Why and When to Spend More on Hiking and Backpacking Gear
By Michael Lanza
You need a new backpack, backpacking tent, rain jacket, boots, or a sleeping bag. You’ve read 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 more than two decades reviewing gear for this blog and Backpacker magazine, I’ve learned what separates 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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