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    Happy Thanksgiving from our Family to Yours!

    The Backpacker thanks you all for 44 GREAT years. This whole week we are offering 15% off ALL regular priced Men’s and Women’s Clothing, Jackets and Footwear! (We will be closed Thanksgiving Day). Also, we will begin Sunday hours 1-5 pm for your shopping convenience through Christmas, and as usual FREE GIFTWRAPPING!

    We'll be open on Sundays beginning 11/26 from 1 to 5pm through Christmas

South Carolina's Original Outfitter

We'll be open on Sundays beginning 11/26 from 1 to 5pm through Christmas

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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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.

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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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  • Ultimate Hike Update

    Ultimate Hike Update

    Bear with me a moment, I am running a bit behind...first let me tell you about the hike on March 18. We met at Harbison State Forest for a 7:30 AM start. We hiked eighteen miles.

Upcoming Events

Vista Lights - Thursday, November 16th

Vista Lights is a celebration of YOU! We are grateful to our loyal customers, old and new- We will be running specials ALL DAY LONG-extended hours, with yummy food and bevs from 530-830p. Kick off your Holiday shopping-enjoy free gift wrapping-and even pick up your gifts at a later time if you like!

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Columbia, SC

1215 Wayne Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803.799.7571 | p
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Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 6:00pm
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