BACKPACKER Editor Dennis Lewon Picks His Favorite Budget Gear

Spend less, hike more with a system that prioritizes affordability and durability.
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At its heart, backpacking is a simple pursuit: walk into the woods, sleep on the ground, walk out. You can do that without expensive gear. But you still need stuff, and not cheap stuff that will end up in the landfill after a season or two—that’s no way to save money. Put together a kit that will last with these low-priced picks.