I defininely like the Manix XL more than the Military. It cuts better due to the thinner stock and wider blade, and is more durable all around (unless you pry with the middle of the blade, in which case you probably shouldn’t be using a knife for the task). I don’t use pocket clips, so I can’t comment on that, but the most common complaint I’ve seen for the XL is the clip placement, followed by the size in pocket. It’s only slightly larger than the standard manix 2, however, so if you’re fine with the Manix, or similar sized leafblades, the XL probably won’t be a problem.
I’ve never seen any blade play in any of my CBBL knives.
All that said, SE Caribbean would be my recommendation of the three if you’re fine with SE.
BRING ON THE MANIX XL SPRINTS AND EXCLUSIVES! And 10v or K390ify the Golden lineup, please.
Top 5 folders I’ve owned: Serrated Caribbean Leaf, Shaman, Manix XL, ZDP-189/CF Caly 3.5, Native LW.
Top 5 steels I’ve owned: LC200N, K390, CPM S90V, M390, CPM REX45.
Top 3 steels I want more of: M390 class, A11 class (including K390), CPM REX45.