Engineered for the tactical enthusiast and soldier alike, the American made Recon series of products are efficient and versatile. Rugged yet lightweight, both are made of sturdy aluminum. Various lens and lumen options are available, depending on your needs.
If you think the concept of multi-tasking is overrated, don't tell it to the guys who developed the patent-pending Recon. Because this long-awaited L.E.D format lets you choose from four different colors of light, depending on your needs of the moment.
The official name for this proprietary technology is D.I.A.L., which stands for Diode Illumination Adjustable Lens. Basically, this new design lets you dial in the color that'll serve you best: White for general situations, red for preserving night vision, blue for identifying fluids, and green for map reading.
It's all powered by one AA battery you can anticipate long battery life which come with the Recon. It weighs just 2.6 ounces. Yet it delivers a military ton of task-specific light, right when you need it.
I've had one one or more than 20 something years. I had one in Bosnia, Kosavo, Germany, England, Kuwait and Iraq, Still carry one every day. In my pocket. Great reliable pocket light. Have one that needs to be sent in because it's dead with battery damage, but Gerber's return policy is difficult. Still recommend. Gerber's warrantee policy may prove faulted and difficult, but when I have time I'll test it.
CW4(R), MI, USA
I bought this light while stationed on board a US Navy destroyer. For what I needed it for, it's absolutely perfect! Not real bright, but more than enough to see in a dark red lit passage way and at night just flip it to the red light so you won't mess up other Sailor's night vision. Since I retired, I use it not as much, but it's still my "go to" pocket light when I don't need much light.
I love this light because it enables me to do my job, day and night, in the best light possible. It's super light weight and is rugged even in the conditions I work in.
Would be a 5 star review other than the lack of a switch. A rubber on/off switch on the tail cap would make this zero a hero. Come on, Gerber, this is an easy fix. Make it happen.
My best piece of gear. I use it every day. its small enough to always be in my pocket and the battery never seems to die. Ive had mine for 5 years or so and I wouldn't trade it for anything. In fact im buying several more. If your hoping to light up a field youll be disappointed but if you have realistic expectations you will love it.
Very sturdy. The screw on/off function works well with one hand, and switching colors. The low light output is great for not ruining night-vision.
Something, however, happened to mine inside. Something doesn't connect right, and it doesn't reliably turn on or stay on. If I hit it, sometimes it will turn on. Hopefully I can either fix it, or return for a repair or replacement.
I'm a bowhunter and thought this light's low output (and colored lenses) would help me enter and leave the woods in pitch darkness without alarming game. It met that goal and also impressed me with its tough construction and long, long, burn time - I think I used it two years before I changed the battery. Yet Gerber on this page says it only runs 4 hours? WTH - I'd say mine will run 80 at least. I liked it so well I bought three more of them.
Twist cap on/off terrible design. If you don't loose it its always on. Light output is useless beyond being able to read a book. So close up tasks good, distant not. Modes steady on (i get it, one would hope it stays lit) Momentary on???? What screw cap on/off/on/off.... Really! Its a nice toy but almost useless otherwise. Don't kid yourself, not Military Grade.
I have had this light for 5 years. I wish i had it in the Navy: red-light great for night ops and white light great for inspections. Now I use the red light to check on my baby son at night and not wake him up...that's real tactical-ops! Everything is great about this light: compact, multiple lenses that are easy to spin through, battery lifetime, reversible clip, etc.
This light comes in handy, for whichever line of work you may be in. For me its been installing cable , internet and phone .i just clip it on my cap for excellent hands free use whether i'm up on a telephone pole. Or i'm at my other job preparing b.b.q at the Sac state fair ,for locating food in freezer, sending signals from a far. and just truly a great tool.
Can you please include the option on each product page to download a pdf file of the product which basically serves as an owner's manual.