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
Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L
So much easier to have this gravity filter at the campsite than pumping into water bottles. Great all around for filling water bottles and cleaning up. Details from manufacturer with comments following: Easy-to-use dry bag-style design provides safe, potable water for large groups, base camps and family camping trips -- Yes, it was good for family backcountry camping (three people) at one site. 6-liter water bag with roll-top and side-release buckle closure fills quickly and hangs easily; window… Full review
Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse
Good idea. Poor construction. Over the years, I've had a lot of compasses as a 17-year-member and Team Leader of a local S&R organization. They just interest me and I get a lot of use from them. I've owned several Bruntons, Silvas, and Suuntos among others. Every Brunton I've owned eventually got a bubble in the capsule. None of the Silvas. The disc (needle) of the Brunton also jumps off the needle it rotates on, causing it to tip off at an angle. It's just bothersome for the amount of $ one… Full review
Black Diamond Cosmo
This is an inexpensive, yet reliable headlamp, that suits most needs for hiking, camping, and evening walks. It has a few quirks, but the basic function operations are pretty simple. I would recommend this product to others, and if it needs to be replaced at some point, I would not hesitate to go with another Black Diamond headlamp. I purchased this headlamp, after having less than satisfactory experience with an LL Bean similar headlamp. I wanted a simple headlamp, bright enough for night-time… Full review
Owned it for 20 years. To be clear Mr Weatherbottom.... The did make a Robson with carbon fiber stays, early/mid '90s before the "Pro". The Robson Pro, in my opinion, was nothing like the previous pack. And, I would offer Gregory packs don't make anything like they did then. Lighter, maybe, but not as tough. Full review
NiteCore SRT7 Revenger
A do-it-all flashlight that is as bright as the sun. Right size, the right features, and an all around perfect flashlight. I am not a flashlight aficionado, but I can appreciate a quality light. I bought this on sale for $80 and it is the single greatest flashlight I have ever purchased; ever. This is like having the sun in the palm of your hands. It has a bunch of modes like an SOS strobe, blue/red/green/ blue/red flashing LEDs and a dimmable cree LED in true white that can be adjusted from non… Full review
The most important thing would be it's not free-standing. The model from Canada has better poles that are made of aluminum not fiberglass. I have used this tent at least twenty times in sun, rain, and snow! I sealed it once when I first picked it up and never had a problem with leaks! Its entrees are at one end and through the top, which takes a bit of getting used to. Lots of ventilation so never had any condensation issues at all. Weighs in at less then 3 pounds and cost less then $100. I really… Full review
Sierra Designs Summer Moon
I have had this tent for 20 years and it's still great. This tent was top of the line. Now it's a tank but i love it! Full review