Whether your festival of choice is art, music, food, or a little of everything, it’s hard to beat crisp fall weather and a day of enjoying the outdoors with like minded people. But the right gear can make your festy experience event better.
From solar powered string lights to a backpack with a cooler pocket, Frugal Backpacker has all the gear you need for a next level experience. Check out our team’s top picks below.
1 – Luci Solar String Lights – $40.00 Add a little festiveness to your campsite with these solar powered string lights. They even have a built in USB port to keep your devices juiced up.

2 – Kelty Ranger Doug 4 Person Tent – $319.95 This funky print is sure to make your campsite the hippest spot around. Plus, it has a really cool story behind it.

3 – Columbia Fireside Sherpa Fleece – Was: $90.00 Now: $59.99 Be ready for chilly mornings and brisk evenings with an unbelievably cozy jacket at a frugal price.
4 – Simple Modern Summit 40 oz Insulated Bottle – $24.99 Stay hydrated and say “no” to single use plastics with a great insulated water bottle.
5 – Dakine Campus 25 Backpack – $50.00 This versatile pack is just the right size for keeping your valuables close by, and it has a front cooler pocket for toting frosty beverages.
6 – Klymit KSB20 Sleeping Bag – $249.95 A good night’s sleep is critical to making sure you get your money’s worth out of those festival tickets; stay toasty and comfortable with this lightweight bag.
7 – Big Agnes Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad – $69.95 No sleep system is complete without a cushy sleeping pad. We love Big Agnes’s lightweight, yet luxe, options.


Crisp fall mornings have us in the mood for s’mores and sleeping outdoors. Conveniently, our new arrivals are chock full of frugal finds that are perfect for fall camping. Below are 7 of our favorite picks, from tents to footwear, that will make your next weekend in the woods epic. Be sure to stop by your local Frugal Backpacker to explore all of our fresh fall gear, apparel, and footwear.

Columbia Benton Springs Half Snap Fleece – MSRP: $60.00 Frugal: $34.95

Evenings around the campfire call for a cozy layer. We love the classic styling of Columbia’s half snap fleeces almost as much as we love their price. The women’s style is shown, but we also half the men’s version available in several colors at the same frugal price.


Travel Chair Joey Chair – $77.95

A great chair is a camping essential. The Joey Chair packs down small for easy portability, and we’re crazy about the fun topo print.


Peregrine Radama Hub 3 Tent Combo- $219.99

This generously sized tent offers easy set up, plenty of storage pockets, and incredible value in a surprisingly lightweight package. It also includes a footprint for easy set up or fast and light options.


Sawyer Mini Water Filter – $19.99

This ultra compact filtration system weighs in at a skinny 2 ounces, and is rated to filter up to 100,000 gallons of water. It’s easy to use for everything from backcountry camping, to day hikes, to emergency situations.


Mountainsmith Scream 25 Day Pack – $79.95

This ventilated 25 liter pack is just the right size for day hikes. We love the deep water bottle pockets and abundance of accessory loops.


Olicamp Vector Stove + LT Pot Combo – $39.95

This combo is a frugal way to score everything you need for campsite cooking. The simple stove design folds down small and is easy to maintain, and the pot is perfectly sized for cooking and eating. We love the coated handles that make it easy to hold when hot.


Merrell Moab 2 Earth Day Hiker – MSRP: $120.00 Frugal: $84.00

The Merrell Moab has been around forever for a reason – it’s durable, comfortable, and an unbeatable value. The Earth Day edition takes it to the next level with an environmentally conscious construction process and plenty funky color pops.

If you like your camping gear to have plenty of personality, you’re going to love the new Ranger Doug Collection from Kelty. These tents, sleeping bags, and blankets feature boisterous purples, yellows, and oranges in a funky print reminiscent of urban camo. But this print has a rich history that may surprise you.

The Story

During the New Deal Era, the WPA Federal Poster Project printed silkscreen prints for 14 National Parks. This work was halted by the start of World War II and by 1950, most had disappeared. Today, a handful of these prints have been found, many badly damaged. Ranger Doug, the “Ranger of the Lost Art”, and his team have taken on the painstaking task of restoring these national treasures. In addition to preserving a valuable part of our outdoor culture, they’re donating a portion of their sales to our National Parks.

The General Grant Poster Restored by Ranger Doug

Kelty and Ranger Doug have teamed up to launch the Ranger Doug Collection. The fun collaboration features durable Kelty gear in a print inspired by Ranger Doug’s General Grant poster. You can check out the print that started it all (and maybe buy a copy to match your new gear) here.

