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Backpacking Equipment

Backpacking requires a special kind of equipment. Special attention is paid to weight and simplicity of gear for backpacking. 

Boots
Boots may be the single most important piece of backpacking gear. Comfortable, supportive boots that are broken in prior to your backpacking trip are crucial to a successful hike. 
 
Boys life article on selecting hiking boots:

Backpacks
There are many brands and styles of backpacks. The most important thing when selecting a backpack is that it fits you. Fit is based on your body - particularly your torso length and body shape. Often the best way to know what fits is to try on a range of backpacks in a store prior to purchasing a pack. Locally, the best place to try packs out is the nearest REI store. 

Boys Life Magazine has a good online article to get you started: