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Questions about equipment and supplies to bring on a trip (including reviews).
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Where is the best place to get good shooes, clothing and other items for someone on a budget?
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It depends on where you live. Some cities have outdoor stores (or parts of them) that dedicate themselves to reuse, where you might get a slightly used item for a great price. Then there are discount/liquidator websites, like Sierra, Campsaver Outlet, and REI Outlet. Footwear and backpacks are probably the things I think really helps to try on multiples sizes and brands in a store to get your fit, the other things can be tested based on the return policy and your patience...
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I've recently heard from two people that the REI Used Gear store is good. REI employees inspect everything before the post it for sale. Maybe it's worth checking out: https://www.rei.com/used
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If you know what to look for and how to tell the difference between lightly used and worn out, garage sales can be a great source of bargain-priced gear. There is also a lot of junk sold too, so be sure you know what to look for or take a friend who know.
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Additionally some gear can be caught on a bargain, or homemade. There are kits and instructions on how to make quilts, tents etc. My main stove for this last trip was a photon style alcohol stove used with a Sterno Inferno cook set (picked up from Meijer for $19.99 new)
Sites like steepandcheap can help grab some gear at a bargain too. I just nabbed a sleeping pad for $34.99 and a three person tent for $109 new on clearance because the company changed the names of the gear. Normal price on sleeping pad was 79, and tent was over 200.
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And 3 person tent, I got it for a little less, and mines the grey/blue which I prefer...
https://www.steepandcheap.com/alps-moun ... luZyB0ZW50
Heres a fun one, costco $20 quilt turned into backpacking summer quilt
https://sectionhiker.com/how-to-make-a- ... ing-quilt/
Thats on my list of fun things to try...
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You might also try Craigslist -- I find good deals there on good backpacking products. The key to getting your gear is to be patient and "trade up" over the years. I spent 3-5 years working on getting my camping gear dialed in. I had a goal dropping the base weight on all my gear, but my budget wouldn't allow immediate gratification. Year by year I upgraded my gear and now feel like my kit is where I want it (of course, I am always looking!). Good luck!