Cash Back On Purchases at

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As a gear tester, I sometimes find myself having a hard time trusting new brands or online stores that aren’t the REIs, Patagonias, North Faces, or Columbias of the world.

Don’t get me wrong, I have gear from most of those companies that I love. But one of the great parts about running my own blog is that I can choose to work with different brands to bring my readers more options for getting high-quality outdoor gear at affordable prices. So I’m here today to tell you how to get cash back on purchases at!

Give a Buck Campaign Overview

Give a Buck Campaign Featured Image

When you sign up for the Give a Buck Campaign, you’ll get 20% back on every purchase you make. However, you must commit to giving half of that 20% return to a charity or friend of your choice. The other 10% can be kept so that you can use it for future purchases. 

As a first-time customer, you’ll get a coupon for 15% off and free shipping on orders over $79. That 15% off coupon can be applied in addition to the standard 20% off that you’ll receive as the newest member of the Give a Buck Campaign at 

The goal of this campaign is to help more folks get outside by offering discounts on the gear that you’ll need to feel comfortable and safe recreating outdoors.

It also gives back to charities dedicated to a number of outdoor initiatives, including mentoring youth and creating inclusive learning environments in the outdoors. Some examples of these charities include Big Brothers Big Sisters, SheJumps, Outdoor Research, and Sacred Cycle

Give a Buck Campaign Video

If that’s too many words and numbers that don’t all make sense, here’s a quick video that further explains the Give a Buck Campaign!

Give a Buck Campaign Explained

$100 gear purchase = $10 cashback for shopper, $10 for a charity or a friend Product Reviews

As part of our partnership, I received a couple of product samples from to test and share with you! The products I’ll briefly overview here are both from Goal Zero; their portable power bank and solar lantern. 

Goal Zero Flip 24 Power Bank

goal zero flip 24 power bank

This portable power bank is compact and easy to take along on your travels. It recently came in handy for me to keep my phone recharged on our flight to Austin.

It allows you to charge your devices via USB port and features a 24.12 Wh battery size. It will achieve a full charge (via USB power source in 4 hours) and contains a Lithium-ion NMC battery. 

When fully charged, it can provide about two charges for most cell phones and is also capable of boosting your tablet or laptop if you can’t reach a wall outlet.

It’s really simple to use (plug-and-play) and weighs just 4.6 ounces. If you’re really going off-grid. the Flip 24 can also be recharged using the Nomad 5 (8 to 10 hours) or Nomad 7 (5 to 10 hours) solar panels from Goal Zero. 

Goal Zero ‘Crush Light’ Solar Lantern

goal zero crush light solar powered lantern

The Crush Light is a collapsible, solar-powered light that can last up to 35 hours on a full charge. It requires 2.5 hours to obtain a full charge when connected to a USB power source and 20 hours when charging from the small solar panel attached to the top of the light. It has four lighting modes (high, medium, low, and candle-light) and will last for different amounts of time when left on each setting. 

When not in use, it collapses to a square that’s less than 5″ by 5″ in dimension and it features a convenient clip so that you can attach it to your backpack or hang it from your tent to recharge.

The Crush Light weighs just 3.2 ounces and boasts a lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 1.85 Wh. It’s a great companion for hiking or traveling and can even come in handy at home if you experience a prolonged power outage!


As a product reviewer, I see’s website and recognize golden opportunities to find quality gear at discounted prices. But we must remember that there are always people behind the best products and services that are available both online and in-person.

So instead of re-inventing the wheel, here’s what themselves has to say about their origins: 

“Gear was founded by athletes and industry professionals focused on highlighting what we love most: discovery. Nothing is as exhilarating as discovering something new and loving it. We admire so many who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Whether that’s athletes, photographers or product designers. That inspiration drives us to envision what we can do, and it moves us to action. We hope to fuel that same drive for discovery in everyone. Discover it. Do it. Love it.”

About The Backpack Guide

While I spend a lot of my time guiding others on outdoor adventures (mostly in the Tahoe region), this site is my side-hustle/passion project/hope for independent, self-employed income. It is my dream to lead multi-day outdoor excursions that focus on detoxing from our digital worlds and integrating our minds, bodies, and spirits with nature. 

To that end, I started this website to share my past experiences in the outdoors and to offer knowledgeable insights on how to get out more and go farther while staying safe and well-prepared. It also gives me a great excuse to continuously research the latest and greatest products in the outdoor industry and it is my pleasure to bring you my honest reviews of those products. 

FYI: I do receive a commission on purchases made through the affiliate links on this website and I use those earnings to purchase more products and free up more time so that I can keep producing useful content for you!

Let’s Explore, Create, and Connect

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The Backpack Guide on the John Muir Trail

I’m on a mission to explore the wilderness, create learning opportunities, and connect with nature. These are the objectives that underline all the content I create on this site.

I want to inspire others to recreate in their respective wildernesses and to do so in the safest, most enjoyable manner possible. I’m also very interested in the experiences of others in the wild and I want to create a community of people that share those experiences and the lessons they’ve learned as a result.

If you feel drawn to this mission, think we can collaborate, or simply want to connect, I’d love to hear from you! Reach out to me directly (email below), or share your adventures/product experiences by tagging @thebackpackguide on Instagram, which is where I’m most active. You can also find me on FacebookPinterestTwitter, and LinkedIn.

“If you’re keeping your gear pristine, you’re missing the point. Your gear is just a facilitator of experiences.


The Backpack Guide


  1. Henderson

    Well, giving back is a thing that I think everyone really needs to try everywhere. Seeing that you can come up with a post on gear,com where one can easily get a percentage on every sale and also give back is really great. I think the powerbank and the solar Lantern are really cool gadgets. I will buy the powerbank. Thanks!

