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
Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair Kit
Reasonably lightweight and compact when rolled up. Comfy to sit on but fussy to setup and because you need your sleeping pad to sleep ON, it's kind of inconvenient. Okay--it is a good product but not a great product. Here's the good: it's reasonably lightweight enough for backpacking (but not for ultralight fanatics). And, once it is setup, it IS comfortable and easily adjustable for your body weight and how upright or leaned-back you want to sit. Note that this does NOT have legs--you are… Full review
Deuter Futura Pro 40 SL
This is great backpack for over night, but I also use it for day hiking too. It carries your gear comfortably and has lots of pockets and a rain cover. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to invest in a hard wearing great all around backpack. I'm 5'5" and 120 pounds woman and it fit like a glove. I started my Camino de Santiago with another backpack that was just awful. I replaced it early on in my 2 month 575 mile hike across Spain with the Deuter Futura Pro 40. Wow, it was an amazingly… Full review
REI Passage 1 Tent
Pretty impressed with this 1P tent. It held up better than my nerves I had purchased the Passage 1 a few days before setting out on the PCT hike from White Pass, WA to Cascade Locks. The first two nights camping were perfect. On the the third night in near zero visibility from clouds I was on Old Snowy Mtn..and it was getting dark. I pitched the tent next to what I thought was a wind barrier made from the broke "slate-type rock that made up the the ridgeline. Tired, hungry, not wanting to… Full review
Katadyn Base Camp
Worth every penny... The trick is to get water flowing...I usually lift the clipped tube up and down a few times to start the siphon action before trying to pour. So I'm not sure that 1 liter per minute is accurate - once flowing, I can fill my two 1 liter nalgene bottles pretty quickly. The one ...sort of...complaint might be that it gets a little heavy and cumbersome to carry back from the spring or stream to the campsite. The first few times I used the bag required a lot of attentive hand switching… Full review
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy
I've spent 10 plus nights in this bivy so far, in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. Overall, a great piece of equipment that I plan on continuing to use. Overall, good bivy. Condensation has been the biggest con , but is usually an issue with most bivy sacks. The worst condensation I experienced was after a warm night of intermittent rain storms in Utah, go figure. I stayed dry, but the inside of the bivy and outside of my down bag were pretty wet. Otherwise, I love the bug netting, the size of the… Full review
LightHeart Gear Duo
Light weight hiking tent for backpackers. This past February my husband and I hiked almost 500 miles of the Applachain Trail. We started at Springer and upon getting over Sassafrass mountain it became very obvious that our current tent wasn't going to cut it. Ended up at an Outfitter who sold us a Light Heart Duo. We set the tent up a couple of times along the trail and found it not to our needs. The tent is very lightweight, easy to set up and no need for poles as it uses your trekking poles. There… Full review
Garmin eTrex 20x
easy to use, water resistant This GPS does thew job well, it is fairly easy to use once you watch a couple of youtube videos. Garmins free baseCamp free software can be used to program routes and retrieve tracks off of the GPS. Ive used it several times, once in a downpour all day and never had a problem. The only problem I have is with the joystick controller on the front of the unit, its great to use to control the GPS but once you put it in your pocket or a backpacks hip belt pocket it activates… Full review