by Diane Spicer
Discount hiking backpacks - just another way to say cheap backpacks right?
There's a big difference between a great discount and cheap hiking gear, and I'm about to share it with you.
When backpacks are discounted, they are usually end-of-season and will sit around gathering dust if they don't find their way into a hiker's gear locker.
When backpacks are cheap, they are made of inferior materials.
This just makes sense, doesn't it?
There are perfectly legitimate reasons to buy as cheaply as you can.
And there are compelling reasons to make an investment in high quality hiking gear which stays with you season after season, such as a backpack.
You should buy a discount backpack when you:
You should buy a cheap backpack when you:
Every reputable gear store, whether on line or "real", has a bargain bin section.
Words and phrases to watch for:
Here's an example of a long list of deals at REI Co-op.
My favorite places to apply my detective skills, using that list of words I just shared, are found at the bottom of this page under "save money".
Why do I love them as sources of discount hiking backpacks?
Sometimes you have to "join" to get the best discounts, like with The Clymb.
Only you can decide if being on an email list is worth it.
Best advice for hunting for the perfect pack?
By now you've been on Planet Earth long enough to figure out that you get what you pay for.
This is starkly true with hiking gear.
You're putting your safety and comfort on the line whenever you put your feet on a hiking trail.
Why take chances with a sub-standard backpack (or any other hiking gear) that will fail to perform?
And if you score a cheap deal but have to replace the backpack, add those two costs together, multiply by the inconvenience, and see if your bottom line comes out ahead.
Can you tell I'm not a big fan of cheap low quality backpacks?
Re-read the reasons for buying one (above), and then make your decision about whether or not to "invest" in one.
Because you're buying way more than a cheap backpack - you're buying your ability to carry the ten hiking essentials to keep yourself safe.
I'm guessing you're reading this page because you're on the hunt for a hiking backpack (yes, I realize I'm a genius).
So here are a few thoughts on how to buy discount hiking backpacks, based on decades of shopping experience with full price, discount and cheap gear.
Please don't purchase a pack based on price alone.
You should also consider these variables.
Also, be really clear about how you're going to use the backpack:
You won't regret putting a little thought into your selection of the best hiking gear for your needs, I promise!
And once you have your perfect backpack, use these tips on the best packing techniques right here.
Discount Hiking Backpacks
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