Surefire Sheds some Light on their NEW Flashlights

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Surefire has been slowly releasing more new products even after the excitement of SHOT Show has settled. This includes 3 new flashlights with their MaxVision beam and high output LED. All 3 new models sell anywhere from roughly $120 – $300. While these may not be entirely affordable for the general consumer, this is the price-point you would expect to see Surefire lights running at.

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Surefire G2Z Combatlight w/ MaxVision    (High Output LED)

G2Z Combatlight w/ MaxVision (High Output LED)

This new flashlight uses Surefire’s MaxVision Beam to create a wide field of vision for the user. The G2Z Combatlight is also able to pump out 650 lumens in a compact package. At 1.1” in diameter and 4.75” in length it is even more compact than its earlier model. This flashlight runs on two 123A batteries (included) and has a constant run time of 2 hours. The G2Z Combatlight also has a simple lanyard for easier use and a rigid polymer body for durability. The G2Z Combatlight with MaxVision has an MSRP of $120.99. A pretty decent buy for a flashlight that is pushing out 650 lumens from a compact package.

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Surefire E1B Backup w/ MaxVision
(High Output LED)

E1B Backup w/ MaxVision (High Output LED)

For those who are uninitiated to Surefire flashlights, the Backup line was first produced for law enforcement, but found a strong following with civilians as well. This model can push out as little as 5 lumens (50 Hours) or up to 400 lumens (75 Minutes). It features a 2-way pocket clip for the user’s preference, and a hard-anodized aluminum body. Similar to the previous model mentioned, the E1B Backup uses Surefire’s MaxVision technology:

…created by a special faceted reflector that shapes the LED’s light into a smooth, seamless wall of light that’s perfect for closer-range applications and maintaining situational awareness.

Keeping that in mind, you can begin to understand why Surefire is implementing this technology into more and more of their flashlights. The E1B Backup uses a single 123A battery and MSRP’s at $220.

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Surefire Aviator Dual-Output Multi-Spectrum LED

Aviator Dual-Output Multi-Spectrum LED

The Aviator is a re-introduction of a previous popular model. It offers a combination of a white LED output paired with a secondary color. There are 4 secondary color options with both a High and Low Intensity option to pick from:

  • Amber: 20 Lumens/ 5 Lumens (2.75 Hrs/ 29 Hrs)
  • Blue: 4 Lumens/ 0.4 Lumens (12 Hrs/ 49 Hrs)
  • Red: 39 Lumens/ 1 Lumen (3 Hrs/ 57 Hrs)
  • Yellow-Green: 39 Lumens/  0.3 Lumens (12 Hrs/ 58 Hrs)

If you are wondering, “Why so many colors?” do not feel bad because that crossed my mind, too. Surefire explained the need for all the available colors:

  • Amber improves contrast and does not degrade scotopic or night adapted vision.
  • Blue more clearly defines shapes in the outdoors and helps identify blood and hydraulic fluid.
  • Red improves contrast and aids in reading red-light-readable topographic maps.
  • Yellow-Green is complimentary to the color spectrum used in most cockpits.

So for those who are looking for a more purpose-driven flashlight, this may be it. This flashlight utilizes one 123A battery, is waterproof, and has an aerospace-quality aluminum body. The white LED can be used at 250 lumens (90 Minutes) or 5 lumens (20.5 Hours) for varying run time. The Aviator Dual-Output Multi-Spectrum LED has an MSRP of $298.





The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • Mrninjatoes

    Meh. No innovation and still insanely expensive.

    • Chris Moorhead

      This

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    $120 for a polymer flashlight?
    Glocktards, rejoice

    • Tom of Toms

      I somehow doubt you’d buy s $120 flashlight made of metal either.

      • Sgt. Stedenko

        My Four Sevens Maelstrom collection says otherwise.

        • Tom of Toms

          Did you need someone to come over and help play with all of those flashlights?
          Because I’m free to come over and help play with flashlights.

    • john huscio

      More like HK prices

  • Harry’s Holsters

    On the variable output models they need to add a rotating color that allows you to switch outputs. The push cap method doesn’t work well for defensive uses. It’s very easy to get low output when you want high which is the major downside of their system.

  • BravoSeven

    I know a lot of people think Surefire lights are overpriced but I’ve personally never used a better flashlight. I have thrown mine in the washing machine on several occasions, dropped from various heights, ran over them with a F-150, drenched in mud and just about any other abuse you can imagine and they have continued to work each and every time. After Hurricane Katrina I learned the value of a quality light and will not use anything else. If any of you are debating purchasing one, pull the trigger and you won’t be disappointed.

