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Nobody denies that technical outdoor gear is expensive. According to Moosejaw, an online gear retailer owned by Walmart, it’s one of the primary factors contributing to the severe lack of diversity in outdoor sports and activities. It’s also the chief reason why the pair just launched two new affordable outdoor brands called Allforth and Lithic.

The two brands take on some of the industry’s biggest categories: Allforth produces clothing while Lithic makes camping and backpacking gear. Everything is designed by Moosejaw and distributed through Walmart’s well-established infrastructure (both brands are available at Walmart, but only Lithic is available at Moosejaw).

“The majority of Lithic and Allforth customers have never walked into their local gear store or visited a specialty website,” says Moosejaw CEO Eoin Comerford in a press release. “Yet, they do visit or shop their local Walmart. That is where we will introduce them to our products and our outdoor activities.”

Lithic’s Two-Person Tent costs $129.

Walmart and Moosejaw clearly believe access is wrapped up in price as much as it is physical retail. Allforth’s clothing, which includes shirts that wick and stretch and the ever-outdoorsy zip-off pants, starts at $15 and tops out at $35. Lithic’s line, which includes sleeping bags, tents, backpacking backpacks and lightweight cookware, spans from $25 to $149.

Of course, long term quality is typically a reflection of price, and that course has yet to play out for either young brand. Neither Walmart nor Moosejaw — which sells far pricier gear from Patagonia, Arc’teryx and more — are positioning Allforth and Lithic as cutting edge.

Instead, they seem to be more of a stepping stone, an entry point into the clothing and equipment that makes something like a multi-day backpacking trip more comfortable and less intimidating. And if new adventurers do get hooked on getting outside, they’ll quickly find that upgrading their gear is part of the fun.

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1Ozark Trail 9-Person Sphere Tent


This high quality sphere tent can sleep nine people comfortably — and it costs less than lots of single-person tents on the market. In addition to an easy setup, you'll be blown away every time you realize you can fit two queen airbeds inside. The mesh windows can be sealed or opened in the morning to let the sunlight in while keeping the bugs out. 

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2Ozark Trail Dual Incline Queen Airbed


Grab your queen (or buddy!) and feel like a king lounging out on this insanely cool airbed. It might look like a glamping item, but for under $100, how could you not take this with you on your next adventure? Oh, and the electric pump is internal, so you'll save time when you want to inflate the bed in a hurry so you can make the most of sleeping under the stars.

3Ozark Trail Darkrest 6-Person Instant Tent


Pop up this tent that will provide a comfortable, sheltered space for six campers. The best part? It definitely won't take six people to figure out how to set this tent up. This tent sets up in as little as 60 seconds. While we don't recommend camping without a flashlight, you can save your batteries while huddling inside of this tent — it comes with interior lighting!

4Ozark Trail Climatech Rectangular Sleeping Bag


Cozy up in this red sleeping bag with soft and breathable lining. This sleeping bag features ClimaTech fiber for added warmth, comfort, and durability, and you'll love waking up to hear the birds chirping while nestled inside of the soft interior. Plus, if you camp with your partner, you can buy two and zip them together to make one giant sleeping bag. It's perfect for camping trips or music festivals.

5Ozark Trail Lightweight Hiking Backpack 40L


This hiking backpack will hold all of your camping necessities, including clothing, snacks, and tools. The quality backpack features a waist strap to keep some of the weight off your shoulders, and the front pocket with the vertical zipper is the perfect place to stow away your cell, bug spray, lighter, and anything else you might need to grab in an instant. This pack is also hydration-bladder-compatible, so you can quench your thirst on the trail, too.

6Ozark Trail 26-Quart High-Performance Cooler


Before you head down to the river for fishing, you'll want to grab this high-performance cooler for your fresh-caught fish. Even in the most scorching temps, this high-performance cooler seals icy air in — and it's even bear-proof! Another sweet feature: There's a fish ruler on the lid, so you'll be able to tell everyone just how impressive your catch really was.

