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I bought my E1L Outdoorsman several years ago as a Boy Scout, and it served me faithfully on many long camping trips and other shenanigans my friends and I would pull. One night, back in college, my coveted light went missing. We searched for it for hours the next day, but to no avail. It had bugged me for the last two and a half years that my light went missing, but I was somehow able to move on. Well, a while back, one of my friends who owns the house where I lost the flashlight said he figured out what had been clogging his hot tub, and he pulled out my light! It had been submerged in his hot tub and withstood the freezing temperatures and hot water of that tub for over two years. Yet, when I hit the tailcap, it still worked! This sort of reliability has only cemented my confidence and loyalty to the SureFire brand. Thanks for making such a great product!

David P.
Auburn, AL

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In the winter of 2011, my friend Craig and I were caving in an advanced caving system in West Virginia. The cave, known to many as Norman Cave System, is a wet cave system that boasts 14 miles of passages, and Craig and I were deep into the cave that night. I always carried my SureFire E1e with me (since discontinued and replaced by the E1L) as another light source in case my main beam went out. Well, while crawling through a keyhole, I dropped my E1e into a deep, 20-foot crack. As I looked through the crack, I could see my light was submerged in icy cold cave water. We were running low on battery life and had a long three-mile hike back through the bowels of the cave, so I sucked it up and left my little SureFire behind. I was legitimately sad, because I really loved that little light, and it had been such an important part of my caving gear for so many years.

In fall of 2012, Craig and I returned to the same cave. As I neared the point where I’d dropped my flashlight nearly a year ago, I reflected on that piece of equipment and how it had served me so well for so many years. Farther into the cave we found a small passage that we figured would lead to a lower level. As we descended down the 200-foot-long passage on our bellies, we came across the very hole where my E1e had fallen back in December. There, at the bottom of the hole, still submerged in cold cave water, I could see my light. I literally screamed with joy! As I pulled the light out of the water and washed the mud off, I gave its tailcap a click. To my surprise, the light immediately turned on—I was even able to use it on the rest of my adventure! Although this time I tied some 550 paracord to it first.

Great light, SureFire. You’ve got a customer for life.

Stephan P.
Palmyra, VA

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A couple of months after purchasing my new Surefire E1L Outdoorsman, I noticed that the tailcap pushbutton switch was making a strange noise every time I pressed, unlike all of my other SureFire lights that make no strange noises and are very solid. So I called SureFire Customer Service, and they were more than happy to send me out a new one to see if it would correct the problem, which it did. There was no hassling me about where I bought the light, if I had the receipt—nothing. They just asked for my name and address and very quickly shipped me a new tailcap. Quite simply, an outstanding product and legendary customer service.

Thank you very much for standing behind your product. I love all of my SureFire flashlights.

Scott C.
San Carlos, CA

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I was bicycling in Anchorage, Alaska, when I noticed a reflection in the road up ahead. It was so bright that I had to stop to see what was making such a bright reflection. To my surprise, it was a SureFire E1L Outdoorsman that had been dropped and was still on. Judging from the scuffed-up exterior and the broken pocket clip, the flashlight had clearly been run over a number of times, yet it was still working perfectly. I've had this light for two years now, and I tell everyone the story of how I came to acquire such a nice flashlight.

Randy S.
Aiken, SC


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Last January, my E1L Outdoorsman was lost in a near white-out snowstorm. A week later, I was using a tempered steel shovel to remove an eight-inch-thick ice dam from a gutter by my sidewalk. I found what I first thought was a garden-hose connector looming in the ice. I drove the point of the shovel into the end to pry it loose. When it came out, much to my surprise, it turned out to be the flashlight I'd given up on ever seeing again. I was even more surprised that worked perfectly. I think this SureFire is the toughest light I've ever owned.

Dave M.
Indianapolis, IN


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I'm an Eagle Scout and go camping quite frequently with my local Boy Scout Troop. The one thing that I always bring with me is my SureFire L2 [superseded by the LX2--Ed.] and/or my SureFire E1L Outdoorsman. These great lights have always served me well in all camping conditions. My L2 can easily light up the whole campsite. I am always amazed at how many comments I get about how bright it is. Also, I always love how these lights become the center of conversation among the younger scouts and even the adults. It's always kind of fun to gloat and be, like, "Yep, that's my flashlight."

Thanks, SureFire, for making such an awesome flashlight that can wow Boy Scouts. Keep up the good work.

Ben M.
Lebanon, OH

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I work as an EMT in an Emergency Dept. in northern Vermont. Besides my trauma shears, a cheap pen, and an extra pair of gloves, the only piece of equipment I carry on my person day to day is my trusty E1L Outdoorsman. I use the low beam to check pupillary response and have used the high beam to investigate a multitude of foreign body obstructions in any number of openings and orifices. The ER Docs are often surprised by the intensity of "that little light" when I hand them my Surefire instead of one of our 2 D-Cell plastic lights. Thanks for making a dependable product that performs flawlessly, every time.

Matt L.
Burlington, VT


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I purchased my E1L Outdoorsman about six months ago. The E1L is indeed an excellent light with small size and great output. I always carry it with me. There was a snowstorm a few nights ago in Ontario, Canada, and while I was driving home, I had a flat tire. I had to pull over and change the tire in the snowstorm on a small countryside road, surrounded by complete darkness. I clipped the E1L to the brim of my baseball cap, so I could light up the tire and have both hands free. The whole process took about half an hour, and the E1L performed its duty perfectly. It really saved me. Thanks for producing such dependable flashlights, SureFire.

