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Coast FL72 Headlamp, 2-pack for $19.99 - Costco in store and online

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Costco has Coast headlamps 2 pack for $19.99 after manufacturer instant rebate of $9.
Both in store and online

https://www.costco.com/Coast-FL72...33882.html



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The FL72 LED Dual Color 3 AAA Headlamp 2 Pack combines new Coast beam features, including a front loading battery compartment with adjustable hinges.

The first off/on switch is sealed with red silicon for added weather protection and provides the ability to click and select through the multiple white light modes: high, medium, or low using the high powered CREE X-Lamp LED. Using the Twist Focus feature, you can shine a wide flood beam and then quickly twist the bezel to a long, reaching spot beam with a transition to halo light.

The second off/on switch is also sealed with red silicon and enables the user to switch quickly to a red light mode which preserves battery life while providing night vision adaptation in low task light applications, such as reading a map.

The elastic strap included is anti-microbial and adjustable. The headlamp is hard hat compatible and 8 helmet clips are included along with 6 Duracell AAA Alkaline batteries.

The FL72 Headlamp is backed by Coast's Life Time Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Tested and rated to ANSI/FL1 standards with an impact resistance up to 1 Meter, a water resistant rating of IPX4 for spray or splash and provides a maximum beam distance of 140 meters or 153 yards using the white high mode.

Features:

Front Loading Battery Compartment
1 White High Power X-Lamp CREE LED
2 RED LEDs - Safety/Emergency Beam; Preserves night vision, great for low light
Hardhat compatible with helmet clips included
Anti-microbial elastic adjustable headband
Life-time warranty
3 Brightness options: 405 Lumens (High), 230 Lumens (Medium), 53 Lumens (Low)
Beam distance: 140 meters (on high), 105 meters (on medium), 51 meters (on low)
Impact Resistance: 1 Meter
Water Resistance: "IPX4" - Ingres Protection - Spray & Splash
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Last Edited by Silver_Fox July 28, 2017 at 09:27 AM
See my comment below for more info.

- I believe this FL72 is equivalent to the FL75, which sells for 2-5X elsewhere, so this is a great bargain.

- I think the FL72 is a "Costco version", like the way mattress manufacturers have different model names for the same mattress supplied to different stores, to make comparison difficult - especially with Costco's low prices.

- This has a twist focus, better than a slide focus that can get loose and is harder to fine-tune.

- Some Costco.com reviews have troublesome criticism of switch failure. But Costco has an extremely generous return policy. And Coast has a lifetime warranty.

- Note that Coast uses honest ANSI FL1 ratings for this headlamp, as opposed to unbelievable figures for some other lights.

- In The Wirecutter's The Best Headlamp [thewirecutter.com] comparison review, the Coast FL72 FL75 is an "Also Great" choice / alternative to their top pick, the Black Diamond Spot.

Quote :
Also great

Beautiful light quality, for a price
Coast FL75
More lumens and higher-quality optics, but at the expense of battery life.

$44* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $55.
Quote :
Of all the headlamps we looked at that use higher-quality optics, the Coast FL75 was our favorite. This model has both a red LED and a white one, and just like our runner-up, it has two separate buttons for those colors, which makes turning it on and toggling through modes unusually, gloriously straightforward.

This is a 405-lumen light, and such bright lights—the kind that spit out beautiful, even beams—can suck a battery dry in no time. They often need specialty battery sizes to maintain that level of output, too. The FL75, however, runs on AAAs and can go for two hours on high and up to 12 hours on low, longer than other lights in the category. The only bummer is that it's slightly heavier than the Black Diamond Spot, the main reason we often reached for our main pick instead, in spite of how much we love the FL75.
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I really like these headlamps. Great tint and the focusing system works awesome. Only negative is ya gotta cycle through a few modes to turn off but the nice switch makes it easy. The red leds are about the best I've seen on a headlamp and they actually have some throw.
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TU & repped.This is a great bargain for a very good headlamp (see Headlamp Info below for The Wirecutter's high priase). I highly recommend this deal, especially for those who want a steady red light for night viewing.

