Muyshondt Flieger Review
Flashlights are this interesting item that most of us certainly own in some way shape or form, but are often under appreciated. Banished to live in the laundry room, only taken out to use during power outages and the occasional camping trip. Even in my personal EDC rotation, I typically will only keep one flashlight that I use sparingly. There does come a time, however, when serious power is needed; that’s where the Muyshondt Flieger comes in.
I’ve previously written about the Muyshondt Maus (check out my review HERE), the smallest light in the Muyshondt line-up and my current EDC flashlight. The Flieger is a continuation of the design style introduced on the Maus, but with a hell of a lot more power. Before I get into this review, I’d like to thank Muyshondt lights for loaning me this prototype unit for testing.
Measuring in at 4.61” long and 0.98” in diameter, and a weight of 6.14oz on the titanium version, and 7.51oz on the aluminum bronze option; the Flieger is certainly not a small light. For my flashlight carry preferences, it’s a tad too large to carry in my front pocket as I usually do, and the lack of a pocket clip makes it cumbersome to carry in a pocket at all. In my TAD jeans, it does fit quite nicely into the rear magazine/phone pocket. However I’d be more likely to carry this in a backpack. That being said, I’m sure that others who are more manly than I would be perfectly fine dropping this into their pocket as their EDC light if their job/daily life called for some serious illumination.
The body of the Flieger, unlike many flashlights in its class, is a monocoque design. Which gives this light a seriously solid feel. The only part of this light that unscrews is the tail cap, to give you access to the battery compartment. And speaking of batteries, Muyshondt lights produced a custom rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery specifically for use in the Fliger, however you could opt to use two CR123 batteries if you choose not to purchase one of the Muyshondt cells. According to Muyshondt, the 18650 cell can provide up to 400 hours of power on the Flieger’s lowest setting, and 2 hours of power running the Flieger at 500 lumens; pretty impressive. Muyshondt lights have always had an emphasis on blending runtime/efficiency vs overall output, rather than the lumen pissing contest that many flashlight manufacturers get caught up in. This blend of runtime and output makes Muyshondt lights far more usable in my opinion, as you don’t have to worry about your battery dying when you need it most.
As I mentioned earlier, the Flieger builds on the body styling that was introduced on the Maus. While the milling is quite minimal, it does do quite a lot for the light in terms of design. And for a light at this price point, those details are certainly appreciated. You’ll notice a few stylized parts on the Flieger: the box-shaped milling towards the tail cap, four grooves slightly past the center of the light followed by the logo, and a series of ridges as you approach the head of the light. Accenting the bezel and tail of the light are protective shrouds, further adding to the Flieger’s durable feel and design.
The Flieger is operated by a clicky button on the tail, with half-presses to change between the five modes. The light does not have memory, so it will turn on at the lowest setting after being off for a moment. It’s worth mentioning that the tactile feedback from this button is amazing. Each click provides a highly satisfactory and audible click, which might seem like a minor detail, but it adds a lot to the overall feel of this light, and is just another one of the small details that define the quality and price point of this flashlight.
Throughout having this test unit for the past few weeks, mostly filled with playing around my dark home, or shining the Flieger on high outdoors to see exactly how bright it is, I didn’t get the chance to utilize the Flieger to its fullest potential. This is a serious light with serious output, and truth be told, I don’t have a lot of use for it in my daily life at my office job. And the lack of pocket clip did make it difficult to take with me unless I was carrying a backpack, or left the light in my car. This being said, I am not the primary market for the Flieger. Those who truly utilize a flashlight every day at work, or go camping regularly would be the ones to benefit from the Flieger the most.
The Flieger represents the largest and most powerful light that Muyshondt lights has ever released. If you are interested in Muyshondt lights, but would like something a bit smaller for EDC uses, you might also look at the Aeon MkIII or the Maus (my favorite and personal EDC). You can take a look at the Muyshondt lineup HERE.