The pocket clip on the T10 is placed so that the light fits down in the pocket. I'm not looking for concealment, I just don't want the portion of the light protruding from the pocket to jab me when I sit or bend, and I don't want it wearing at my belt or pants. I have a Nitecore MT1A and the pocket clip is a good example of wrong. Bezel up makes no sense to me for one thing, but in the bezel down configuration so much light sticks out of the pocket that it wears at my pants and even my belt depending on how high a particular pair of pant's pockets are. Carrying hard objects against soft fabric every day is going to cause wear but what bothers me even more is getting a jab from my EDC tools when I sit down or bend. No such issues from the T10.
|Pocket wear happens.|
|Stainless switches on the T10.|
The T10 comes in aluminum, stainless and titanium with corresponding price points, starting at $30. With a compact form factor, the right features for its class and a few extra goodies like a diffuser, it's a very good value. From all indications, including some serious torture testing on youtube, Thrunite is making quality products. With that said, we had some issues. Firstly the customer service wasn't spectacular. I ordered both an aluminum and a stainless T10 but received a Thrunite Saber 2014 in the mail. This caused some head scratching, but I got in touch with them. They never did tell me why I got the Saber or indicate that they wanted it back, but my stainless was back ordered. I guess they didn't feel it was important to let me know that it was back ordered unless I asked. In the end it took something like 15 business days to get the entire order after switching to a cool white T10S that was in stock. Next we had the pocket clip on the aluminum version bend out of shape after hooking on something. I've only ever had a pocket clip get bent on a Gerber knife. I got in the car, and when I got out, the clip was mangled. I have no idea how. The Thrunite T10 clip is nice but does seem to be made from thin stock and doesn't have that spring steel feel to it. It was easy to put back into shape and it could have been a situation where any clip would have bent. Another crew member was testing it at the time and we don't know what exactly it caught on. Regardless, that T10 stopped working anyway. It would flicker and switch modes on its own, and fail to come on altogether at other times. Thrunite quickly replaced it, but wanted a video of the problem, which felt like some annoying hoop jumping. However, it was a relatively easy way to show them that it was jacked and they made it right.
|Left to right; T10, Z2, L10C, and L10.|
The bottom line on the T10 is that it steps up the looks department for budget pocket lights and gives owners a few nice extras in the deal. The stainless steel T10S has a definite tank-like feel with a little extra weight while the aluminum version keeps the cost low. To complete the line, the titanium T10T provides high end materials without sending the price through the roof. For the CR123 fans, there is the T20 line. Thrunite certainly makes it look like they've been listening to consumers and have put together the right product and successfully adapted it for a full line of lights for a full range of consumers.
|The T10 lights we tested. The black version is the least expensive aluminum version.|
|Just a nice shot of some good looking lights.|
|This is how they are packaged and you see the diffuser included there - a nice touch.|
|Here they are pictured with the Solarforce Z2. Same form factor, much less money.|
|No reverse polarity protection, but pretty neat and clean workmanship.|
|The Saber 2014 is a keychain light which comes with two body tubes enabling AA or CR123 batteries.|