The Gear

  1. Kelty Ranger Doug 30 Sleeping Bag$149.95
  2. Kelty Ranger Doug 4 Person Tent$319.95 (2 person, not pictured – $239.95)
  3. Kelty Ranger Doug Deployable Blanket $49.95
  4. Kelty Ranger Doug 30 Sleeping Bag (Womens)$149.95

The Cause

In addition to looking really fantastic, this gear does good for our planet. 1% of sales from the Kelty Ranger Doug Collection will be donated to The Student Conservation Association. SCA is an incredible organization that puts young people to work on improvements in our parks and public lands. They learn to accomplish these improvements in a way that is sustainable, teaching them conservation practices and endowing them with a life-long connection to our public lands. Through these efforts, SCA is working to train the next generation of outdoor stewards.


Stop by Frugal Backpacker to check out the whole collection, and take home a piece of our National Parks history.

At Frugal Backpacker, we believe that quality gear should be available at accessible prices. We’re super excited to be partnering with Yukon Outfitters, a brand that shares this philosophy. Yukon Outfitters was born out of frustration at the price of quality gear. They craft gear to be “rugged, yet reasonable”; that is, high in quality, but affordably priced. Plus, in a time when most manufacturers are heading overseas to cut costs, they make all of their products just over in Tennessee.
If that’s not enough reason to love Yukon Outfitters, our new hammock arrivals from them are sure to win you over. These hammocks are sized to fit two people and come in dozens of unique prints. The best part? They’re frugally priced at just $79.99 including straps. Similar hammocks that are made overseas cost around $70 for a hammock and around $30 for straps, so we think opting for a Yukon hammock is a no-brainer.
Swing by either of our locations to check them out.

How are you planning on enjoying this gorgeous spring weather? If family bonding in the outdoors is high on your list, our frugal finds for family fun will make for an unforgettable day!

1- Patagonia Kid’s Interstate Hat – MSRP: $25.00 Frugal: $20.00
These adorable hats will keep the sun out of their eyes and their manes tamed.
2- Columbia Peak Freak TeeMSRP: $22.00 Frugal: $14.99
3- Columbia Outdoor Elements Tank Frugal: $25.00
These moisture wicking shirts offer UPF 50 sun protection, to keep your little explorers protected and dry on warm days.
4- GSI Backpack BocceFrugal: $16.95 *BOGO 50% off all GSI games*
This compact bocce set can accommodate up to 4 players – perfect for the whole family.
5- Pocket Disc Sports DiscFrugal: $14.99
This bright disk can be folded to take up minimal space, and is a great way to include fido in the fun.
6- Kelty Bestie BlanketFrugal: $24.95
This lightweight throw works well for picnic spreads and chilly peaks alike.
7- Kelty LoveseatFrugal: $89.95
Portable seating doesn’t get any comfier than this roomy loveseat.
Our most coveted sample set of the season lands at our Asheville location on Saturday, March 2nd – and it’s going to be awesome! Stop by between 10am – 2pm for a first look at brand new spring samples from Patagonia. This sample set includes one of almost everything from Patagonia’s spring line for men, women, kids, and babies.
These fresh arrivals are already frugally priced at 20% off MSRP. But Saturday only, you can score them at an extra 20% off sample price. Check out our favorite finds below + stop by this weekend to check out the whole line.

Our Favorite Finds for Women

1. Low Tide Cardigan – MSRP: $89.00 Frugal Price: $71.00 Saturday Only: $56.80
2. Lost Wildflower Dress – MSRP: $129.00 Frugal Price: $103.00 Saturday Only: $82.40
3. Airdini Cap – MSRP: $35.00 Frugal Price: $28.00 Saturday Only: $22.40
4. Planing Roll Top Pack – MSRP: $129.00 Frugal Price: $103.00 Saturday Only: $82.40

Our Favorite Finds for Men

1. R1 Tech-Face Pullover MSRP: $129.00 Frugal Price: $103.00 Saturday Only: $82.40
2. Lightweight Bluffside Shirt MSRP: $69.00 Frugal Price: $55.00 Saturday Only: $44.00
3. Duckbill Trucker Hat – MSRP: $35.00 Frugal Price: $28.00 Saturday Only: $22.40
4. Hydropeak Boardshorts – MSRP: $59.00 Frugal Price: $47.00 Saturday Only: $37.60

Our Favorite Finds for Babies

1. Baby Nano Puff – MSRP: $79.00 Frugal Price: $63.00 Saturday Only: $50.40
2. Baby Graphic Tee – MSRP: $19.00 Frugal Price: $15.00 Saturday Only: $12.00
3. Baby Boardshorts – MSRP: $29.00 Frugal Price: $23.00 Saturday Only: $18.40
4. Capilene Sun Hat – MSRP: $35.00 Frugal Price: $28.00 Saturday Only: $22.40
Patagonia samples come in women’s small, men’s medium, kid’s medium, toddler 2T, and baby 24 months.

