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
Katabatic Gear Palisade
Holy moly, this quilt is incredible! So light, and very well crafted This is the greatest warm season quilt I've ever used. It is lightweight, high quality, and a great option in warm season use. It has a great system to attach to the sleeping pad, if needed - no drafts or cold spots. The footbox has extra space and down, for increased comfort. Getting in and out, with no zipper, is a cinch. As it is down, you have to be conscious of moisture. Also, as it is a quilt, you have to consider… Full review
SteriPEN Classic 3 with Pre-Filter
Works very well, but is restricted to certain water containers due to size. I really love this product. However, it only works with certain bottle sizes. I don't enjoy the requirement of bringing heavier bottles that will fit the pre-filter. On the other hand, with good batteries, it lasts quite long. It takes about 30 seconds to treat 0.5L, or about a minute for 1 L. This is fine for one person, but it eventually takes quite a while for a large group, with infrequent water sources (lots… Full review
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp
This is a phenomenal product. Light, exactly what one would expect, and very strong. This is a great product. It does exactly what one would expect a flat tarp to do. Multiple tie outs for guylines. Extremely lightweight cuben fiber. Extremely strong. I've used this on multiple trips, for sun shade and rain protection. It pitches as one would expect - in any fashion you can imagine. If you make the pitch taut, it stays that way through wind, rain, etc. I wish it were available in… Full review
Sawyer Squeeze Filter
The product works well, but the squeeze process is not as easy as one would hope. Additionally, the bag that comes with it breaks easily - just use an Evernew. I've used this product over multiple weeks in the back country. It works very well by itself, although the process is not easy - the squeeze of the bag does not push much water through, without considerable pressure. The bag from Sawyer breaks easily. I remedied this by using an Evernew bag. As it is slow, it is not the best for a group. Full review
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System
One of the easiest and quickest way to filter a liter of water. It's so rad to let gravity do it's work while you start preparing breakfast or dinner, or setting up camp. Easy to back flush and stores nicely in the accompanied Playtpus bag. I can't say enough about my Platypus GravityWorks system. It makes filtering water one of the "funner" chores of camp, which we all know that sometimes filtering water can really be a chore. I love the process and how easy it is to hook up. I hang my dirty… Full review
Big Agnes Triangle Mountain UL 2
Good, light tent. Simple set-up. Pretty standard 2-person tent though, perfect for one, and I'll put two in when I have someone I want to spoon with. Picked this up off REI Outlet. Couldn't find any reviews or real information on line, so took it strictly on faith. I've used another Big Agnes UL tent the past couple years that's been great. Lost it in the divorce, unfortunately. I've used this in one overnight to date, and will be carrying it on a 14 day, 150 mi hike in central Oregon this month. Full review
Umm it leaks ?? really? I see the price has gone up since 2011. I paid $140 from their webby. It's a good tarp except for one thing. Umm it leaked first time I used it in ADK. (that's kinda the point of it is to stay dry) From the stitching for the pullouts just below the ridgeline. So I emailed. Brandon responded right away. A for customer service. He told me to put some sylicone on the stitching. (WHAT? Not a mistake which would have been acceptable...but they know?) Again...Umm … Full review