The Best Bargain Backpacking Gear

Get maximum value for minimum cash with these 14 standout products.
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Let's face it: Backpacking gear can be expensive. Just ask reader Keith Hepworth, who wrote in to tell us that the prices in one of our Fall Gear Guides left him feeling cold. "Based on your reviews, one could be led to think backpacking is only for the wealthy," he said. "The $101 average price for the gloves in your review is out of reach for the vast majority [of people]."

We feel your pain, Keith, Most of our coverage focuses on new gear, and the latest and greatest isn't always cheap. But that doesn't mean you need a trust fund to upgrade your kit. Read on for 14 of our favorite bargain tents, packs, sleeping bags, and more, all for $160 or less.

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