After thru-hiking the 211-mile John Muir Trail without replacing the Lucido’s batteries, a tester concluded: “You couldn’t land a chopper with it, but it’s good for trail hiking and camp chores.” And it’s steady: After 10 hours, the Lucido’s beam retained the highest percentage of its initial distance.
Credit a highly efficient single-bulb design. It also has several unique features. A clever switch guard prevents accidental turn-ons, and you can hold the switch down to check battery life (three blinks is full, one is empty). The Lucido shoots a defined, circular swath of white light within a larger, dimmer circle well-suited to lighting the trail ahead. Swivel it all you want: The LED housing’s balanced in-bracket design won’t jostle out of place. Bummer: The settings aren’t all intuitive, and the detachable battery cover is easy to lose.
Where campfires aren’t allowed, clip the Mammut Ambient Light onto the Lucido TXlite to transform it into a hillbilly chandelier with enough illumination for a poker game. (1 oz., $11; mammut.com)