I have had the GloTorch Marine since I picked it up from Edward, one of the guys from DualGlo Ltd, at the OutDoors show in March. It has been in my bag ever since, it travelled to the US with me and has been out on pretty much all long distance paddles in my Curve waterman pack. The DualGlow is an LED torch and rescue strobe especially aimed at the watersports market. It has a number of useful and unique features which make it a really worth while purchase.
Safety is something that should be at the back of every distance paddlers mind, especially if you are planning any kind of off shore paddle. How many surfers or windsurfers do you know that carry flares or strobes ? I think the answer is probably none. The reality is that unless you have been in a serious situation you probably won't carry such things on you, but proper planning prevents poor performance as the saying goes.
When you are dealing with the sea you are dealing with uncertainty. As I have found out, you never know when something is going to go wrong (snapped paddle) and you need to be prepared mentally, physically and be equipped to deal with it. I see the DualGlow are something of a last resort/emergency back up to my distance paddle kit. If it all goes wrong I know that I have a torch and a strobe that flashes with up to 2km at the emergency rate of 60 flashes per second.
There are many great innovations on this little torch, firstly, the marine version (which is in the pictures) floats, meaning it won't sink like a stone if you drop it. The body is constructed out of a special glow in the dark material, and it does glow very brightly as long as it has been exposed to sunlight for over 15 minutes. The photo's don't do it justice, but it is really bright.
The torch has six bright LED's that are powered by two AA sized batteries. The lense unscrews to allow you to access the batteries and the LED's. It has a double "O" ring seal to prevent water getting in. The on/strobe/off switch uses magnets, not actual wires, to the internal workings of the torch are sealed to prevent water coming in through the switch. It also has a sturdy lanyard that I use to attach it to a clip on the inside of my waterman.
I hope I never have to use it, as it means I am in trouble, but its always in my distance paddling pack just in case something goes wrong. Its a great piece of kit and I recommend getting one. They retail from around the £18-20 mark.