I've been meaning to post something about my latest from Milky Labs, my second "MOAL": an XML behind an optic and sitting on a huge heat sink, with a customizable UI. This one is in a Gotham, and focused for a little more throw. Here's a bad iPhone picture of The MOALed Gotham along with a MOAL in a KX1 head. These are great workhorses. I like the form factor, easy to drop in a pocket and have handy. The more I use them, the more I wonder why I own all these other lights.
Size matters. Before I got these, the Milky M3 (>700 lumen, with a 5.5 degree optic) was my favorite light to take for "let's see what we can see" walks, and since I finally bought a UB3T after the Great Surefire Price Drop of 2012, I've still been using the M3. First, the Milky seems to throw better. At least, as far as I want to see, two football fields or so, the Milky does a better job of lighting stuff up than the UB3T. Also, the thing is just too big. It hardly leaves the house.
Now the MOALs have displaced the M3. We took a long road trip last month, and I had to decide what lights to take. I didn't even pack the Black Surefire Monster. I brought the M3, but the Gotham is the only light I ended up using, and I used it a lot. It's a whole lot of fun. The medium and high are very serviceable and I seldom feel the need to go into overdrive. And on max it's got plenty of reach, and it lights up everything between here and there, if you know what I mean. Nice to look at, but it's designed to be _used_.
PS: And this week this little gem arrived. Seven (7!) XPEs, in a U2 head, six white and one red, each with its own optic! This can pump out 1,000 lumen--my first 4-digit light--while the red is controlled by the stock U2A converter and selector ring, so it's like an old TV with a knob to adjust the color balance. This is going to be a lot of fun.