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
Jacks 'R' Better Greylock 3
Proven comes to mind when considering products from Jacks R Better, and the Greylock 3 demonstrates that to a tee. The Jacks were there with innovative products from the beginning of the rise in popularity of hammocks for camping. The Greylock 3 has been around for quite a while and is designed to keep the hammock hangers backside warm with large baffles full of lofty, compressible and now water resistant down. If you hang a hammock in the wild or in your backyard in temps down to the 20's odds… Full review
Slumberjack Esplanade +20ºF
The style and construction is great, however I wish it would compress more than it does. Very lightweight. The collar feature is great. I have slept in 40 degree weather in just tee shirt and shorts and actually too warm. Had to un zip! Great bag for camping trips, but not suitable for fitting in to a backpack for more than 3 night hiking trips. Full review
Eureka! Midori 2
A good value in a 2-person, sub-5-pound backpacking tent. I have owned and used Eureka tents for over 20 years and have been very satisfied with their performance and durability. When my early 90's era Eureka Timberlite-3 started showing signs of its age, it was time to upgrade that tent. My Eureka Timberlite-3 is spacious for 2-people and durable. So I replaced my Timberlite with a Midori-2. The Midori is an aluminum 2-pole X-frame dome tent with one side door and one vestibule. the weight is… Full review
This is a great multipurpuse backpacking accessory for use with Exped Sleeping Pads. Worth every penny of the cost. I bought one of these to go with my Downmat 7 mat. I had to buy a small adaptor so the connectors of this bag would fit onto the built in pump of the Downmat 7. You may ask if it already has a built in pump why would you buy this accessory and add weight and bulk to your setup? Two reasons, ease and speed of inflation and dry bag stuff sack for my down mummy bag. First the pump… Full review
Exped DownMat 7
If you are a backpacker and like warmth and comfort no matter the temp this is a great choice in sleeping pads. It's all the little things they do right with these pads that really make it stand out. I have never slept on a more comfortable backpacking mat. I'm a side sleeper so very often with other pads I end up tossing all night because one hip goes to sleep due to resting on the ground even with the pads fully inflated. Not with this pad. It is a little thicker than some which may be the difference… Full review
Gregory Baltoro 65
Great suspension, great size. Comfortable. Great pack. Have used this on a few weekend expeditions as well as a long distance thru hike. I would recommend it. It has a multitude of adjustments. It has held up very well without any obvious signs of wear. The capacity is large. This pack is too big to be in Trailspace weekend pack category. I had plenty of room for a two-month expedition (with weekly resupply). I found it comfortable, though if I could go back and buy it again, I would get the medium… Full review
Opinel No. 9 Folding Knife
The proven simple and dependable design for over 100+ years. I purchased the #9 model from its indigenous country, France, during a conference meeting I was attending. I have known the knife for some time and wanted to add one into my gear arsenal. The sizes vary from ridiculously small to unnecessarily large. I picked the #9, a little bit larger than the popular #7 or #8. The first thing noticeable is the fact that it is light, almost feather-like. For those of you minimalist guys, I can definitely… Full review