7Ozark Trail Kids Camping Airbed


We just can't get enough of this comfortable, easy-to-inflate kids' camping airbed. Your little one will love toasting a marshmallow and running back to his "spot" to munch away and reflect on his action-packed day. This airbed is lightweight and comes with a travel bag, so you have the perfect excuse to introduce your hiker to the world of backpacking. 

8Ozark Trail Lowball


This lowball might just be one of our favorite camping essentials! It's a simple item to bring, but the vacuum-insulated container is made of stainless steel. It will keep your icy drinks cold and your piping hot soups nice and warm.

9Ozark Trail Compact High Tension Side Table


This portable side table is the perfect thing to carry along on your next camping trip. The surface is high-tension, so you'll be able to pile on your plates of food and other essentials just like it was any other regular table. There are two cup holders to keep beverages secure, and the side pocket offers up some extra storage. 

10Ozark Trail Rechargeable Lantern


This lantern is the perfect thing to illuminate your next camping trip once the sun goes down. This rechargeable lantern is easy to fuel up, and there's a compartment at the base of the lantern that you can store your USB cable in. There are three brightness settings, but even when it's turned on the highest light mode, it will provide four hours of straight light.

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Bought this exact set a year or so ago on clearance. I bought two of them so that wife and I could take our two kids and try out camping and this kit is great for testing if you like camping. camping can be a bit overwhelming to get started and this gets you a great base to not break the bank if you want to go spend a weekend camping. Sure it won't survive a monsoon, but it has been fine in showers. The sleeping bags are plastic-y, but are fine. They would be the first thing i'd suggest replacing. We used this kit, found out we love camping and have since upgraded everything. People will tell you how to spend buckets of money on the best gear, but for family camping trips, coleman and walmart crap is fine (and some really good).

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Walmart Launches its Own Line of Technical Backpacking Gear

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This much every backpacker knows: Good gear can make or break a trip, and good stuff (let alone the best of the best) can be expensive. In fact, most of us probably assembled our backpacking kits over several years and made upgrades along the way. A backpack here, a tent there, a sleeping bag next, each for easily $300. The outdoor industry has always struggled with how to lower prices without sacrificing quality, yet now an unlikely player has come up with its own solution.

Today, retail giant Walmart, in collaboration with Moosejaw (which it acquired in 2018), is launching two private labels dedicated to quality, affordable outdoor equipment and technical outdoor apparel. Walmart has always stocked family camping gear—think stereotypically heavy, flimsy tents and camp stoves—but it has never forayed much further than that.

These new lines, Lithic and Allforth, go deeper. A $35 lightweight backpacking stove features three pot supports and a piezo igniter. Synthetic and down sleeping bags cost $64 and $109, respectively. The one-person tent is $88 and the three-person tent is $150. Backpacking-friendly apparel with water-wicking fabrics, two-way stretch, and pockets are priced between $15 and $35. And what’s more, when Backpacker’s editorial director got a sneak peek at the gear in January, he thought it looked comparable to similar–much pricier–gear from specialty outdoor brands.

“These brands give us entry-level products to talk to people who are new to those activities,” says Moosejaw CEO Eoin Comerford. “It’s built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts from a performance perspective, and the thought process around how we’re pricing is built around accessibility and inclusivity.”


In addition to accessible prices, the tags and branding include easy-to-understand product descriptions. Size inclusivity was also top-of-mind; women’s apparel goes up to size 20 and men’s goes up to XXL. Their overarching goal is to grow outdoor participation by decreasing barriers to entry.

Lithic is available now on and, in Moosejaw stores once they reopen, and a pilot of 50 Walmart stores across the country. Allforth is available on Comerford says they’ll adjust availability and add products, depending on the response.

“The majority of Lithic and Allforth customers have never walked into their local gear store or visited a specialty website,” Comerford says. “Yet they do visit or shop their local Walmart…The brands will also be very attractive to a seasoned backpacker conscious of keeping costs down while updating his or her gear to the latest features.”

