• Main

    Where is 2017 taking you?..

    It's a New Year full of New Adventures, New Trails and New Destinations. Time to check your Bucket List and Make It Happen! Let us help you get there with the right gear and a helpful experienced staff.

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.

Shop online!

Learn more about our Rock Solid Customer SerivceTM

Free shipping on orders

$49+

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.

  • Metro 2016
  • State

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.

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.

Shop online!

Learn more about our Rock Solid Customer SerivceTM

Follow on Facebook

From Our Blog

Sign up to receive updates!

We occasionally send product and sale updates, coupons, specials, and event info.

Receive shop specific information and promos (Select one or both)...

Twitter stream

Start the new year with a new adventure! Join CureSearch's Ultimate Hike Team as they share how you can complete... fb.me/8xPuevh13
Warm January days are a great opportunity to get away for a hike and experience the BEST VIEWS!! Maybe head up to... fb.me/1bIcGHgg1

Columbia, SC

1215 Wayne Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803.799.7571 | p
email Columbia location

Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 6:30pm
Sat: 10:00am - 6:30pm

Our Story

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