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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
Color Name: Coyote
I received this as a gift and I'm immensely pleased with it. The light levels are very useful:

- White/low is plenty of light to find something at close range, white/high gives you good distance illumination.

- Blue/low is bright (enough to affect night vision IMHO) but a good compromise between white and red.

- Red/low is dim enough to not affect night vision in complete darkness.

- IR/low and high are dim, not really meant for illumination, but rather for signaling. IR/flash is a very clear beacon to IR goggles.

Ease of use is excellent: press button for low, double-tap button for flash, press and hold to cycle through the four power levels. The knob used to switch colors locks positively and is impossible to change on accident. It has a very obvious protrusion so you can switch to white or IR in complete darkness with no fuss; I forget which side red/blue are on, but I know I can easily pick *one* of them in the dark and neither will trash my night vision. Overall, the combination of controls is so simple that you can't mess it up, even under stress.

The rotating head and clip make this light trivially easy to attach to a belt or MOLLE vest. I also hold it in my mouth -- not the most comfortable, but works in a pinch.

Durability seems excellent. I haven't abused mine too much yet, but based on the build quality I see no reason why it couldn't stand up to a lot of abuse.

As for its billing as a "tactical" light: I don't agree. Based on its design it's clearly not meant as a tactical/combat light. Specifically:

- It has no momentary-on, you can't do a quick flash and move.

- It starts at low light setting, takes a second or two to get to high.

- Double-tap for flash would be unrealistic in combat.

Use another light as your primary combat light. The Sidewinder is meant for everything else. Thanks to the Sidewinder's tremendous utility, I have it near me almost all the time. Need to get another one, in fact. For work or signaling it can't be beat.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
Color Name: CoyoteVerified Purchase
I work in the Rail field and was looking for (yet another) light. I found this one and was quite impressed, purchased it right away. For rail the colors are perfect - Blue - workers, Red - Stop, White - signal or illumination. (Infrared is not used, but I have another use for that.) I cannot speak on the battery life, but the documentation looks good.

At the low light levels, you can easily read medium sized text and they are quite visible as markers. My favorite setting is the 'Strobe' setting. While this uses more power than the low setting it is much more visible.

I keep it on my vest or on my badge lanyard (around my neck) and barely notice the weight. The clip works best with Molle webbing, tight and close, but is satisfactory with a mike loop on a lot of gear. There is no clearance between the battery tube and the head assembly to clip over any significant thickness but the metal clip is very strong.

The color changing can be done one handed, if you try hard enough. Remembering the positions for the colors is easy, Red-Right, White-Back, Blue-Left.

Don't leave it in IR, you can easily run the battery out and not know it is on.

Followup a year later...

Still haven't used the first battery up. I don't use it All the time, but I wouldn't worry about the battery cost. (Good low cast batteries are available here at Amazon and at Gun Shops, DO NOT get them at the grocery/drug stores)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2010
Color Name: Coyote
I've had my Streamlight for over a year and use it often at work, home and outdoors. I really like the compactness and utility of the design. This is the multi-tool of LED lights! 3 visible LED colors (White, Red, and Blue) Holding the power button down cycles through the brightness modes and clicking it strobes the light. I'm still on the first battery since I bought it. This is a great light, wears easily on a belt, very durable and has never once failed! For more info. go to: [...]
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2010
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
Great tactical light and a drastic improvement over its sister product the Sidewinder. I've used this mounted on load bearing equipment, helmets, and as a handheld. Its a tough little light that shines brightly. The multi-function electronic switch can be a little confusing in the dark, but for the most part works. . .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2010
Color Name: CoyoteVerified Purchase
The Sidewinder Compact is a great little light.
It is like a mini, modern, crook-neck flashlight in the way it easily clips to your gear, however this is far better than one of those old things.
To change light color, all you do is lift and turn the knob on top (On my model, White, Red, Blue, and IR) rather than having to change lenses.
Holding the button down cycles through the 4 brightness levels with enough delay to easily select the desired level.
A double click selects beacon mode, causing the light to blink about 2 times per second.
Clicking the button makes very little noise and pressing it carefully makes no noise at all.
All of the visible light modes are excellent. They illuminate well for their intended uses at the varied brightness settings. The IR light illumination was dimmer than I had expected, it doesn't seem to throw the light very far even at the brightest setting. It seems best suited for near object illumination and for use as an IR beacon. Keep in mind, other than on white, the unit does not emit much light to the sides, most of it is directed straight ahead. Some sort of clip on diffuser would make it an effective omnidirectional beacon.
Despite it's minor shortcomings, this is an excellent light and I highly recommend it, especially to military and outdoorsmen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2012
Color Name: Coyote
This thing has been through hell and back so far and lasted. I love the multiple lights, modes of illumination (strobe, varrying intensity, etc.) angles, and methods to attach it. So far battery life hasn't been a problem either. I accidentally left it on in IR mode for hours and still haven't needed to change batteries. I espcially love the knob indicator for IR though, no accidental white light incidents. Plus, it has never been turned on accidentally/inadvertently either.

