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Web & Retail OutletsCampmorKnown for their low-budget catalogs, Campmor has good deals on a wide selection of backpacking and outdoor gear. They have a complete online store.
Easy Going Travel StoreOne of my favorite travel stores, with outlets in Berkeley and Walnut Creek, Californianow with a full catalog online.
EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports)Bigger in the eastern U.S. than the rest, EMS has a full range of offerings through numerous retail outlets. Their website was just an introduction as of 9/98.
Magellan'sThis great travel store in Santa Barbara, CA is also an excellent online outlet for travel gear of all sorts.
REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated)Perhaps the king of all gear stores, REI carries a wide range of travel packs, regular packs, bags, clothes, footwear, accessories and more.
TravelsmithIf you're looking for a travel clothing and accessories line targeted to comfort travel rather than budget/backpack, look here.
Walkabout Travel GearWalkabout is the gear affiliate of Hostels.com. Their offerings include packs, sheet sacks, water filters, safety Items, tools, and much more. Great prices too!Manufacturers
Eagle CreekThe biggest maker of travel packs and luggage, as well as a variety of accessories. While Eagle Creek has traditionally served the 'general' travel, but in the last few years has come out with a standard-setting line of convertible backpacks. You'll find Eagle Creek packs in more retail outlets than any others.
Jandd MountaineeringBest known for their cycling packs, Jandd has a variety of good-quality gear. I really like the top quality suspension systems on their travel packs, though the bags may require careful adjustment so they don't hang too far back from your center of gravity.
JansportA big pack maker with a respectable line of travel packs.
KeltyKelty has a good range of bags, packs and tents, as well as a dedicated travel line.
Mountain DesignsThis Australian company has great designs for pack suspension. You'll have to do some research to find retail outlets for their gear, but it may be worth the work.
The North FaceThe premier expedition gear maker. I think North Face tents are the best madetheir 3-pole freestanding models are my favorite travel tents, starting at less than 5 pounds.
Outdoor ResearchOR produces a good line of gear, including travel accessories, duffles, etc. You'll find their stuff in a variety of retail outlets.