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
Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent
After almost 15 years of abuse, motorcycle trips, camping, kids playing, weeks living it ouf the tent and some drunken tomfoolery the tent is showing it's age. This tent has fared well over the years, only having a few dime size holes. Despite having those holes on my most recent camping trip with 5 other tent campers my tent was the driest in the rain. It wasn't completely dry but a few drops under the holes while most of the other tents had huge puddles is acceptable to me. Over the years I have… Full review
Walrus Rapeede XV
Easy set up and break down. very water proof. good for the back of a motorcycle I brought this tent new from REI and was going to use it for a backpacking trip which got cancelled. I ended up using it for about a month. I got a job in Santa Barbara, I couldn't afford to stay in a hotel so i rented a camping shot at this RV camp site they had a 10x12 sand box for you to put your tent in. Anyways one night i woke up and it felt like i was on a waterbed so i unzip my tent and i was sitting in 2" of… Full review
Open Country 3 cup pot & lid
After years of using 1 quart pots for solo cooking I have discovered that 3 cup pots are all i really need. Why heat nearly 4 cups of water when 3 is all you need? Why carry a larger pot that takes up more space in your pack? I got this pot rather "by accident" when I ordered it with the Trail Designs Sidewinder titanium Caldera Cone stove. That stove required this pot to properly mate with its top diameter. What I discovered was that I really did not need a 1 quart pot for solo cooking. The smaller… Full review
Grand Trunk Nano-7
Grand Trunk's Nano-7 is an ultralight hammock that is well-made. However, this user found the dimensions too small to be of any value to me. I would recommend this hammock for those who are several inches smaller than I am or those who don't mind a “banana hang” in their hammock. Note: While I did purchase this product new, I bought it with the CampSaver Gift Card I won from Trailspace in June 2014. Thank you, Trailspace! Now to the review... About the Reviewer I'm 6'2” tall. At the time of… Full review
Mile High Mountaineering Salute 34
This daypack has many features that give you the versatility to store your gear in many configurations for your next adventure. If this is your first pack I would think hard about buying it. I feel this pack is not for everyone. I like to bushwhack and follow animal trails, which sometimes have limited space areas. This pack has very strong material, but at the cost of weight, but I don’t have the fear of knocking shoulder strap off. This pack gives me the ability to care want is needed on my… Full review
Marmot Bise 2P
Nice tent, compact. Used this tent camping several times. Setting up in a downpour in the Cascade Mountain range was less than ideal as the mesh inner tent gets terribly soaked then the fly goes on top — Hillebergs are far superior in this respect. However once set up thank goodness for its excellent ventilation as the tent dries out (inside) relatively quick. Okay, now over snow. Camping north of Pemberton BC during snowy conditions followed by -20 degrees C days. Snow load on tent caused… Full review
CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android
Many people are going out and spending hundreds of dollars on a GPS, then at least a hundred more on mapping. I was one of them. This product works excellent for me and it is nice having a larger phone screen. I spend a lot of time out in the backcountry hiking, quading, dualsport riding, and fly fishing. So I purchased a handheld GPS online, spent $450 with mapping "sale" price. It was a frustrating joke! The program was very difficult to learn, the screen was very small. I ended up selling it… Full review