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

The North Face Mountain 24

rated 4 of 5 stars My Mountain 24 is now quite old, but until recently, has been a good solid 4 season mountaineering tent. I bought my Mountain 24 in 1997 and have many years of excellent service (Arctic/Andes/Alps), I spent a Christmas with 2 other 6'+ climbers at 6000m, and so it has been really tested. On another occasion we spent 4 days tent-bound due to the arctic weather and all was good. It's great in strong winds. It's not the lightest tent, but at the time of buying was probably one of the best tents on… Full review

FlameStower Heat Charger

rated 1 of 5 stars The Flamestower’s technology is tried and true at this point in time, however, the product itself could use some design changes. With the Flamestower you will be able to charge most small electronic devices with the majority of backpacking and camp stoves on the market, as well as with a small camp fire. Due to the nature of the Flamestower’s design, it may become damaged but still operable(for how long?) during normal use. As much as I wanted to like this product, I do not think I could recommend… Full review

The North Face Renegade

rated 5 of 5 stars I really really love this pack!!!  Bought it in the mid 90s and I still have it and use it.  Has traveled with me through Europe, Middle East, and exploring the Annapurna Range in Nepal's Himalayas - has never let me down yet.  Now using it hiking, camping, backpacking with my sons and with their scout troop.  It out performs many of the new packs being used.  Have looked at other packs but none match up to this one.  Its like your first love or car, you love them forever!!! Full review

Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

rated 3 of 5 stars It's great as a solar charger. It's aesthetically pleasing and comes in a pretty box. Best used when carrying it in a car, RV, cycling pack, or very short hikes. I have a couple portable solar chargers including the Goal Zero 10 kit. Some photographers recommended it so I picked one up while it was on a closeout sale. Still, it's pricey compared to others with similar features. Solar panels wholesale are cheap, less than 50 cents a watt for the good ones. So for the price they're asking you'd think… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Superb ventilation, roomy, and easy to assemble. The stitching and material appears high quality. At first, I was a little concerned about the openness of this tent. I used this tent during some late fall rainy seasons, and winter sub-freezing conditions. It does appear a little heavy, but the simplicity and design make up for it. There is enough room for two 260 pound men and air mattresses. I feel the user should add two more tie-offs and pegs, at the sides, when they use this tent. Why doesn't… Full review

Lowe Alpine Netherworld 90

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great pack!!!!! I bought this pack used but in great condition about 6 years ago.  I has been virtually indestructable, I have been on at least 70 overnighters and weekend trips with it and it is still going strong. I love all of the outside pockets and it has enough room to go on long hauls.  It has not had a tear one and I have gone under and through some fairly thick stuff.  The only thing I didn't like about this pack was there is no padding above the waistbelt.  During the summer this was… Full review

303 High Tech Fabric Guard

rated 5 of 5 stars Properly applied it works! 303 Fabric Guard is primarily used to waterproof Sunbrella fabrics and in the boating industry, Bimini Tops as well as convertible tops for automobiles. It's since made is way to the camping world. It comes in a variety of sizes including spray and gallon size. I've used 303 Fabric Guard on Bimini tops on numerous boats while in Florida. A single application lasts about a year properly applied. I've used it on stuff sacks, backpacks, 3 tents including a North Face VE24… Full review