Outdoors

Inflatable light tube adds versatility to tent and RV camping

Inflatable light tube adds ver...
The Everglow Light Tube is designed to provide soft direct light or ambient lantern light
The Everglow Light Tube is designed to provide soft direct light or ambient lantern light
View 7 Images
The Everglow Light Tube packs down to pocket size
1/7
The Everglow Light Tube packs down to pocket size
With integrated magnets, large and extra large Everglows stick to a vehicle tailgate or door to provide base camp lighting
2/7
With integrated magnets, large and extra large Everglows stick to a vehicle tailgate or door to provide base camp lighting
The Everglow moves from vehicle base camp to tent
3/7
The Everglow moves from vehicle base camp to tent
Klymit offers the Everglow in three sizes, and the larger two versions have the most features
4/7
Klymit offers the Everglow in three sizes, and the larger two versions have the most features
Pack it away into the carry case, and the Everglow tube becomes a lantern
5/7
Pack it away into the carry case, and the Everglow tube becomes a lantern
Klymit launched the Everglow this month starting at $19.95
6/7
Klymit launched the Everglow this month starting at $19.95
The Everglow Light Tube is designed to provide soft direct light or ambient lantern light
7/7
The Everglow Light Tube is designed to provide soft direct light or ambient lantern light
View gallery - 7 images

Utah-based outdoor gear company Klymit got its start with gas-insulated inflatable clothing over a decade ago. It has since sold off that part of the business, but inflatable design remains a cornerstone of its lineup. The new Everglow Light Tube extends that design to a category of hardware you'd probably never think of inflating: camp lighting. The LED tube takes advantage of air-filled construction for added convenience and versatility, easily mounting to a vehicle or awning as an overhead light or compacting down into a lantern.

Why inflate a camping light? Klymit explains that the inflatable light chamber helps diffuse the light, making it less harsh on the eyes. We do wonder how that design might mute the directional light that Klymit says it provides, but it does appear to deliver a large radiant glow from a lightweight, pocketable footprint.

With integrated magnets, large and extra large Everglows stick to a vehicle tailgate or door to provide base camp lighting
With integrated magnets, large and extra large Everglows stick to a vehicle tailgate or door to provide base camp lighting

After inflating, the Everglow tube can attach or hang around base camp via integrated magnets (large and extra large only) or an included strap and carabiner. As an inflated bar, it makes a natural overhead light mounted to a vehicle lift-gate or awning. The larger two models include a dimmer switch to seamlessly adjust output between 0 and 270 lumens, depending upon model. The large and extra large Everglows also pack down into an included translucent carry case, switching on to create a lantern-like ambient light.

The Everglow Light Tube packs down to pocket size
The Everglow Light Tube packs down to pocket size

Everglow models weigh between 1.9 and 4 oz (55 and 113 g) and pack down to a height of 4 or 5 inches (10 or 13 cm) by a diameter of 3 in (8 cm), depending upon model. The regular model inflates to 18 x 3 in (46 x 8 cm), the large model 26 x 3 in (66 x 8 cm), and the extra large model 34 x 4.7 in (86 x 12 cm).

Klymit's US$19.95 to $39.95 pricing seems reasonable enough, but those prices don't include a power source, which buyers will need to add separately. Klymit offers myCharge Adventure battery bank/chargers for between $30 to $80, or buyers could use their own USB-compatible battery bank, RV USB port, etc.

Klymit offers the Everglow in three sizes, and the larger two versions have the most features
Klymit offers the Everglow in three sizes, and the larger two versions have the most features

Klymit launched the Everglow Light Tube earlier this month. The large and extra large versions are currently sold out on its website, presumably because of the handy extra features they offer, but the small version is still available.

Source: Klymit

View gallery - 7 images
3 comments
3 comments
Aross
Interesting, especially for backpackers due to the light weight. Not sure what a reasonable power source and charger would add. Adding some sort of solar charging ability would be useful.
I wonder how they would fair in mosquito and black fly country. A bug deterrent spectrum might be a useful addition.
idearat
I'd like to see the same tube that docks with a headlamp or handheld flashlight. Then just use it to convert their spot beams into wide diffuse light.
Spud Murphy
All well and good until they get punctured...