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Like computers and music players, flashlights have come a long way in the last 20 years. Now you can rent strong, hands-free lighting in a tiny package that matches the output of those giant tin-can flashlights you had as a kid.
We use this LED headlamp a lot when on the trail - it's light as a feather at under 3 ounces; fits comfortably on just about any-sized head; offers several different intensity and strobe settings; and the batteries last a long time. You can trail-blaze at night with it if need be, or it's comfortable for reading after dark when nestled in your tent. And of course, it's invaluable for the inevitable late-night bladder-relief stroll.
We also rent small battery-lanterns as a supplement - but not replacement - to this headlamp. See the lanterns we rent for more information.
These rental headlamps are popular on the trail, and are reliable and durable for their size and weight. You might have 5 flashlights at home and be tempted to just take one of those on your backpacking trip. But trust us, hands-free is the only way to go.
We ship our lights with working batteries, but we have no way of testing/knowing whether they have hardly been used or are just getting ready to die. So, always carry backups - the head lights we rent usually use AAA batteries. There are a couple of operating features of these lights you should be aware of if you've never used on before. See our more detailed instructions on using our rental headlights.