Streamlight PolyTac X Flashlight: Worth going in your go-bag

If you were to ask me what brand I recommend for tactical flashlights, I would tell you without hesitation, Streamlight. Streamlight offers a wide range of practical products at a reasonable price. They do their job, and they do it well. My trusted flashlight for my EDC bag is my Streamlight ProTac HL-X (you can read my review for that here). In this review, I will be covering their PolyTac X Flashlight.

Specifications

High Lumens: 600
Run Time on High: 3.50 hours
Run Time on Low: 36.00 hours
Beam Distance: 205 m
Max Candela: 11,485
Battery Type: 18650 lithium ion battery or two CR123A lithium battery
Length: 5.46 in (13.87 cm)
Body Diameter: 1.00 in. (2.54 cm)
Head Diameter: 1.25 in. (3.18 cm)
Major Diameter: 1.35 in. (3.43 cm)
Weight: 4.90 ounces (138.91 g)
Colors: Coyote, yellow, or black
Features

  • TEN-TAP® Programming allows the choice of three programs:
    1.) high/strobe/low
    2.) high only
    3.) low/medium/high
  • Removable, multi-position pocket clip
  • High-impact, super-tough nylon polymer with “Rocky Stipple” texture for a sure grip
  • IPX7; waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes; 3m impact resistance tested
  • C4® LED technology, impervious to shock with a 50,000 hour lifetime
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Photo and specifications courtesy of Streamlight

My thoughts and review

I have certain expectations when it comes to tactical flashlights, and you should too. I’m glad to say that the PolyTac X meets my requirements. This is a flashlight that I can trust to put in another bag or carry on the go despite it being bulkier than what is ideal. I have yet to have any serious issues with Streamlight’s products. All of my flashlights have been dropped and beat up from frequent use and they still run great. Like I said, Streamlight gets my nod of approval when it comes to tactical lights.


Output settings and Streamlight’s TEN-TAP Programming

600 lumens is an appreciable amount of brightness and covers a good enough distance. I run my Streamlight flashlights exclusively with the high/strobe/low programming. The highest light output is the most important output because it illuminates the most square feet in a room and the widest area when outdoors. When you need to use a light source, you need it immediately. After all, what is the point of having a high lumen flashlight if it isn’t being used to your advantage? The low output is a convenient amount of light if you happen to be working on something close-up so that you don’t blind yourself.

Momentary on/off switch

The momentary on/off feature is something I require of a tactical flashlight. Like other Streamlight flashlights, the momentary on/off switch activates with slight pressure on the on/off switch and doesn’t have an audible click. When you want your light off, you take your thumb off the switch and it will immediately turn off.

Streamlight PolyTac X Flashlight: Worth going in your go-bag

Size

The size of the flashlight is my only complaint. The PolyTac X is roughly the same size as the ProTac HL-X and only about an ounce lighter. The PolyTac X is listed at 600 lumens while the ProTac HL-X is listed at 1,000 lumens. Seeing as the PolyTac X doesn’t offer a significant advantage over the ProTac HL-X, if any at all, I would prefer to have the latter, but it is roughly double the cost. Ultimately, your budget will be the deciding factor on whether or not the PolyTac X is the flashlight for you. With that being said, the PolyTac X is an ideal size for maintaining a solid grip. I noticed that the texturing on the flashlight helps out as well, better than their other models.

Pocket clip

My only gripe about the PolyTac X is that it has a short pocket clip that doesn’t cover the entire length of the flashlight. The flashlight is already a little bulky for EDC, but the short pocket clip makes the flashlight more inconvenient to carry in your pants pocket.

Streamlight PolyTac X Flashlight: Worth going in your go-bag

The verdict 

The good
-High lumen flashlight
-Sturdy product
-TEN-TAP programming allows for customization
-Momentary on/off feature

The bad
PolyTac X is a little bulky and users might as well just grab the ProTac HL-X
-Short pocket clip

The Streamlight PolyTac X is fairly priced flashlight and comfortable for any budget. There are better lights out there from Streamlight, but the PolyTac X will suit most users just fine. At the time of writing this article, the PolyTac X is available for $40 on Amazon. Whether you need a flashlight for your go-bag or EDC, the PolyTac X would be worth considering.

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