Foremost with any flashlight is the light output. The Microstream is rated at 250 lumens and 1150 candela for the high beam and 50 lumens on low — on par with many larger “tactical” lights but coming from a front reflector the size of a shirt button. The tail-mounted rubber-coated switch allows you to choose between momentary and constant-on, plus the aforementioned low- and high-power settings.

The light features a machined aluminum case with a Type II MIL-Spec anodized finish available in either black or coyote. My light is the coyote version and quite stylish in its own right, fitting well into my high-society lifestyle. (Sarcasm, folks, sarcasm!) There is also a removable spring-steel pocket clip, which traditionally is the weakest link in the overall chain.