I have some continuing thoughts about the Tri-V...

I had initially mentioned one factor of the Tri-V that had encouraged me to change the positioning of it in my hand during use. I always have used my 005 and 007 lights with the knob in the "up" position and manipulating the switch (knob) with my index finger and thumb. When I first had the chance to use one (Hickory Run State Park and fantasized Black Bear encounter--you'll have to read the appropriate thread) I wasn't as comfortable holding the Tri-V as the 007. I couldn't figure out why at the time but it was due the configuration of the three heads on the light. It wasn't until the other day (happy arrival birthday of my Tri-V) that I realized the need to grasp the light with the knob in the down position. After several days of use ( I clicked it once or twice to make sure it wasn't draining my new Surefire batteries--listening Dave? ) as my EDC, I now see that there has been a tremendous amount of effort in the "human engineering" of the light so that it is protected from possible loss of grasp at the same time positioned for instant use. The index finger wraps around the XP-G (reflector) head for a very secure grasp. Now Kid9p had pointed this out to me the other day but I wasn't listening--I'm agreeing now Ray!

What I am finding about this light is the great versitility it offers in beam configuration, color (temperature), throw and intensity. It is rapidly spoiling me in providing me with so many, many options for challenging illumination opportunities. We all have encountered situations where we would like our light (the one which we are carrying mind you!) to do something just a bit differently. We are out for a walk at night and hear something and that light which we are using in the walk needs a bit more throw for investigating that strange sound ahead. We just dropped our key to the house and find we'd like a flood to search the ground in a wide perimeter. We're trying to see what color that house is to see what it may look like on our domicile. You get the idea--the right tool for the job. Until now we had to swipe a wagon to drag along all of the lights which we needed for all the various lighting situations we'd encounter. Now I feel as though one light serves me 90% of the time. "Why not 100% of the time Karl" you might ask? Well avid readers, despite all of the accolades we have been seeing on this light, it won't do EVERYTHING.

Surprised to hear me say that? You shouldn't be. I have too many lights and I have some which will beat the Tri-V in performance in one specific application or another. If I drag out a Barn Burner I think we will all agree that it will "dust" the Tri-V in flood as well as intensity...then again, the Barn Burner sure looks strange attached to my belt now doesn't it? If I grab one the aspheric Mag lights or DEFTs no doubt their throw will leave the Tri-V behind....but, try to find that lost key without hours to spare searching the ground inch by inch and probably suffering retinal burns in the process! I can practically hide my Photon Fanatic "Killers" behind my ear but it will not serve me during a nightime walk. The clear point here is that no light will do everything the best but, this is, unquestionably, THE light which will do so many lumination tasks the best. That you can bet on.

Dave just mentioned that none of the testers has mentioned the need for any software changes. So far, I agree fully. One of the weaknesses I have is in operating different lights with different mechanisms for accomplishing the lighting itself. One has a button, another a twist, a third some side do-hickey and many of them require some user intervention to make them work properly for that "customization" we all desire. The Tri-V follows the pattern of all of Data's lights with one rotary switch controlling the on and off function as well as intensity. Now, that same one switch controls emitter selection as well as intensity and (this is the BIG ADVANTAGE!) does so without need to return to school to seek out education in programming technology! Yahoo! In the space of about 5 minutes I was able to view the video and read along with the "instructions" and get my Tri-V to perform in the exact manner I wished---on that day. The very next day I changed the configuration and didn't need therapy after doing so! What I am saying is that "customizing" this light is as simple as operating it--open the battery compartment and twist the control knob and awaaaaay we go!

More to come.....



Karl