Lowest price at Costco (B&M) and Costco.com - and HALF to a THIRD the price of similar models elsewhere [amazon.com].

(I think the FL72 is a "Costco version", like the way mattress manufacturers have different model names for the same mattress supplied to different stores, to make comparison difficult - especially with Costco's low prices.)

Hah, you beat me to posting this (I bought this last week, but have been lurking until now.)


Costco info:
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- Regular price is $28.99. Last two times these were $22.99 in coupon books in the last two years, which was already a great price
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- This is the lowest price ever at Costco (B&M) and Costco.com.

- A Costco member can buy this at the warehouse, YMMV, for the same price, $19.99, through August 25, limit 10, according to the sign in the store. A $3 savings on top of the previous great price. I say YMMV because I believe Costco is trying to clear out stock on this, from the last coupon book sale ($22.99, same price as last year's sale, so pretty constant at THAT price.)

- Costco.com lowered the S&H to $2.99 (from $3.99), so that is a $4 savings over the previous low. Unfortunately, I (?) think (?) that there is no S&H discount, i.e. I think each extra pack is an additional $2.99 of S&H. Still a great price, compared to the FL75 prices elsewhere.

- Non-members can buy from Costco.com, but pay a (?) 5% (?) (10?) surcharge. Though, I have seen some Slickdeals posters say they weren't charged a surcharge - but that may have been during the holidays - or for drugs (anyone can shop at the Costco warehouse pharmacies without a membership, per federal law).

- I believe this is equivalent to the Coast FL75, which sells for 2-5X more elsewhere, compared to $10 for each FL72 here. (Of course, at the current $44.19 price now at Amazon, I would consider other headlamp models.) See Headlamp info below.

- If you bought this within 30 days AND you have the receipt, you can, YMMV,. bring the receipt in and they will make a price adjustment. I say YMMV because this policy is informal - it is not really stated formally anywhere, but you can find confirmation on the Internet and through personal experience like mine and other Slickdealers. Since I bought two packs separately in the last coupon book but inside and outside that 30-day window, I got a price adjustment for $3 on one (remember: these manufacturer discounts are POST-tax, so no tax refund on the $3 difference) and had to return (no receipt required - they can look up your purchase) the other and re-purchased.


Headlamp info:
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- I believe this FL72 is equivalent to the FL75, which sells for 2-5X elsewhere, so this is a great bargain.

- I think the FL72 is a "Costco version", like the way mattress manufacturers have different model names for the same mattress supplied to different stores, to make comparison difficult - especially with Costco's low prices.

- This has a twist focus, better than a slide focus that can get loose and is harder to fine-tune.

- Some Costco.com reviews have troublesome criticism of switch failure. But Costco has an extremely generous return policy. And Coast has a lifetime warranty.

- Note that Coast uses honest ANSI FL1 ratings for this headlamp, as opposed to unbelievable figures for some other lights.

- In The Wirecutter's The Best Headlamp [thewirecutter.com] comparison review, the Coast FL72 FL75 is an "Also Great" choice / alternative to their top pick, the Black Diamond Spot.

Quote :
Also great

Beautiful light quality, for a price
Coast FL75
More lumens and higher-quality optics, but at the expense of battery life.

$44* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $55.
Quote :
Of all the headlamps we looked at that use higher-quality optics, the Coast FL75 was our favorite. This model has both a red LED and a white one, and just like our runner-up, it has two separate buttons for those colors, which makes turning it on and toggling through modes unusually, gloriously straightforward.

This is a 405-lumen light, and such bright lights—the kind that spit out beautiful, even beams—can suck a battery dry in no time. They often need specialty battery sizes to maintain that level of output, too. The FL75, however, runs on AAAs and can go for two hours on high and up to 12 hours on low, longer than other lights in the category. The only bummer is that it's slightly heavier than the Black Diamond Spot, the main reason we often reached for our main pick instead, in spite of how much we love the FL75.

