Bagpipes, Runners, and LED LENSER

LED LENSER had the opportunity to support the inaugural TEDxPortland 6K night run, held May 7, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. This non-competitive, family-friendly route took runners around the Portland Waterfront at sunset and continued into the evening.

The theme this year was “Paint the Town Red.” LED LENSER donated Red SEO 5 headlamps for pacers and volunteers of the event. The power and versatility of the SEO 5 was a hit among the runners and volunteers alike. Watch the video below and see the awesome spirit of Portland, Oregon!

SSgt Josh Burnett and Military Working Dog, Jecky

We sometimes hear about awesome organizations who use our products to give to military men and women around the world for various reasons. Very rarely do we get something as cool as an image of them in the moment with our products.

The Vietnam Security Police Association assembled some packages with Surge multi-tools and M5 LED LENSER lights to give to members of the Old Dawgs and Pups program.

Here, in the image below, you see Staff Sergeant Josh Burnett opening his new Surge and M5 with the help of his MWD, Jecky. Jecky must assume there’s dog treats in the box but there must be another package from his official Old Dawgs & Pups sponsor on the way for him.

This is a one-of-a-kind photo and we thank all the military men and women around the world for everything they do. 

New VP of Marketing at Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bobbie Parisi to Vice President of Marketing of Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. as of February 16, 2015. Parisi will be located at our Portland, Oregon manufacturing headquarters and report to our President, Ben Rivera.

Bobbie Parisi

Bobbie Parisi

Parisi has an extensive brand management background in the outdoor industry in the Northwest. Prior to this role, Parisi served in executive level marketing and brand management positions at Yakima Products, KEEN, Dr. Martens, Nike, and Jose Cuervo.

Parisi is an outdoor enthusiast, active in the community, and passionate about getting youth into the outdoors. She is currently serving as a board member on the OIWC (Oregon Industries Women’s Coalition), a non-profit that promotes diversity in the outdoor, bike, and snow industries, and as a Board member for Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization. She also serves on the Portland Athletic & Outdoor Advisory Council.

“At Leatherman, we place top priority on crafting quality products for end-users at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon,” said Leatherman President, Ben Rivera. “Bobbie Parisi will be instrumental in driving the global direction of our brand, product innovation, and communications. I’m very excited to have Bobbie join Leatherman as Vice President of Marketing.”

In this role for Leatherman, Parisi will be responsible for leading the marketing department, as well as global brand strategy, advanced product development, and product management. She will also be managing the LED LENSER brand for the US market.


LED LENSER Becomes Exclusive Safety Partner of the 2015 Hood To Coast Relay

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with the 2015 Providence Hood To Coast Relay presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers as the Official Safety Sponsor. The 34th annual Hood To Coast/Portland To Coast Relays race participants run and walk through light and dark, and varying temperatures.


As the Exclusive Safety Sponsor of the 2015 relays, our partnership will bring increased awareness to course safety and encourage participants to utilize LED LENSER products. LED LENSER flashlights and headlamps allow runners and walkers to control the light for their relay experience so participants can stay safe and extend the time they’re able to be involved in outdoor activities. Our NEO headlamp is a perfect light-weight headlamp at 1.9 ounces for every runner and walker. It has an ultra-wide 150˚ beam so participants can see more of what’s in front of them, and contains a rear blinking light for additional safety and visibility.


“We are proud to partner with LED LENSER as our Exclusive Safety Sponsor of the 2015 relays,” said Race Director Felicia Hubber. “Our number one priority is to ensure that all of our runners and walkers have a safe and enjoyable experience. I know, as an experienced runner and user of the LED LENSER NEO headlamp, that these high-quality headlamps will contribute significantly to the safety and efficiency of our iconic relays.”


