I have a Fenix PD30 that has been my EDC for a year now, It still looks and feels new. It has a better quality feel than my TK35 and TK15. Small, solid, good UI.
I will dare - as a newbie - to commit heresy, and say that our Maglites are the most solid, quality feeling lights. I'm not trolling; this is my honest opinion.
I'm well-aware, unfortunately, that Mag Instrument's mechanical engineering artistry has not been matched by design and electronic evolution adoptions.
However, I do have a fondness for lights, so I am slowly adding to my collection. Today's edition is a Fenix TK41 (I just got it from UPS about two hours ago). It's a great feeling light, with an "aura" of quality nearing that of Maglites. The brightness, as most of you know, blows away anything Mag has even attempted to put forth.
Maglites remain popular simply because of their strength and durability, still unmatched by nearly all other production lights. We all know their "secondary purpose," especially the 4-6 D cell pieces. (my wife's preference for a 6 D-cell Mag - above any other light - is due to fond memories from her guard days)
It may not have the best anodizing, or best components, or best output to weight ratio, but as far as raw heft, the 6D mag is hard to beat, unless of course you have a rare 7D.
Good effort there chicago x. Guess you didn't see those 8 other surefire's listed in my signature, one of which retails for well over $500.
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Its anodization texture is somehow different than other SureFires- a uniform grain & feels smooth. Seems to have slightly thicker curved glass, and fit & finish, threads & machining are all perfect. Also the parts, unlike most HA surefires, seem to be intentionally color coordinated instead of a random mix of copper, gray, green etc. Although it probably hurts more than helps with heat if it were powerful enough to matter (c2,m2,6p don't have it)- the thick bezel ring is a nice touch, & the fluted head feels like a revolver's cylinder, solid! Most perfect beam too. Unfortunately its ouptut has long since been dwarfed by single cell AA's & probably AAA's by now.
The surefire L5's body is no different than a C2 or M2, is that correct?
Mine has its own thread. Until this came along, I'd have said my Ra Twisty with 18650 compartment (somehow contributes slightly to the feel), or an Elektrolumens Blaster NG (though it actually needs modification to be as solid as it feels). A few years ago, I'd have said my Inova X5t, but the switch is kinda janky after years of use.
So yeah - it's a tossup between the Ra and the no-name brass beast.
Hands down in my book is my Surefire E2DL.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
My HDS 170T solid & a great weight,just feels like it could withstand anything thrown at it.
So far my lenslight mini. But i have two hds on the way, so it might be changing
I have always been a Fenix fan. In my opinion they have one of the best "bang for buck" ratio in terms of quality, price, and brightness. I bought my brother a Fenix TK15 last year and lets just say he is not the most "delicate" person when it comes to handling his stuff, but it still works great and he loves the User Interface on the flashlight.
I have personally owned and bought several Fenix lights: TK60, TK15, PD30, and LD01 (a perfect EDC I might add) and I have no complaints about anyone of them.
Oh yea, 4Sevens also make some great solid quality built flashlights!
I have only owned a handfull or so of lights but my sunwayman m40a feels like its built like a tank.
My 2D LED Maglite. I got it Black Friday 2011. I have 31 lights, and it's the most solid/quality feeling light IMO.
Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
Right now it's a Shiningbeam S-Mini. I had been using various Ultrafires and whatnot, but am realizing the quality I need isn't gonna come cheaply.
You don't see much appreciation for the long since eclipsed L5, but it is a nice, solid feeling light with good balance. I lucked out and cobbled one together from a L5 head I bought on closeout for a steal and a C2. Good eye Leon.
There is a balancing point for heft/durability, and then it becomes heft for the sake of heft.
HDS 140 twisty.
HDS Rotary and Surefire C2 HAIII
My Surefire M6 Incandescent. Built like a tank. (and priced like one!)
My Fenix TK35 and TK12 and TK15 immediately come to mind. Especially with 18650's inside them.
Everybody minds about their make-up, while they should be making their minds up.
My flashlight collection.
4D Maglite. Solid. Too bad has a sickly semi-focusable halogen bulb.
Any of my HDS have that feel.
Elektrolumens EDC and Big Bruiser
I am new but I am learning towards Armytek Predator.