New Website + Waiting List Discount for New Spikelights

We have a new website up and running!

Big thanks to Edd Shepherd who built the new site. He even went back through the old blog posts and made some great diagrams like this one of the Competition Plus User Interface.

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I can’t say enough good things about Edd and his work, so go and check out his blog (eddshepherd.com).

The bad news is that we’ve sold out of V3 Spikelights. There has been much more demand than we expected. The good news is that there will be a $50 discount on any new orders while we’re building the next batch.

So if you want a V3 then this might be a good time to head over to our online store and snap up a bargain. Once we have V3s in stock, the discount will end.

Spikelights Demonstration in Brisbane, QLD

The intense, long-range beam on our Spikelight Headlamps, is very special. It is unique in the world of headlamps and it really needs to be seen to be understood.  The style and construction are also completely different to anything else you’ll buy in a camping store.

If you’re in Brisbane, QLD and would like a demonstration, then email us or Contact Us Here. We’ll be giving demonstrations for the first two weeks of January.

Come and see what all the fuss is about!

Almost Free Upgrade Offer for V3 Spikelight Owners

If you already own a V3 Spikelight, then you might be interested in a small upgrade:

The hinge that lets you set the angle of the V3, has a special black screw. The screw lets you adjust the hinge from loose to tight according to your preference.  Unfortunately, you need to have superhuman finger strength (or just be a regular rock climber) to adjust the screw.

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The V1 Spikelight

undefinedI’m not very creative. The first headlight we sold got the name V1 as in Version-One. As it developed I gave them new names like the V1.2, V1.3, then we jumped to V1.5 andV1.6 but I don’t think anyone ever really cared. They just ran into the bush and started playing with the things.

The V1 family are all sold out now. You can’t buy one so don’t try. I don’t even have one for myself which is a pity. At some point I may try to trade one back from an early customer.

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Design Philosophies

Right from the start we had a few aims and at their core they haven’t changed much.  Some of these have been real challenges to achieve and it’s easy to see why not every headlight manufacturer has all of these on their list.

They basically revolve around the rogaining / adventure racing aims and we were not willing to compromise in order to get into other markets.  These lights won’t appeal to your average camper who wants to hold a beer in one hand and flip hamburgers on the BBQ with the other.  So we’re missing out on a huge portion of the market, but instead we want to nail the niche.  Of course, even though it’s been hard, designing has been a lot of fun because we are the niche market ourselves.  We didn’t need to go and do surveys because we designed what we and our friends have been looking for.

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Zooms, LEDs and my dad’s head. How did Spikelights get started?

The mighty Petzl Zoom!My dad and I took up rogaining (24 hr cross-country navigation) back in 1998.  At the time I was a highschooler and it was a pretty good sport for a father and son team to do together.  On our first event we walked about 60km and spent a lot of time in the dark.  We carried these great big 6V dolphin torches which had a great beam of light, but my word they were heavy!  Cumbersome too!  You had to carry them in your hands along with your map and compass and it made it very hard to get a muesli bar out of your pocket.

Then we noticed that everyone else had these stupid-looking lights attached to their heads.  So for my birthday, Dad got me my very own ‘Petzl Zoom’.  It was the best headlight in the world!  Nothing could compare.  You screwed it in for a wide beam and out to focus it.  Everyone at the time seemed to have one.  The standard procedure was to throw away the bulb that came with it and upgrade to a halogen.  The halogen put out much more light but it chewed through your battery quicker too.  It was a huge and clunky thing by today’s standards but nothing else came close to it in raw power.

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