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    Summer is winding down, but you still have places to go!

    Travel, Layers, Raingear-We've got all you need to get there. Drop by and check out the Summer Sale-plenty of your favorites from Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear, Merrell and more at 40% off! New Fall merchandise arriving weekly. Come See Us!

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The Backpacker accesses, tests and stocks the best gear in the industry so that you don't have to search for it. And we back it with our expertise and our service. Quality gear. Quality service.

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South Carolina's Original Outfitter

The Backpacker Quality Gear, Inc. started in 1973 as South Carolina's first outfitter. Supporting 3 generations, The Backpacker has grown into a family business that provides the best hiking, backpacking and outdoor gear in the industry. We're more than just an outfitter, though. At The Backpacker, we're runners, paddlers, hikers, climbers, trekkers and, above all else, we're gear heads. We don't just stock outdoor equipment from your favorite brands, we actively test it.

Quality Gear. Quality Service

Whether is gear from The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Chaco, Keen, Osprey, Gregory, Vasque, Merrell, Vibram, Big Agnes, Kelty, MSR, Columbia Sportswear, Royal Robbins, Mountain Hardwear or Salomon, we wear it, we stress test it, and when it's good, we recommend it. And we back it all with our Rock Solid Customer Service.

Backpacker South Carolina We've won a lot of awards over the years as Columbia's best outfitter. Let's face it, we've been at it a long time! Whether it's the best selection of gear or the best service in town, we invite you to give the Backpacker a try and learn why we're the most celebrated outfitter in Columbia, South Carolina.

Shop the Backpacker

The Backpacker accesses, tests and stocks the best gear in the industry so that you don't have to search for it. And we back it with our expertise and our service. Quality gear. Quality service.

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Learn more about our Rock Solid Customer SerivceTM

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Sept 27th, Columbia Location. 6:30-8:30 Backpacking 101

This class will be an introduction class for the Beginnner Backpacker. How to pack your pack and essentials to carry. We will be welcoming Cullen Mann, our Regional Sales Representative with Vasque, Osprey, ThermaRest, MSR and more! Free Swag for all who attend!

This is a FREE event but you must REGISTER:

email to: columbia@backpackerqualitygear.com or call 803-799-7571.

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Columbia, SC

1215 Wayne Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 6:30pm
Sat: 10:00am - 6:00pm

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Started in 1973 by Malcolm and Lewis Jones, The Backpacker Quality Gear, Inc. became the first outfitter in South Carolina to bring high quality outdoor gear to South Carolina... continue reading