Spring break is just around the corner, are your clothes up for outdoor adventures? Our new arrivals from Columbia can handle anything your family getaway throws their way. Check out our favorite finds below + stop by to shop our whole line up.

Top Picks for Women

  1. Flash Forward Printed Anorak – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
  2. Pilsner Peak PantFrugal Price: $65.00
  3. Anytime Casual Short Sleeve Shirt – MSRP: $49.99 Frugal Price: $29.99

Top Picks for Men

  1. Flash Forward Wind Breaker – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
  2. Silver Ridge Convertible PantFrugal Price: $60.00
  3. Silver Ridge Lite Plaid ShirtFrugal Price: $60.00

Top Picks for Girls

  1. Arcadia Jacket – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
  2. Outdoor Elements TankFrugal Price: $25.00
  3. Silver Ridge Pull On ShortFrugal Price: $30.00

Top Picks for Boys

  1. Watertight Jacket – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
  2. Silver Ridge Pull On ShortFrugal Price: $30.00
  3. Outdoor Elements Baseball TeeFrugal Price: $25.00
Tidal Watersports Logo

Whether you’re brand-new into kayaking, or a paddler with years of experience under your belt, dropping thousands of dollars on a single boat is a hard decision to make. So, we here at Frugal Backpacker made your decision just a bit easier by adding Tidal Watersports’ affordable Coast and Dually kayak models to our store. You can find more information about both of the kayaks below!

The Coast

Woman in single kayak

  • Specs

    • Material: LDPE
    • Dimension: 9.64’ x 31.50” x 16.77”
    • Weight: 48 Lbs.
    • Loading capacity: 350 Lbs.
  • Features

    • 2 carry handles
    • 2 molded handles
    • 4-rod holders
    • 1 right side paddle holder
    • Rear tank well with a bungee cord
    • Two 8″ access hatches
    • One molded seat
  • Price

    • $559.00

The Dually

Tidal Watersports Dually

  • Specs

    • Material: LDP
    • Dimensions: 12.2’ x 34.96” x 17.76”
    • Weight: 75 Lb
    • Loading capacity: 500 Lb
    • UV resistant
  • Features

    • Side, front and rear handles
    • 2 paddle keepers
    • Rear tank well with a bungee cord
    • Two 8″ access hatches
    • 2+1 seat positions
    • 4-rod holders
  • Price

    • $749.00

Another great feature about Tidal Watersports’ boats is that they come with seats and paddles (1 of each for the Coast, 2 of each for the Dually); saving customers even more money! So, if you’re just now entering the paddling game, or looking to add another boat to your quiver, Tidal Watersports offer great boats at affordable prices. Come and see us at Frugal Backpacker in Westgate Shopping Center to take a look at these boats for yourself!


Jackets and Hats

Short Answer: Samples are current season items from top brands that we make available below MSRP.

But seriously, where do they come from? Producing high-quality clothing is an involved process. About a year before you see items hit stores, top brands have already designed their lines and received finished samples of the final line. They use these samples to show retail partners the new line and help them make purchasing decisions.

Why are they all one size? Typically, each brand rep will have a sample set that consists of one of each item, in a single size. Most brands produce their samples in a small or medium for women and a medium or large for men. However, sample sizing is not always precise. Occasionally you’ll find a small that fits more like an extra small or a medium that fits more like a large, so if you’re close to the marked size, try it on, you may be pleasantly surprised.

How do you get the prices so low? At the end of the showing season, brands sell their samples to us at a reduced cost and we pass the savings on to you. Often you’ll find current season items, that are just hitting other retailers, for 30-50% off MSRP.

How do I find out about new sample sets? Make sure you’re on our email list and like us on Facebook. We try to let our frugies know when we get sweet new products in, and sometimes offer exclusive deals.