Everything we’ve seen so far looks promising and is clearly designed with backpackers of all abilities in mind. At half the price of gear on the market, the price points are especially exciting. BACKPACKER has a handful of items with testers right now, apparel and a 65-liter pack, and we’ll report back once we’ve had a chance to see how everything holds up.

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“Light sleeping bag, not super thick but great for the price and summer use. I’m 6″1′ 220 lbs and it’s perfect. I called it a combo sleeping bag, during the hot day you pull it out, during the late fall you pull the low temperature bag. If sleeping in a secured tent then during a hot day and evening just sleep in top with a sheet to cover your self. Perfect for hiking as is light Machine washable!”

“My daughters and I love this colorful and cheery sleeping bag! The pattern is adorable, and the outside color is so bright and happy! It’s high-quality and my daughters love the Velcro on the top of the zipper. It keeps you snug while wrapped up! We are going to have many fun filled nights camping with this sleeping bag! I highly recommend!” 

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The best inexpensive camping and hiking gear for your next backcountry adventure

All humans, rich or poor, benefit from the outdoors. But let’s face it: quality outdoor equipment isn’t cheap, and assembling all the gear you need to go on an overnight backpacking trip can cost thousands of dollars if you purchase only top-end gear. So when my editor and I were discussing these issues, we decided to take on the challenge of assembling a list of the cheapest, minimally viable equipment needed for an overnight backpacking trip, and when it comes to low-cost value, Walmart comes to mind.

One of the reasons outdoor equipment can be so expensive is that a lot of research and development has gone into making gear lighter, more capable, and more compact. Essentially, better, more expensive equipment enables you to carry less weight on your back (and have a more enjoyable time), do more tasks with fewer items, and put more things in less space in your pack. So we had the idea to see what we could find at our local Walmart to drive down economic barriers to entry so the cost-conscious could also enjoy the outdoors. 

To accomplish this challenge, we assembled a list of 10 essential items you should take with you every time you enter the backcountry, and a few more items you’ll want to take for overnight camping. Our 10 essentials list includes: 1) a pocket knife, 2) a first aid kit,3) a water resistant/waterproof jacket, 4) water bottles,5) a water purification or filtration device, 6) a light source,7) shelter,8) a fire starter, 9) sun protection, and 10) a map and compass. Beyond the 10 essentials, you’ll need: hiking boots or shoes, a backpack, a sleeping bag, and a camp stove and fuel. Oh, and you’ll also want to bring some food. (Please note, this is not an inclusive list.)

To evaluate our selections, I’m going with the following criteria. For my top pick, I’m listing the best quality product at the lowest price point. And for my alternate, I’m selecting the minimally viable option that will get you by at the cheapest cost. We’ve found a way to get you kitted out with most of the essentials (except a backpack), for just under $200. Now, manage expectations: this is a bare bones list.



I’ve appreciated CRKT’s knives for years, and the M16-01S is a solid choice for under $20.00. CRKT’s MSRP is $54.99, so this is a steal. There are better knives out there, but the M16-01S will get you by. This is the same model knife that my wife took on her deployment to Iraq in 2004. It will serve you well.


You simply can’t go wrong with a Victorinox Swiss Army knife. This was one of the first knives I’ve ever owned and I still have it and use it from time to time. Despite the marketing hype in the knife world, this short 2-inch blade will be up to most camping tasks. Plus, the knife also has a nail file, small pair of handy scissors, a toothpick, and tweezers — very useful for pulling out splinters!

First Aid Kit


Of all the first aid options available at Walmart, I like this one the best. It’s small, yet contains everything you need to treat bug bites and stings, minor burns, and take care of minor wounds. The kit designer also included a few electrolyte tabs — which can come in very handy to treat heat exhaustion — and some moleskin for foot blisters.

