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
Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30°
Large and warm, and I'll never roll off my sleeping pad again! Purchased the long-length version of this bag from Campsaver for $249.95 before various discounts. What drew me to this bag is the fact that it's very, very roomy. I'm 6'3" / 240# and wear a size 50 suit jacket, so I have always had trouble finding a bag with the shoulder room to let me move or switch sides, etc. The Fish Hawk gives me all the room I need and more. Even with all of this space, the bag retains its packability admirably. Full review
Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
Compact but strong and stable. Auto-ignitor is fragile, however. This is a compact, but powerful design. Sets up quickly just by screwing on to a gas canister. I chose this model over the Jetboil partly because of its four arms, which allow it to stay very stable in the field. Combined with a gas canister stand, this thing is rock solid. As far as I'm concerned, its sole weakness has been the ignitor, which worked well at first but then broke quite easily just from removing the stove from its case. Full review
Mountain Hardwear Men's Phantom 32°
It's a good bag and well made, yet a bit skinny and hood opening is too small. My Likes Bought the long model of the bag for a cross-country bicycling trip. It did that job well since it was summer and packed I never really needed to zip up all the way. It comes with a nice storage sack and a nice stuff sack. It packs down small and light and worked great in panniers. It is also a joy to have for backpacking due to its size and weight. It was nice to find something this small and light with still… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Approach
Weatherproof 2-person tent that will last for 10 years of moderate careful use. I have owned this tent for I think about 10 years. My wife and I bicycled across the country in it without a single problem under every day use. Even though headroom was at a minimum it also was very low profile which allowed it to withstand serious winds. Setup is easy and quick. The materials and craftsmanship are very nice. In shopping for a new tent I have noticed that the craftsmanship on Mountain Hardwear and… Full review
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire
A terrific durable all purpose watch for whatever activity you happen to be into. I used a AMBIT 3 PEAK SAPPHIRE HR for this review. So I used a Ambit 3 Peak Saphhire HR for this review. The non-saphhire Peak model is a little tiny bit less durable, and fashionable but otherwise the same. The sport model is the same operating system but is less accurate for altitude. The run is just a timepiece with the run function pre-programed into the watch with no adjustments. Overall I love this watch. Flipping… Full review
Jetboil Maintenance Kit
There isn't much to say about a product like this. If you need it, it's a great thing. If you don't need it, then there is nothing to say about it! I recommend this to anyone using a Jetboil stove. At the very least, have one of these around "just in case". While I agree with the other reviewer that you should always have a spare in case you break one... I do not believe that is justification for giving a product a 2 ½ star rating... Are you rating the product, the part that failed, the process… Full review
The North Face VE 24
Quality! It's so cool to hear stories about this tent. I think I bought mine in Honolulu in 1976 or so, so that makes it almost 40 years old. It's been in the Cascades, Rockies, the Wasatch, in snow and rain, and still does the job. After all this time, the elastic in the poles is still hanging in there! A little looser, like me, but holding the fort together! Zippers still zip. The only flaw is my own fault when I flew it like a kite in the Santa Fe wind, and it got a tear from some thorny bush. Full review