In this Klarus XT11GT review I’ll cover all of the details of this 2000 lumen tactical flashlight (in camo finish) so you can determine if it’s right for you. I took quite a few photos of the Klarus XT11 to ensure you could get a good look at the features (including beamshots).
Note: This flashlight was supplied to me by flashlightz.com for review. This is not a paid review… so I’ll tell you the pros and cons of this light. You can check out flashlightz.com socially @ instagram, facebook, and twitter).
The Klarus XT11GT is a mid-size tactical flashlight with a split tactical tail switch and a side switch. I really like flashlights with this tail switch configuration, particularly in a tactically oriented flashlight.
Why consider a Klarus tactical flashlight?
Where does Klarus fit into the tactical flashlight ecosystem? When you think mid-price range tactical flashlight the first two brands that probably come to mind are Fenix and Nitecore. I have quite a few Fenix and Nitecore flashlights. I consider the Klarus tactical flashlights to be on par with these better known manufacturers. In fact, I think from a fit, finish and feature standpoint, they may exceed these brands. If you like dual tailcap switches as much as I do, you’ll love Klarus as they incorporate this into many of their tactical flashlights.
What’s up with the camo finish?
I’m going to admit that at first I wasn’t excited by the camo finish. I’m sort of a traditionalist and I typically prefer a black finish. But after awhile it started to grow on me. And now that Magpul is offering “stealth gray” AR furniture I thought that this flashlight would be perfect for that build. Combine it with the Klarus TRS1 pressure switch and it fits perfectly on your black rifle.
Klarus XT11GT set-up out of the box
Here’s a quick breakdown of what you get with your Klarus XT11GT:
- Rechargeable Lithium battery – You charge it inside of the flashlight via a mini-USB cable. It took about 3 hours to get a full charge when I plugged it in my laptop.
- Extra O-ring seal
- Holster – A quick word about the holster… typically, these are sort of an afterthought with most flashlights. The holster for the XT11GT is really heavy duty and well done.
What makes the Klarus XT11GT so tactical?
The typical setup on most tactical flashlights has you cycling through all the lighting modes to get to the highest light output level. Typically, when you use your tactical flashlight for self-defense purposes you want to be able to easily access the highest lumens output and the strobe mode. These are the two modes that you’d use to temporarily distract/blind a threat. Klarus give you the capability to program two different tactical modes. This way you can bypass extraneous mode settings and preset your XT11GT to be ready for non-lethal self-defense.
XT11GT Standard Tactical Setting:
The standard tactical setting consists of:
- One-touch strobe (2000 lumens output)
- One-touch Turbo (2000 lumens output)
- One-touch low (10 lumens output)
The advantages of this mode are immediate access to turbo or strobe mode, while retaining a low output for reading, etc.
XT11GT Advanced Tactical Setting:
The advanced tactical setting consists of:
- One-touch Turbo
- One-touch Strobe
The advantages of this mode are immediate access to the two most defensive modes the flashlight has. The side switch is deactivated in this mode so it does reduce the functionality quite a bit.
I will share that I think the documentation supplied by Klarus is not very good when it comes to programming the flashlight. This isn’t uncommon. Most flashlights I buy don’t have the greatest documentation. So I went to the Klarus website and found some additional information. It still wasn’t clear. So thankfully, the folks that provided the flashlight for this review (Flashlightz.com) created a blog post to clear up the confusion. So follow this link for the instructions that will get your flashlight set up in the mode you need to use.
If you are a hiker or camper you’ll be interested in the Outdoor setting which consists of:
- One-touch turbo
- One-touch low
I prefer the “out of the box” setting that cycles through from Lo to Turbo would work just fine for camping and hiking.
Beamshots – just how bright is the Klarus XT11GT?
All of the beamshot photos came straight out of the camera with no enhancements aside from cropping. They were all shot with the flashlight in turbo mode (2000 lumens). For a mid-sized flashlight 2000 lumens is quite a bit of output. The throw on this flashlight is middle of the road – not too wide and not too narrow. This makes the Klarus XT11GT a great all-around tactical flashlight.
In the photo below the tree that I pointed the XT11GT at is about 100 feet away.
The base of the trees in the photo below is about 75 feet away.
The photo below is another example of the incredible brightness generated by the 2000 lumens of the XT11GT.
I took a photo of the Klarus XT11GT next to my Ruger LCP so you get an idea of just how big this flashlight is. Some may argue that this is a large tactical flashlight, but due to the narrower width of the flashlight head I was able to carry it comfortably in my jeans pocket. As I mentioned earlier, it has a great holster and that’s probably the most practical way to carry it.
The crenellated bezel can be used for striking.
The Klarus XT11GT uses a split tactical tail switch. You can depress the round switch for momentary on or to click it fully on. Depress the “tab” switch and get instant access to the strobe. The strobe deploys in turbo mode and is extremely fast and disorienting.
The LED is well centered. The XT11GT uses the CREE XHP35 HD E4 LED.
Klarus XT11GT specifications and essential data
Here are some additional specifications and features of note.
- Bezel diameter: 1.37″
- Body diameter: 1“
- Length: 5.61”
- Weight: 4.58 oz (without battery)
- Compatible with all 1” diameter gun mounting systems
During charging the side switch led will be red while charging until it turns green indicating fully charged. The digital charging system will prevent overcharging.
If the side switch led is:
- Green = fully charged
- Orange = 30%-70% charged
- Red = less than 30% charged
- Red (and flashing) = less than 10% power
The XT11GT uses a “smart” ITS temperature system control to prevent overheating. The flashlight body is designed to quickly dissipate heat as well.
Dual internal battery springs to assist with rifle recoil if weapons mounted.
IPX8 rated – waterproof down to 2 meters
Light output modes:
- Turbo – 2000 lumens (up to 50 minutes)
- High – 400 lumens (up to 3.5 hours)
- Medium – 100 lumens (up to 12 hours)
- Low – 10 lumens (up to 170 hours)
NOTE: Turbo mode is meant to be used sparingly, not for 50 minutes at a time.
The Klarus XT11GT is made out of 6061 – T6 aluminum with mil-spec HAIII anodizing.
Klarus XT11 GT Review conclusion
Do I like the Klarus XT11GT? The answer is an unequivocal YES. It scratches all of the tactical flashlight itches you might have. And if you don’t like camo you can get it in black. The only negative I could find was trying to program the flashlight with the provided instructions. But I was able to overcome that hurdle using another site for info.
I think the beamshots really tell the story. The Klarus XT11GT is super bright and it should be enough light for just about any situation you run across. It will work well as a nightstand flashlight, in your rig or on your rifle. If you need additional specs and info check out the Klarus website.