Hiking and Camping Gear
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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:
- 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
BLKBOX.biz Solar Chargers
Quality portable folding solar chargers sold direct via Amazon. Four models available, two models evaluated. Powerbanks also available (not evaluated). Let me preface by saying solar charger wattage ratings are based on Maximum Output on a clear cloudless day at moderate temperatures. In many areas of the world, this is the exception rather than the rule. On average, solar panels produce a fraction of their rated Maximum Output. My suggestion is to learn what input wattage the device(s) you… Full review
The North Face Tadpole 2
Fine little tent! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a sturdy backcountry two-person tent in the four pound range. Northface tents used to be the most innovative, durable and carefully stitched backcountry tents in the business, IMHO. Nothing lasts forever though, and it's been years since anyone has mentioned Northface as a cutting edge gear supplier. Until now: Wow! The current incarnation of the Tadpole 2 (2014 vers.) seems like a return to the old Northface. Proven, rock solid pole configuration,… Full review
Not a 4-season tent! Excellent spring/autumn tent. Too hot in summer, too unstable in winter. Setup: It's a really easy setup - the last pole might snag a little on the other two, but easily fixed. But i haven't found a way to stake it down before putting in the poles yet, so you have to hold on tight when setting up in windy conditions. can be a bit difficult to stake out the vestibules tight enough, but in nice weather you don't need any stakes. Stability: It's very stable in moderate wind,… Full review
Ajungilak Goose Bay
Good bag I've spent approximately 400 nights in this bag so far, and have no complaints about anything but the zipper - it snags easily, and can especially difficult to open when you're just waking up and trying to get out of the bag as soon as possible to escape the heat. The included compression sack is also useless - i disn't like the design, and one of the straps broke the first week. ajungilak replaced it, but I prefer using a traditional compression sack instead. After 5 years of heavy… Full review
Arc'teryx Bora 80
In this world of ultralight BPing gear is there still a place for this 7 lb beast? Answer, "Oh hell yeah!" I bought this pack when they were still made in Canada. It is not made of the lighter waterproof materials that I've read about in some reviews. So what? That's why they make dry bags and pack covers. The benefits of the older Bora 80s is they are virtually indestructible. Let me put it to you like this and I'll let you ponder the implications of having something that weighs a couple… Full review
Sierra Zip Ztove
Reliable, basic and light I used an original zip stove when thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in the 90s. I never understood why anyone would carry fuel when wood was abundant from Georgia to Maine. Plus I love the smell of a wood fire! Full review
Eddie Bauer 0*vintage down sleeping bag/quilt convertible
An nice example of an old expedition bag from the Seattle Outfitter. The bag has some very unique and useful features to give it great versatility. I think when this bag came out (I don't know the date or the make) it was an expensive addition to the gear locker. It has some features that I've seen before but never together in one bag. Warmth: The bag is very warm. I've used in a range of weather from -20*F (-29*C) to 60*F (16*C). Anything below 0*, I have to double this bag up with another. This… Full review