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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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  • 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

Foothills Trail Presentaion, Tuesday, April 25th 6:30pm

Grab a friend and come join us TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH, 630 PM Columbia location for a great night with FTC director Heyward Douglass! Slide presentation and latest news on the Trail! FREE-but you need to register...call us at 803-799-7571 or email columbia@backpackerqualitygear.com and let us know # attending and your phone number.

YOU KNOW THE DRILL...BRING YOUR CAMP CHAIR :)

An Overview of America's National Parks, Thursday, May 25th 6:30pm

Grab a friend and come join us Thursday, May 25th, 6:30 PM Columbia location for a presentation given by Dr. Gene Atkinson from Orangeburg showing the sheer beauty of some of America's National Parks. Through the years, Dr. Atkinson has led his hiking group on interesting hikes in about 15 of America's major national parks. This slide show will not only show vivid pictures, but show some of the hiking trails that can be taken.

FREE-but you need to register...call us at 803-799-7571 or email columbia@backpackerqualitygear.com and let us know # attending and your phone number.

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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

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