- Mar 24, 2020
- Left Coast
Thats a shame.I emailed them awhile back to make sure they were still made here and not China and they seemed nice.
I'll remember your experience.
I still have not made a purchase and could go towards Fenix also so not sure right now.C S makes a deal
Fenix makes good lights, I actually purchased my first one before they were distributed in the US and had it shipped from Canada. I have owned several and gifted several over the years and we use them at work as well. If you want one light to do it all, the different illumination modes on Fenix lights is handy. You can have a low level for admin tasks and really bright when checking for eye shines in mountain lion country. I have found the modes almost too easy to switch since the buttons are near the bezel or next to the activation button on the tail cap. I feel like I am always turning the light on, then pressing the mode button to get back to whatever illumination level I had it on before because it had been bumped or inadvertently pressed. With my other lights that just have one brightness setting, I just turn them on and they are good to go. In these instances, I realize I don't miss the Fenix's modes. I have a headlamp for navigation and handy work, so I want a flashlight that puts out as much light as far as possible while working outdoors so the two complement each other.
I think if you are looking at good value for your money, Streamlight is better quality than Fenix, and their illumination levels are more "set and forget" because the programming is done through the tail switch. Surefire is better quality than both, and their Stiletto for example has a lot of the features of a Fenix with the good build quality you expect from SF for a little over $100. I bought my dad a Stiletto to replace the Fenix I had bought him when it finally died from the battery leaking and internal corrosion. It has been a couple years and so far so good. Where people fault Surefire and have started to migrate to these newer companies (Modlite, Cloud Defensive, etc) is that they offer heads that project a more focused beam and hot spot as opposed to Surefire's wider flood. I have a Surefire M600DF on my LMT and it puts out ton of lumens, but I am not able to identify targets at distance because it just doesn't have the reach for outdoors use. There is nothing wrong with it, it just was not designed for that, and most Surefires perform similarly because they are designed for room clearing without blinding yourself on a white wall.
There are a lot of great options out there, and it is easy to pick apart the different brands and products, but I think the LED and battery technology is quite good now with most of the brands people have mentioned here. It really comes down to how much you personally want to spend and what features you are looking for.