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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012

Gear Guide 2012: Bargain Accessories

A colorful headlamp, hands-free camera harness, and a flask–all for under $50.

by: Kelly Bastone

Princeton Tec Spectrum (Courtesy Photo)
Princeton Tec Spectrum (Courtesy Photo)
Keyhole Hands-Free Camera Harness (Courtesy)
Keyhole Hands-Free Camera Harness (Courtesy)

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Princeton Tec Spectrum

Here’s your chance to play gear designer: Order online and you can choose the strap design and colors for the body, button, and bracket on the four-LED Spectrum. The 60-foot beam, three brightness settings (plus flash mode), and beam-angle adjustment make it perfect for camp chores as well as basic night hikes. The estimated 146-hour burn time (on three AAAs) proved accurate when a tester ran hers on high for a weeklong trip in the Rockies. $35; 2.75 oz.;

Innate Trad Flask

This is one attention-getting flask—and not solely for what it holds. Its shapely curves and rich luster (courtesy of premium stainless steel) give this boozer top-shelf good looks that “seem worthy of the finest single malt,” declares our tester, who admits that she also filled it with lesser stuff once or twice. It holds six fluid ounces and slides comfortably into pants or backpack pockets. A wire hinge attaches the cap so you’ll never lose it. $20; 5 oz.;

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Keyhole Hands-Free Camera Harness

Bull moose amble away while you struggled to get your DSLR out of your chest pack? Nab the next shot with this nifty system. “It’s the best for rapid-fire photography,” says our tester, who captured an Andean condor’s flyover in Chile. A plastic knob screws into the camera’s tripod mount, and a plastic plate (with a keyhole-shaped cutout) attaches to your pack straps: Sliding the knob into the chest plate stabilizes the camera when worn with a neck strap. Keep a rain cover handy (our tester used a shower cap). $30; 1.5 oz.;

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Oct 10, 2012

Keyhole Camera Harness - GREAT camera carrying accessory!

robbie in Utah
Oct 10, 2012

I've owned the Keyhole since before it appeared in BP 2012 Gear Guide. It's a great product. I used it biking in Holland 3 years ago, trekking in Nepal last year, and cross country skiing last winter in Vermont. I don't ever use my DSL camera without having my Keyhole along. And a true bargain!

Oct 10, 2012

I for one found the Keyhole to be and excellent bargain. It is inexpensive, well designed, easy to use, holds my DSL securely without swing and is ready to use when I need it. KUDOS to and Thanks Backpacker for finding this gem.

Oct 10, 2012

I doubted the title of this story from the 1st time I saw it..The Editiors at BP in my opinion have no Clue as to what a Bargain is. Why not buy the Petzel Tekka unit for about $29. which has been trail tested for a number of years now. No I think this is just a sneaky sleazy way of pushing some paid advertising unto us....

Oct 09, 2012

To the above, definitely get the cotton carrier strap shot. I have the keyhole and the strap shot is 10x better.

Aug 20, 2012

Wow, perfect timing! I'm just about to order a new DSLR and I was looking for a carrier for backpacking. Looks like the Keyhole will be perfect to get the weight off my neck and the Geek Pocket will be perfect to keep my extra lens handy. I ordered both! Thanks for the tip, Backpacker!

Jul 19, 2012


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