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.

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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:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (lights)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (starters)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Read more on the 10 Essentials.

Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews

Granite Gear Hiker Wallet

rated 5 of 5 stars This great little product may seem unnecessary, but it will grow on you! I recommend the Hiker Wallet to anyone that goes into the backcountry that doesn't want to carry their big heavy wallet! Okay, I admit it—this was an impulse buy! But I am happy that I bought it! This is a great little product from Granite Gear that I have been using for several years now. It's one of those things that isn't really necessary, but you'll be glad you have it. After I purchased it, I thought "Well this is silly. Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 2 of 5 stars They work for light duty or maybe packed trails. I've had two pairs. Hiking where snow was deep, then shallow, then deep, etc, I lost one. I called the company and they sent me another pair! [I had to return the one I had first]. I found one on a trail and then lost one of mine again! They slip off a big boot. I gave the remaining pair away. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to use them around town and they do slip on easy, but I wouldn't use them in the outdoors again and they aren't the only brand… Full review

Esbit Pocket Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've used an Esbit for many years. It works, it's inexpensive, and it's small and light. The old guys I grew up hiking with used them to make tea on the trail and we always called them 'twig stoves' as they burn twigs and scrap paper, etc quite well but do work best with a fuel tablet. They carry four tablets when closed and will fit in a shirt pocket. It's an excellent emergency or back up stove. I carry one with my Swiss Volcano, which also burns twigs, paper and tablets. Coleman's Military Surplus… Full review

MSR WhisperLite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars So durable I inherited one. Folded up and in hand for scale. My dad passed this stove down to me after many years of service. It looks like it is around 20 years old? Would that be an exaggeration? The yellowed instructions put the company in at an old address with only a local Seattle phone number. The bottles were just plain aluminum with no logo or name and the pump was just yellowish plastic. It worked like this for many years for me before the hosing became brittle and cracked and the other… Full review

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30°

rated 5 of 5 stars Large and warm, and I'll never roll off my sleeping pad again! Purchased the long-length version of this bag from Campsaver for $249.95 before various discounts. What drew me to this bag is the fact that it's very, very roomy. I'm 6'3" / 240# and wear a size 50 suit jacket, so I have always had trouble finding a bag with the shoulder room to let me move or switch sides, etc. The Fish Hawk gives me all the room I need and more. Even with all of this space, the bag retains its packability admirably. Full review

Snow Peak GigaPower Auto

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Compact but strong and stable. Auto-ignitor is fragile, however. This is a compact, but powerful design. Sets up quickly just by screwing on to a gas canister. I chose this model over the Jetboil partly because of its four arms, which allow it to stay very stable in the field. Combined with a gas canister stand, this thing is rock solid. As far as I'm concerned, its sole weakness has been the ignitor, which worked well at first but then broke quite easily just from removing the stove from its case. Full review

Mountain Hardwear Men's Phantom 32°

rated 3 of 5 stars It's a good bag and well made, yet a bit skinny and hood opening is too small. My Likes Bought the long model of the bag for a cross-country bicycling trip. It did that job well since it was summer and I never really needed to zip up all the way. It comes with a nice storage sack and a nice stuff sack. It packs down small and light and worked great in panniers.  It is also a joy to have for backpacking due to its size and weight. It was nice to find something this small and light with still a respectable… Full review