As flashlight technology improves, we start to see entry level lights become more and more advanced with features that used to be reserved for higher end models. Features like LED and dual outputs are great to have for other purposes than high speed low drag operator types. Combine those with a durable body and a pocketable size, and you've got yourself a quality light for everyday carry, that won't kill your wallet.
Enter the SureFire G2X Pro. Its simple light, built to survive harsh use and give the user dual output in a simple tail cap button. Nothing to twist to turn, just an easy to use button that can switch between a low, long runtime settings and a very bright shorter runtime option. The first press of the button delivers 15 lumens at its low setting. With a runtime of 4.5 hours, 15 lumens does seem like a hallway nightlight. Compared to any other light it seems underpowered, but the 15 lumens is great for smaller tasks at night without ruining your pupil's night vision from excessive light splash. Searching the backseat of your vehicle, or checking inside a dufflebag when the power goes out, or not blinding your significant other inside the tent on your camping trip.
The higher output mode of 320 lumens is vastly brighter with a farther reach. Originally Surefire had the higher end capped at 200 lumens, but they have since added another 120 lumens so make a staggeringly blinding light from the LED emitter. This setting is great for outdoor and indoors, especially in a searching or defensive role. This level of lumens is enough to temporarily blind an assailant, so it works great as part of your EDC gear with your defensive pistol or mounted onto your rifle/carbine/shotgun. It's 1 inch body and 1.25 inch bezel make is well suited for a long gun or carbine using any number of mounts. Even for the unarmed dog walker, the higher setting is useful for illuminating objects or hazards at a distance.
The tail cap button also has two levels of activation, a partial depth that serves as a momentary on position, and a full press that clicks and locks. Its a bit tricky at first to get the hang of the optional press depth as well as the dual output setting, but once you get the hang it, I find it advantageous. Sometimes you only need a brief moment of light, to find your keys on the ground or to clear areas of threats without indadvertedly broadcasting your position with too long of an activation. The partial depth also speeds the time it takes to "double tap" to the higher 320 lumen setting right off the bat. At that point you can either fully depress to lock it in at 320 lumens, or simple maintain the partial pressure until the light is no longer needed and you just release. As far as the flood itself, the reflector is micro-textured and delivers pretty wide beam with generous peripheral spread.
If you don't like the dual output function, which is fully understandable, the G2X Tactical model is available at 320 lumens full time all the time for the same price point. I can report that the G2X Pro's time to double click the button can be as slow as two mississippis between presses to still get that 320 lumens mode. Of course double pressing faster than that will still work that higher mode.
The biggest selling point to this compact flashlight is its sheer durability. The polymer body is constructed of Nitrolon® and is smoothly sculpted for a comfortable grip and resists scratches, abrasion, and corrosion... not to mention gives a good grip. The high-efficiency LED make the light virtually immune to failure to damage... and since there's no filament to burn out or break, the light will easily outlast more conventional bulbs.
Overall I really like this SureFire. Admittedly the under $100 price point is what got me to give it a try, but after testing two models as an EDC light and a dedicated rifle mounted light, I am am very pleased with the G2X. Its a very solid, minimal light that I will try hard not to lose (hence why I bought two).
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Claim to Fame: The G2X Pro is a compact yet powerful polymer-body flashlight that uses a high-efficiency LED to provide two light output levels: brilliant & penetrating.
Target Market: Civilians and Professionals
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize light output and runtime
- High 320 lumen 2.5 hour runtime
- Low 15 Lumen 4.5 hour runtime
- Two output levels—high for maximum light, low for extended runtime
- Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
- Tough polycarbonate window resists impact
- Tough Nitrolon® body, anodized aluminum bezel
- 1" body, 1.25" bezel
- Dual-output tailcap click switch—press for momentary-on low, click for constant-on low, return to off then press or click again for high
- Weatherproof—O-ring and gasket sealed
- Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black, Desert Tan, Forest Green, Yellow
What others are saying?: "I have older G2's prior to the recessed click tail cap. The ability to activate the light for momentary or constant without having to turn the rear cap is very handy. I also appreciate the 320 lumens over the older 200. This is a very robust, bright light, with an excellent beam at a great price." User Review
"I've owned a number of the SureFire flash lights. Best darn flash light ever made. The problem I seem to have is every so often it grows legs and runs away. Even though I purchase lanyards they still seem to get away from me. All kidding aside, I love their products and am a firm believer you get what you pay for. I use them day in and day out. So much I wore out and requested a replacement switch fully expecting to pay for it. To my surprise and delight I received one in the mail in a couple of days at "NO CHARGE". Now thats what I call a great company that stands behind their product. Hands down, the best." User Review
- Very Durable construction for tossing around or pocket carry
- Can toggle tailcap button or momentary press
- Works well with weapon-light mounts
- No provisions for pocket clips or lanyards
- No Tape switch ability