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
Berghaus Expedition Light 80
As I wrote in pros and cons. Would be greate pack if water resistant would be better. At the back closed cell panel. As a pros, off course;-) Full review
Dana Design Shadow Peak
Bought mine in 1995 it's been all over Alaska the Philippines, NY, and all my other traveling in the last 20 plus years it is always with me even if I have other stuff it's the first bag packed. There are a few rips and a broken clip but 20+!years of constant use it has stood the test of time The best pack I have ever had its been literally 10s of thousands of miles in airplanes, boats, cars, trucks, buses, and on foot through rivers over mountains, jungles and cities just about anything you could… Full review
Wilderness Experience Latok
The Latok was the first non-quilted Gore-Tex sleeping bag ever made. I designed it for Jim Donini's expedition to Latok 1 in Pakistan in the late 70's. WE didn't make very many so enjoy your Latok as much as I have, cheers Greg Thomsen co-Founder Wilderness Experience. The Latok is a very warm sleeping bag because the outer shell is a non-quilted layer of Gore-Tex fabric. So no heat loss through the quilt lines. There is also a layer of aluminized foil sandwitched between the Polarguard insulation… Full review
The North Face Himalayan Hotel
I think the this tent was intended for use in conditions one might find in the Himalayan mountains - truly. So think about where you'll be using this tent: high altitude, snowy, cold condtions best. I purchased this tent for my little family of three back in the early 1990's and used it in the Boundary Waters Canoe area and the Superior Hiking Trail summers. It is stuffy for summer use in Minnesota - you're not going to experience gale force winds or extreme weather (at least not back in the 90's… Full review
REI Traverse 85 Pack
Functional. Comfortable. REI stepping up their mid-high end packs Fit: I'm right in between the M and L size, so it was suggested that I go with the L. After playing with a few settings, the pack fits like a glove and load is secure to my back with little shifting. Comfort: Great ventilation. Shoulder and hip straps are very comfortable and mold well to my body. Capacity: I originally picked up the Traverse 70, but hiking with kids, I needed some added space for more gear. 85 seem perfect for the… Full review
Swiss Gear Hiking Pole
They work well for their intended purpose! On a hiking trip to Switzerland, we were unable to bring our trekking poles because they wouldn't fit in our checked luggage. Once in the village we were staying in (Murren...GO, if you never have!), there was a shop selling many different souvenirs and some useful sporting goods items such as trekking poles. One of these was $20 so I bought it but then wondered how I'd get it back to the states. The shopkeeper cut off a length of cardboard tubing and… Full review
The Best inflatable camping pillow. Second to None. Your significant other will thank you when you wake up the next day and you got a Big Grin on your face. Then you will go out and buy another one because it was confiscated from you. It's small enough to even take backpacking. Your significant other will wonder why the Big Grin on your face the next morning. Then you will go out and buy another one because it was confiscated from you by her. (Nemo better pay me for this review.) It's small enough… Full review