5 Ways to Save Big on Backpacking Gear

Don't break the bank. Our editors test buying factory-direct, searching out secondhand deals, and more.
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Hiking is a simple pastime. Buying hiking gear, less so: Getting a whole new setup can mean dropping thousands of dollars. But with a little savvy, you can save a thru-hike's worth of money. Our contributors test four different strategies for thrifty shoppers.