Best in fog.

chiphead

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Went for a 3.1 mile walk in the fog/drizzle with my 6P and an Inova X0 as backup tonight. I love the way my 6P cut through the heavy mist. But for the heck of it, in the darkest part of my trek, I lit up an open field with both units. Based on things like throw, scatter (water droplets break up the beam), I've found that both handle the fog quite well. Or is this just me?
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I also found that the XO was better in thick fog than most other led lights I have. My PM6 incan works better in fog too. The lack of sidespill with the Inova optic is an advantage in foggy conditions.
 

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Try them with the light held as far away from your body as possible. That way you light up much less of "your" side of the drops and this usually will improve what you can see.
It's why fog lights are mounted low.

We were taught this in MP school many years ago with the idea that the bad guy would shoot at the light and miss us.
Almost ten years later I walked around the corner of a building where a prowler had been reported - and there he was. Pop and my arm is fully extended all by itself with my big Farallon dive light blinding him. (I was a flash-aholic before there were Mag lights, much less tactical lights.)
My one real prowler and after talking with him I let him go.
 

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the light color is also important, blue/white light is reflected by fog (and also dust i think) more than yellow/red light
 

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I've tended to stay way from colored beams unless it's a Photon Microlight. But I'm a sucker for what I call: Desert Storm Night Vision Green. When you say that a beam is reflected by fog, does this cut down on the beams thow?

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White light that is more blue will be scattered by fog and drizzle more than a yellow or redish white beam. I think that Inova's XO and T series lights narrow beams are better in fog than a wide yellowish beam however.

The beam angle is the biggest factor in fog, a wide beam of any color will be worse than a narrow beam IMHO.
 
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