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
Gossamer Gear LT5 Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles
Light and comfortable! This is an initial review with only one day, so if durability becomes problematic, I will update the review. I typically hate poles. They have been an annoyance more than a help. Unfortunately, my knees disagree with that statement. I tried BD's Distance Carbon FLZ and disliked the grip, the fixed basket, and the tent pole folding mechanism. The BD Alpine Carbon Cork felt nice, but goes against my fear of heavy poles getting in the way of a nice hike. The Gossamer LT5's… Full review
Aegismax Wind Hard Quilt
If you're looking for a quilt that won't break the bank and you don't expect cold temperatures (sub 40° F / 5° C ), this Aegismax Wind Hard quilt is an excellent choice. TEMPERATURE RATING The Aegismax Wind Hard quilt has been in my sights for awhile. I finally picked one up and was able to get out on a multi-day backpacking trip in some perfect weather to put this quilt to the test. The company rates the quilt at 0° - 5° Celsius (32° - 41° F) and my personal experience matches this assessment… Full review
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2
Great lightweight tent, but you have to know how to set it up to make it work. Bought this to lighten my gear, upgrading from my beginner Half Dome 2 (6 lbs). This tent is 2 lbs! (without the tent, pole, and stake sacks). Setup/Stability/Weather: Read a lot of reviews before buying and it seems the people who like it most take the time to learn how to stake it out properly. It took me a few practice runs, but once you adjust some of the guy-lines and stake it properly, the tent is really sturdy… Full review
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
My favorite pack for heavy loads. I owned and enjoyed using a 2012 Baltoro 75 for four years before discovering the Nimbus Trace. The maple frame fits me better so I've used this pack since 2016. Carries heavy loads comfortably because frame fits my back perfectly! Definitely try it on for fit. Lots of straps to cinch down loads so nothing shifts. Cordura fabric holds up really well, virtually scratch/tear-proof. Lots of customizable options in shoulder strap and hip-belts sizes. I use large shoulder… Full review
The North Face Double Headed Toad 44 BX
My wife and I bought this tent used four years ago and have used it many times since. It is the perfect tent, and I would recommend it to anyone. We are a family of four—our boys are now 11 and 8—and our Double Headed Toad has served us well in a wide range of camping situations. It's so easy to set up that I trained the kids to do it, and they can have it pitched in a couple of minutes. It has never leaked or succumbed to wind, and its mesh-based internal construction means condensation is… Full review
MSR WindBurner Ceramic Skillet
This is the pan for WindBurner Stove System owners who want to add a frying pan to their cook kit, one that offers nonstick convenience and solid build, and who don’t mind that the pan comes with some bulk, weight, and priciness. What It Is The MSR WindBurner Ceramic Skillet is an 8 in/ 20.3 cm frying pan made of hard-anodized aluminum that features an attached “heat-capturing ring,” a detachable MSR Talon handle, and a nonstick ceramic coating inside the pan. According to MSR, it “allows… Full review
MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit
The MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit is a versatile water treatment device with easy pump and gravity flow setups built in. It could conceivably replace your filter, bladder hydration system and a water bottle for many outdoor activities. A couple of reasons I haven’t switched permanently to this system include weight not suited to a solo hiker like me, initial taste issues (like many bladder systems), and an issue with the pump spout/cap. WAIVER: This is not a recommendation for using or not… Full review