Oct 312013
 
SnapLit, Ideal for runners.

Two things happen in our part of the world at this time of year:  The clocks move back an hour and hunting season is open.    That means it’s darker sooner (more time for night caching) and the woods become a little more active.   This doesn’t mean we have to stop caching but it does mean we could use a little reminder of what to do to be more visible.  

  1. Bright colors are a good first step and you might even want to think of wearing something hunter orange.   I keep an orange toque hand for just this reason.  There are several cachers in our area that way day-glo jackets with reflective strips.   You can always spot them in a group photo.   That kind of visibility helps at night. 
  2. Carry a flashlight and extra batteries.  While not traditionally thought of a as a safety item a flashlight will help you see your way at night and can also be used so that others see you.   If you are walking along a road at night keep your flashlight on.   My Link flashlight has a built in carabiner making it ideal for this kind of use. 
  3. Special purpose safety lights can be used when caching or when doing other outdoor activities.    The Snap Lit is a great choice for personal safety while the Krill Glow Light works for both personal safety and to mark your equipment.   The Krill light is a great addition for camping.  The advantage of a light over a reflector is that the light is an active awareness enhancer.   It makes it easier to be seen in someone’s peripheral vision. 
  4. Many people like to go caching with their dog so we have something just for them.  The illuminated collar greatly enhances the visibility of your geodog whether you are caching or not.   Night time walks are that much safer when Fido can easily be seen from a distance. 
  5. One of my favourite safety lights is the Zip Lit.  I’ve been using it on my GPSr for three years.   Originally intended to be used on a zipper pull I use mine on my GPSr.   It would work equally well on a Camera or backpack.   Small and lightweight it is a convenient way to give my electronics more visibility.   An alternative to a light for your electronics are retro-reflective stickers.   I put these on my flashlights that way if I drop it when it’s off I have a chance of finding it.   
 Posted by at 01:42
Feb 042013
 
SnapLit, Ideal for runners.

SnapLit, Ideal for runners.

We made it!  We are half way through winter.   The days are certainly getting longer but there is still plenty of darkness out there.   Whether you are caching, walking the dog or doing some other type of activity you should be visible to those around you.   The easiest thing you can do is where lighter clothes.   Black jackets over blue jeans with dark boots is that the best way to make yourself visible to motorists and those around you.   To help you be seen at night there are two types of products you can use:  passive and active.  If you think of a car the active protection are the headlights and tail lights.  The passive protection are the reflectors on all four sides and in some doors.

Reflectors and reflective products do a good job of making you more visible for vehicles come at you.   They are not as effect when the vehicle is approaching you from an angle.  That’s because most reflectors are retro reflective and will only shine back at the light source when it is close to straight on.   This reduces the the amount of time that a driver can see you.   In order to increase the time you need to use something that is more active, you need some the emits it’s own light.

We carry a wide selection of active safety gear that can make your night caching experience safer.    We have products that clip on, products that snap on and even some that attach to the equipment loop on your gear.  We even have an illuminated collar that will help make your dog visible on the trails and on the streets.   Many of our active safety lights include passive reflective markings as well.

Be safe, be seen.

 Posted by at 18:45