By Cameron McKirdy
I performed a “Stress Test” on the new Coast Products HP17TAC flashlight just to see if she could survive. The light is impact, and water resistant, so I threw it on the pavement from a moving car, ran it over, and then soaked it. Amazingly, the light was just as bright after I put the hurt on it, and all of the functions still worked. It boasts 615 lumens on high, and also has a useful strobe mode for signaling and defense, plus a low mode to conserve energy.
The HP17TAC looks aggressive, and it is mean. It’s built to take punishment, with a thick aluminum casing that is heavily knurled. Meaning, there’s plenty of texture on the black body to maintain grip in any scenario. I like the thickness (1.53 inch body), and I prefer longer flashlights (13.12 inches) like this so I have seeing power in total darkness. This Coast product runs off three AAA batteries that are included, with a lengthy run time of 15 hours and 15 minutes on high. That’s incredible. How’s the tactical light look now? Here’s a picture of the cosmetic damage. Not bad considering!
According to their website, “Coast’s Pure Beam Focusing Optic System with Fingertip Speed Focus Control provides superior beam consistency from spot to flood, with no dark rings typically associated with focusing flashlights, and you can lock the beam focus in any position you want with our Beam Lock System.” I found this to be true in my series of stress tests. You can use just one finger to change the beam, making it fast, and easy to use. Plus, as you can see in the video, changing position was smooth even after trying to get sand into the bezel. This is a tactical flashlight you’d be proud to own, and something you’d likely use often. It’s lightweight, durable, powerful, and with three modes of operation it will provide the best visibility for you in a given situation. It looks badass too, even more so after you break it in like I did. Visit COAST Products for more info on the HP17TAC and other useful gear.