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
Clif Hot Chocolate Bar
Appealing packaging and presentation cannot make up for a flavorless sawdust. Hands down the worst Clif Bar I have tried. With the holidays fast approaching Clif Bar, will soon be rolling out its seasonal flavors. So I thought this would be a good time to warn you away from trying the "Hot Chocolate" flavored bar. At my local REI, I grabbed an impulse item at the checkout. Who could blame me when the packaging looks so festive! The packaging was appropriate as I was hiking and camping near Jackson… Full review
The North Face Tephra 22
The Tephra 22 is a reliable tent that is well built. It just has such extensive competition in the modern tent era that it becomes lost in the shuffle. This review is for the older Tephra 22 model. The newer model has made a number of changes. The Tephra looks pretty sharp in my opinion. The side view is somewhat reminiscent of the Big Agnes Seedhouse or the Fly Creek. In essence, it is similar with some slight variations that cause some extra weight (4lb 13oz trail weight). Setup: The tent… Full review
Eddie Bauer Solar Power Bank 6000mAh
On our week-long kayaking trip, this solar charger was the hot commodity. Everyone was looking to borrow this. I don't have much experience with solar chargers yet, but I must admit, this solar charger was working overtime every day for seven days straight, and never skipped a beat. We had 15 people total in the group and had two solar chargers. The Eddie Bauer was the preferred of the two. It was more consistent and charged faster than the other model. It has a built-in flashlight. We used… Full review
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema Summit Pack
No way this deserves 5 stars! The fabric is fantastic and the design works for me since I was not looking for anything complicated. Top closure ensures it will resist a storm but seam tape around shoulder strap stitching is already failing after a single light use. At this price I can’t see how this can be justified. Also, I got mine and it is missing the compression cords, which for me indicates sloppy QA prior to sending it. The seam sealing is the same thing. Fix these issues and it's a winning… Full review
Feathered Friends Snowbunting
This is an outstanding down sleeping bag that will last a long time. It has very high quality down, craftsmanship, and other materials. I've had my Snowbunting for about 25 years. I believe it has lost a small amount of loft, but I still use it regularly. Because the down can be moved from top to bottom and back, it is very versatile. If you buy one, make sure you are OK with the interior capacity, because it is expensive and will last you decades—and you'll be stuck with it. Some may find the… Full review
Wilcor Trekking Poles
Sturdy with adjustment for every condition and individual. Bought new after using a couple other brands. These are lightweight and fully adjustable. Padded wristbands. Enjoyed using them first time out. Also like the ergonomic hand grip, although I did not think I would. Recommend this product for the avid hiker or the beginner. Money well spent. Full review
Light My Fire Spork Titanium
A highly durable and highly practical eating utensil. It’s as simple as that. Reviewer's Note:In July 2015, I reviewed the plastic version of this spork, which I was generally pleased with at the time. In March 2017, I updated that review to reflect some of the breaking issues that had occurred with the plastic. I purchased a titanium version of the spork in April 2017 and have used it extensively since, while three of the four plastic sporks have now broke. Recently, I purchased a second titanium… Full review