Personal experience:
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- I like this so much, I bought 2 more packs (for a total of 6). This is on top of having non-camping (i.e. not lightweight) headlamps like XML-T6 high-output generics that run on 18650 LiOn batteries (single beam and triple beam [<-- not recommended] versions), single AA, motion sensing from Thorfire (and another from NewEgg, unopened), various 3xAAA cheapies, and a couple of expensive multi-color LED Lenser (unopened from a Woot years ago). And even more multiple LED flashlights.

- Despite having this for a while, I have limited experience with it, so I don't know how the brightness and throw really compares to others, or whether there will be switch failure. But this is now the first headlamp I reach for use around the house or working on the car. I plan to put one in each car - headlamps are better for changing tires, working under the hood, et al. Only negative is no strobe in case car breaks down, and I want to use as a signal.

- Following are some reasons why (TL;DR multiple functionality / features that work well add a lot of a value.)

- This has a good spread of brightness levels, and the high is pretty bright enough. The T6 headlamps beat it, but don't have a low enough level for close-up work - the glare and reflections become obnoxious. The single AA generic, meant for the car glovebox, is disappointing - too low output, lower than a SK68 flashlight, so will eventually be given to kids to play with.

- Though I prefer a top strap for stability on my headlamps, this is light enough to be passable for non-vigorous use. It has a low front profile. OTH, the T6 generics have bulky heads that stick out and get hot; while the rear battery holders balance out the front and nicely add a red rear light (good for cycling or for traffic to notice you), they still add bulk. Also those generic battery holders are cheesy, with a soft flap cover (I use a Velcro strap to secure) and poor battery connections, especially using only one of two parallel slots - often comes loose- and some don't play nice with flat top batteries. But those T6 headlamps have been good for night cycling, where the heat can dissipate. The FL72's battery compartment fits Eneloops well, but I wouldn't want to wear out the cover with too many changes.

- I dislike AAA batteries and its low energy density, especially in medium to high drain devices like lights (except for 1AAA EDC flashlights). But NiMH rechargeables seem to work fine (as well as alkaline) in this, though the stated runtimes in this higher output headlamp are not as long as in camping headlamps like the Black Diamond Spot or Storm. But the main use will be in the car or around the house. In the future, going to try one of those 3xAA headlamps (similar to sister models that take 18650 batteries).

- The twist focus is a plus, and seems tight for now. A slide focus can get loose or hard to fine-tune. I haven't tested outside like with my other headlamps, but the range of throw seems low. But this is compared to the wide throw on (my) flashlights, so that range seems reasonable. And focus is not common on most headlamps - which are often used for close area lighting. I haven't gotten a focus T6 headlamp yet, but the ones I have do have impressive throw - a block away. Haven't really checked the width of the near throw on those T6, which might be a problem if mounted stationary on a bicycle, but the advantage of a headlamp is I can sweep any area by moving my head - and to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.

- The red light for night vision is a plus, and it is steady, unlike some lights that only have a flashing red light for a signal. This adds function to an already versatile headlamp, e.g. for non-ultralight camping or astronomy.

- Tilt. I am not a fan of the whole head tilting through a few detentes (pivots at the bottom). Seems like the detentes can wear out. A bump can change the tilt. At least this has a tilt, and this design is common. But I prefer a tilt from a central pivot whose tension can be adjusted (tightened).

- I almost bought the well-regarded Black Diamond Spot or Storm headlamps that had nice prices in some popular Slickdeals. But The Wirecutter found the overloaded single button frustrating, and high cost for low output made me hesitant, though I understood the design choices for lightweight camping, lower light and longer runtimes. Then, a Slickdealer mentioned this Coast FL72, which made me take a second look, and the multiple functions, higher output, better optics, Coast reputation and lifetime warranty, and Costco satisfaction guarantee made this a very attractive - especially at half the cost of the Black Diamond deals.

And now the price is even lower.
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