  • QuadGMoto

    I’ve been a fan of Surefire lights. But for the past several years they’re choices have been making me crazy. I have a Surefire L1 that in many ways is the perfect light for everyday use. At low output, it’s 15 lumens which is good for many uses, while it’s high of 65 is useful for things like looking into computer cases under desks, engine compartments, closets, and the like without blinding me with reflections. Even better, I can instantly go through the low to high if I need it that quick merely be pushing the tail switch harder if that’s what I need to do, but just go to low if that’s all I need.

    But now, they’ve decided that you have to go to high first, which temporarily blinds me for a while if all I need is low. And the low is so low that it isn’t generally useful. Plus, you have to spend longer in high because you have to double-click to get that low. And they have the extreme of OMG bright lights that are only really useful outdoors without an intermediate, average use level.

    I get that they’re focused on military and police, but I have to wonder how many of even those users are also bothered by the OMG bright first design and lack of intermediate brightness for many of their day to day uses.

    If they would build an update of the L1 with 15, 65 (or 100), and 400 levels with runtimes appropriate to current technology with the same type of tail switch, I would be all over that like white on rice.

    • BravoSeven

      I bought the Sidekick and I now use it more than any of my other Surefires. Have you tried it yet?

      • QuadGMoto

        No. The L1 is still perfect for most of my casual use. One of the Titans might be next.

    • pun&gun

      Having used a few lights now with firefly modes (1 lumen or less) I highly recommend it as a feature. In a pitch-black environment where your eyes are already as adjusted as you’re going to get, it’s enough to see for basic tasks without painfully searing your eyeballs or waking nearby people.

      • QuadGMoto

        That makes a lot of sense. Of course, going to 300-600 lumens first, as Surefire now does, kinda destroys such utility.

        My most recent light purchase was a Surefire Maxima headlamp. Its ability to use very low light and infinitely variable brightness makes it perfect for everything from walking out to the deer stand at O-dark-thirty to running a snowblower or lawnmower in the dark. (I’ve had to do that!)

  • 1LT Homer

    Surefire will always be the best lights. However, for much, much less money you could run a Streamlight or Inforce with marginal drop in quality.

    • pun&gun

      You get considerably more advanced technology from some considerably cheaper brands nowadays. EagTac, ArmyTek, and others are churning out lights with USB recharge ports, 1000+ lumen output, firefly modes, high CRI, variable and/or preselectable brightness, optimization for throw/flood, and more material variety (Ti, Cu, brass, etc). For the price of a cheaper Surefire, you can get a light that drastically outperforms it. For the price of an expensive Surefire, you can almost get into a custom light, and more “midtech” lights like the Prometheus Alpha are actually available at comparable prices.

  • Blake

    Spiffy. Always nice to see the latest stuff.

    Unfortunately for Surefire & their ilk, however, I have a really hard time ever seeing myself spending more than ~$50 on a flashlight.

    Maybe that makes sense for e.g. law enforcement, search & rescue, etc. folks that are a lot harder on their gear & need a lot more power. But for me personally (& everyone else I know that do not use them professionally) the plethora of “more than good enough for the average schmoe” lights available in the “half-a-C-bill” range are largely sufficient.

    This is largely thanks to companies like Cree, who have managed to massively increase both the intensity & efficiency of single LEDs to the point where a single tiny inexpensive chip does everything most people need. http://oi41.tinypic.com/6hlwth.jpg

    & wait until we start seeing products with their new NX chips in them this summer: http://www.cree.com/led-components/landing-pages/nx
    Frankly I’d put off any non-essential major flashlight purchase until I could get one of those in it…

    • pun&gun

      Dude. Thanks for the link, I was planning to get an 18650 light this year. I’ll hold off until I see how these get implemented.

  • I wish Surefire would bring back the progressive tailcap they used to use – press lightly for low power, press hard for full power.

    A 60/600 lumen light with a progressive tailcap would make a great weapon light IMO.

  • Kurt Ingalls

    really……REALLY!!!!!!!…LMAO….the “best” light is the one with good batteries….. 🙂

  • conrad

    it’s in the vault.

    • pun&gun

      …still ambiguous as to whether the screaming was coming from a woman. XD

  • CMonster 556

    Yet another article on flashlights that cost three times as much as they need to. FourSevens and Streamlight sell very nice lights at a fraction of the prices of almost everything I see advertised, er, presented in a journalistic fashion on this site.

  • Phaedrus

    Surefire is the Bose of flashlights- their stuff is decent for off the rack department store stuff but far short of SOTA. They make the best stuff that your average Reader’s Digest or Faux News fan has ever heard of but to folks with more flashlight knowledge and experience they’re simply entry level stuff priced at middle tier levels.

  • Henry Reed

    What Surefire should I mount on my MLOK rail for my 14.5″ carbine?