forget glow sticks for your backside. The best time for a night paddle is under a clear sky with full moon.
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Old 03-08-2013   #7
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Naked under a full moon
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Old 03-09-2013   #8
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I agree with the full moon. You will have better visibility than you can get from a headlamp...
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Old 03-09-2013   #9
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Maybe the search lights from the rescue helicopter will be bright enough to find you
Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Old 03-09-2013   #10
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not recommended, but a lot of fun things aren't. had a great time night floating with a fair amount of moonlight on the san juan until we thought native americans were throwing rocks at us. of course that could have been imagined or part of the effects of the case of beer my buddy and I had throughout the day. either way, it is a very fond memory. i vote no lights.

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