Waterproof Jacket


Of all the waterproof jackets Walmart offers, this one appeared to be the best of the lot. Keep in mind that lightweight hardshells from top backpacking manufacturers cost about $200 to $400, and much of what you are paying for is the research they’ve done to make the fabric waterproof, breathable, functional, and comfortable. This Port Authority jacket is 100 percent polyester, has a hood, and is fully seam-sealed, which is important to keep water out. While I don’t like the zip-off hood, because zippers provide pathways for water to breach the jacket, the zipper is well below the top of the collar, so it should be ok. This one will probably get you through an overnight hike, but you might want to test it out in your shower before you go — just to be sure. (Don’t laugh. I do this with all my waterproof gear.)

Water Bottles


When it comes to water bottles, you can’t go wrong with Nalgene 32-ounce wide mouth bottles. When I first started climbing in the early 1990s, these were my go-to canteens since they are rugged and, when it’s below freezing outside, the wide mouth allows enough space to punch through forming ice to get to your water. You can also put boiling water in them and not worry about them melting on you. This variant’s temperature range is minus 158 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. It is made of Tritan, which will take a beating, and is BPA-, BPS-, and Phthalate-free. The tethered cap is also handy so you won’t drop it in between boulders or have it go bouncing downhill. I’m a fan. While I prefer Platy collapsible canteens these days, I always take at least one 32-ounce Nalgene with me on every trip.


Believe it or not, Smartwater bottles in 1 and 1.5 liters are go-to water bottles for many Appalachian Trail hikers. They’re cheap, pretty dang durable, reusable, and connect well with screw-on water filters. More about those later. If you’re going for cheap, get two or three of these and they’ll get you by, and then some.

Water Filter


When in the backcountry, it’s important to protect your gut and make sure you are drinking the cleanest water possible. While I prefer a different system when I hike, I know a lot of long-distance backpackers who swear by the Sawyer MINI filter. The MINI is Sawyer’s lightest personal water filtration system and provides 0.1 micron absolute filtration. This means it filters out 99.99999 percent of all bacteria and protozoa, and 100 percent of all microplastics. #ProTip: Don’t waste money on the Sawyer squeeze bags that go with this filter. Simply fill an empty Smartwater bottle with water from a spring and screw the Sawyer MINI to the bottle and drink right from the filter. For more on how to do this, check out this video. Please DO read the directions and be cautious about what sites you select to get your water from. The MINI is a great piece of gear that is rated to filter 100,000 gallons of water before it needs to be replaced.


Boiling your water or using purification tablets are perfectly acceptable ways to help protect your gut while staying hydrated in the backcountry. The downside to tabs over water filters is that tabs don’t filter out dirt, debris, and other floaties in your canteen. When used as directed, they can be effective. Again, be very careful about what water source you choose to get your water from in the backcountry. For more on finding potable water sources, check out this Centers for Disease Control website.

Light Source


It’s always a good idea to pack along a headlamp when you are in the backcountry, even if you are not staying overnight. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve intended on returning to my car before dark and had to use my headlamp to help me see down the trail as I was chasing daylight. This headlamp by Energizer looks pretty good. It delivers 350 lumens and will keep your hands free to set up your tent or cook a meal at night. The high mode will cast a beam about 80 feet, which is pretty decent. You can also set it on a dimmer mode to save battery life — which is a pretty cool feature at this low price point. Just pack along a few extra AAA batteries as well. I always bring backups.



Good backcountry tents are expensive, generally costing several hundred dollars. Most of that cost is in the design and lightweight fabrics. Of all the tents Walmart offers, this Coleman two-person dome tent looked best to me. Although it weighs almost nine pounds (ugh), I liked that it has a full rain fly that covers the entire footprint of the tent, which is super important during a downpour. It also has a full mesh body, which is nice when it is hot out. You can leave the fly off, and enjoy a cool summer evening while keeping the bugs out. Coleman designed this tent with a single-pole design for a quick setup. I like that it has continuous pole sleeves and a fully covered vestibule. You wouldn’t want to take this tent winter camping, but for late spring, summer, and early fall, it should do just fine.


