To cut down on the amount of gear and therefore weight you need to carry, many product designers are going multi-functional. Snow Peak, the makers of the recently popular titanium straw, have added a new multi-functional product to their lighting category.
The SnowMiner can quickly and easily be transformed from a standard headlamp into a hanging lantern for use around camp or in your tent. When in headlamp mode, the silicone dome focuses a lens over the 60 lumens LED for 35 meters of direct light. By simply pressing down on the sides on the silicone, you release a magnet that pops out the dome and transforms the focused light beam into a glowing lantern of 180 degree ambient light.
The SnowMiner LED light features three different power settings, high, low, and strobe for use on your bike. The headlamp is attached to the strap by a hinge that allows you to tilt the light in a wide range of angles.
When you are using the headlamp, a built in hook hides within the headband, then simply pops out to hang the lantern from inside your tent. All the straps, buckles, and buttons are over sized so you can easily use the headlamp when wearing gloves.
The SnowMiner runs on 3 AAA batteries, which will last for up to 55 hours on high and 140 hours on low. The headlamp weighs 2.9 oz., so won't add much to your pack.
The Snow Peak SnowMiner retails for $49.95 and will start shipping in October.