Cheap Backpacking Gear Long Term 2 (FIRST HIKE)

Cheap Backpacking Gear Long Term 2 (FIRST HIKE)

Backpacking is great in almost every way, but it can be expensive when you’re a beginner with no gear and a limited budget. To make things relatively affordable, we’ve challenged ourselves to get a full outfit of gear for $200. We researched, selected, and bought what we think are some of the most promising, ultra-low cost options out there.

We already showed you the gear we chose and explained why we chose it, in the first video ( Now it’s time to pack up the gear, throw on the backpack, and hit the trail. We’re starting out the season in usual fashion with a fully geared up day hike, but this time we’ve got new gear to test out.

What do you think? And if you end up trying any of the gear for yourself, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Final load weight 13 pounds (no food, water, extra clothing, toiletries.)

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▪ Pack →
▪ Sleeping Bag →
▪ Cook Kit →
▪ Stove →
▪ Water Filter →
▪ Headlamp →
▪ Knife →
▪ Pillow →
▪ Sleeping Pad →
▪ Compass →

Still to come: Testing the sleep system overnight.

▪ Tent →

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  1. Alejandro Perez on November 2, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the video 😃

  2. Todd Bryant on November 2, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Nice review but the video gave me motion sickness after a few minutes. Perhaps adding some stabilization might help in future videos. +Sub

  3. Judy Freeman on November 2, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I’d like to see your impression for the AmazonBasics 75 liter pack, and perhaps the smaller sizes. About the time you made video one, it was a ridiculous $43, now back to it’s normal $75 price, but still, I think, twice the pack in every way of the one reviewed.
    I am in the process of outfitting 2 new Boy Scouts. We went with the Amazon packs, a Coleman Sundome 4 person tent (Amazon $50 Christmas, we used it in snow and 20 degrees F, love it), an Ozark Trail 3 person, (cheap 4 season, good for 1 guy and his pack). and heavy 30 degree, hardly stuffable, loud when you move, but super-"cool factor" sleeved sleeping bags from Sportsman’s Guide. At 35 their comfy, at 30 they’re sleepable, Amazon $50). At 20, I think a Mylar emergency bag ($7 Amazon) over the outside would be sufficient . For mats the boys are using 1/2 inch thick soft yoga mats and a 24"x 75" piece of Reflectix (don’t get the Reflectix with the 2 inches on each side deflated for nailing, Home Depot $25). All testing done in underwear and tee shirts with watch caps. My boys are big, so extra weight of a heavy synthetic bag is not as big a concern as being too cold to have fun, or not being able to pay for summer camp because I paid for a down bag.
    It would be great if someone (maybe you) would show Boy Scout parents what to get and where to get it.
    Boots, socks, base layers and rain gear are tough to get with adequate quality without spending exorbitantly, it seems to me.

  4. Joshua Mills on November 2, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    My favorite park to test new gear! Such a great park, and where I started out as a beginner.

  5. Chris Henry on November 2, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Keep up this idea and expound on it. It’s not enough to review gear, it’s not enough to talk about budget gear without using it. This is a great start to using budget gear and reviewing it in real experiences. Rock on guys, well done! This is the kind of stuff that youtube will promote and you’ll get a ton of views on one video. At that point, everyone is wondering what your other videos are about, so come correct!

  6. Doug fam on November 2, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Nice video, I have been wanting to do something similar, but with mostly Ozark trail items. There is an ozark trail aluminum frame REI half dome knock off one sale for $27 on
    I grew up and live in gulf coast area of Texas, but love MN. Wife grew up in twin cities and we visit a couple time a year.

  7. Cloak Of Shadows on November 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Cool video. Just subbed. Thanks.

  8. Take It Outside on November 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm


  9. Slow Fox on November 2, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Good job!
    A good option for a cheap and solid pack is the LK 40 from the swedish army. It is nearly waterproof, fits almost everybody but has no hipbelt ot side pockets. Easy to add diy. Don t know if you can buy it in US. I got mine for 17€ on amazon as a bug out bag.

  10. Gio P on November 2, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Do you know which trail in Afton state park this is?

  11. MrJdiffend on November 2, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    The hip belt looks like it’s designed for smaller hikers, and I’d guess it’s too small for larger/taller people.

  12. fire7side on November 2, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Does the pack adjust for large torso? Some just make the straps adjustable but that doesn’t work very well. I’ve been looking at the hiker 3700 by Teton Sports because it adjusts for torso length and everyone says it’s comfortable.

  13. Gusto St. Cool on November 2, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I’ll be using my Coleman Peak 1: Apex 2 stove ’til I die.

  14. marinamile on November 2, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Try their pad thai, it is amazing

  15. Noah Sticha on November 2, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I love afton! You guys should plan a backpack trip on the Superior Hiking Trail

  16. Elliot Sandquist on November 2, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Just finished a hike at Afton State Park, it’s amazing to see how everything has greened out and blossomed in under a month! Keep up the great videos!

  17. JoeDoe_ Outdoors on November 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Hi I really enjoy your channel ☺ Keep it up!

  18. Camez Cym on November 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Boiling the water sterilizes it, so you should not need to use the filter, maybe you had some reason you did not mention. If it was just bits and flotsam, a handkerchief or bandana would have possibly worked

  19. lespaul36 on November 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I used a solid exterior frame pack for years that worked well for me, but not as comfortable as much as what is on the market today. But with major budget issues I am still behind times and using military alice mole mixed pack aka hellcats. I am looking to getting a pack I have played with that is large and cheap so that I can use small packs for my daughters while I hold the extra gear they need on my and my son’s shoulders. Hoping to test out in the upcoming months.

  20. Steve Z on November 2, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    check out outdoor products. i’ve used their 55l stargazer 8.0 for several years and worked great. just bought the shasta 55l and like it even better. both about 3 lbs., plenty of room and very affordable.

  21. yuting gao on November 2, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Your pack weight?

  22. Billder Inbaja on November 2, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    This is a great series so far, good job guys. A video question: Are you using any type of stabilized gimbal?

  23. Chuck Littleton on November 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Good suggestions for someone starting out. The problem I can see is if a person starts with the big three being poor quality items they could become discouraged quickly. A bad pack , sleeping bag or a leaking shelter can wreck a hike in a hurry. If those three items are not comfortable then your uncomfortable.. Plus those three choices can be used a lot of times in future years. We all know that hikers are always upgrading there equipment. Getting a better quality item will actually save money in the long run. The trick is doing a lot of research and finding the items to suit your needs.
    It’s like buying a junker car that only makes it down the block or getting one that will go miles. .

  24. Gavin on November 2, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Great video! What is he weight of all the gear?

  25. joel1239871 on November 2, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Good vid!

  26. Take It Outside on November 2, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Great video and great topic. I remember (way back when) I first started. All I had was my dad’s old pack, cheap sleeping tent, mess kit, rain proof match container, and an old compass, camp ax, and pocket knife. Added to that a sleeping bag, canteen…and a few extra clothes, toilet papper, folding shovel, and I was off and running. You did a great job with your gear. Thanks for posting <3

  27. janet lynne on November 2, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I look forward to seeing how the tent works out

  28. Lord Marshall on November 2, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    On Amazon for about $67 bucks is the Teton 3400 Scout. A brand known for inexpensive but quality gear. Many reviews on you tube. All positive

  29. Roughing It With Ruth on November 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Cool challenge! Some inexpensive stuff can be really great in my experience (I LOVE the Sawyer Mini filter).

  30. Miki Gain on November 2, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Good info in both of these videos. i was lucky enough to snag a High Siera women’s pack on sale for my daughter, myself and her two friends (they are in college and I want hiking parters …) for around $60 each after all was said and done. It pays to watch sales and look for clearance items. You can often get really good gear cheap if you are willing to snag things that are new, but retailers want to get off their shelves because they are a season or several seasons old. I watched Dick’s Sporting Goods web site for the backpacks.

    Sleep system – I like my hammock and you can get a good jungle hammock for around $35 to $40 which includes straps. Another $30 gets you a good tarp.

    Costco Double Black Diamond Packable Down Throw two pack is $50 from the web if you don’t have a membership. This gets you two lightweight down throws you can finagle into an underquilt and top quilt for a hammock and is good down to 40 degrees. Nice thing about this is you can use the UQ/TQ combo for ground camping, as well.

    Cook system – I like my Stanley Adventure pot. I got rid of the little nesting cups and the pot will hold a spork, my stove, a lighter and a small spice kit. The whole thing nests nicely in a stainless steel cup from Walmart and I made a reflextix cozy for the whole package. The stanley pot is $15 at Walmart.

    You can also get one of those pot and pan nesting sets (mine was from MallowMe) that are a bit wider, but they work well for 2 people. I got two plastic (BPA free) bowls and two plates from target that were 88 cents each. 2 bowls, a fuel canister and stove and two LMF sporks fit nicely in the pot and the plates nest nicely under it. Every fits in the stuff sack very well.

  31. Anthony Carl on November 2, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Hey bros, or should I say neighbors. I live in Afton . I just subscribed to your channel, love it. Have you shopped Sierra Trading Post in Woodbury?

  32. Slow Fox on November 2, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Oh sorry, it s not LK 40, it is LK 35.

  33. shadowdance4666 on November 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Don’t skimp on your backpacks. I saw an Osprey Exos which is similar but better for $110 on sale. You can find the better brands like Mystery Ranch or Osprey with discontinued colors or models in late winter for 1/3 the price

  34. Lord Marshall on November 2, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Check out a guy TOGR The Outdoor Gear Review. The guy hikes on the lower East Coast All year long and seems really good with products. He does a great review on it and the 4000 pack. I’ve seen other positive reviews also. Great channel to learn about products

  35. Tchubira Biron on November 2, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Very good tips. Thank you for the video… by the way, your cap is cool… where did you buy it?

  36. Uber Jim in DC on November 2, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Like the videos. Although, I could have guessed that meal would’ve been disappointing by the name. I’ve never had anything that included quinoa that was tasty, unfortunately. I’d pick something that sounds more appetizing next time. Lol. Really curious about the tent. I’m gearing back up so I can introduce my son to the outdoors. Since I’m not in my 20’s anymore, I’m researching gear. Pretty sure my tent is going to exceed more than 50% if not all of your budget that you set for the videos. Mostly because I don’t want to waste money on something cheap. I’m willing to wait a little longer to get a decent quality gear. But I’m not buying the crazy expensive stuff. Looking for that middle ground of quality vs price.

  37. Elliot Sandquist on November 2, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    ‘Not a lot to say about it. It… boiled.. water..’

  38. A.J. Hart on November 2, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Has anyone else just come to the conclusion that – regardless of manufacturer – if the belt pockets are big enough to fit ANYTHING in, that’s pretty much gravy?

  39. My Korean DreamS on November 2, 2019 at 4:42 pm

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