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
Coleman Sportster Dual Fuel II
Amazing gem & indestructible/reliable. (A backpacking asset despite being less than ultralight) Four point five stars. Have used this for a decade, and really I've never been disappointed. CONS- To get its steely durability & reliability it is heavy, (at 2.75lbs).PROS- I feel they outweigh the one con. Zero setup time, fantastic heat adjustable with a finger, steady surface, burns any liquid fuel except paint. The gentleman who said his would not light? Yes the pump spins clockwise &… Full review
REI Unisex AirRail 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad
A decent idea that in practice didn't work for me. The air rails only help to keep you on the mat if you have it at close to full inflation, which I never do for comfort. A short review of this item as I didn't keep it for long... I bought this on an unexpected trip out of town to help my 80 yr old parents move. The new place didn't have a lot of room so I ran by REI with the intention of using the pad for a couple of nights and evaluating it as a replacement for my aging REI Lite Core pad, and… Full review
Moss Tents Tent
I have owned this tent for about 35 years. Bought it a LL Beans. Always was there when needed. Good camp tent for canoe trips. This last trip to the St. Croix, I noted the fly was losing its water proofing. Still solid, poles good, no tears, but no longer waterproof. Any way to restore that? Wish I could get another! Full review
Sierra Designs Light Year 1
I love the ease of this tent to set up. I'm a single woman with arthritic hands, and this tent makes setup a snap. I have an older SD Light Year 1 tent. It was originally purchased for my son TWELVE YEARS AGO when he was in Boy Scouts. He used it on all his pack trips, and I can guarantee not a lot of TLC was given during these first few years. After my son earned Eagle and headed out on his own, he left the tent behind, I'm assuming because he loved his mommy so much (LOL). I started using the… Full review
Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14'
Bought this used at a garage sale, and re-waterproofed using Star Bright PTFE and seam sealer. Some of the side clips need replacing, but remains water tight without them. Sturdy, HUGE interior, and true stand-up, cabin style tent accommodates two queen air mattresses with storage bin used as night stand in the middle, as well as 8 ft. table in entry area. Setup is confusing at first if you do not have directions, but instructions found easily online: google Northwest Territory Vacation Cottage… Full review
Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker
I bought the previous model with only one door when it was on sale. Held up wonderfully in heavy rain. It pitches with trekking poles and does not require guy lines. Setup: Setup took some getting used to, but once I got it right, it seems like it should be pretty easy to repeat. It doesn't include a footprint. Weather Resistance: I used this tent for two nights with heavy downpours. It requires seams sealing, though I didn't have a chance to do this before my trip. After being out and about during… Full review
I got this bag for an AT section hike. It was very comfortable at first and worked well with the Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus. I did find it irritating that the bag was so warm that most nights I could not sleep in it zipped up. The zip did not go all the way down to feet. Zipper broke and that was that. Backless weight saving idea not so sure about either, made it hard to use independently without the sleeping pad. I am getting a replacement sent from the company, the Capella women's bag. We will… Full review