SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013

Rent or Own? Making Gear Choices

Don't (always) shell out for specialty gear.

by: Kristy Holland


RENT
» Mountaineering boots Unless you’re planning seven or more alpine ascents, the $50/week rental is a bargain versus the $380 price tag. On the fence? Check with rental companies; they often sell used gear at deep discounts; one rental shop quoted us $79 for a pair.
» Expedition/winter tent Burly, weatherproof four-season tents are too heavy to carry in moderate conditions and can cost upwards of $500. Renting is smart ($79/week at lowergear.com) unless you snow camp more than once a year.

OWN
» Crampons Spiky points add safety to any snowy trek, and if you need them four times, rental fees exceed the cost of buying a pair like Kahtoola’s KTS aluminim ($149; 1 lb. 3 oz.; kahtoola.com).
» Harness You can buy a bomber adjustable model for $50, about the cost of renting one twice. Plus, the peace of mind you’ll get from knowing the history of your life-and-death safety device is priceless. (The same goes for ropes, carabiners, etc.)

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

READERS COMMENTS

Star Star Star Star Star
http://www.jersey2shopsale.com
May 12, 2013

new nfl jersey cheap, 2013 new nfl jersey sale, nfl jersey 2013, cheap baseball jerseys
http://www.jersey2shopsale.com/ sf giants jersey cheap
baseball jersey for sale, wholesale nba jerseys, wholesale nhl jerseys,
http://www.jersey2shopsale.com/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-c124/ wholesale nike nfl jerseys
,new nfl jersey wholesale
http://www.jersey2shopsale.com/MLB-Jerseys-c94/
cheap mlb jerseys, cheap nhl jersey
http://www.jersey2shopsale.com/NBA-Jerseys-c77/ cheap nba jerseys, wholesale mlb jerseys cheap nhl jerseys

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Am I missing something here?
Posted On: Apr 17, 2014
Submitted By: Ecocentric
Trailhead Register
This is my 1000th post
Posted On: Apr 17, 2014
Submitted By: bigsilk


Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions