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    Let our knowledgeable staff help you get to your destination with all the right gear. Drop by your local shop for Osprey packs and Luggage, UPF clothing from Columbia Sportswear and Patagonia, Comfortable footwear from Merrell, Vasque, Chaco and Keen, Tilley Hats, ENO Hammocks and Accessories

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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

Campside Cooking 101 Tues. April 19th 630pm Columbia Location

Join us with our favorite Trailside chef, Bruce Cannon as he wows us with delicious easy meals for your next camp out or backpacking trip.

Palmetto Conservation Foundation Camping 101 Class Series begins Tuesday May 17th 630 Columbia Location.

Free to PCF members. Find out more at http://palmettoconservation.org/get-involved/membership/

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1215 Wayne Street
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