Hiking and Camping Gear
Find the best hiking, backpacking, and camping gear and outdoor essentials right here. We’ve got your ultimate gear list covered for your next day, weekend, or thru-hike trip, whether you're hitting the backcountry or the local frontcountry.
See our top hike and camp gear picks, including price comparisons, in any outdoor product category: backpacks to tents, sleeping bags to pads, camp stoves to cookware and food, knives to multi-tools, lights to navigation and electronics, trekking poles to water treatment, even dog gear.
Browse thousands of independent equipment reviews and ratings by real hikers, backpackers, alpinists, and paddlers, to select appropriate, dependable, field-tested gear for your next adventure.
10 Essentials for Backcountry Travel
While a comprehensive hiking, backpacking, or camping gear list depends on many factors (season, climate, terrain, distance, activities, and personal preference), certain outdoor gear is essential whether you’re exploring the trails in your local woods or heading off on an extended backcountry climb or ski.
Wherever you're going, always bring appropriate hiking and outdoor gear for each of the 10 Essentials:
- Sun protection
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (lights)
- First-aid supplies
- Fire (starters)
- Repair kit and tools
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter
Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews
Osprey Crescent 85
Great pack for extended trips. Places majority of weight on the hips. Very comfortable and very durable. It is my current go to pack. Fit: Form fitted foam for the hips. Shoulder straps are very comfortable. I bought the pack used and did not get it re-fitted but the pack is still fantastic. I think the pack distributes a bit too much to the hips and my hips were sore for the first 2 days of a week long trip. If I get the hips re-molded, I think it will solve the problem. Comfort: Minus the hip… Full review
Gregory Stout 35
Great hiking, climbing, overnight or travel pack. Beautiful design and color scheme. Nice fit and larger than expected. This is for the large size. First, the pack is larger that I expected, and probably holds more than the stated 35L. Not a bad thing, but remember this is the smallest in the line-up. Second, the color of the bag blew me away - such a nice design...the orange is a little darker, more of a rusty orange, with beautiful blue-green trim including under the lid and the rain cover. … Full review
Eureka! Women's Casper 15
If you're a tallish or largish woman like me (5'8", size XL), you probably won't fit inside. I bought this for backpacking, as it is fairly small and light, but it didn't work for me. I couldn't fit in this bag. Granted, I'm 5'8", so at the upper limit of their height range, but sticking out the end wasn't the only problem. I wear a women's XL, so I'm definitely bigger, but still within straight clothing sizes...but I couldn't zip it up with my arms inside. I was cold as expected, but it was way… Full review
Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent
We have used ours for 3 camping trips, good space, love the closet features and the partition. I had to color clode the instruction label in order to remember how to do it each time. On the 3rd trip the hubby didn't pay attention to taking it down properly (taking down wall poles first) then setting the ceiling framing on ground to separate. He snapped the steeple hub ( if I remember correctly). Turns out there is no place to get replacement parts! Full review
Ruff Wear Quick Draw Leash
Tough,tough,tough! Lightweight and many grab points, and is shock-corded Wow, this is one tough and variable leash! This is my second one as the old design used a plastic snap clip that broke under strain. Got the current version with the aluminum buckle that replaced the plastic snap, a huge improvement. It has several grab points, a shock-corded leash, heavily stitched with nylon and that makes it bulletproof! I use it with my 100 pound male Golden, who lunges at every imagined squirrel on the… Full review
Sierra Designs Night Watch CD
My favorite 4 season tent. At 7lbs, it's several pounds lighter than my Trango 2. It keeps me dry and comfortable in sub zero. The tent is comfortable in seasons other than winter because of its clever venting. : Easy 3 pole set up. Stability: Tent is very taught when guyed out. Camped in -20*F with 20-30 mph winds. I tied the fly to some logs and shrubs and staked it out best I could in frozen ground. No flapping. No problems. Weather Resistance: I've always stayed dry and the tent is 14 years… Full review
Sierra Designs Yahi 4
A fantastic, well thought out and well engineered tent. Set up: Really easy. Footprint clips onto tent through patented Jake's feet clips. Poles insert and fit great. Stability: Does very well in non-extreme weather. I've used it in 4 seasons and it has been great. Weather resistance: Fly hangs really low keeping all weather out. Ventilation: Does pretty well. Has minimal condensation. Room and storage: Has some small pockets. Packability: Standard size. Has a handled tote bag. Ease of use:… Full review