It looks like a lot has happened while I’ve been away! I’m glad to see everything moving forward though, and I look forward to getting an SP10 Pro or two when it’s available.
I’m a little confused about the clip though… and looking at some of the comments, it seems I’m not the only one. So I hope something can be done about that.
The planned clip is one of the worst types I’ve seen…
The problem with 2-way clips is, basically, instead of doing one thing well, it does two things poorly.
I usually find the most practical way to carry a light is in a “button up” orientation, so the part the user grabs to unclip the light is right next to the part they use to turn the light on. That way, there is no need to flip it around after unclipping it.
Another desirable trait is being deep-carry, so the light doesn’t stick out above the end of the clip.
So I really like clips like this:
Even better if the clip is captive, meaning it can’t be pulled off. The KR4 has a captive clip designed for button-up carry:
In addition, these two good clips also have the benefit of being smooth on the outside, with nothing protruding above the long section. That keeps them from catching on things, and makes them comfortable to wear when clipped against skin… like when clipped at the waist.
The front-end Olight style shown above also has the additional benefit of letting people clip it onto the brim of a baseball cap. I assume that style of usage is why the SP10 clip was changed… but to add baseball-cap mode, it was changed in a way which is a downgrade for virtually every other scenario.
But at least it’s not as silly as Olight’s new style. They had one of the best designs on the market, but a couple years ago they switched to one of the worst designs I’ve ever used. I can’t even imagine what the designer was thinking… did they want their flashlight to double as a money clip? Or perhaps they weren’t really thinking at all, and just reused a part from another light.
So, ideally, it’d be awesome if the SP10 could use a front-end one-way clip similar to the first Olight clip I showed here. That would be an upgrade for virtually all use cases.
If it’s not feasible to move the clip to the head though, the second-best option would be to give it a 1-way deep carry tail clip like JaredM posted. This seems like the most realistic way to improve it without having to redesign the host:
The 2-way clip could still be an option for people who want to use it primarily in baseball-cap mode, but for other types of carry, even the original 1-way clip would probably be a better choice.
Here’s how I’d rank the clip styles:
Front end 1-way deep carry straight clip. (pic)
Back end 1-way deep carry straight clip. (pic)
Original SP10S clip (back end 1-way shallow, angled). (pic)
The clip currently planned for production (back end 2-way shallow). (pic)
So I hope it’s not too late to upgrade that part.