Price £74.95 (inc delivery and batteries) From: http://www.taclight.co.uk
Tested by: Jack Baxter
As a long-term user of the superb Klarus XT10, I’ve got to admit I was a bit unsure as to what a new model could offer. The XT10 gives a 470ANSI Lumen beam for over two hours, with a unique User Interface (UI) that allows instant access to the variable frequency strobe whether the torch is on or off. No memory means that the flashlight always turns on in full-power mode – a regularly requested feature by police and military users.
The XT11 is an evolution of the 10, with the exact same UI, a very similar (but slightly beefier looking) 24.3mm diameter body (perfect for rail mounting) along with IPX-8 dust resistance and 2m waterproofing. The difference is with the output – Klarus have managed to squeeze out a huge 600ANSI lumens, with only a tiny drop in output.
The other change of note is the new, removable stainless steel strike bezel – besides looking fantastic, this tough head can be unscrewed and replaced with a range of Klarus filters – I’ll certainly be investing in the red one, as these are great for preserving your natural night-vision, but green, blue and a white diffusion are also available.
So what’s it like in use? First impressions are of a very well-made piece of kit, and my excellent experience of the XT10 just boosts my confidence that this is a quality lamp. The beam is whiter than the 10′s, and the tweaked reflector design gives a slightly better spread. It’s hard to see any difference in the long-distance reach of the beam, but the XT10 already gave a very good mix of spread and throw.
With the XT10 remaining available, you now have a choice of two rail-mountable, high performance, tactically orientated torches – the 10 costs £62.95, which is superb value for money given the performance… however, the addition of the stainless bezel, compatibility with filters and the higher power makes the £12 premium of the XT11 worthwhile.
If you’re in the market for a flashlight with this kind of performance (and it’s great both on and off the field, so no problems justifying it for the household budget!), I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Klarus range. I’ll be using this torch rigorously for the next few weeks, so expect an update, and a full comparison of runtimes and performance (yep, I’ve built a data-logging rig to test them) in an issue of Airsoft International soon…
- KLARUS XT11 Tactical Flashlight
- Removable stainless steel bezel
- Removable body clip
- Removable anti-roll tactical/ combat ring
- KLARUS heavy duty holster with belt loop and D-ring
- Spare O-rings
- User Manual with 24 Month Warranty
- 2x CR123A Batteries FREE
- Dimension: 148mm (Length), 34.9mm (Head), 24.3mm (Body)
- Weight: 132g (without battery).
- Finish: Tough, sealed body with HA Type III anodising.
- Reflector: Orange peel to provide a smooth, flawless beam and good throw.
- Lens: Toughened, ultra clear glass
Runtimes (based on 1x 18650 Battery):
1. High Mode: 600 ANSI Lumens (2.3 hrs)
2. Medium Mode: 150 Lumens (7.3 hrs)
3. Low Mode: 10 Lumens (295 hrs)
Strobe Mode: 600 Lumens (4.4 hrs)