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
Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS)
One trick pony The annoying thing about Jetboil is the igniters. They last about a week of use before eroding away, totally unacceptable when you consider what these devices are used for and where they go. Why jet boil allow such inferior igniters to be used in their product mystifies me. I would not use one again and in fact sold all of my jet boil gear. Another reason not to use them is that the pots are useless on anything other than the jetboil stove. i.e they are no good on a hot plate… Full review
Marmot Limelight 3P
I love this tent! Very solid construction, waterproof and spacious for 2 people pus gear. I often use it solo and I don't have to store any gear in the vestibules. Ventilation is great and very easy to set up! Excellent customer service at Marmot! Design, materials and construction are really top notch. Super easy to set up, and if it's raining, you can set up the fly and the (included) footprint only, first, and then clip the tent body to the poles while you are all dry, under the fly. Nice thinking… Full review
Great pack for day trips. I bought this pack in 2014 so mine is most likely a newer model, than what is pictured. I can add pictures of mine, if anyone is curious. This pack fits me great, I am 6'2" and about 195 lbs. and have no issues with the straps being long enough, in fact there is plenty for it to fit some one taller and larger than myself. As for comfort I have used a few other day packs (osprey, which I enjoy) and this one is my favorite. The padding on the back and the belt is comfortable… Full review
Blacks Mountain Tent
Wonderful for cold snowy weather Believe was the tent for the 1920's everest expeditions I loved mine but soo heavy foolishly gave it to a friend!!! wish I still had it!!! wonderful historic mountain tent ideal for cold and snowy conditions just rather heavy able to stand up to quite severe winds loved it Full review
Leki Tour Stick Trigger S
I must say, it would never occur to me to spend $200 for a pair of poles...but I will certainly accept them as a contest prize, and will put them to good use. These poles have been described as "the ultimate for 4-season use," but are also advertised as ski poles. I have used them for snowshoeing and micro-spike winter hiking, and they are certainly an upgrade over my basic snowshoe poles. These poles are way more pole than I would ever need, but I have come to really like them...and my husband… Full review
Western Mountaineering Bison GWS
Incredible quality in materials and craftsmanship. Packs down very small and is very lightweight (under 5 lbs) for its temp rating of -40F. I have no doubt it will live up to its reputation when put to the test. After reading hundreds of reviews and comparing specs, Western Mountaineering was the bag I kept coming back to over and over. Feathered Friends was a close contender, but a max 64" shoulder girth even in their long bags was ultimately the deal breaker for me. FF is actually slightly less… Full review
Osprey Exos 58
This is an excellent light pack for UL backpackers who can go for 7 days with a starting load under 30 lbs (2014 model). This would make a great thru-hiker pack. I bought this pack to replace my aging REI Cruise UL 60 pack. I love the EXOS 58's comfort, even with 30 lbs. The mesh back panel rides very comfortably and is cooler by far than my mesh covered foam REI back panel. Inside this single compartment pack is a small QR buckle to hold up your hydration bladder in its sleeve. Also there's a… Full review