The SLIK LITE Travel Series are the first tripods to incorporate an integrated, removable LED flashlight in the center column to illuminate your camera bag while shooting at night. Perfect for air travel and backpacking, the AL-420 is super lightweight, weighing 2.2lbs and is built from Aircraft-grade aluminum. Thanks to the new Rapid Flip Mechanism locks (patent pending) the legs invert 180° for more compact storage and transportation. When fully retracted the AL-420 is less than 17 inches long making it easy to stow in a carry-on suitcase or backpack. The beauty of this tripod is that despite its compact size, it’s a full sized tripod reaching over 60 inches when fully extended. The tripod also features a gearless, detachable and invertible center column that separates to convert to a short column for low angle photography.