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The 101: Your First Backpacking Pack

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Buying gear for your first backpacking trip all starts with the pack. To really enjoy your time on the trail, it’s crucial to find a backpack that fits well and suits your needs. Outside contributor Bryan Rogala is here to guide your through the basics of what to look for in a pack.

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