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
The North Face Rock 32
Inadequately robust. Poor quality materials. Inadequate protection against the elements. This is the third North Face tent I have owned. I paid $ 170.00 Canadian. I have also owned tents manufactured by Sierra Designs and The Mountain Equipment Co-op since 1989. On average I repair and maintain my tents to extend their life-span to about 15- years before they are considered non- servable . Compared to previous manufacturing standards, design and materials this North Face Rock 32 should not… Full review
Soto OD-TRC Fill Adaptor for Butane Gas
Great little piece of gear. It does exactly what it claims to do. This little adapter works really well for filling lighters. I have never experienced any leaking from mine. The little tube must be depressed to release iso-butane into the the lighter reservoir, so you won't lose it to the atmosphere. The only concern is that the piece is so tiny that you might lose it (weighs 25g). However, a lanyard will easily prevent that. Full review
Granite Gear Air Zippditty
Just the right size (.6L) for the little odds and ends you want to keep in one place when hiking, camping, backpacking, or any other outdoor activity. Well-made bags in high visibility colors, great for small first aid kits, fire starting kits, snacks, electronics, and more. A perfect way to bring some order to your backcountry existence. Multi-use Organization for the Outdoor Enthusiast As any outdoor enthusiast knows, organization can save time, prevent loss, and bring peace of mind to one's outdoor… Full review
Nimrod Pack Systems Haul Frame Pack
I'VE BEEN MILITARY 28 YEARS!!! I can tell you that the military could learn a few things from Nimrod Packs systems!! I own every piece from binoc/45 case to the meat rack. If you spend your money on the OTHER guys costing twice your money you're wrong! This stuff is top quality and the craftsmanship is excellent. The owner is a top quality individual and the warranty is world class. Try it! It will be the last one you will ever need!! I tell everyone I meet they need to look at the prices the "Hunting Magazine… Full review
High Sierra Wheeled Double Adjustable Ski Bag
Convenient storage and transportation for your skis. Very easy to wheel and well padded for protection of you valuable equipment. Why carry skis bags when they can be rolled? High Sierra has made transporting two pairs of skis and poles much easier with its wheeled adjustable double ski bag. Constructed of 1680D Ballistic nylon, originally made for military use and paired with a robust set of wheels built for inline skates, this double ski bag is meant to satisfy even the most serious ski traveler. Full review
Deuter DreamLite 500
A very cold sleeping bag, far out of its rating. This bag seemed like the perfect bag for my needs — a spring sleeping bag, highly compressible and lightweight from a reliable tested brand. Unfortunately it fails in the only thing that really matters — warmth, big time. I used it while camping in a tent with a 15 m"m E.V.A. mattress. I'll admit I'm a cold sleeper, but it has to be a night of 20+°c for it to be warm enough!!! And at those temperatures I can use a thermal liner that weighs a… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Pinole 20°
Warm cozy and bulky synthetic sleeping bag that weighs almost as little as a down sleeping bag. Excellent quality and features. I used this sleeping bag while hiking for two months the Israeli National Trail and I did like it a lot. I'm a very cold sleeper, with a slim fit, which means finding a good sleeping bag is a nightmare for me, but I did find this bag warm with no cold spots which was a nice surprise. I used it in freezing desert nights and misty damp nights, and while most of the other… Full review