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February 24, 2015

2015 Preview

This is going to be an exciting year for Princeton Tec.

2015 is Princeton Tec’s 40th anniversary, putting us in a small group of companies that have been around for four decades.

Princeton Tec SYNC is an award-winning headlamp! We can’t say anymore right now, but we’ll be making a formal announcement very soon.

We are expanding as quickly as ever, with a really, really major announcement coming in the next few weeks.

New products are coming out, including our first ever line of lanterns. Those of you who have been asking us for lanterns: don’t say we never listen!

In honor of our 40th anniversary, PTEC will spend the year sharing glimpses into our internal process – product design, engineering, manufacturing and testing. We will begin by shedding some light into the philosophy that guides the creation of PTEC lights.

Stay tuned to your preferred channel to keep informed:

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February 19, 2015

Living on the Dash Once Again

Photo: Beth Puliti

Years ago, around the time when blogging was cool, and well before it stepped aside to make way for the Facebooks, Twitters and Instagrams of the world, we had a little blog called Living on the Dash. If you scroll down and look on the right hand side – there are posts going back nearly eight years.

Back in 2007, it was all about taking the PTEC brand on the road. That continues!

We’ve shaken a few things up at the office, among them sending Justin off with a one way plane ticket and his touring bicycle, to focus his attention on international business development.

The Princeton Tec brand is well regarded around the world, and we intend to keep that going. Spending face to face time with foreign customers, retailers, and distributors is an important component in the evolution of our products and business. Yes, the internet is fast. But getting there by bike and spending time sharing culture and customs means so much more. It is our willingness to learn and attention to detail that continue to make PTEC shine.

Justin has been sharing with us the trials of a life behind (handle)bars. While we at the office may long for the rewards afforded by fresh air and mountain passes, Justin is always ready to remind us that there are rainy days, gear that acts up, and maps that could use an update. The daily challenges of downsizing from a house to a set of panniers. Even the effort it takes to get your laptop connected from the mountains.

In all, Justin’s recent travels have been a trip, and he’s looking forward to sharing some stories from the road as he continues the journey. From what to pack to sights along the way, we’ll begin sharing regular bits from the road with you here.

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February 16, 2015

It’ll Last a Lifetime

I have owned an EOS headlamp for years. I work as a mountain guide in Grand Teton Nat’l Park, where it is imperative that I have high quality light and distance illumination. I travel over steep terrain in the dark with clients. I am very impressed with the quality and distance performance of your headlamps. I had years of quality performance, then I could not turn my headlamp off. I sent it back to see if a minor correction might fix it. Today , I got a brand new headlamp sent to me! So, PTEC makes great products, and stands behind them! Thank you very much!
Tom Egan
Sr. Guide, Jackson Hole Mtn Guides

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February 5, 2015

Princeton Tec Backpacking Ambassadors’ New Zealand Update

Princeton Tec ambassadors Justin and Patrice La Vigne have finished the North Island of New Zealand and are half way done with their thru hike of the 1900-mile Te Araroa trail. Lighting up their way and keeping them on track is the Princeton Tec Vizz. It not only helps get things done around camp, but Justin and Patrice have relied on their headlamps for night hiking a few times along the way as well! Be sure to follow the rest of their adventure as they start the South Island at www.wanderinglavignes.blogspot.com

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January 27, 2015

Outdoor Retailer 2015 Winter Recap

Outdoor Retailer Winter Show is a wrap, and we have a few important notes from Salt Lake City to share. To give an idea of the scale of this show, the tally was 22,000 attendees and more than 1,036 exhibiting brands.

This is a very important year for Princeton Tec, marking our 40th anniversary. As a family-owned company. As an American Manufacturer. As a business with skilled tradespeople and manufacturing jobs the likes of which had supposedly all gone overseas.

Something very special went down regarding the Sync headlamp, but we promised to keep our lips sealed for the next couple months. You really should check out this headlamp, that’s all that can be said for now. Yes, we’ve sworn our secrecy.

PTEC was among the finalists for the 2015 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards! Finalists were:

Under 10 Employees:
The American Mountain Company, Clarkston, MI
Topo Designs, Denver, CO
Vedavoo, Lancaster, MA
Voormi, Pagosa Springs, CO
Zootility, Sommerville, MA

10 to 50 Employees:
Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Biddeford, ME
Misty Mountain, Banner Elk, NC
United by Blue, Philadelphia, PA
Sylvan Sport, Brevard, NC
Dahlgren Footwear, West Linn, WA

50-100 Employees:
Duluth Pack, Duluth, MN
Polar Bottle, Boulder, CO
Sterling Rope, Biddeford, ME
Stormy Kromer, Ironwood, MI
Timbuk2, San Francisco, CA

100+ Employees:
Cascade Designs, Seattle, WA
Jackson Kayak, Sparta, TN
L.L. Bean, Freeport, ME
Lifetime Products, Clearfield, UT
Princeton Tec, Trenton, NJ

PTEC was honred to be among the finalists! Whether a company has been manufacturing domesitcally all along, or they are seeing value in shifting some of their manufacturing to the US, it is great to see more companies making their products here in the US. Congrats to Sterling Rope, winner of 2015 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards!

