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
Hults Bruk Almike
A small, hand-forged hatchet compact enough to pack and capable enough to make efficient work of camp chores. While the Almike has a beautiful, classic design that will please those who yearn for a satisfaction that transcends mere function, the Almike is plenty capable, too. If you are a backpacker, paddler, hunter, or bushcrafter considering purchasing a premium axe, the Almike is worthy of your consideration. Overview The Hults Bruk Almike is a small, readily carried hatchet that is intended… Full review
Primus Polaris 360
For those familiar with the Black Diamond Orbit and similar products, The Primus Polaris 360 hybrid flashlight/lantern is a simpler, less expensive, and more intuitive design. I recommend this product to anyone looking for an easily portable backcountry light that will serve multiple functions of use. I love this light! For the most part, I like it more than my Black Diamond Orbit. It is an LED flashlight/lantern hybrid that uses two (2) red diodes, and one (1) high powered white diode, powered… Full review
Granite Gear Hiker Wallet
This great little product may seem unnecessary, but it will grow on you! I recommend the Hiker Wallet to anyone that goes into the backcountry that doesn't want to carry their big heavy wallet! Okay, I admit it—this was an impulse buy! But I am happy that I bought it! This is a great little product from Granite Gear that I have been using for several years now. It's one of those things that isn't really necessary, but you'll be glad you have it. After I purchased it, I thought "Well this is silly. Full review
They work for light duty or maybe packed trails. I've had two pairs. Hiking where snow was deep, then shallow, then deep, etc, I lost one. I called the company and they sent me another pair! [I had to return the one I had first]. I found one on a trail and then lost one of mine again! They slip off a big boot. I gave the remaining pair away. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to use them around town and they do slip on easy, but I wouldn't use them in the outdoors again and they aren't the only brand… Full review
Esbit Pocket Stove
I've used an Esbit for many years. It works, it's inexpensive, and it's small and light. The old guys I grew up hiking with used them to make tea on the trail and we always called them 'twig stoves' as they burn twigs and scrap paper, etc quite well but do work best with a fuel tablet. They carry four tablets when closed and will fit in a shirt pocket. It's an excellent emergency or back up stove. I carry one with my Swiss Volcano, which also burns twigs, paper and tablets. Coleman's Military Surplus… Full review
So durable I inherited one. Folded up and in hand for scale. My dad passed this stove down to me after many years of service. It looks like it is around 20 years old? Would that be an exaggeration? The yellowed instructions put the company in at an old address with only a local Seattle phone number. The bottles were just plain aluminum with no logo or name and the pump was just yellowish plastic. It worked like this for many years for me before the hosing became brittle and cracked and the other… Full review
Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30°
Large and warm, and I'll never roll off my sleeping pad again! Purchased the long-length version of this bag from Campsaver for $249.95 before various discounts. What drew me to this bag is the fact that it's very, very roomy. I'm 6'3" / 240# and wear a size 50 suit jacket, so I have always had trouble finding a bag with the shoulder room to let me move or switch sides, etc. The Fish Hawk gives me all the room I need and more. Even with all of this space, the bag retains its packability admirably. Full review