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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.

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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.

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

Thursday, Feb 23, Columbia Location. 6:30-8:00 Backpacking 101

Thinking about upgrading from a dayhiker to an overnighter? Come learn about the basic equipment necessary, and how to pack a pack. FREE, call/email to reserve your space. Limit 15. Call 803-799-7571 or email columbia@backpackerqualitygear.com

Trailside Cooking, Thursday Mar 9th 6:30pm-8

Join our favorite Trailside Chef, Bruce Cannon, for some tastings/instruction of great new recipes to liven up your camping and backpacking menus! Limit 20. Call 803-799-7571 or email columbia@backpackerqualitygear.com

Tuesday, March 21, Columbia Location. 6:30-8:00

Thinking about tackling a long trail and need some motivation? Join us with our friend, Buddy Wier, as he discusses his journey to Thru Hike the AT. FREE, call/email to reserve your space.. Call 803-799-7571 or email columbia@backpackerqualitygear.com

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Columbia, SC 29201
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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