Yu-Jen C.
Ontario, Canada


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While I was in a pharmacy in Haiti, I suddenly felt the ground shaking beneath me. I rushed toward the exit, thinking to myself, "Earthquake, earthquake!" It was the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010. I could see plumes of dust from crashing homes floating up in the sky as the earth shook. The following days would be in total blackout, without any electricity. That's where my E1L Outdoorsman came in handy. It was bright enough to pierce through the dark and dusty air of the pitch-black streets of Port-au-Prince. As it's not safe to sleep inside concrete houses, I used the Z61 switch I have on my E1L flashlight as a stand so it lit up my entire tent. I get a proud feeling whenever I hear someone say, "such a bright light for such a small flashlight." Thanks for making this strong and durable product. It's just what I needed in the aftermath of an earthquake.

Osner F.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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I just recently got back from vacationing in Spain with my family. Well one night we all decided to have a picnic on the beach in Valencia. We watched the sunset and my wife, father, and sister decided to go check out the surf. It being dark I handed my father my E1L Outdoorsman to navigate by. My mother and I watched them slowly make their way to the surf (which was easy because we could see the E1L's beam). As they were standing there a group of Spanish fishermen totally went wild over the light. My sister came running back and said they wanted to know what kind of light it was and where they could get one! Well, they wouldn't give the light back until they had SureFire's website address! So you may be getting a lot of inquires about your products from southern Spain soon!

Kelly M.
Sacramento, CA

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On Christmas of 2005, I met my neighbor's son he was going to Costa Rica with his girlfriend, who studies snakes. He was curious about the flashlight in my hands; I was holding a U2 Ultra. I said, "Sorry, you can't have my U2, but I can lend you my E1L Outdoorsman with an SC3 spares carrier." Two weeks later, I ran into his dad, and he said, ´Wait til you hear the story of Scott's trip." It seems they took a walk at night with a guide and some tourist to look at the wildlife. The guide's light went out, and Scott, with his SureFire, saved the day. Without it they may have stepped on some serious poisonous snakes and spiders. Scott later told me he had all of the young ladies holding onto him because he was the only one with a light. In his own words: "This light is a babe magnet!" He has since purchased an E1L for himself as I wanted mine back. Right on, SureFire.

Thierry L.
Fort Bragg, CA

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I'm an inspector and compliance consultant in the housing industry, so I'm often called upon to accompany government subcontract inspectors when they inspect my clients' properties. I can't tell you how many times one of these guys has squinted into the darkness with his crummy flashlight in hand and said he was going to cite my client for a violation he "thinks" he sees. That's when one of my SureFires helps me earn my pay. I always keep an E1L Outdoorsman on a lanyard around my neck and a U2 Ultra in my hip pocket. I remove my E1L from its lanyard, hand it to the guy, and tell him he'd better show me a clear violation before he writes one up. It often turns out that, when the inspector sees things in "a better light," he discovers he is wrong. That's because my I've already inspected the area before him, using my SureFires, and already made any repairs that were needed.

Michael G.
Monkton, MD

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My little SureFire E1L Outdoorsman survived a grueling wheat harvest season. It traveled from Electra, Texas, to Shelby, Montana, and never once failed. And now it will make the journey all over. One night I was called off from driving the truck just so the boss could use my flashlight when we had a midnight breakdown of one of the combines. When I arrived, he had a huge four-D-cell light with a faded yellow beam; I think a lighter would have given off more light. I pulled my E1L out of my pocket, and it lit up the engine compartment bright as day. With all of the rain Texas had in 2007, downtime was not an option. We replaced the part and the combine was up and running by morning. It's nice to know that my SureFire helped fix breakdowns but never had one.

Ryan R.
Sandston, VA

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A few months ago, I was in Kenya, with a medical team, working out of many of the slums outside of Nairobi. Since so many areas are without power, it is pitch black most nights. While in an area called Rongai, we had many people with infections and wounds that needed to be cleaned and treated, but without power it was almost impossible. Good thing I had my SureFire Outdoorsman. The flashlight lasted all day, providing enough light to help over 370 people who desperately needed medical attention. I ended up giving up my light to a local doctor who runs into the same issues we dealt with, on a daily basis. It's nice to know my light is still doing some good over there.

John V. Orange, CA

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My wife was insisting that our garbage disposal wasn't working properly, complaining that it was not adequately chopping up the lemon pieces she'd put in it. "Perhaps the blades are no longer sharp enough," she said. To investigate the matter, she grabbed my E1L Outdoorsman out of the kitchen drawer and promptly proceeded to accidentally drop it into the running disposal. Well, the blades were plenty sharp and did a number on my little flashlight. It may not look that pretty any longer, but, to my astonishment, it still works just fine. Thank you, SureFire, for making an outstanding flashlight.

Vincent F.
Newmarket, NH


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I'm a studio photographer who really appreciates the quality of light that your E1L Outdoorsman puts out - bright, beautiful, and smooth. I had to give a lecture on my specialty, "painting with light," so I decided to do a still life photo of oranges, in front of an audience of 60 people, and I lit it solely with my E1L. The results were great, and the audience was amazed at how well that little flashlight lit the subject.

Harold R.
West Chester, PA


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