Is this the first one in England? Possibly! Anyway, the SX25A6 arrived half an hour ago, remarkably quickly from the USA for standard USPS airmail. The supplier (Illumination Gear) realised they had sent me the standard version, not the neutral that I had ordered, and there is a neutral head already on its way to me. That might arrive tomorrow.
The tint looks OK to me on this one though, although I will need to get it out in the dark later on to really tell. It is definitely brighter than my LD41 and EA4W, with a much tighter and brighter hotspot than either of them.
It feels great in the hand. Heavy perhaps, compared to the others, but then it does have six eneloops in it. It feels substantial, rather than overly heavy and I certainly don't mind the weight.
The finish is almost perfect, but there is a very small flaw. It looks like one of the ridges on the head has been very slightly knocked, right on the edge, and it shows up as a shiny silver edge about 2mm long, hair thin and just noticeable to a finger nail. Not enough to bother me and I will be exchanging the head anyway, when the neutral one arrives.
I haven't had much chance to play really, and need to go out soon, but my initial thoughts are that it is a very nice flashlight! The only thing that bothers me so far is the mode selection, by twisting the head. I probably misunderstood how it worked, I expected a rotating ring, but instead the whole head including the part with the button rotates on its screw threads. That means that, in modes one or three, the button is offset around the light, from the lettering and, more importantly, from the 'finger' indentations around the body. It means that the switch position changes with respect to the perceived grip.
Edit to add some extra information:
The SX25A6 fits nicely in the LD41's supplied pouch, with the head at the top. In fact I think it fits better than the LD41 itself does! I still loathe Velcro closures though.
A loosening turn of the tailcap seems to do a lock-out. Nice bonus!
Let's have some photos - sorry about the poor quality but my camera is really old and seems to struggle with metering and focus at times.
The box and holster:
Finally, the SX25A6:
The business end:
Ready to load:
Proof that it works:
Offset button in mode 1:
Fenix LD41, Eagletac SX25A6, Nitecore EA4W, Surefire E2D LED Defender, Malkoff MD4, Quark AA, Eneloop