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Backpacker Magazine – October 2011

Gear Review: Snow Peak Hozuk

A soft shell lantern that's perfect for illuminating a tent.

by: Casey Lyons

(Courtesy Photo)
(Courtesy Photo)

Ultra Lights
Four more camp lights
Setting the mood?

You can’t do better than this lantern, which casts a wide arc of the warmest, softest golden light of any LED we’ve tested. The secret: A silicone globe, which smooths the LEDs’ output into a shadow-free glow on each of the six settings (three each for solid and flickering candle modes).

Hang it in a tent or flip it over and set it on a rock for “white-tablecloth-restaurant ambiance,” says one tester.

So what keeps it from being the best lantern ever? Weight and price. Plus, the rubber guard that’s supposed to protect the mini USB slot (for running on external power, but not recharging batteries) doesn’t stay put.

$90

9.1 oz.

www.snowpeak.com


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soleful2001
Oct 27, 2011

I will replace my Tikka xp when it wears out, which will probably be never.

Dan King
Oct 19, 2011

No, this is not a review. This is another in a LONG string of attemps by Backpacker to get people to BUY MORE STUFF.

MPJ
Oct 18, 2011

This is a great light, but unpredictable when it will work and when it will not. I went through two of these lights. Problem is that sometimes the light will not come on. I even called Snow Peak directly about this. The service agent said that he has had a similar problem with his own light, but recommended that I replace at REI. When I took the light to REI, the customer service agent couldn't figure it out either and was happy to have me exchange the light. I experienced the problem again while hiking the AT for three days. I returned the light and purchased a three candle Candleiier which I use on the home porch and car camping. The light is a great concept, but Snow Peak needs to make the light more reliable!

meanolddog
Oct 18, 2011

This is a review? The entire piece tells us nothing such as the Power Source, what type of battiers to use, or how long the battiers last before they die out etc. etc. etc. A total waste of the readers time...I'll continue to use my Petzel Tikka 2 thank you...

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