The Backpacker's Favorite Gear

The right gear for just about any adventure.

Patagonia 28L Chacabuco Backpack- Women's
  • $99.00
Patagonia Fitz Roy Tarpon T-Shirt- Men's
  • $35.00
Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece Pullover- Women's
  • $119.00
Patagonia 60L Black Hole Duffel
  • $129.00
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Here's what our customers are saying!

This place is amazing. I have literally gotten a greeting from every employee and been offered help from everyone. Employees go above and beyond for customers & offered us everything from water to coffee while we shopped...


Excellent staff explained all features of ski jackets we purchased. Charlie was very helpful fitting my entire family. You get what you pay for and more. The entire experience was an enjoyable one.  

Paul M.

Best assortment of outdoor gear I have found in this city. They helped me select a new day pack. The sales people were familiar with the outdoor activities in the area. There was some cool nature photography upstairs.

Lincoln T.

The Backpacker in Lafayette is the foremost outfitter in the region. The selection of outdoor gear and apparel is excellent and the customer service is second to none. Can't wait to go back. 

Matthew L.

Great store and even better staff. Everyone is so helpful, and I can always find something I love when I come in to shop.


Lots of big name cold weather gear offered here. Many staff members for such a small store. Loved digging around in here.

Chris S.

45 years of doing adventure right!

While leading one of our first adventures to the Colorado Rockies in the early 1970s, our founder, Dale Mathews, noticed most people were Scotch-Guarding their jeans to repel the wet snow.  He knew there was a better way and opened Baton Rouge's first outdoor adventure store stocking the latest and greatest camping and ski gear, including waterproof ski pants. A half century later, The Backpacker team is still obsessed with "doing adventure right" through the best gear and our outdoor experts.

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What makes us different? There are other stores that sell camping gear but none offer an authentic, neighborly environment that inspires passion for the outdoors and creates lasting memories. With experts on staff, and a Backpacker Tours ski agent, we can help plan and outfit you for any adventure.