Gear SureFire Stiletto Pro: A Great Sequel Drew Wallace January 9, 2020 We always love a good sequel. The SureFire Stiletto Pro fits the bill. If you are familiar with the original Stiletto, and a fan of the product, you will love this one. The Stiletto Pro is basically the standard Stiletto on steroids. The new version includes a number of new features and upgrades. We asked SureFire Public Relations Manager Andrew Wright about the product, he said,” “The Stiletto Pro is the big brother to the standard Stiletto. Still maintaining the awesome profile for EDC, the Pro has an aluminum body for increased durability and heat transfer. The Pro has 1,000 lumens and a new reflector, giving far greater candela and output than the standard Stiletto.” We were excited to receive a sample to walk through a side-by-side comparison. Output Let's be honest, the most critical feature of a personal light is output. With output, in lumens, we are concerned about battery life and also the ability to switch between different modes. If you are using a light for work, a lower mode is applicable for map reading, or tasks in front of you, while a high mode is preferred for targeting a person or object at distance. The Stiletto Pro has both, and is an upgrade in energy from the Stiletto. Most importantly, the Pro utilizes SureFire’s proprietary MaxVision Beam® reflector. As Wright describes, Maxvision is “created by a special faceted reflector that shapes the LED’s light into a smooth, seamless wall of light that’s perfect for close-range applications and maintaining situational awareness.” What you receive is a very clear light that exposes every detail, perfect for any application. The Stiletto Pro has three modes of high, medium, low, at lumens of 1,000, 300, and 25, respectively. A 1,000 lumens is a lot of light. As a comparison, the popular SureFire Scout light for rifles has a max output of 1,500 lumens. The Pro offers an output close to the Scout, but in a much smaller form factor. Below you can see the difference between the two models in both output, and battery life. The Stiletto Pro (top) on the low setting of 25 lumens, and the standard Stiletto (bottom) on a low setting of 5 lumens. Stiletto High: 650 Lumens/1.75 Hours Medium: 250 Lumens/2 Hours Low: 5 Lumens/30 Hours Stiletto Pro High: 1,000 Lumens/1 Hour Medium: 300 Lumens/1.5 Hours Low: 25 Lumens/23.5 Hours Form Factor Weight and size are critical components of any light for on-duty use. If you think back to the days of a police officer carrying a foot-long Maglight on their duty belt, you'll understand how far we've come. Surefire has driven home the concept of smaller, easier-to-use lights without sacrificing performance. The Stiletto Pro weighs approximately 4.0 ounces, compared to the Stiletto's 2.8 ounces. You will notice the slight weight difference if you are doing a side by side comparison, but with that weight comes enhanced durability. The Stiletto Pro is 4.5 inches long compared to the Stilleto with 4.45 inches. The Stiletto Pro boasts an all-new aerospace aluminum body and Mil-Spec hard anodized for tremendous durability. The original Stiletto was composed of a lightweight polymer with only an anodized tip. While the Stiletto is still very durable, the Pro is next level. The Stiletto Pro has a reversible Melonite-coated steel clip, to fit your deployment needs The form factor allows the user to fit the product in most pockets, and be drawn like a knife. Its Melonite-coated clip steel clip is reversible, while the standard Stiletto was not. The ability to switch the steel clip is a great option. Right-handed, I deployed the standard Stiletto and have to rotate the light to enter my natural grip. With the Stiletto Pro, I adjusted the clip so that the deployment is one motion. The ease of deployment makes a difference when performing under duress or even movement. Both models have a similar light activation mechanism that matches the anatomy in our hand. With a natural grip, the activation buttons are extremely easy to access and manipulate. Both models also have an additional ‘tactical tail switch' that deploys the high mode– perfect for using as a strobe to disorient an attacker or move a crowd. Both models use a MICRO-USB port for easy recharging. But if you don't like a light that requires recharging instead of replaceable batteries, a Stilettos isn't for you. There is a difference in price between the two models. The Stiletto Pro is $229.00 MSRP and the standard Stiletto is $109.00 MSRP. As a professional end-user, I would recommend the Stiletto Pro due to its durability, output options, and clip functionality. While the standard Stiletto is still a great option for recreational needs, the power and ruggedness of the Pro are exceptional. 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