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
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit
It's great as a solar charger. It's aesthetically pleasing and comes in a pretty box. Best used when carrying it in a car, RV, cycling pack, or very short hikes. I have a couple portable solar chargers including the Goal Zero 10 kit. Some photographers recommended it so I picked one up while it was on a closeout sale. Still, it's pricey compared to others with similar features. Solar panels wholesale are cheap, less than 50 cents a watt for the good ones. So for the price they're asking you'd think… Full review
REI Half Dome 2
Superb ventilation, roomy, and easy to assemble. The stitching and material appears high quality. At first, I was a little concerned about the openness of this tent. I used this tent during some late fall rainy seasons, and winter sub-freezing conditions. It does appear a little heavy, but the simplicity and design make up for it. There is enough room for two 260 pound men and air mattresses. I feel the user should add two more tie-offs and pegs, at the sides, when they use this tent. Why doesn't… Full review
Lowe Alpine Netherworld 90
Great pack!!!!! I bought this pack used but in great condition about 6 years ago. I has been virtually indestructable, I have been on at least 70 overnighters and weekend trips with it and it is still going strong. I love all of the outside pockets and it has enough room to go on long hauls. It has not had a tear one and I have gone under and through some fairly thick stuff. The only thing I didn't like about this pack was there is no padding above the waistbelt. During the summer this was… Full review
303 High Tech Fabric Guard
Properly applied it works! 303 Fabric Guard is primarily used to waterproof Sunbrella fabrics and in the boating industry, Bimini Tops as well as convertible tops for automobiles. It's since made is way to the camping world. It comes in a variety of sizes including spray and gallon size. I've used 303 Fabric Guard on Bimini tops on numerous boats while in Florida. A single application lasts about a year properly applied. I've used it on stuff sacks, backpacks, 3 tents including a North Face VE24… Full review
More wasted money. Used the tent several times, seam sealed as specified and still finding the Pawprint wet. Last night it poured down and I woke to find a puddle in one corner. This was after clagging the tent up with seam sealer. The inside always wets out and wet patches appear all over inside and in most cases droplets run down on the inside. Not condensation — water from outside. I guess the United Kingdom must get more rain than anywhere else as not a bad word to be said anywhere. Being… Full review
Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System
The Catoma EBNS (military version) has some good qualities about it. If you're looking for something more than a bivy sack and don't mind the weight, this is an option you might want to look at. There are two versions of the Catoma EBNS. The civilian and military versions. Both are similar in design, I have the military version of the Catoma EBNS. Set up is a breeze. It's dummy proof. But follow the instructions on how to hold the tent folded up before removing the strap because once the strap is… Full review
Primus PowerGas 110 g
Does not burn well in cold compared to others. The price compared to other canister fuels is great almost $1 cheaper then other brands. I use this on day hikes in winter on my Jetboil Flash. The burning is erratic and hard to light compared to the Jetboil fuel. This may be a brand specific issue. In warm weather fuel works great, just have had cold weather performance with this fuel. I did use this under similar conditions as did the Jetboil, fuel so was an apple-to-apple comparison. Full review