Posts Tagged ‘Mountain Hardwear Skylight tent’

I have been on a quest to shrink several things in my life.  Yes my waist line has increased.  But this post is about shrinking environmental waste.  Having a five year old son the concept of using rechargeable batteries is an easy sell.  The next best step is moving away from all batteries.

Solar is the logical answer to shrinking both the waist line and environmental waste.  With less weight in my kayak or in the backpack I can travel faster due to a lighter load.  And now I am leaving only footprints; I’m not adding to the landfill and this is all achieved by Luci.

mpowerd-luci-inflatable-solar-lantern-xlLuci is a portable solar LED lantern made by MPOWERD founded in 2012.  MPOWERD Inc., a Benefit Corporation, “develops and manufactures transformative clean energy products to replace and eliminate the dangerous, costly and harmful ways people living and playing off-the-grid are forced to find energy”.

This 4 ounce solar powered waterproof camp light is an awesome task master.  It has a low power, a full power 80 lumen lantern, and a flash setting.   Luci has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery integrated with two solar panels to supply power to ten LED lights that are attached at the top of a collapsible transparent plastic cylinder.

mpowerd-luci-inflatable-solar-lanternI will admit I would have over looked this diamond.  My son and I were at Bill Jackson’s doing a little window shopping when he saw the light.  It was at his eye level.  And at first I thought it was a toy because of where the shop had placed it on their shelves.  The employee told me a little about it and Tyler and I thought that we should give it a try.  And I will admit this little Inflatable Solar Lantern will now  accompany me on all of my off-grid backpacking, camping, and kayaking adventures, it is now also apart of my emergency preparedness hurricane bug-out bag.

luci inflatable solar lantern by mpowerd

So far we have found the Luci lantern easily lights up my Mountain Hardwear  Skylight tent.  I normally use a Black Diamond  Orbit Lantern.  The Orbit at it’s maxim setting emits 45 lumens.  It is also is 3 ounces with 4 AAA batteries.  Luci is an ounce heaver; she does not require batteries and nearly doubles the amount of light.  My son and I found it very easy to share the light reading stories and playing his favorite card game Nuts.  Hands down Luci beats the Orbit.

– Jeff

“How long does gear last?”  I am asked this a lot.  I have spent more money on constantly replacing cheep stuff than I have replacing expensive stuff.  Granted I have to maintain the expensive stuff.  And maintaining expensive stuff takes about 20 minutes.

One of my oldest pieces of gear is my Mountain Hardwear Skylight tent.  Backpacker magazine wrote a tent review of this tent in May of 1997 (pages 118, 120).

I love this tent, it is a great kayaking and backpacking tent; moreover, my two year old son loves the head room and pockets.  My only gripe about it is that Mountain Hardwear has some new tents that are lighter, roomer, and has two doors.  I am actually trying to wear out my old tent so I can up grade it.  O woe is me.  So remember when you buy the expensive stuff be prepared to have that item for several years…focus on floor space, head room, pockets, and a large vestibule.  These are all things that the Skylight has.  If you cannot find an old Skylight for sale think of buying the Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2, or the Skyledge 2.1 .

…Who knows maybe someone from Mountain Hardwear will read this post and take pity on me and sponsor me with a new tent!  Now that would be a gift that will last! – Jeff

UPDATE:  I upgraded my Skylight tent for the Skyledge 3 Mountain Hardwear tent.  I am gaining 6 square feet of floor space and reducing the weight by almost half a pound (7 ounces).  tent review