As I get older, injuries from overall wear and tear pile up. Coupled with the strong desire to be able to enjoy day to day activities without carrying 20 pounds of bulk with me wherever I go, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to streamline my day to day load out. I am a strong proponent of carrying some sort of white light everywhere I go. In addition to any potential “tactical” uses, I find it at least as handy from a utilitarian perspective than a folding knife. For the past couple of years, I have been carrying the Surefire E1B Backup, which has served me well. It is durable and bright, but due to its width, I still find it somewhat cumbersome to carry when wearing casual clothing that isn’t made by a brand whose name starts with a 5 and ends with an .11.
So not long ago, a buddy of mine recommended the Streamlight Microstream as an alternative. Full disclosure: this light is nowhere near as bright as what we are used to these days. At about 35 lumens, it is not going to be melting any retinas, but it is plenty of light to identify a target in most self defense situations, or get you out of a dark building in an emergency. However, it’s greatest attribute is that it is very small. at about 1/2-inch in diameter, it is half the diameter of the Backup and about a third the weight. Clipped into the corner of a pocket or even on your waistband adjacent to your holster, it disappears until you need it. Powered by a single AAA battery, you will get about 2 hours of runtime out of it and the clickie type tail cap works exactly as you might expect.
You can get one for yourself at Amazon for less than $18 shipped if you are a member of Prime.