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      Tucker Ballister

      You are very welcome! I would love to hear back from you on how you like the power bank once you get it. Keep me posted! 

  2. Jessie

    This is actually a really cool campaign!  I have never heard of it before.  I like how some of the money that you get discounted needs to go to charity or a friend.  That can help a lot of people!  I find it’s goal to be good too, because it helps get people out of the house, away from some technology and enjoying the Earth!

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      Tucker Ballister

      I couldn’t agree more Jessie! When I need new gear, it feels good to know that I’m also helping a friend with a purchase or giving back to my charity of choice! 

  3. T.K.

    The company is using a unique campaign concept I have never heard of one that required the customer to commit to giving half of their return to charity. Does the company offer any proof that they send the charity of your choice the funds? I think the goal is noble.

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      Tucker Ballister

      I think that’s a great question and I’m going to reach out to the company and get a better answer for you. Please stay tuned! 

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hi T.K.! I apologize that it’s taken me a couple of weeks to get back to you. I reached out to regarding your question and have been waiting for their response. They finally got back to me today and said that they would happily provide contact information for the charity of your choice so that you can verify that your contribution has, in fact, been received. I hope that alleviates your concern, but feel free to reach out if you have any further questions!

  4. Nathaniel

    Hello Tucker – great post!  The give a buck campaign is pretty unique.  I am very interested in the Goal Zero Flip 24 Power Bank.  I viewed the video and it is so true how we need to get outdoors more.  I am so guilty.  I’m always on my computer and even though I’m retired and home now, I’m getting less done on my yard!   Thanks for the incentive to change that!

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      Tucker Ballister

      I’m glad you found some extra incentive from this post and hope you’re able to get outside more very soon. With the Give A Buck Campaign, also gives you extra financial incentive to get the gear you need to feel more comfortable outside! 

  5. Christine

    Good name, “Give a Buck”, I like that 😉 It’s a great campaign, and I’m sure that many customers like it. I would be more inclined to buy with a company that has campaigns that give back to the community. 

    The crush light is exactly what I need. I have no electricity on my land … Does the crush light truly last for hours? Have you tried it? How much light does it give? I’m asking because I like to read and to read you need a good light at night, not to damage your eyes. 

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      Tucker Ballister

      I’ve done some reading by the Crush Light without any issue. It has multiple modes to choose from. So, in terms of longevity, a brighter mode will cause the light to run out of charge faster, of course. Here are the manufacturer’s specs on duration:

      High power: 3 hoursMedium power: 6 hoursLow power: 35 hoursCandle light: 3.5 hours

      If you’re looking for an alternative to compare and contrast with the Crush Light, I recommend looking into the Luci Light, made my MPOWERD. Here’s the link to that item:

      I’d love to hear back from you when you decide which is best for you and how you like your choice. Stay in touch! 

  6. riverdogg

    Hey, nice to hear about Gear’s Give a Buck Campaign it sounds like a really good idea and way to pay it forward. Maybe build up a buffer of good karma lol. Not that I would need it.. of course 😉 Anyways, this leads me to a question I would like to ask you. Are any of the Gear backpacks designed for making it easier to carry equipment into the wilderness? I started doing gold prospecting as a hobby and it’s a pain to carry a mini sluice box, pan, shovel and metal detector (among everything else!) while trying to hike in to my spot. Thanks again if you can offer me advice, appreciate it. 

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      Tucker Ballister

      That’s a really cool new hobby! I wonder where you’ve been prospecting recently? And have you had any luck? Anyway, I’ve placed a few links below to backpacks that I believe would be able to haul all of that larger gear for your upcoming adventures. Please let me know if you do get one and how you like it once you’ve put it to use! 

      Kelty Zyro 58

      Black Diamond Mission 75

      Kelty Eagle 128

  7. jbtomaselli

    First of all, I love the Give a Buck Campaign; I haven’t seen that before and like it a lot,

    The products you review are pretty cool, unique; I’ve never heard of most of them either. 

    The next thing I like is you’re pictured in your own articles and your personally involved. Additionally, your site is very ‘clean’, even though there are a good number of ads, they do not clutter the readers mind. If I was a backpacker I’d be sure to frequent your site for products, trail info and guided trips…thanks!

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      Tucker Ballister

      Thank you for your generous comment! You seem to have noticed that I’ve been seeking products from smaller companies that might not have the most publicity. I like the idea of helping these companies get the word out about their products, although I do realize that larger companies (REI, Patagonia, etc.) have the reputation they have because they are reliable and they make really great gear!! 

  8. Anjali

    Hello Tucker,I love the idea behind Give a buck campaign. Donating 10% from every sale to a charity seems like a refreshing idea. That will definitely help promote the company at the same time giving a helping hand to numerous outdoor activities.

    Goal Zero Flip 24 power bank would be a great asset when we are staying outside for more than a day. Two rounds of charging and the capability of recharging using solar panels can be a luxury when we are spending time away from a wall plug. 🙂 If it’s alright could you please suggest me a good backpack to use when hiking and camping?

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  9. Gomer

    I just found a website for a digital detox! Thanks for your efforts, a great website with great advocacy. I will tune-in for more of your thoughts and ideas.

    About Gear dot com, well, it will be an addition to my most visited website. There are only few websites or companies that pay attention to social responsibility and I’m glad to learn that Gear Dot Com just does that. There are many equivalent items sold in Amazon but since we learned about this noble desire, then we got a good alternative now.

    Do they ship orders from the Philippines?

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      Tucker Ballister

      That’s a great question! Upon further investigation, it appears that they only ship within the continental U.S. at the moment, but here’s hoping that might change in the future! 

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