This equipment review promises to provide more information than any other helmet light review on the web. Really. When reviewing flashlights, most product testers don't bother to deal with the basics, such as proper flashlight cleaning. Even if they touch on the subject, they say something ignorant like "wipe with a soft, clean rag". The Paratus Familia product test team went one step further. We put the flashlight through its paces and tossed it in the washing machine - with a load of laundry.
Knowing that people would be using their Surefire Helmet light in all types of inclement weather, we allowed the flashlight to remain submerged in the washing machine all the way through the 45 minute heavy duty cycle. When the spin cycle was completed we retrieved the light, dried it off with a bath towel and flipped the switch. Eureka! The light worked. We were truly impressed!
O.K., so we didn't really mean to toss the flashlight in the washing machine - but sometimes these things just happen. We truly were impressed that, being submerged for the better part of an hour, the light worked flawlessly. That makes the Surefire a light worth owning!
The Surefire Helmet Light is just what it's name suggests. It comes with a bracket that easily attaches to either a PASGT Helmet or a MICH Helmet. It has 3 regular LED's and 2 blue LED's (specifically for use with Night Vision - the blue light won't disrupt your optically assisted night vision) and also has an infrared pulsing function that can only be seen when using night vision (which helps eliminate "friendly fire"). The Surefire helmet light uses one CR123 battery and has a long run time.
|Light attached to the helmet|
|The switches and battery compartment|
|Three white LED's|
Surefire helmet lights are rather expensive. If you are looking for an inexpensive, every day light, this Surefire is not for you. If, however, you are looking for a light to use when you are in full tactical gear, the Surefire helmet light just may be your answer.