Fenix HP10 in the end
A few other models include:
- Petzl Tikka XP (or XP2)
- Fenix HP11 (although only water resistant, unlike the submersible to 2m HP10)
In the end I was torn between the first 3 (BD Spot, Coast Cree Led Lenser H7, and the Fenix HP10). I was about to purchase the HP11 at a decent price from Fenix LED Flashlights - Fenix - Fenix Tactical LED Flashlights - fenixtactical.com - fenix-led
but realised it was only waterproof to IPX-6 standard, meaning it was only spray proof. The HP10 is waterproof to 2m for 30 minutes.
As a biologist I enjoy looking for critters at night so I opted for the more powerful light knowing I would use it for years to come and it would be a good investment. The waterproofing means I can also go swimming with it at night (which I occasionally do on the reefs and creeks back in Australia).