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

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 5 of 5 stars Compact, lightweight, and field cleanable, the Katadyn Hike PRO is in the top 3 of my favorite pieces of backpacking/hiking equipment. It's reliable and tough and the cost is reasonable. The Katadyn Hiker PRO will take up more space in your pack than a Steripen, but it's a heck of a lot faster, tougher, your water will taste and look better, and it doesn't require batteries. My better half and I always take this filter with us, whether we're on a day hike or backpacking into the backcountry.  It's… Full review

The North Face Asylum Bivy

rated 4 of 5 stars Good for what it is: a super light weight shelter; not quite a bivy, not a tent I got the Asylum "bivy" for a week long trip along the JMT.  It was between this and a Mountain Hardware Sprite 1.  I went with this because it was lighter and more compact.  They call it a bivy, but I think it's better than a bivy because it's just slightly larger and will keep you safe from the rain.  It is VERY close-quarters--barely enough room to sit up.  The stuff sack it came with it a lot larger than it… Full review

McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a product that you can spray on your clothes to remove odors. Let's face it, there are just some fabrics that hold onto the smell of perspiration. As a triathlete I have several synthetic technical fabric shirts and even after washing them, they still smell. I have tried a variety of special detergents: Penguin Wash, Win, Sport Suds, and a few others. They do better than regular detergent, but there are always a few shirts that still reek even after multiple washes. So I tried the Mirazyme. Full review

Tarptent Notch

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very happy. It prefers the poles to be about 115cm. If you have fixed walking poles a little higher it will cope. Some people dig a hole to sink the pole. I just added a 5cm loop to allow the tent to sit lower (the fly will be a tad higher though.  I have the partial solid inner which keeps me out of any extra breeze. The walking pole adapters are highly recommended ...maybe not so much to keep the handles clean but more if the handles are up you are not worried about tearing the fly. It really… Full review

Sea to Summit Micro MC II

rated 5 of 5 stars I had forgotten how clever I thought this bag was. It is meant to be light, so don't complain about what it lacks but they try to compensate in other ways. They have just tried to leave the essential bits. The zipper baffle is stiffened just enough to stop it snagging.   It lacks a box foot to save weight... this allows you to open it completely like a quilt and vent the foot end of the bag but you may have to hitch the hole under you on truely cold nights.   The stylish black inner is I assume… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest

rated 5 of 5 stars I got the ENO Singlenest hammock for Christmas and have enjoyed it thoroughly. Highly recommend it. My hammock is awesome. I use it every time I hike, camp, or just want to relax. The hammock folds up into a very tight and lightweight ball, easy for storage. ENO also offers some cool accessories that add to the amazing experience. If you don't have one, get one soon and you will agree with me that the ENO Singlenest hammock is life changing. Full review

Katadyn Base Camp

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Not meant for day or thru hikes, but as the name implies, it's a really good gravity filter for base camping. Make sure you carefully seat the filter cartridge before screwing it in or you'll get leaks that have a tendency to run down the hose and contaminate your container. I hate pumping water, especially when base camping. Either you make countless trips to the creek/river/lake, or you spend a lot of time at water's edge filling as many containers as you have. The Katadyn Base Camp allows you… Full review