HIT THE TRAIL FOR LESS
Now that spring is in the air (in most parts of the country), Mother Nature is beckoning hikers onto the trails again. Outdoor stores are stocked with pricey gear, and novices can easily be tempted to overspend on equipment designed for extended trips or extreme conditions. For a day hike or even a multi-day expedition, some of the most essential and highest-rated gear costs less than $30.
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