LED headlamp beanie, your boat may need one

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. Kees says:

    Keeping the light on instantly disqualifies you as a threat to flight safety, I guess. You could even use it to advantage maybe 🙂

  2. Butch Davis says:

    The light on that Panbo hat looks very non-nerdish. I’ll have to try mine with a cap on. It has to be more comfortable than “bareback”.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    So in the interest of research — and having an LED beanie ready both at home and on the boat — I purchased a Panther Vision Powercap, and the LEDs and battery/switch module appears to be exactly the same. Also the tag specifies 68 hours of run time, just like the LL Bean beanie (suggesting that the PowerCap’s Amazon listing is incorrect).
    The way these two beanies are cut and sewn together is different, as seen in the orange cap photo above, but I’m pretty sure they were made in the same factory.

  4. Brian says:

    I have also been happy with the baseball style led cap
    From Home Depot online for under $14. You do have
    To order $45 of stuff to get free shipping tho.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Bob M. sent me a nice photo of him sporting an LED Beanie just gifted to him “on behalf of his two-year-old.” Happy Father’s Day to all.

  6. Herb says:

    According to LLBean, the material is Polyester Fleece with 7 % Spandex. The Amazon cap is 100% polyester and as noted the stitching is a bit different. I like Spandex for my expanding head….so I ordered LLBean. 🙂

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Herb. It seems that Polartec is a general brand name for lots of polyester products:
    The label in the Bean’s beanie says “93% Polyester 7% Spandex” while the one in the Amazon beanie claims “95% Polyester 5% Spandex.”
    They feel pretty similar.

  8. John says:

    My wife went running before dawn this morning and said she started to get nervous when a set of headlights approached her very slowly, until she realized it was a pair of runners, side by side, wearing headlamps. One serious issue to watch out for with LED headlamps is to not blind other crew by looking at them, which is almost impossible to not do if someone talks to you. If we are both wearing headlamps we get a two-fer and blind each other! I keep a collection of various headlamps below the nav station for those inevitable middle of the night repair jobs, searches for lost items, etc.

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