Caving gear reviews

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Looking to buy a new piece of gear for your next caving trip? Then check out these reviews. They might save you some money... and keep you from getting stranded far from the surface with gear that isn't up to the task. Want to tell the caving world about your satisfaction for or dissatisfaction with a particular product? Then update this page with your very own review and let your ideas be known. Rate the prodfuct on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 1 being "Don't waste your time" and 5 being "Get it as quick as you can". It's a fast and easy way to help your fellow caver. If you would rather have someone else update the page, send your information to Brian Alger.



Product Description Review Rating By
Petzl Ecrin Roc Molded plastic helmet with numerous ventilation holes and clips for mounting a headlamp. I have personally used this type of helmet for 15 years. During this time, I have had opportunities to use other helmets. None of them matched up to the comfort or usability of the Ecrin Roc. 5 Stars Brian Alger
Kong Magic Climber This helmet comes in red, white, yellow, black, and blue. The website is in italian. I bought this helmet for both my boys. They complained a lot about it sliding forward over their eyes when crawling. I used it a few times and found it to be uncomforatable. It is lightweight however; and will protect the noggin. 3 Stars Brian Alger


Helmet Lights

Product Description Review Rating By
Priceton Tec Apex An inexpensive (compared to some) headlamp which claims to be waterproof to 3 meters. The newer models claim 130 lumens of light output. The company has a good reputation for repairs and replacements. It has a single LED spot in the center with 2 light levels and 4 LEDs on the sides for general use. I bought this light for my wife to replace her 12 year old Petzl Mega. I was highly impressed with its performance. The price was right for an LED light too at around $70. 5 Stars Brian Alger
Petzl DUO LED 14 The DUO LED 14 claims to be waterproof to 5 meters. It is specially designed for caving and submersion. It has two lights: a halogen spot and a group of 14 LEDs for general use. The LEDs have three regulated lighting levels. I have used his light for about 5 or 6 years. The LEDs provide a very bright light. A fresh set of 4 AA batteries will run all day long. The halogen bulb however is lacking in brightness. One other con about this light is that it pivots back up into its top position very easily, which blinds the people you are talking too. I feel there are other lights available that are comparable in quality and are cheaper. 3 Stars Brian Alger