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#189011 - 11/23/09 08:49 PM EGear Rescue Laser
JerryFountain Offline
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Anybody tested the eGear Laser and/or compared it to the Greatland. The eGear folks do nice work on their other stuff, but I would like some input before buying one. I know the green is better, but this one is small and should work well enough for a personal size kit. The green one is for a larger kit.

Thanks,

Jerry

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#189014 - 11/23/09 09:10 PM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: JerryFountain]
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Essential Gear distribute the Greatland Laser products.
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#189018 - 11/23/09 09:57 PM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: Doug_Ritter]
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Doug,

something I've always been curious about...

When you did the Greatland lasers testing, did you find the RED laser to be much more/less noticeable at a distance than a relatively bright (white) flashlight?

Assuming they're both pointed at the viewer, of course.

Now that I carry a PLB, one of my focuses is that ensure that I get found - using a mirror & bright colors by day, and using a light by night. I wonder if the extra weight of the laser is worth carrying it - in addition to a decent flashlight.

Ken

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#189019 - 11/23/09 10:03 PM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: KenK]
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The laser is significantly more noticeable.
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#189022 - 11/23/09 10:52 PM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: Doug_Ritter]
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Great to know. My PLB and the red Greatland Rescue Laser are paired up together - one doesn't go without the other. I alway had this image of rescue coming at night after activating the PLB, and they simply can't find me - thus the laser.

The Greatland (eGear) laser is sure one tough-looking piece of gear. It looks industrial. I'd always hoped it was worth the extra bit of weight - not that its all that heavy (3.5 ounces - about the same as the fullsize Ritter RSK Mk1).

Wish I could have afforded the green laser, but maybe in the next life.

Ken

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#189036 - 11/24/09 01:08 AM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: KenK]
raptor Offline
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Wouldn´t be the red laser better? I am not sure if it´s some "rule" but I think red is universal distress color. So you should have better chances of not being ignored when you signal with the red laser as opposed to the green one.
However in the case of signaling after activating PLB it shoudn´t matter since the SAR personnel would be looking for any visual signal (red or green) from you while trying to pinpoint your location.
But without help of a PLB it could make a difference.
Correct me if I am wrong.

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#189040 - 11/24/09 01:18 AM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: raptor]
Russ Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
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Green is center of the bell curve on human eye sensitivity.
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#189044 - 11/24/09 01:28 AM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: Russ]
raptor Offline
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But green doesn´t scream "emergency" as much as red.

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#189045 - 11/24/09 01:31 AM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: raptor]
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Registered: 03/03/09
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Originally Posted By: raptor
But green doesn´t scream "emergency" as much as red.

A laser flashing in your eye out of a forest at night screams emergency (or annoying little XXXXX that is going to get his butt kicked :-)


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#189049 - 11/24/09 02:14 AM Re: EGear Rescue Laser [Re: NobodySpecial]
raptor Offline
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Out of the forest maybe, but would you count on green color on the sea? I have read somewhere (don´t remember where) that if you are on the sea/water you should use only red color for distress signaling. Other colors could be considered non distress signals. Maybe someone from coast guard wrote it. But I don´t really know. Is here anyone who could confirm whether it´s true or not? Preferably some SAR/coast guard folks? Is it really better to pack red laser when on sea or wherever? I would be interested to know.

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