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Eighty-two grams (2.9oz) is a scant price to pay (read: backpack in or haul) for the stunning, six-foot-radius glow of the BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT ORBIT ($29.95, bdel.com), a super-mini wall lantern new for autumn 2008. Barely four inches tall retracted (and 5.5 at full extension), this little sib to the well-loved Apollo runs on four AAAs (or BD’s NRG 2 Rechargeable Battery Kit) and cranks out the rays thanks to dual in-lantern reflectors that enhance the one-watt LED bulb. What climber-braus need to know is, it’s a perfect wall/bivy/camp accoutrement thanks to the sturdy hanging ring. I was able, sans eyestrain, to read and do all things nocturnal with this astral little fellow.

—Matt Samet

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