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
NEMO Mezzo Loft Luxury 30
Roomy and comfortable for car camping. Pad sleeve and additional features are well designed. A very roomy soft and comfortable two-season sleeping bag. No bottom insulation, but features a sleeve to hold a 30" wide sleeping pad. This feature works great as it keeps the bag from wrapping around you when you move at night. The construction is flawless and additional features such as the tuck-in blanket top and hood are well designed. Full review
Mile High Mountaineering Fifty-Two 80
After 27,000 miles with a variety of backpacks, I've had no problems till now. The shoulder strap twists out of its flat position unto its edge, pressing into the chest like a rope. The force actually pulls the clip of the sternum strap off its track. Very uncomfortable. Customer Service appears silent additionally on its quality control. After 27,000 miles with a variety of backpacks, I've had no problems till now. The 5280 looks like a luscious lollypop and yet has a critical design flaw. The… Full review
Coleman Twin LED Lantern
Generally, it works very good and is excellent. Lights are very bright and last long enough for nights. I can see more that 20 meters and control of range is good enough for night life when camping and playing. Full review
Nanospikes are a super versatile traction device that work on snow, ice, rocks, and pavement. I purchased these for hiking in Colorado in the winter. I wanted a traction device that would allow me to go back and forth between snow/ice and rocks/dirt. Nanospikes fit the bill perfectly. I never slip, even on solid ice (though I do make sure my foot is firmly planted with each step, to set the spikes.) My traction on rocks and pavement is unaffected, and I also appreciate that these tiny tungsten carbide… Full review
Vango Trek Standard
Not much to say about the best selling sleeping mat from Vango. It comes only in red (I think) with its bag and compression straps. It also comes with a repair kit if you accidentally puncture it! You just unscrew the valve cap and wait for the mattress to decompress. After that you may need to give it 2-3 puffs and screw the cap back in place for a more firm feel. My advice: When done with the mattress let it decompress once more and when the inflation comes into a halt screw the cap back and store… Full review
Salomon Wanderer 25
Just an overpriced schoolbag. Since before I started hiking I had two backpacks made from a company that specializes in motorbike backpacks and luggage. I used (and use) them everywhere and never had any problems whatsoever, although now and then I had a few comments from fellow hikers that I need to buy a backpack from a "proper" mountaineering brand. So I gave in and bought Wanderer 25 from Salomon as a replacement for my 25L daypack in promise of separate hydration bladder compartment and the… Full review
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Porter
As the editor of an outdoor website covering the outdoor sports of Central Washington, I own a lot of packs, big and small. Of all of them, this is currently my favorite. This has become my go-to pack for gear-intensive day tripping (e.g., backcountry skiing, rock climbing) as well as for lightweight multi-day trips. It’s not the very lightest pack of its capacity out there (my pack weighs 2 pounds, 1 ounce) but is the lightest pack of its capacity that has reinforced sides and bottoms for contenting… Full review