If you are going backpacking in a forest, you should seriously consider hammock camping. When my wife and I are out on the Appalachian Trail in the spring, summer, and fall, we leave our Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 tent at home and sleep in our Warbonnet XLC hammocks. We beta-tested this idea a few summers ago with cheap Walmart hammocks and they worked amazingly well. This Equip One hammock is rated to 400 pounds and packs down pretty small. It’s intended for one person, but, inevitably, your hiking partner will also want to sit in it with you because they are just so comfy. I dig that this hammock is only 1.4 pounds and it comes with a hanging hit of two rope straps and two carabiners. Just know there’s a bit of an art to hanging hammocks. Don’t be intimidated. There are plenty of videos on YouTube to show you how. Know that when you sleep in a hammock, you are being subjected to air cooling all around your body — so put your sleeping pad in the hammock and lay on it. Also, bring a 9- x 9-foot tarp and 50 feet of paracord and two tent stakes with you. If rain threatens, you’ll be able to put it up over your hammock and stay dry.



My camp stove has a piezoelectric igniter, but I always carry a tube of waterproof matches with me just in case. These babies have saved many lives over the years and they are clutch when you might need to light a fire in the wind and rain in a survival situation. I highly recommend windproof matches for any backcountry trip.

Sun Protection


Always take sunscreen along when backpacking, because getting sunburned sucks and can make a multi-day trip miserable. Neutrogena makes a great skin-friendly sunscreen that doesn’t leave you feeling all greasy and won’t clog your pores. It’s water-resistant for 80 minutes as well. This 100 SPF is my go-to, and I think you’ll like it too.

Navigation: Map and Compass


I’ve been a fan of Garmin eTrex GPS since they first came out. I had a gen-one eTrex in Iraq in 2003 and used it to call in a medevac to haul away two seriously wounded Marines. They are reliable and intuitive to use. While the eTrex isn’t a budget item, it is pretty handy, rugged, and capable. It has a 2.2-inch backlit display, can save up to 10 tracks, and is easy to operate with one hand. The eTrex is also pretty light, weighing in at just over 5 ounces.


Let’s be honest. Before you learn to navigate using a GPS, you should learn to navigate the old fashioned way — with a map and compass. The beauty of taking the time to learn how to read a map is that you’ll learn to appreciate terrain, speed, and distance in a much more detailed manner. Plus, when the batteries run out in a GPS or cell phone, you can always rely on a trusty compass and the Earth’s magnetic field. This compass is super light (1.8 ounces) and has an easy-to-read liquid-filled compass, swivel bezel, and adjustable marching line. Like windproof matches, I always carry a compass like this when I’m in the backcountry.

Ok, so that wraps up the 10 essentials. Now, let’s talk about boots, backpacks, sleeping bags, camp stoves, and cookware.

Hiking Boots


I was pleasantly surprised to see Walmart selling Altra shoes. While footwear is a very personal choice based on myriad fit variables, the general trend with long-distance hikers today is to wear trail runners over hiking boots. I was dubious at first, believing heavier and sturdier boots were better, but after I tried trail runners, I’ll only wear boots in the winter. For spring, summer, and fall, trail runners are much better. Why? First, they’re lighter — and an Army study found that one pound off of your feet equals five pounds off of your back. Second, they typically provide more cushion. And third, they typically dry faster in wet conditions. I’ve been a fan of Altra running shoes and their zero-drop shoes for years now. I love that the toe box is shaped like a foot (instead of a bullet), and they provide lots of wiggle room. While I’ve gotten many blisters in boots, I have yet to get a blister while wearing my Altra trail runners. (I currently have the Altra Lone Peak 4.5 and love them.) The Superior 4.5 has a MaxTrac sticky rubber outsole, lightweight and responsive Quantic midsole, and an improved and more rugged upper.


While I’m absolutely sold on Altra running shoes, ASICS is a reputable brand that’s been delivering quality trail running shoes for a long time. I like the Gel-Scram 5 because they are a bit more rugged than standard running shoes and have a decent sole that will give you good traction on rocks. While I prefer Altra’s zero-drop, the Asics Gel-Scram 5 has a 10 mm heel drop and a full AMPLIFOAM midsole for enhanced cushioning. The GEL technology in the sole should also provide you a more comfortable heel strike over many miles.

