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.

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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:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (lights)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (starters)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Read more on the 10 Essentials.

Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews

Marmot EOS 1P

rated 4 of 5 stars I have used this tent for about a year in all 4 seasons and it's a very good lightweight option for most people under 6'. I like that the majority of the tent body is mesh, making for great ventilation in the summer w/o the rainfly and also great for stargazing. Overall I would recommend this tent to anyone wanting a lightweight 3-season option. I've had this tent for a little over a year and while I usually prefer to use a hammock, I have used this on four separate trips when the weather (rain)… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Spectre SL 20°

rated 5 of 5 stars Great bag for sleeping in cold and damp environments. I'm retired Army Infantry and am an avid outdoorsman. I live in North Carolina and as such am exposed to all types of weather, often within the same week. This is by and far the best bag I have ever used for temps down to the 20s (F) and lots of humidity when it's above 32 degrees (F). Especially considering it weighs in under 3 lbs. Wish I had this bag when I was active duty!! I have slept in this bag outside at 22 degrees (F), using it as a… Full review

Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener

rated 4 of 5 stars This item is ideal for the person who travels light and needs to make camp and break camp quickly. A must have if you use a tarp for shelter as opposed to a tent. I have used Nite Ize Cam Jams a lot in the past two years. They have become my favorite way to fasten my tarp shelters securely and quickly. They allow me to quickly break down camp and pack up, rather than sitting around fighting a knot when I need to move on in a hurry. I really like how they are compatible with 550 paracord and how… Full review

Mile High Mountaineering Salute 34

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the very best packs I've used. Carries and distributes loads well, and is made with durable materials. I can use this pack for day hikes to overnight stays. I tend to pack pretty lightweight as far as my tent and other gear is concerned so this backpack is perfect for my needs. Highly recommended for just about anyone looking for a well thought out, useful pack. Fit - I am a little over 5'10" with a waist between 33" and 34". I have a medium length torso and the pack fits very well. Easy… Full review

Helle Symfoni

rated 5 of 5 stars I've owned this knife since 2006, and 9 years later I have yet to find a better blade. Definitely worth every penny, and then some. I heard Helle discontinued production of them, so if you come across one... buy it. you won't be disappointed. I've put this knife through hell and back (no pun intended), carrying it with me almost every day, and it stands up to just about anything you put it through. Since buying this knife for $89 in 2006 I have yet to find a better knife to own. It is, hands down,… Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It stands up to wind, weighs next to nothing, and is roomy for two people This thing stood up well in the legendary Patagonia winds (make sure you pitch it with either the front or rear facing the wind, not sideways), and has kept me dry, mostly, in heavy rains. The fly attaches to the sides, and has to be guyed out all the way to be really solid in wind. The downside of that is that the floor then curves upward, kind of like the edges of a bathtub. This means that if you are on any slope at all,… Full review

Osprey Exos 58

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great all-around backpack if you don't overload it. With less than 35lbs of well-chosen gear, it works for both weekend and long haul trips, and you can manage 40lbs for a couple of days. I'm a 5'7", 145 pound, 63-year-old woman who works in the backcountry in summer, usually for 6-8 days at a time. My pack has to be light enough to let me move quickly, but big enough to carry my personal and work gear. I can't carry the 55 pound loads that I did when I was younger. After a year of frequent… Full review