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    With Christmas on the way, make your holiday shopping easy...

    We have your Favorite Outdoor Brands in store-Patagonia, The North Face, ENO Hammocks, Vasque, Osprey packs and more...Free Giftwrapping and Convenient Storefront Parking. Shop online with free shipping $50 or more...

The Backpacker is kicking off holiday hours!

  • Monday thru Friday - 10:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturdays - 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sundays thru Christmas - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

We will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve, and 3pm on New Year's Eve. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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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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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