When I saw the name Spytac on the box for the X-6 flashlight, I thought I was going to be in for testing some lock picks, fake moustaches or decoder rings. Luckily for me, I dug through the packing foam and pulled out this flashlight instead.
The Spytac X-6 is a 6061 aluminum bodied flashlight with a 1″ diameter tube body. This will weapon mount with any 1′ ring. Output on this maxes out at 600 lumens. The X-6 runs on either a pair of cr123’s or a single 18650 battery. That just about exhausts the information available on the manufacturer’s website, so here’s what else I know.
The light has high, medium, low and strobe functions. These are selected in that order using the power button, so if you want the strobe to be the function that comes on first you have to cycle through the first three and then leave it. If, like me you’re less familiar with the tech specs on a flashlight and more familiar with grunt speak, 600 lumens is equal to “ahh crap that’s bright, I’m now seeing spots…in broad daylight.” The lens cap/strike face can be rotated left or right to focus or widen the center of the beam.
A letter included in the package describes this as “the world’s toughest flashlight”. To use a term like that usually means the manufacturer has some serious confidence in their product. On to the testing!
I did a few rounds on the heavy bag using the X-6 as both a blunt tool and using the strike face. Failing that would have been catastrophic, but the X-6 was just fine. So, I moved on to carpentry. Using the X-6 as a hammer, I drove a few nails into a 2×4. The aluminum body suffered some marring as one would expect but the beam of light never faltered.
Having a background in commercial fishing, I decided to give the Spytac light a test with a flair for the arctic. I filled a gallon Ziploc bag with ice water and tossed the light in. I nestled the bag up to the corn dogs and frozen cherries in the freezer, with the light switched on. An hour later, the X-6 was still on and the bag of ice water had very little water left, the flashlight was almost entirely encased in a block of ice. Well played Spytac, well-played.
I like the X-6. Pretty simple, right? It’s light in the hand, feels (and performs) like a durable tool should. I don’t have a big problem with the price, even if $149.95 is a bit high it’s not hard to find other lights that exceed it. One area I feel could use to be addressed are the number of product details given on the website. Doing some googling to find comparative products, most other lights have a vast array of data available. Around the time I put the X-6 in the freezer I realized that despite seeing two o-rings under the bezel, I hadn’t read any details about waterproofing standards here. If Spytac is willing to put out more info on their light, I think more people could see they have a pretty tough light. Is it the world’s toughest? I’m probably not qualified to answer that, but I can say it impressed me.