Buying my new gear at Appalachian outfitters was probably the easiest, best experience involved with planning for Costa Rica. Their prices were more than reasonable compared to other local outfitters. I went in there with NO IDEA what kind of pack I needed and what else I would buy. A guy named Russ helped me out. He measured my torso, asked how long I was going, where I was going, what I was using the pack for, etc. Then showed me my best options. He taught me how to properly adjust the packs and how to load it properly.
Russ told us about his 6 month trip on the Appalachian trail. I was looking for 100% DEET and they didn’t carry it but he even helped us find it in another local store.
I felt very welcome in the store and really enjoyed the experience. I HIGHLY suggest you check them out if you’re in the area.
You can check out their blog here
Greenville’s Backpacking Headquarters
96 Orchard Park Drive
Greenville, SC 29615