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Police Product Test: Pelican Products 2490 Recoil LED Light

This versatile flashlight doubles as a multi-color traffic wand.

October 31, 2010  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

Pelican Products 2490 Recoil LED Light

Pelican Products 2490 Recoil LED Light

Flashlights are an important part of your daily kit. While they are not the glitziest of gear, you depend on them to illuminate areas, search vehicles and buildings, temporarily disorient suspects, and direct traffic. In most cases you carry several lights for these tasks.

What if one light could tackle several of these tasks and do them well? Would you be interested? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Pelican 2490 Recoil LED is a light you should consider.

Pelican's 2490 runs on four AA batteries and has an output of 51 lumens. It provides useable white light out to 30 yards or so, yet it won't blind you when you're using it to search under a car seat. If you need to use the 2490 as a traffic wand, simply remove the lamp head, insert one of four colored lenses, and screw it on. You now have a traffic/marker light.

You will find the 2490 is much lighter than your heavy-duty tactical light saber because it is made from tough polymer, not machined aluminum. This means it won't weigh you down if you stick it in a cargo pocket, so you can easily carry it there for when you need a versatile light.

I like the light's on/off switch, which is an easy-to-use toggle. It positively clicks on/off but does not make sounds that could betray your location.

If you are concerned about the light's toughness, let me put your mind at ease: I stood on it (at 240 pounds I'm not a fly weight) and it didn't break.

And since this light will be used in wet weather, the lens/wand threads have an O-ring seal. While I don't suggest using this as a dive light, it will function in a monsoon. I tested mine by turning it on and hosing it down for five minutes while watering my garden. The light didn't flicker or fail. I am sure if you get out a firehose the seal could be defeated, but I only want it to survive the rain and snow like a duty light should.


EOTAC Operator Grade Emerson Folding Knife

Recently, Emerson Knives made a limited-edition knife for EOTAC Clothing. It's built to the demanding high standards that Emerson's knives are known for. Try as I might I couldn't find a knife in the Emerson line exactly like EOTAC's Operator Grade, also called the EOG-1. This knife is truly distinctive, as are Emerson's various designs.

The first thing I noticed about this knife is that it comes in the EOTAC A-TACS digital camouflage pattern. It is also available in black, OD green, or khaki. Next, I noticed the one-handed opening hole combined with the Wave opening device. The "Wave" allows you to open the knife on the edge of your pocket as you draw it out.

EOTAC Operator Grade Emerson Folding Knife

Once the blade was opened I noticed it was partially serrated (although non-serrated is also available) and it's a double V single-edged blade. This makes the knife tough enough to withstand harsh stresses to the point and the single edge reduces the chances of cutting yourself. The blade shape also is eye catching; it appears to be a blend of a scimitar and trailing point. This blade will work well for slashing, stabbing, and general cutting.

As for the G10 handles, they are textured and scalloped to give you a solid purchase in any conditions, with or without gloves. To ensure a solid grip, the liner lock, rear scallop, and Wave area of the blade are gimped. These serrations aren't overly aggressive, but they don't have to be to function well.

The last couple of items that set Emerson Knives apart from others are the virtually indestructible pocket clip and a lanyard hole that will fit 550 cord. A tough clip is something you will find very important on a daily use knife. So is a lanyard when rappelling or diving. The EOG-1 is a knife built for hard daily use and these features prove it.

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Jack Clark @ 1/12/2012 5:12 PM

You might want to go and check your research. A look at the Haix website says that the boots are 8 inches in height, not 7.

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