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
A high quality fire starter tool. FIRE -- Oh Oh!! No matter how light I try to get in my pack weight, there are 2 things that I always keep 3 of: water treatment and fire starting. Call me paranoid. Anyway, along with a mini-Bic in my pack hip belt and waterproof matches in my first aid kit, I keep this little nifty tool from Exotac. It's called the fireRod -- a ferrocerium fires tarter (which is similar to flint/steel, but a bit easier to use and is the "flint" found in butane lighters). Full review
Mammut Trion Guide 45+7
Great all round alpine pack with large front pocket great for easy access gear like layers or ski touring safety equipment. The Trion Guide is a well sized pack perfect for mountaineering, ski touring, and general hiking. The fit is one size fits all, and its very similar to Deuters Guide series of packs. The padding isn't anything special, and the straps seem to fit well to my 5'10 narrow shouldered frame. I can get just about anything I need for a weekend in the alpine. I have been able to… Full review
Petzl Tikka R+
Great headlamp that excels in technical use. The reactive lighting is extremely helpful at conserving maximum battery for navigation even after 11 hours of use, and it also works great for down climbing through technical terrain. I have had this headlamp for 6 months and used it for climbing, running and camping. The controls are confusing at first so make sure a staff member shows you how they work. It's the second of Peztl's Reactive series of lights. Reactive lighting uses a photo sensor that… Full review
Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp
A non-free standing shelter by design that works well with a variety of conditions and platforms. It can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles or in between two trees. It's a versatile shelter that can be used as a ground shelter or even as a hammock tarp. Since this is a modular system, the weight can be easily be distributed between two people. Best used for 3-season backpacking and can be used a solo or 2 Person shelter. Manufacturer Specs: http://www.seatosummit.com.au/products/bug-protection/escapist/… Full review
Black Diamond Syncline
These are lightweight, strong trekking poles that won't collapse regardless of how much weight is put on them. The straps and handgrips are very comfortable for snowshoeing. I bought my Black Diamond Syncline trekking poles for snowshoeing, and they're excellent for that purpose. The straps are comfortable and don't chafe when I use them without gloves, and the grips have enough of a lip on them for pulling up my heel lifts. The included snow baskets keep the poles from sinking too far in snow,… Full review
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp
4 words, Will keep you dry. The Eagles Nest HouseFly is probably one if the best investments I've made to date in my camping gear. I spent 14 days in the Daniel Boone National Forest and it really proved itself worthy of packing. The first night out it rained, not just your mother's everyday light shower, it poured buckets. I wasn't sure if the ENO HouseFly would be up for the job. But to my surprise, me and my gear stayed perfectly dry. I was truly amazed. It's much lighter than most of the… Full review
Lowe Alpine Peak Attack 42
The Lowe Alpine Peak Attack is a 42L classic, single compartment mountaineering inspired pack. With those uses in mind the pack boasts added durability without a weight penalty, weighs 950 grams, and includes glove-friendly features (zipper pulls, buckles and grab loops) and a unique ice tool attachment system. This pack would be best for winter mountaineering, summer backpacking or as a large day pack for hiking or cragging. Specs (from Lowe Alpine): Volume: 42lt / 2565cu.in Weight: 0.95kg / 2lb… Full review