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
More wasted money. Used the tent several times, seam sealed as specified and still finding the Pawprint wet. Last night it poured down and I woke to find a puddle in one corner. This was after clagging the tent up with seam sealer. The inside always wets out and wet patches appear all over inside and in most cases droplets run down on the inside. Not condensation — water from outside. I guess the United Kingdom must get more rain than anywhere else as not a bad word to be said anywhere. Being… Full review
Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System
The Catoma EBNS (military version) has some good qualities about it. If your looking for something more than a bivy sack and don't mind the weight, this is an option you might want to look at. There are two versions of the Catoma EBNS. The civilian and military versions. Both are similar in design, I have the military version of the Catoma EBNS. Set up is a breeze. It's dummy proof. But follow the instructions on how to hold the tent folded up before removing the strap because once the strap is… Full review
Primus PowerGas 110 g
Does not burn well in cold compared to others. The price compared to other canister fuels is great almost $1 cheaper then other brands. I use this on day hikes in winter on my Jetboil Flash. The burning is erratic and hard to light compared to the Jetboil fuel. This may be a brand specific issue. In warm weather fuel works great, just have had cold weather performance with this fuel. I did use this under similar conditions as did the Jetboil, fuel so was an apple-to-apple comparison. Full review
We received this bottle to test and review, as Brand Ambassadors. We are very conscientious about keeping our dogs hydrated in their varied activities, and have found this to be a nice addition to our gear. We have tested it during various winter activities, and project that it will be utilized on our summer hiking and canoeing trips as well. Our first review for Backcountry K-9 is the OllyBottle, a 1 liter water bottle designed to take on adventures with your dog...unlike other dog water bottles,… Full review
Osprey Atmos 65 AG
Amazing pack that feels like nothing at all. This is a great short hike pack (2-4 days) unless you are truly an ultra-light hiker then you could squeeze more days out of it. The AG suspension and mesh is amazing for my build (5'9" 205lbs). I wish we had a pack system like this in the military for carrying heavy loads. Overall it's very comfortable even without using the load lifters appropriately (I hardly ever adjust these mostly because I forget). I like the compartments, but I'm a pocket guy… Full review
Alpine Design 20 Degree Sleeping Bag
Don't buy this. The stuffing rips out easily and the zipper broke just after a few months in light use. Without the zipper the bag is useless. They need to put more money into the zipper! Don't buy. Full review
The North Face VE 24
The VE24 has proven itself to be able to handle very adverse weather conditions with durability to last year after year. Whether holding out in an Alaskan blizzard or Tropical Storm you can count on the VE24 to hold its own against the elements. I purchased my VE24 in 2012 from an avid trekking couple that purchased it new in '78-'79. I listened to their stories of the many years of adventures in Alaska, the many blizzards, snow and rain storms they weathered through in this tent. Including weathering… Full review