Adventuring into the great outdoors requires specialty equipment: galoshes for walking through mud, mud flaps for driving through mud, and pressure washers for washing mud off pets without touching them. Stock up on all manner of outdoor gear with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of outdoor apparel and equipment at The Backpacker Quality Gear, located just a few blocks from the State House and USC campus.
The Backpacker—a locally owned shop that was named Best Outdoors/Camping Gear Store 2010 by the Free Times—outfits people with the rugged apparel and equipment they need to explore the great outdoors. It stocks top-notch labels such as The North Face, Merrell, Patagonia, and Osprey. Women can catch the eye of pitchfork-wielding sea hunks when cavorting sandy shores in one of The Backpacker's dresses or a vibrant tidal skirt ($39), and men can comfortably cruise the docks in a button-down Puckerware shirt ($69) from Patagonia. When jumping in puddles, don a pair of Olukai flip-flops or arch-supporting Keen sandals. An ample selection of hats and gloves is always available, as are tents ($165+) and backpacks ($165+), but if you need help conceptualizing the gear necessary for a special expedition, such as swimming in a pit of caramel, the friendly staff is more than willing to answer questions and give advice.
The Congaree Vista
1215 Wayne St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201Get Directions