The Providence Hood To Coast Relay is the most popular relay race in the world with over 19,000 runners and walkers participating in three events: the 34th annual Providence Hood To Coast Relay, the 25th annual Providence Portland To Coast Walk Relay, and the 18th annual Portland To Coast High School Challenge. This year, the three events include runners and walkers from all 50 U.S. states and 36 countries worldwide.

The Light Series

Lately, we’ve been focused on launching a group of high-intensity headlamps for active outdoors, sports and running users. We’re extremely proud of these new products – check out our awesome new video here:

The lights featured in this video are the NEO, XEO, SEO 7R and the H14R.2.

  • NEO: The ultimate running headlamp, with features like 90 bright lumens of light, a 150˚ ultra wide beam and a rear blinking light. We want you to be safe, see clearly and be seen while enjoying your favorite adventures, and at only 1.9 oz, you’ll barely notice it’s there.
  • H14R.2: Perfect for hiking, camping, or extreme outdoor adventures.The rechargeable H14R.2 is a lightweight 12 ounces and it’s 850 lumens will keep your area more than well lit at all times.
  • XEO: Brand new, just introduced. This dual-LED light gives you the ultimate control over your light and adventure. Boosting at 2000 lumens, with the ability to focus two lights on beam or spot, you can light your whole area while still focusing on the task at hand.
  • SEO 7R: An optional red night-vision preserves your eyes in times you need it most. Packed with technology, the SEO 7R will sense the light level in your surrounding area and will adjust its brightness automatically to save battery life and give you light when you need it, without taking your hands from your task.

See more LED LENSER lights, for all kinds of activities and adventures. And make sure to take note of our popular SEO headlamp upgrades in style and function.

Upgrades for our SEO Headlamps

LED LENSER, a Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. company, announced a refresh to their lineup of powerful and lightweight SEO LED headlamps. LED LENSER has added consumer-requested features, boosted lumen performance, and given a new look to the ISPO Award-winning SEO 3, SEO 5, and SEO 7R.

New features to the SEO line include a silver focusing ring to eliminate light loss from the edges of the lens and new ergonomic headbands for the whole line. The SEO 3 has been completely rethought with LED LENSER’s Advanced Focus System™ and a new LED chip that boosts lumen performance by 10%.

All the lights in the SEO line feature Smart Light Technology™ for switching quickly between high and low power and a signal mode and LED LENSER’s patented Advanced Focus System™ for either a wide beam for reading a map, or a powerful spot for long distance visibility. All SEO lights feature a red light mode for preserving night vision.

The SEO 7R pioneered a new patented technology for LED LENSER, OPTISENSE™, which measures the light level in the user’s surrounding area in real time. The light then adjusts its brightness automatically, saving battery life and providing the user with just the right amount of light, hands free. SEO 7R also comes with a rechargeable battery pack that allows the user the option of charging via a conventional plug or USB, or using three AAA batteries.

All SEO headlamps weigh less than 3.5 ounces, have a helpful carabiner clip for carrying on the go, and feature a swiveling head to direct light exactly where it’s needed. The green SEO 3 provides 100 lumens on high; the SEO 5 headlamp, which comes in a gray or red option, provides 180 lumens; the blue SEO 7R provides 220 lumens. All three lights operate on only three AAA batteries.

The new XEO headlamp: Groundbreaking Dual-LED Technology, all in your control.

LED LENSER, a Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. company, has designed a groundbreaking and versatile headlamp for the ultimate adventurer. The XEO headlamp is the first of its kind with a bright 2000 lumen output in two independently operated LEDs, state-of-the-art technology, and transformative design that allows the user to wear, carry and mount the light comfortably for all situations.

Holding two separately controlled LEDs, the XEO’s patented structure will allow easy independent manipulation of each light. “The ability to focus and control each lens freely lets you design the light for your activity,” said Chris Currah, LED LENSER Product Manager. “You can decide to have one light on spot and one light on flood, or you can choose to have both on the same setting for a more defined spot or flood beam.”

