On a budget but still want to be comfortable and safe on your outdoors adventures? Here's a guide to what you need to spend money on, what you don't and how to find effective clothing, tools, boots, bags and whatnot on a budget.
We'll focus here on general gear for basic outdoors pursuits like hiking, backpacking and camping. Most of that will be applicable to specific sports or activities too. If you do one of those then you'll likely understand that speciality items — say a helmet for riding motorcycles or shoes for climbing — are expensive for a reason: they either amplify your performance, keep you alive or help you stay comfortable while working hard in extreme conditions.