The Ultralight XL Cuben Fiber LED Camping Lantern is an effective but seriously lightweight camping lantern, good enough to read by.
Tread Lite Gear says:
Made from 0.3oz Cuben Fiber with a dyneema X Grid base and finished with dyneema cord, micro cord lock, internal aluminium reflector and a mitten hook for hanging anywhere.
XL version is a tail switch variety with a magnifying lens for a much stronger beam. It will allow operation without removal from the bag like it's smaller cousin. The light unit gives a longer run time than the smaller lantern and takes 3x AG13 batteries which are cheap and readily available. Changing batteries is just a matter of unscrewing the tail cap and dropping them in so easier to do in the field.
Top tip - put the lantern to your lips and puff gently to give the best shape.
Tread Lite Gear is one of those special brands that push the boundaries of lightweight gear. Cuben Fibre has been around a few years now being used in products in the outdoor industry, but it never ceases to amaze us. It's incredibly strong, durable & waterproof making it ideal for lightweight outdoor equipment that still gets used and abused.
The LED light provides a good level of light for its weight, even brighter than the original Ultralight Cuben Fiber LED lantern. With the help of the new magnifying lens, the translucent nature of the Cuben Fibre does a decent job of dispersing the light.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear