The point is that for $60 plus a few bucks for food you can rent a pack, buy a bag, and have a good time. Then, if you decide you really enjoy yourself, you can invest in better gear as you see fit. Even that needn't break the bank. One of the most popular backpacking boots around now, for instance, is Montrail's Torre GTX$150 gets you a well-constructed boot that needs little break-in and offers good support for moderate loads. Another $180 buys you a light down bag like REI's Down Time 15. For $50 you can choose from an array of fine self-inflating sleeping pads. Some bargain hunting will turn up a good buy on a pack, such as the Lowe Alpine Alpamayo pack, normally $280, now just $125 at Sierra Trading Post. You'll be camping in style, without spending a ton.
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