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
The North Face Stormbreak 1
The Stormbreak 1 tent is a good value if you are looking to reduce your pack weight at a reasonable price. It is constructed using quality materials and will keep you dry. The Northface Stormbreak 1 tent is a good quality tent and is an excellent value for the price. The tent is very easy to set up using the two light weight aluminum poles. It is free standing and really only needs to be staked out to pull the rain fly away from the tent body and to keep it from blowing away. The tent poles put… Full review
A rugged no-frills stove that does the job year after year. Buy one and your done shopping for stoves. With a quarter-twist the wind-screen comes off exposing the concave base of the burner. A small amount of fuel or fire-paste is lit. As it nearly burns away you turn the control valve open and fuel flows upward, light that and it sputters to life. As I usually use it to boil water the limited flame adjustment is OK. Water is boiling by the time I get the dried food and tea prepped so I have never… Full review
Klymit Inertia XL Recon
Great light weight compact sleeping pad. I have been using an older army inflatable pad that is very durable and reasonably comfortable but is heavy and does not pack down well. I bought a pair of these Inertia XL for me and my son. I am very impressed with how small and light the pads are and how well they lay. Pumped up with the include bulb the pads don't bottom out and are pretty comfortable. Can be had for a reasonable price and have a good warranty. Full review
Nice cushion but ok as pillow. Well constructed with quick inflate (about 2 or 3 good breaths). Long and thin folds over to make a decent pillow. I have the Pillow X by klymit that is a great pillow. The cush is best for what the name implies a cushion. Does a good job as a seat but not as good for a pillow. I bought it to use as a pillow along with a Pillow X which is great but as a pillow. The cush inflates quickly and is well made. If you want something to sit on out on the trail this… Full review
Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles
The Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles are lightweight, sturdy accessories for snowshoeing, helping with balance and increasing the aerobic workout. They're valuable for probing uncertain terrain as well. I received the Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles as a free gift with my purchase of Louis Garneau Blizzard II snowshoes from Campsaver. I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much after a few experiences with poles from other snowshoe manufacturers, but I was pleasantly surprised by these. … Full review
Evernew Ti Non-Stick Pot .9L
Fragile and flimsy, not rugged, not recommended for multi-day backpacking trips. Not as heat resistant as titanium should be because made from very thin metal and easily warps and burns when used on a regular butane stove. This pots attracts potential buyers by promising very light weight and non stick cooking surface coating. Both characteristics are very attractive for backpackers but what is not obvious is that the Evernew pot made from an extremely thin sheet metal that easily flexes in all… Full review
Hilleberg Anjan 2 GT
A tent with a very large porch, considering it only weighs 2.1 kg. great for hikers and cyclists alike! I got this tent after using a terra nova voyager Superlite on a two week trek in Scotland, the porch was to small and I was fedup of climbing over the rucksacks for a pee! Amazing space in the porch! I used this tent in South Wales for four nights and it rained and rained, condensation was minimal. (I used tyvek as ground sheet which may of helped) It kept use dry and helped to keep use warm during… Full review