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
When I first received the Pocket Rocket I was a little disappointed it didn't have a piezo ignition. After having used it in countless hikes against other stoves, I have nothing to complain about. I almost always heat, eat, and finish my meal before anyone else's water is even boiling. Set up: Fast. Just flick out the 3 prongs and screw it on. Ignition: If using a portable piezo, always lights in just a couple of clicks, or if you get to know your own stove, lights on the first click. I bought… Full review
Tarptent StratoSpire 2
Lightweight and amazingly strong if guyed out properly with extra line, stakes and trekking poles Fits me, wife, dog and all of our gear comfortably. Very light with generous features. Lots of zippers, doors and vestibule space. The guy line and stakes that the tent ship with are a bit wimpy for challenging conditions, but add a little extra trip-tease line, a few more stakes and even two more trekking poles (2+2 = total of 4) if you have them and this tent could withstand a tornado. My first… Full review
Tarptent Rainshadow 2
Excellent ultralight, waterproof, fast to erect tent. Used ~dozen times so far on backpacking trips and Boy Scout 'trailer' camps. No complaints. Sets up faster than almost all other adult Scouter's tents (and the 6 other tents I own too.) Weighs far less and costs about the same as those others too. Very fine netting keeps the bugs out. Spacious enough for dad and son sleep and store all gear inside. (It be too tight w/ three adults + gear inside.) Recommend a large piece of window film (polycro)… Full review
Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'
Used two time and the zipper broke and cant' seem to find a part or even get any help finding one. . does great in the rain and are good quality BESIDES THE ZIPPER super upset The set up for the tent is awesome i did it with my girlfriend within 15 minutes( 2 blondes that's good timing) . Did awesome in the rain which we had for 11 days straight nothing go wet inside the tent.! THERE IS A LOT OF ROOM we had two queen size double high air mattresses and 1 twin kid one! plus 4 people and all there… Full review
BLKBOX.biz Solar Chargers
Quality portable folding solar chargers sold direct via Amazon. Four models available, two models evaluated. Powerbanks also available (not evaluated). Let me preface by saying solar charger wattage ratings are based on Maximum Output on a clear cloudless day at moderate temperatures. In many areas of the world, this is the exception rather than the rule. On average, solar panels produce a fraction of their rated Maximum Output. My suggestion is to learn what input wattage the device(s) you… Full review
The North Face Tadpole 2
Fine little tent! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a sturdy backcountry two-person tent in the four pound range. Northface tents used to be the most innovative, durable and carefully stitched backcountry tents in the business, IMHO. Nothing lasts forever though, and it's been years since anyone has mentioned Northface as a cutting edge gear supplier. Until now: Wow! The current incarnation of the Tadpole 2 (2014 vers.) seems like a return to the old Northface. Proven, rock solid pole configuration,… Full review
Not a 4-season tent! Excellent spring/autumn tent. Too hot in summer, too unstable in winter. Setup: It's a really easy setup - the last pole might snag a little on the other two, but easily fixed. But i haven't found a way to stake it down before putting in the poles yet, so you have to hold on tight when setting up in windy conditions. can be a bit difficult to stake out the vestibules tight enough, but in nice weather you don't need any stakes. Stability: It's very stable in moderate wind,… Full review