In this Klarus XT32 review I’ll share my impressions of this flashlight including detailed photos and beamshots. I’ll cut to the chase. If you need a flashlight with a ton of throw that can be used for search and rescue, hunting applications (or anywhere you need to reach out and illuminate a specific spot from hundreds of feet away) this is your flashlight.
Who is Klarus?
Let’s start by considering the Klarus brand. It’s a premium flashlight that is similar in quality, fit, and finish to Fenix, Nitecore, Olight and Streamlight. I base this opinion on my experience using multiple models of all of the brands above.
Klarus makes a wide range of flashlights – everyday carry, general usage, tactical and hybrids. I’ve primarily used their EDC and tactical flashlights. All of the photos and beamshots in this post were taken by me.
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What makes the Klarus XT32 tick – it’s all about the reflector
The large, deep, smooth silver reflector in an oversize head narrowly focuses the beam that turns a relatively modest 1200 lumens of output into a flashlight with a range of up to 1000 meters. The beamshots you’ll see later in this post are proof of this claim.
Klarus XT32 – ergonomics
From an ergonomic perspective the Klarus XT32 is somewhat unimpressive. The flashlight body is long and skinny relative to the large flashlight head. This makes the XT32 somewhat unbalanced in the hand.
As you can see from the photo below, Klarus implemented the dual tactical tail switch on this model. I doubt many users will carry it up high at the shoulder and use the tail switches as much as they’ll carry it low and use the side switch.
I just found it uncomfotable to carry the XT32 in the traditional “tactical” mode. This makes the use of the dual tactical tail switch difficult at best due to the unbalalanced nature of the flashlight. In this case I wish Klarus had shortened the length of the flashlight and made the diameter larger.
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The Klarus XT32 has pronounced cooling fins. The side switch is large and easy to get to. The center led in the side switch changes color from green to yellow to red to indicate how much battery life is remaining.
Klarus has made the XT32 a bit more tactical by adding a crenellated strike bezel. Although not an exremely aggressive design, the bezel is an additional self-defense feature.
Klarus XT32 – light quality and beamshots
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and these beamshots say everything about the light quality of the Klarus XT32. I take all of my beamshots with my iPhone and pull them straight off the phone with no editing at all (except cropping). My iPhone camera captures beamshots that most closely resemble what I see with the naked eye.
The Klarus XT32 has an extremely narrowly focused beam. It has the greatest amount of throw of any of my flashlights. The top of the tree in the photo below is about 150 feet away.
The base of the electrical pole below is about 250 feet away. Even with a bit of ambient light the Klarus XT32 is exceptionally bright.
The top of this tree is at least 200 feet away.
The top of the tree in the image below is about 150 feet away.
The narrow throw of the Klarus XT32 concentrates an extremely narrow beam.
The focus of the light below is about 100 feet away.
Klarus XT32 Review conclusion
If you really need a long throw, narrow beam flashlight for hunting, search and rescue or any application where you need to light up something from a VERY long distance away then the Klarus XT32 should be high on your list.
Even though it’s not ergonomically well balanced, it’s still a strong performer. Just remember, this is not a small flashlight so carrying this light in a pocket won’t work. But due to the small diameter of the body it should easily slip into a backpack.