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Why and When to Spend More on Hiking and Backpacking Gear

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By Michael Lanza

You need a new backpack, backpacking tent, rain jacket, boots, or a sleeping bag. You’ve read some reviews. You’ve winnowed your short list to a handful of possible choices—with a significant difference in prices. That’s when you struggle with the question that pushes the frugality button in all of us: Why should I spend more?

Over the course of more than two decades testing and reviewing gear for this blog and Backpacker magazine, I’ve learned what qualities separate the expensive from the moderately priced from the cheap—and when it’s worth spending more, and when it’s not.

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2 Responses to Why and When to Spend More on Hiking and Backpacking Gear

  1. Steven   |  September 23, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Great info. Actually, I never go before hiking. I have a plane to hiking with my friends. Your hiking info gets my hiking easy. Thanks.

    • MichaelALanza   |  September 23, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Thanks, Steven, and good luck.

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