November 13, 2020
By Game & Fish Staff
They’re quite literally headlamps for your feet.
SneakyHunter Bootlamps, attachable lamps that are strapped to your boots, illuminate where you’re going in dark or low-light conditions—whether it’s trekking a hiking trail, walking to your deer stand, or heading to your favorite ice-fishing honey hole. They eliminate some of the annoyances of headlamps and hand-held flashlights with a hands-free innovation that keeps your pathway well-lit, and prevents inadvertently shining a blinding light into your or your partners' (or a game animal's) eyes
SneakyHunter Bootlamps attach to your boot via an easy-to-use 18-inch long, 1-inch wide elastic cinch strap. The Velcro strap is placed under your instep, and the two prongs on the front of the unit are slipped under your boot laces, resulting in a slip-proof attachment. The unit is made so that when it is mounted in the proper position, the light will shine where you’ll be walking.
The lights operate using three AAA batteries and have three settings – white, for general hiking; red, for hiking with a red light that will not spook animals and are easy on the eyes inside enclosures, like your hut; and green, which offers less eyestrain over time, or a soft violet. You activate them by simply pushing the button on top – one click for white, two clicks for red, three clicks for either green or violet. The lid is rated as highly water resistant. They can also be attached at the knees for situations of high snow or deep water.
Avid outdoorsmen and entrepreneurs Jim and Annette Manroe developed the product after Jim was reviewing the reason he often spooked elk when hiking in the dark. "I realized there were missed opportunities from my headlamp illuminating the eyes of big game, or generally disturbing them with scattered light when I inadvertently flashed them." Their solution? A lighting system that allowed Jim to turn his head without shining his light in that direction.
SneakyHunter Bootlamps are available in two models: The Hunters Bootlamps with colors that include white, red, violet (for blood trailing) and Hikers Bootlamps with lighting colors of white, red, and green. MSRP is $59.99 for two bootlamps, and they come with a one year limited warranty. More information is available at www.sneakyhunter.com.
- Bulb Type: 5mm LED
- Bulb Detail: x6 LED (x2 each mode)
- Beam Type: Flood
- Max Light Output: 40 Lumens per Boot lamp
- Max Beam Distance: 50 meters
- Modes: White, Red, Green (Hikers Bootlamps); White, Red, Violet (Hunters Bootlamps)
- Average Run Time: 70 hours
- Batteries: 3 AAA each (not included)
- Dimensions: 2.875” wide x 2.0” long x 1.75” high
- Weight with Batteries: 2/7 oz. each
- MSRP: $59.99 for two bootlamps