Sleeping Bag


I have a soft spot for Coleman sleeping bags. The very first sleeping bag I ever owned was a Coleman. It was made out of cotton and bulky as hell, but it got me through six years of Boy Scout campouts. Considering that top-of-the-line down sleeping bags cost upwards of $700, manage your expectations with this bag. It’s far from the best available on the market, but isn’t a bad beginner bag. It is rated to 25 degrees Fahrenheit and contains Coletherm hollow polyester insulation, so it will still retain some warmth if it gets wet. (Down will not). I like that it has a draft tube to keep cold air from moving through the zipper. Keep in mind, it’s heavier than most bags — at 3.7 pounds, and won’t stuff down to the size of a water bottle — like a top of the line down bag will. With sleeping bags, the more you pay, the lighter and more compressible the bag.


If it’s not going to be too cold on your trip, this bag should get you by. Surprisingly, it’s 0.2 ounces heavier than Coleman’s 25F mummy bag. This 50 F bag is pretty basic. It has a snag-free zipper, which I like, and a pouch on the interior for small items like flashlights. It’s not as compressible as more expensive bags, so it will take up more room in your pack. Consider getting a compression stuff sack if you go with this option. If every dollar matters, this may be the bag for you.

Camp Stove


I’m a big fan of isobutane backpacking stoves. These single burners simply screw into the tops of butane fuel tanks (not included). At 6.7 ounces, this burner isn’t the lightest pocket rocket stove I’ve seen, but it will take a 6-inch pot or pan on top and can boil a liter of water in just over three minutes. It delivers 10,000 BTUs of cooking power and will run for an hour on one Coleman C250 220g fuel canister. You can pay more for lighter stoves, but this one isn’t bad. At under $20.00, this is a value purchase.


Like the Peak One stove, this single burner does not come with a fuel tank, but it does come with a nice carrying case. I dig that it has a piezoelectric igniter and a burn temperature control. I have seen some ultra lightweight hikers use pocket rocket stoves like this out in the bush, and at 13 bucks, this might be worth a shot. P.S. I found a friendly Canadian who reviewed this product on YouTube.

Cook Set


If you use a single burner stove, you’ll need something to boil water in. I really like titanium mugs for this purpose. If you are cooking for two or more people, you might want a one-liter pot. But if it’s just you, this will work fine. I like to save weight wherever I can, and metal is heavy, so go with titanium. This one will hold about 15.2 ounces of fluid and can nest with a Klean Kanteen water bottle. #ProTip: Don’t burn your lips on the hot metal. Wait a bit there, cowboy.

If you’re cooking for two or more and don’t want to splurge on titanium, this stainless steel cook pot by Stanley might be a good option. It is made of 18/8 stainless steel — which is the same steel used in quality razors — and will hold 24 ounces of fluid. The vented lid doubles as a strainer and two nested insulating cups fit within. It’s bigger and bulkier, but has greater capacity.

How you should choose backcountry gear

Selecting backcountry equipment generally comes down to capability, weight, and cost. The greater the capability and the lighter the weight, the more you’re going to pay. Like all things in life, it’s a decision about tradeoffs. If you are just getting into backpacking, the items in the list above will carry you through your first overnighter at a low price point. They won’t be the best or most comfortable items, but they will work acceptably.

FAQs about backcountry gear

Q: How did you get started in backpacking?

A: My dad got me into Boy Scouts and camping and we used a lot of Coleman products like sleeping bags, coolers, and tents.

Q: Why is high-end backpacking gear so expensive?

A: High-end gear is expensive due to the research and development that goes into developing the lightest and strongest materials for the task. Let’s face it, carrying a heavy pack sucks. So, typically, the lighter the gear, the more it costs.

Q: Do you know of any good video resources to help me decide what gear to buy and how to use it? 

A: I’m a huge fan of Jessica Mills and her Homemade Wonderlist YouTube channel. She’s an amazing woman who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail on a budget, and later the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails. She’s a wealth of knowledge.  

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