Budget Pick 2019
Outdoor Gear Type: Tents
Recommended For: Wilderness Backpacker
Award: Budget Pick 2017, Budget Pick 2018, Budget Pick 2019
The Kelty Salida 2 is an great option for a tent that is packable, shareable, and durable. It works like a tent should, and won’t destroy your wallet.
Outdoor Gear Type: Fleece Jackets
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker
The North Face Glacier ¼ Zip is like the bass player in your favorite rock band: reliable, adaptable, and doesn’t steal the show, but it pulls together your whole backpacking layering system.
Outdoor Gear Type: Sleeping Bags
The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is a budget sleeping bag loaded with convenient features for the average backpacker. Down doesn’t come at a better price unless you’re plucking the bird yourself.
Outdoor Gear Type: Sleeping Pads
Recommended For: Ultralight Backpacker
Award: Budget Pick 2017, Budget Pick 2018
The Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol’s accordion folds are classic, but the cost and weight make it an easy choice for the thrifty, gram-counting backpacker.
Recommended For: Car Camper
The Kelty Callisto 30 is a classic car camping sleeping bag with a modern touch. Think luxurious comfort plus a couples blanket. Snuggle-bots, roll out!
Laying on a cloud may seem like a luxury, but with Klymit Insulated Static V sleeping pad, even a basic backpacker on a budget can experience such comfort.
Outdoor Gear Type: Water Filters and Purifiers
The Sawyer Squeeze takes the chore of filtering water and turns it into a quick and easy process. Fill the bag, screw it on, and squeeze.
New to the outdoors? Experienced adventurer? Anyone can sleep easy on the REI Trekker 1.75 Self-Inflating sleeping pad without breaking your back or the bank.
Outdoor Gear Type: Rain Jackets
Award: Budget Pick 2017
Don’t want to spend a boatload of cash to keep a little rain off your shoulders? The Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Jacket will protect you from the elements because that’s all it was made to do.
Outdoor Gear Type: Headlamps
Recommended For: Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker
Bright enough, ultralight, and basic in its design, the Princeton Tec Byte headlamp is an excellent budget choice for non-technical backpacking trips.
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