Articles for September 2016

Backpacker Lafayette

What’s new at Backpacker Lafayette

Fall is just around the corner for South Louisiana and for our Backpacker Lafayette store that means tailgating at ULL, kayak fishing at Cypremory Point,  and getting ready for ski season!

New product is arriving daily including Columbia and Patagonia!

The all new Yeti Flip is here! Perfect for your kayak!


New prints in Patagonia Snap T!


We have the largest selection of Patagonia trucker caps around!


Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Vest and zips.


Show your pride with Louisiana Local tees!


Scarves from Toad&Co and prAna are great Fall looks!


We offer free accessory installs on all kayak purchases including Marine Mat decking kits!


Fall Olukai shoes and boots are here!


The Brooks Ghost is perfect for running the new trails!


We have new styles but you know we’ll sell out soon!


Darn Tough socks just arrived!


Stay dry and look good!


We’re now a Thule dealer! Let us help you find the right fit to carry all of your gear!


Who’s ready for ULL tailgating? We are!


This Osprey pack fits in your pocket!


No need to be cold and wet when you have a TNF Triclimate!


The North Face Venture rain jackets are great all year long.


We have Wind Pouch, the super popular inflatable, treeless hammock!


Did you know that prAna guarantees you’ll LOVE their pants? Try our best-selling Stretch Zion and you’ll know why!


Burton means ski season isn’t far off!

Work day at BREC Comite Trail

This past Sunday,  Tyler, Susie, and Walter from our Baton Rouge store helped get the BREC Comite park bike trails back in shape after the historic floods from August submerged much of the trails.  The work day was led by BRAMBA (Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association) who maintains the trails year round.  

Some portions of the trails remain impassable by bike so proceed with caution if you plan on visiting the park this Fall.

The BREC Comite Park has over a dozen miles of fast and hard riding trails that are frequented by mountain bikers, runners, and hikers.  The beautiful natural area is a maze of low land hardwood trees and swampy areas that is home to many bird, reptiles, and small mammals.  

The trail is open 7 days a week sun up to sun down and is connected to it’s sister park, BREC Hooper Rd park and its 6 miles of trails at the back of the Sharon Hills neighborhood.

Both parks are a 15 minutes drive from Backpacker Baton Rouge.

Backpacker 42nd Birthday Sale September 17th

The Backpacker is celebrating our 42nd year of bringing South Louisiana to the slopes and we’re celebrating with a HUGE sale!

Backpacker TigerTown original Shop'74 edited
The Backpacker opened in September 1974 at the North Gates of LSU where Highland Coffees now resides.  Our founder, Dale Mathews, had been bringing his friends from LSU skiing, camping and hiking in the mountains of Colorado and now they needed a great place to buy their own gear!

We are unloading our Winter Warehouse for our Birthday Sale! Buy one Clearance Item at 50% OFF and get a second Clearance Item FREE!!! (Thats right!) Saturday and Sunday ONLY!! You don’t want to miss this sale!!

Choose from a huge selection of clearance apparel and footwear at 50% OFF and get another clearance item FREE!*

Image result for the north face borealis dijonImage result for sierra design tensegrityImage result for patagonia snap t print



*Selected free clearance item must be less than or equal to original retail price of 50% OFF item.

Backpacker Flood Relief Final

Backpacker raises $17,000 to support Habitat for Humanity Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts

Local outdoor store, The Backpacker, raises over $17,000 for Habitat for Humanity flood relief and rebuilding efforts.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-September 3, 2016.  Local outdoors store, The Backpacker organized a garage sale style “gear sale” on Saturday to raise funds for the ongoing Louisiana flood relief efforts.  Remembering the support offered by their vendors after Hurricane Katrina, The Backpacker staff began requesting donations of clothing, food, and medical kits shortly after the more recent Louisiana Flooding began to unfold.  Though some items arrived immediately and were distributed to shelters and directly to neighborhoods in Denham Springs, it was another week before apparel from brands such as Patagonia and The North Face began showing up and by this point many shelters were no longer accepting clothing donations.

After hearing stories of the difficulty many organizations faced in distributing the overwhelming amount of clothing donations after Hurricane Katrina, Backpacker General Manager Tyler Hicks had the idea of turning the items into cash.  “We were blown away that our vendors from around the country were willing to send us thousands of dollars worth of brand new high quality merchandise, no questions asked and this was at the beginning when the floods were barely getting any national media attention.  We felt like we had an obligation and opportunity to do something special and not just dump these items in donation boxes that were already overflowing.  We were already fans of the normal work Habitat does throughout the year, so when we heard they were helping strip flooded homes for those in need, we knew they were a great candidate for our support.”

A goal of $5000 was set but the donated merchandise kept coming.  “Throughout the week leading up to the event, we kept receiving another 6-8 boxes a day, each containing around 100 items.  We started wondering pretty quickly whether we had set our goal too low,” stated Hicks.

Shortly after the start of the Backpacker $5000 Flood Relief Gear Sale, a line of people 50 long formed to check out and didn’t dissipate for over an hour.  The $5000 goal was reached within the first hour and by the time the day ended, over 2000 items had been purchased raising a grand total of over $17,000.

The Backpacker plans to make equal donations of half of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge and Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette.

Companies sending merchandise to support the flood relief efforts included Patagonia, The North Face, Fayettechill, Mountain Khakis, Toad & Co, Goal Zero, Pearl Frog, Guy Harvey, Darn Tough, Adventure Medical Kit, Osprey, Howler Bros, AO Coolers and Tasc.

Backpacker Flood Relief Sale Backpacker Flood Relief Final