It’s funny how the timing of things either “is” or “isn’t”; there’s not really any middle ground. In this case the timing was about perfect for me in discovering Bosavi on Kickstarter. I had been looking for an upgrade to my old Petzl headlamp and was about to pick up whatever REI had in stock when I learned of this more exciting option. Dan Freschl is the man behind the Bosavi name and he is putting his engineering background work to bring an interesting new headlamp to market. The Bosavi headlamp is not only designed and manufactured locally, it also sports an impressive array of features:
- Rechargeable via USB cable
- Variable light output between 4 and 60 lumens
- 110 lumen boost mode
- 1 high power cool white LED, 1 white LED, 1 red LED
- Several programmable illumination modes
- Water resistant housing
- Only 2.1 ounces including battery
The tech specs sound great. It’s awesome to see the strive towards a better headlamp within the cottage manufacturing industry. You can pretend you’re not interested, but let’s face it, if you’re headlamp shopping this has to peak your curiosity. If for some reason that’s not the case, let me lay this on you… a bike mount accessory is also available to use the headlamp as a bike light, and the lamp’s own packaging can be made into an origami lantern that attaches to the headlamp for a little ambiance. LED lighting has never been so romantic.
We’ll be adding an interview with Dan in the near future, so stay tuned for that.
In the mean time, Dan’s project is 100% funded on Kickstarter, however he is working to reach his goal of $40k to ensure the project is flush. As of the time of publishing this there are 7 days left to back Dan’s project and get your own Bosavi headlamp (and/or swag). Now is the time to get in for a great price and you’ll not only be a proud Bosavi owner, but you’ll be proud to say that you were a backer and helped make it all happen! Hike It. Like It.