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
Klymit Insulated Static V Luxe
The insulated Static V luxe is comfortable but a bit short and may not be as insulated as the r-value advertises. tbc Full review
BRS 3000W Canister Stove
Half the weight and half the price of the FMS 300T. Win-Win, right? Not exactly. I purchased the BRS 3000W (28 grams) in 2016 for roughly $15. It appears to be a clone of the FMS 300T at half the weight and half the cost. Win-Win, right? Not quite. One of the pot legs sagged three days into my 2017 BMT section hike. I was able to bend it back and while not a total failure I certainly don't have confidence in it for long distance backpacking trips. I purchased the FireMaple FMS 300T (49 grams) back… Full review
Little Shop of Hammocks Toaster Under Quilt
A full length 800 FP HyperDri goose down hammock under quilt rated for 0 F. Available in a large variety of colour combinations and fabric types, I choose the A90 (.9 oz/sq yrd.) olive outside with the same A90 fabric in black on the inside. After testing it out a few nights this winter it is more than capable of taking you down to the 0 degree point, I remained toasty and warm well past freezing on a couple nights. Over stuff of the down is available for those venturing out in sub 0 temps. Very… Full review
Kelty Cosmic 4
The Kelty Cosmic 4 is a great sleeping bag that's snug even on cold winter nights. It's puffy, it's comfortable at 19 degrees Fahrenheit and up. I'd recommend it if you want a warm cozy night. The Kelty Cosmic 4 is a very warm 4 degree bag thats comfortable at 19 degrees. It is 6 feet long, has lots of hood room, and plenty of foot room for me. So overall it is very comfortable. The bag is easy to get in and out of since it has a wide hood(as long as it is tightened.)The bag doesn't let in moisture… Full review
Black Diamond Hollowpoint
Tough well made bag let down by 2 design flaws which in turn render the bag unusable I have had the bag for 4-5 years mainly for urban use, cycling to work etc and unfortunately it now has to be replaced. The bag is not at all worn out and is made of very resistant materials. Except the top zip at the corners is very exposed wear and tear. It has prematurely worn to the point where I can no longer close the bag properly . I will avoid zips in any future purchases Full review
Frost River Isle Royale
Just two words to descibe this pack,Bomb Proof. My new pack arrived yesterday and as of yet has not been tested in the field but the fit for me is perfect.At the age of 65 and a lifetime of backpacking all over the world from Artic excersises in Norway during my service in the Royal Navy to the Yukon in Canada using military packs either British pack systems during my service or my pefered Norweigan Army pack this pack is right up there amongst the best.It does feel comfortable to wear,not yet sure… Full review
Toaks Titanium 450ml Mug
Good enough for the girls I go with. Not a Snow Peak but the price isn't either This mug has been in daily use since Jan/2017 and has been serving me well. My first impression when I pulled it out of the box, and for whatever reason squeezed the mug and it seemed more flexible than I remember the Snow Peak mugs being, The next thing I noticed as 450ml really means around 420ml but the rolled lip makes it very hard to move it around full so somewhere around 375-400ml is about what it holds. Which… Full review