|The Princeton Tec Byte next to its slightly larger counterpart, the Fuel, in OD green with ACU digi-cam strap.|
I always considered Princeton Tec to be the darkhorse among flashlight companies, but they've built a solid history of quality stuff at generally very affordable prices. More well-known companies like Petzl (in my opinion) have nothing on Princeton. You can go to an overpriced retailer like REI and pay too much for a mediocre Petzl headlamp. Or if you're lucky enough to have a stellar warehouse sporting goods store like Sportco (Fife, just before Tacoma, WA) or Outdoor Emporium (Seattle) nearby, you can go pick up one of a number of Princeton Tec lights well below suggested retail. For instance, this little Byte retails for about $20.00 USD, I walked out of Sportco with an energy drink, and the new Princeton Tec Byte, for about $17.00 total.
|The Princeton Tec Byte only weighs about 2.25 ounces, or 64 grams and is competently water resistant, durable and nicely compact.|
|The Byte sans its elastic strap, showing off its subtle, tactical-minded red light for map reading, or simply not wanting to wake up your wife when you roll out of the tent to take a piss.|
As I mentioned it's only about 2.25 oz, an ounce being
|Byte goes strapless again, back bracket visible.|
Like I said, if I'd have had time to get cracking on my intended Gift Guide, this would have definitely been a recommendation! I paid about $16 USD for mine, and MSRP is about $19.99 USD, This may be the best price-to-immediate-usefulness ratio of anything I've bought recently. I actually had a chance to test it out the night I brought it home, the power went out, from wind, at about 1am, and stayed off until about 6am, from 1 to 3 I used the darkness to explore the yard and surrounding areas, the Byte is definitely competent, and priced right. I'd be inclined to take this on road trips or hikes, because of the weight and the overall runtime, not to mention the weatherproof factor. Overall I'm pretty impressed. Princeton Tec has a pretty cool Company Blog, and you can see the new Byte and many others at princetontec.com.
|A press photo|
|At a suggested price of under $20 USD, the Byte is way more than a good deal, and one of my top gift picks for the 2010 holidays.|