There's a new kid in town...."--Eagles
Yup, there is!! A Cree 007 to be exact and baby, can she throw!! I chickened out of work yestreday in anticipation of the snowstorm but still had to hightail it down to Dave's Cave to pick up the latest member of the SPY family for my arsenal. I was just waiting for this "wave" of SPYs and all I have to say it ya just gotta save yer pennies for one of these newest performers! Dave did a bit of pre-Holiday fishin', dangling some of these latest creations for bait and wouldn't ya know, I took the bait! Sure glad I did!
You know, I read and read and drool over the descriptions of the newest lights and specifically the SPYs. Despite Dave's articulate renditions, there is never the same reaction as when you see one of these beauties in person. Incredible machinework, ergonomic design, simple UI (yeah, I'll admit, I sure do need it simple, just ask Dave!) --twist and the light goes on, twist some more and it outputs more....and more...and more....reverse and it goes off! Like turning the radio up to hear the tunes years ago!! Well, I digress, you folks know how these light producers operate....NOT! You only know how YOUR 007 works, and NOT a CREE-POWERED 007! Ha! Well, as I said, Dave does a pretty fair job in telling how these lights work--he otta, he designs and builds 'em. These newest have the typical concentric circles of the Crees so, if you're looking for perfection in the beam by blasting the light onto the wall, you're not gonna get it. Now, by contrast, if you're gonna actually USE this light, then you'll see that these are amazing throwers and the beam is white as the impending snowstorm!
Dave is a night owl and I'm an early bird. Last night Dave an I were in his backyard comparing beam performance between the Seoul and the Cree and the differences were clear with the Cree out-throwing by a noticible distance. Now, bleary-eyed I was at that hour (8:00 PM---tough on this old guy!) and more so, the prospect of ANOTHER SPY (), I could have been less objective than I'd like but, I was up at 5:00 AM today in the backyard, confirming what my eyes had shown me last night. It's true folks--all of that good stuff Dave wrote while casting this "bait".
I want to address some of the behind-the-scenes activities at the Data workshop. These lights are "lookers" in the sense that they sure do present well even without turning them on. What you don't see however, is the exquisite (gee, is THAT the word?) workmanship which is INSIDE the light! The perfect fit of the custom reflector sitting just right on top of that itsy-bity little LED that cranks out all of that light, the perfect soldering, the application of the heatsinking paste, the adjustment of the tightness of the knob--the entire light has the personal touch of Dave and you know they are designed, machined and assembled with as high a level of perfection as is possible. This is classic, old-time master craftsman work in the latest that technology will offer. (Wait'll I wipe the drool off the keyboard folks!) To see this assembly is quite the event and I am most appreciative to be offered the opportunity. In case you were wondering, I was going to ask Dave to put on his Keebler elf hat while putting the finishing touches on my new 007 but I didn't want to distract him. It probably would've looked out of place anyway without the Lederhosen (look it up if you don't know what they are folks!) and it was a tad too cold for them with the snow coming! Dave builds 'em folks, not elves with whom you have no contact. If any of these beauties doesn't work, Dave'll bring it back to life. I even got a tune-up on my trusty SPY 005 #0049 while I was there--needed some Data magic on the pin in the battery cap. It's my EDC since I got it and I'm never without it and, it's never stopped "ticking"---lighting the way it did on day and minute one. We have the same designer behind the 007s and they'll work for decades to come I'll wager.
One heckuva light folks, one great light! If you haven't gotten a 007 yet, now is the time. They sure ain't cheap but, neither is insurance. If you want the very best dependable, performing and looking light and don't have the 007, you need to get one. If you have one, you sure ain't got a Cree and ya better get in line--Dave takes his time building them to this level of perfection and you need one to light up the Holiday tree!
Thanks Dave for the invite, the light and the hospitality. Happy Holidays everyone!!! (Now, go e-mail Dave for a 007!!).