Reviews

L-5 Imaging Recent Product Reviews

L-5's founder, Jim Armstrong, reviews outdoor gear from a Search and Rescue perspective. Since his specialty is wilderness, night operations, the majority of these reviews are flashlights and headlamps. Many of these reviews feature SAR training exercises that are so realistic that they have, in fact, been mistaken for actual operations. If you want to see how gear holds up in the most difficult conditions, Mr. Armstrong's YouTube channel may be just the 'droid you're looking for :) Here are just a few of the most recent reviews.

This video details a three-hour advanced night Search and Rescue training exercise that also served as an ideal testbed for the new Fenix TK 20R V2 tactical flashlight.

The evaluation of the Fenix TK 30 lasted for nearly a month. The review shows the light in a variety of environments from urban parks to wilderness areas. And, if you're interested in how the light holds up to transportation and other abuse, check out the complete review. You won't be disappointed :)

This video provides an introduction to primitive techniques for night navigation and illustrates how the Cloud Defensive MCH HC flashlight can be used as a helmet-mounted light. The exercise was filmed at the LBJ Grasslands outside of Decatur, TX.

If you are looking for a small, handheld flashlight that is capable of seriously lighting up small, targeted areas downrange, then the Cloud Defensive MCH HC (high candela) light might be for you. This is the first of a two-part field test, filmed at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX.

This is the second video in a two-part review of the Fenix PD40R V2 flashlight. The video compares the PD40R V2 to the TK 16 V2. While the two lights may seem similar in terms of specs, they are rather far apart in terms of operation and target audience. This review continues the discussion of strategic vs. tactical lights and provides a detailed comparison of the two beams in a wilderness environment. This review was filmed at the LBJ Grasslands outside of Decatur, TX.

This is the first in a two-part review of the Fenix PD40R V2 flashlight. This review covers strategic vs. tactical lighting systems and illustrates a number of tests of the PD40R V2. The review was filmed at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX.

This review of the PowerTac M5-G2 Flashlight highlights many of the use cases for a free, handheld flashlight in Search and Rescue. It was filmed at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX.

Fenix HP30R V2 Headlamp

This exciting video showcases the Fenix HP30R V2 headlamp in a Search and Rescue training exercise at the LBJ Grasslands, outside of Decatur, TX. This is as close as you can get to an actual night SAR op without someone's life actually being at risk. Well, there was some risk, and that was to L-5's founder, Jim Armstrong. Check it out!