The XEO was created with a new user-friendly dynamic control pad that lets the operator easily adapt the light between settings. Light modes and brightness can be changed with the use of the five intuitive programmed buttons on the top of the light, making lighting favorite activities simpler than ever.

The XEO will also introduce three new advanced features including a USB charger and power bank, OPTISENSE™ technology and an air intake chamber. The remarkable USB charger and power bank will let the consumer use the headlamp battery to charge a phone, GoPro®, or other electronic devices on-the-go. OPTISENSE™ technology uses an integrated brightness sensor to give the light the ability to measure the output needed in real-time and then adjusting accordingly. The air intake chamber was designed to allow air enter into the headlamp as the user moves, cooling the LEDs so the XEO will maintain peak performance and brightness for longer.

“We wanted something that can be used without the user worrying about switching between modes or features at a moment’s notice,” said Currah. “It’s one of our most sophisticated headlamps, letting you effortlessly control the light for your needs during any activity.”

The XEO headlamp will include a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack, optional extended power cord and run for up to 40 hours. It is designed with IPX6 splash-proof housing, and is backed by our industry-leading 5-year warranty. The XEO also has a variety of mounting accessories that can be used in a number of original ways: like clip it to a belt or bag, transform it to a handheld flashlight, mount it to a helmet, or even attach it to a bike during a ride.

Handling Routine Car Maintenance with Everyday Tools

[GUEST BLOG]: Tools and auto repair have been long-time buddies for as long as we can remember. While some are fluent in auto maintenance, others need direction as to what tool works best for each need. Who better to tell you some of the top tools necessary for DIY auto repair and maintenance than The Armored Group, a company that renovates everyday trucks into armored trucks?

Here are some must-haves for your vehicle’s tool kit for any minor repair or maintenance task!

  1. Illuminate the Dark - No matter if it’s dark or light outside, you will definitely need a flashlight. Take these small rechargeable light options for example. These small handheld lights pack a punch with adjustable light modes, so you can see all the nooks and crannies of your engine or vehicle’s interior! All of the above options come with a five-year warranty!
  2. Pliers Hold ’Em - Pliers are a great tool for various maintenance tasks. Use the clamping version, such as Leatherman’s Crunch, to hold down a part end, while you use a wrench to loosen a bolt or other fastener. Needle-nosed pliers, on the other hand, have tapered, slender tips that are good for getting into those tight spaces.
  3. Precisely Tight Spots - Certain types of wrenches serve different purposes in car maintenance. Traditionally, wrenches for vehicle maintenance come in both US customary units and metric sizes to accommodate the different fits for nuts and bolts throughout your vehicle. If you don’t want a deluxe size set, try the pocket-sized, such as the Piranha 2!
  4. Choose Flat or Phillips - Screwdrivers are great for tightening or loosening clamps, as well as taking care of any screws that hold protective pieces to the main part you are seeking to reach. Opt for the bit kit accessory pack to attach to your Leatherman.

Granted there are many more tools that were used to create your vehicle, but for simple vehicle maintenance, having a flashlight, set of pliers, set of wrenches and sockets as well as the two types of screwdrivers will get the minor jobs taken care of. Need more ideas on how to use tools for everyday maintenance? Contact your local tool specialist today!

The Armored Group LLC takes ordinary trucks and converts them into extraordinary science marvels with their bullet-resistant plating and glass. Our vehicles have been used in military, tactical and even money-transporting businesses for over 25 years, and we will continue to do so to protect every passenger, every time. Fill out our contact form to get more information about our updated inventory today!

Tim meets with fans in China

Although we’re proud of our American roots, you can find Leatherman users all over the world. Tim Leatherman often makes appearances and attends events globally, sharing his story and business ideas. Here, he’s seen visiting with some Leatherman enthusiasts in China at a event promoting health, outdoor, and technology savvy brands and products. He spoke to the group about Leatherman and LED LENSER, signed tools and shared stories with fans.