My original title for this thread was going to be "What happened to Surefire?" but after searching past threads, I supposed it would get closed pretty quickly, also I suppose my question also apply to the industry in general too and after days of reading old threads, i still can't find an answer to my question which is:
I've been a flashaholic for the past 5-6 years, and in my beginning as a serious flashaholics, I've always looked up to Surefire for the most desirable lights, I've always dreamed of getting the must have like C3, M3 and M6, a visit to my local dealer that has almost every surefire in existence on display all the way to the hellfire makes me feels like kids in a candystore. After a few G2s, I never got round to getting those surefire.
After a couple of years of being away from the flashaholic scene, I came back looking at Surefire and feels like something is missing, the passion has gone. Sure, the company still makes quality products like it used to, and I have no problems with the price, but I get more exited at Fenix's range of products even though I feel that fenix's build quality has somewhere to go yet. Has Surefire become the new maglite?
Is it the rapid development of LEDs that has driven the pace of the flashlight industry that now seems to favors the small guys that can afford to throw out tens or twenty new products every month without caring if a few 'duds' will tarnish the brand's image? I seriously don't know.
At least, Surefire seems to have found a stable position for itself to be in, there'll always be some fresh new brand from China tomorrow that'll be the new fenix overnight, but there is only one surefire (or maglite).