The only concern is how it's attached/mounted. It is smaller than it's AA version but still pushes out from the helmet more than Surefire low-profile helmet mount (though, the new articulated Surefire mount is comprable.) It's attachment to the mount is small unversal clip that hasn't broken but definitely beat/bent up some, I'm kinda waiting for it to break to see if Streamlight is good on customer service. I recommend regular checks to ensure it is fully seated and "dummy corded" to the helmet.

All in all, GREAT product and perfect for military and law enforcment uses.

Be safe and keep your head down.

SSG, USA, 13 yrs
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
If it only had a different LED other than Infrared, it would be perfect. I have no use for it but the other LED's are perfect for the intended job. I know, I know they make a model without infrared, and I knowingly bought it, so there was no false advertisement. I figured with white, blue, and red that I would have all my basic needs met, and I would have to option to purchase night vision down the road. Gives me an excuse to buy more toys later, also in an emergency situation say coast guard trying to locate me in the ocean there is a better chance of them spotting me. Not a likely situation, but I do live on the coast and have been known to fish out on boats.

Other than playing with the Sidewinder in my house, I have not field tested this light, it is of sturdy build quality, and plenty bright for most tasks, I have stashed this puppy away in my BOB (Bug out bag for the sheep that don't understand survivalist lingo) as I EDC a streamlight PT2L.

Pros are as follows

3 different visible LED lights suited for various tasks, 1 nonvisible LED infrared not very useful for the average bear

4 intensity settings for each LED and a strobe function for each.

Sturdy build quality

Lightweight

Rotating head to adjust beam to area in need of lighting

clip for attachment to pocket, hat, or other places, also has mounting hardware you may purchase seperatly.

Uses 1 cr123a lithium battery with excellent battery life

Cons are as follows

Strobe feature is slow maybe two blinks per second, not very tactical.

Infrared may or may not be useless to you

intensity starts on low and progresses to high, again not very tactical

All in all this is very easy to use, and a great product overall. I would recommend this to friends and would purchase again. I would however suggest looking through the available models before a purchase to find the LED combination that suits your needs best.

***Update***

After many trips in and out of the woods with this light and a few camping trips this has become my main light source for those times when a light is required, the Red LED has been very useful for walking in on early morning hunts without damaging your night vision and is equally good for reading without disturbing those that you sleep next to, the blue makes things like eyes and other reflective materials absolutely pop out at you and allows for following a blood trail at night as blood is very very black under the blue light, and the White LED is adequately bright for those times when your are not concered with OPSEC. The clip works very well to attach to the bill of a hat for hands free use. Bumped the review up to a full 5 stars.

Also tried the Infared led out with a friends night vision gear and on the highest intensity it works well to 100 yards for your vision, and you can be seen like a frickin beacon from at least a mile when someone is looking at you through night vision equip, could be very handy for LEO/Military use or for night rescue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2012
Color Name: CoyoteVerified Purchase
I keep this item in my GHB (get home bag) and take it when i go camping and fly fishing...

I throws a good beam for most camp chores and hiking out in the dark...

I like the size, great battery life and blue/red color options...

Varius power settings too...

I don't have much use for the IR option, but it is there...

All in all, good little piece of kit....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
Color Name: CoyoteVerified Purchase
The Streamlight Sidewinder compact is a good little light. I purchased the version with the IR light installed, but it is available with a green light, if you don't own night vision. Three levels of brightness on each setting, white, blue, red, and IR. the IR is more like a flood light and not a beam which is food for illuminating your surrounds close to your position. I would have preferred a spotlight for longer range illumination. That and the pull and twist thing to change your light choice is whynI gave it 4 stars. I think that there could be a more simple way of changing your selection rather than pulling on the black swivel and turning it to where you want it. Although I do understand why it is designed that way. This may not be a downside because once it is in position it will not change inadvertently. The brightest settings are more than adequate to light your way, whether that be red, blue or white. All are floods with white being the most visible and red being the least. The best feature of this light is its size and weight. At just a bit larger than a large Bic lighter, it is small. It can be clipped to a belt, helmet/hat, or a backpack/tactical vest. The clip is designed to lock on to MOLLE webbing. The weight is slight and will not big you down. I would recommend this light for military/LE, first responders, camping, hiking, or anyone who wants a small, powerful, feature rich light that is easy to use and carry. It would be perfect for a Bugout bag, glove box/otter box, or hurricane preparedness kit. Good little light, you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
I love this light it may not be the brightest but the functions that come with are awesome. The only down side is the IR is really weak as far as illumination goes but works great if you are using it to keep track of where your buddies are when hunting at night. It won't really provide at lot illumination to use as a primary for NVG but when you set it to the strobe feature anyone with NVG will surely be able to see you. Great Utility light not a tactical light but I will be getting more of these they are awesome.
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