Now for the rest of the story. The other day I received a Surefire G2X Pro test sample. Even though Surefire supplied the test flashlight, it in no way influenced my opinion on the light. Mainly because I was not the one testing the light, it was my 14 year old daughter, I was just an observer in the test. My daughter needed a compact flashlight for finding her way to the deer stand and camping trips anyway, so things worked out well there.
I’am a firm believer in testing your equipment before you need it. So what better way to test a flashlight then to use it to find our way back to the truck after getting out of the deer stand.
First Test: Before my daughter and I set out on our journey, we took the Surefire G2X Pro flashlight out of package, and made sure it worked before we headed to the woods.
Some of the things that I like about the Surefire G2X Pro:
Push button cap
First push – low output of 15 lumens, Second push – high output of 200 lumens
Specs from the Surefire website:
Max Output: 200.0 lumens
Low Output / Runtime: 15.0 lumens / 45 hours
Tactical Runtime*: 2.0 hours
Length: 5.20 inches
Bezel Diameter: 1.25 inches
Weight w/Batteries: 4.4 ounces
Batteries: 2 – 123A
Nitrolon® body, anodized aluminum bezel
Weatherproof—O-ring and gasket sealed
Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life
*Total runtime (at highest setting for multiple-output flashlights) until output drops below 50 lumens
What I did not like:
Lanyard was not included
The flashlight body has a grove for attaching a lanyard, but a metal snap ring would have been nice
My daughter and I arrived at the woods somewhere around 3:30pm or 3:45pm, and then it was another 25 – 30 minute walk to the stand. We walked down a hill, across a creek, 1/2 way up another hill, across another creek, through some woods, out to an old logging road, up another hill and finally to the stand. On the way to the stand I marked the trail with limb lights. Which are like bread ties with reflective material on one side. I put the limb lights out to make it easier for my daughter to sty on the rail on the way back to the truck.
Due to the amount of food available to the local deer, we use a timed feeder to help attract the local wildlife. I know a lot of people object to the use of feeders, but oh well, to each their own.
The feeder went off around 4:30pm, and the first deer came out around 4:45. The problem was, the deer went to the soured corn that I had set out fro hog bait. This was the first time that I had witnessed deer eating soured corn, and they seemed to like it better then the fresh corn the feeder was throwing out.
A little while later 4 more does came out of the wood line. 1 of the new does made the mistake of trying to get some soured corn. The first 2 deer were a doe and its fawn. When one of the new does tried to get some soured corn, the first doe chased the new doe away – and the fawn just kept on eating.
The deer stayed around the feed and soured corn for around 45 minutes. The sun had gone down so much my daughter and I could no longer see the deer. It was now time to gt out the stand and go back to the truck.
As we were getting out the stand, coyotes let loose with their howls. There were 2 packs and one pack was in the creek bottom where my daughter and I needed to go. We got back on the logging road and tried out the flashlight in almost pitch black darkness. I found the 15 lumens setting to be just right for following the road and trail. The 200 lumens was plenty bright to light up the wood line.
My daughter and walked down the logging road, found the first limb light and turned into the treeline. From there it was just a matter of following the limb lights.
The only wrong turn my daughter made was when the trail made a sharp turn to the right, and she kept walking straight. I pointed out to her that the trail had turned. From there she made a course correction and was back on track.
Halfway through our trip back to the truck the coyotes nearest our location let loose with another set of howls. To ease her nerves, my daughter confirmed that I had my rifle ready, which it was.
A little while later we arrived back the truck, safe and sound.
Second Test: The day started off at 4:30 when the alarm went off. After laying in bed for a few minutes I finally rolled out, found my way to the shower, washed off, put my contacts in, brushed my teeth, got dressed and headed out.
After about a 40 minute drive, I arrived at my hunting location – and it was pitch black outside. The wind had turned out of the south and clouds were being pulled in from the Gulf of Mexico. With a thick cloud cover, none of the stars or moon was visible. When the dead lights of the truck were turned off, things went dark – totally dark. It was the kind of darkness that you could not see your hand in front of your face dark.
The Surefire G2X Pro 15 at lumens setting seemed just right while walking along the trail to the stand. The light was bright enough to light up the trail, but not so bright that my eyes had to readjust to the darkness when the light was turned off.
Overall, I like the performance that the Surefire G2X Pro flashlight delivers – and in such a small package. I just need to get some paracord to make a lanyard with, and the Surefire G2X should be good to go.
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