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Fenix HM65 Rechargeable Headlamp

Fenix just released the details on a new headlamp, the HM65 Rechargeable Headlamp, that is loaded with interesting tech and features. The most prominent feature is the use of dual emitters with one optimized for throw and one for flood light.

It boasts a 1000 lumen turbo setting along with other, longer running modes including a 130 lumen settings that run for 48 hours+ according to Fenix (actual real world runtimes can vary). See the chart below for full ANSI runtime and output ratings.

The HM65 is rechargeable via USB Type C (cable included). It comes with an 18650 battery but it can also be powered by two CR123A primary cells which is good news for those who might take this headlamp into cold environments.

The body of the HM65 is made from a magnesium alloy. Fenix claims that makes it both durable and lightweight.

The head strap design includes a top strap as is standard for single 18650 powered headlamps. It features a perforated design that I suppose would promote breathability.

The HM65 can be pre-ordered. It is not expected to be available until Tuesday, June 25th.

Luxe Hiking Gear to Release Minipeak XL

Luxe Hiking Gear is known for their lightweight, stove-ready backcountry shelters. They make a number of pyramid, hexamid, octomid hot tents that cost significantly less than most similar shelters.

One of their smallest and most popular shelters is their Minipeak – a floorless 2 person (1 person with stove) pyramid shelter with double entries and ripstop polyester construction. It’s popular due to its low cost for a stove-ready shelter, versatility, and solid feature set. It only makes sense that they would offer a larger version.

Luxe Hiking Gear has announced that the Minipeak XL will be available soon. It retains everything that makes the Minipeak great but has a larger foot print that allows for up to 3 people or more space for a taller person versus the Minipeak. It is available in a number of configurations with is typical for all Luxe shelters (floorless, with an optional partial nest, and more).

The Minipeak XL is available to pre-order now at a special price. Delivery is expected in August.

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