From the behind the scenes file: all of the mannequins assembled in one place, likely awaiting their ride back home. They all must live in the same Salt Lake City neighborhood.

That’s all for now. More soon!

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December 20, 2014

Pocket Dumps

About a week ago, I came into the office and emptied my pockets onto my desk. I’m not sure why, but this time the contents seemed slightly more interesting to me than normal, so I rearranged it (always be knolling) and took a picture. Phone, Garmin, Pulsar, Wallet and USB key.

It was the start of other people sending in their pics. And us sending them some lights just because we’re cool like that.

Here are a few that stood out for one reason or another. Send us yours if you feel like snapping a pic of what’s on you. And please make sure they are organized neatly. Examples, both good and bad, follow below.

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December 18, 2014

Kenji’s Workbench

I was checking out The Magic Starts Here: Kenji’s Workshop of Camera Wizardry, and I saw Mark Thiessen in the video.

I have to admit that I didn’t know Thiessen by name, but what stood out was 1. the imagery from his personal project on wildland firefighters, and 2. the Princeton Tec headlamp he was wearing.

According to his bio here, “To better understand the world of this little known subculture, he became a certified wildland firefighter. An award-winning online piece, FireCall, features Thiessen’s photographs and interviews with a veteran wildland firefighter. Thiessen was also profiled for an episode of the National Geographic Channel’s Out There series.”

How’s that for dedication to a personal project?

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December 12, 2014

Dancing With The Stone

We sessioned with Pat Krieger, and had some deep conversation along the way.
The area is called Stone Fort, located in Chattanooga, TN.

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November 13, 2014

There are Times When Light Means Life

Today, we are fortunate to have a guest post from Laura E. Stachel, M.D., M.P.H. the co-founder and executive director of WE CARE Solar.

In the most remote health centers in Nepal, Princeton Tec EOS headlamps are part of a special mission – saving lives in childbirth.

Princeton Tec works with We Care Solar, a non-profit based in California, to improve the safety of childbirth in developing countries. More than 280,000 mothers and millions of newborns die every year from complications of childbirth, mostly in Africa and Asia, in regions without reliable electricity. Many health workers struggle in near-darkness to perform life-saving care, using the dim glow of candles and kerosene lanterns. The results can be tragic.

We Care Solar delivers compact solar electric kits called “Solar Suitcases” to maternal health clinics. In addition to LED overhead lights, a fetal monitor, and mobile phone chargers, each Solar Suitcase comes with two Princeton Tec EOS headlamps. These are used by midwives and doctors for a range of medical procedures, such as placing intravenous lines, conducting c/sections, suturing lacerations, and resuscitating newborns unable to breathe well at birth.

In partnership with We Care Solar, Princeton Tec headlamps have now been used in hundreds of health facilities in countries such as Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia, the Philippines, and now, Nepal.

In this photo, two Nepalese midwives are overjoyed to receive their Princeton Tec headlamps, immediately realizing how much easier it will be to provide nighttime care. We Care Solar includes rechargeable AAA batteries for the headlamps and a small battery charger in every Solar Suitcase, so that midwives have a mobile source of light for years to come. With the headlamps and the Solar Suitcase, these midwives will never again have to worry about providing care when the sun goes down. And that means there will be a lot of very happy and healthy new mothers and babies.

-Laura E. Stachel

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November 5, 2014

Kayak Session Short Film of the Year Awards 2014, Entry #39

Aegir | Face to face with the river, our heroes set out to discover the magic that lies just beneath it’s surface. Infamous kayakers Demshitz rediscover their stomping grounds and shred the east coast in a new light.

The night sections of Aegir were all shot with and couldn’t have happened without PTEC scuba lights. Props to the fine folks at Protoscience for making this beautiful production happen.


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Hitting the road. That’s what this is all about.


Life at PT sure is interesting, but it’s what happens when we saddle up and head out of Bordentown that fuels our passion and provides inspiration. Our travels present the opportunity to explore new places, see old friends, meet strangers that grow into old friends, and share our enthusiasm for the outdoors. www.livingonthedash.com is our outlet to share these experiences.


Sit back, enjoy and spread the love.