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
Victorinox Swiss Army Recruit
The best pocket knife money can buy. You can keep any other brand as far as I am concerned. They are all Victorinox wannabes. This knife is simple, robust, and beats the competition by a clear mile every time. I own a Spartan and a SwissChamp. Both are first rate. But do you know what is on my EDC keychain? That's right. The Spartan. Along with my Leatherman Micra, it goes with me when I leave home. I know, that between these two tools, shit happens and I got it covered. The Spartan… Full review
SPOT Gen 3 Satellite GPS Messenger
Excellent insurance for the solo hiker, hunter, or fisher(person). I am a solo hiker, hunter, and fisherman who needs some insurance against accidents in the wild. I live within half an hour of the national forest, but if I got lost or had a serious accident off the trail, the results could be catastrophic without a GPS locating device. I've used the SPOT 3 twice this summer and find its periodic reporting of my precise location very satisfactory. Full review
Walrus Arch Rival XV
Excellent tent Compact when packed, very lightweight at only 1.8Kg and excellent quality. I have had mine since 1999 and it has stood the test of time! Because of the size and weight it is ideal for hiking, cycling, and mountain expeditions. Full review
It's worth every dime you spend. It's sturdy, like a bomb shelter. I did a lot of research, as a matter of fact a couple of months or more. I bought a couple of tents and returned them. Didn't like the setup of tent then rain fly thing, somehow it just didn't get it. Get caught in a storm, set up the outer tent, then crawl in and set up the inner while it was raining. Some tents don't even give you that option. Sorry, that's not for me. Spent $400 / $500 just didn't feel I was getting my money's… Full review
Coghlan's Biodegradable Camp Soap
It's good that this product raises the conscientiousness of what we leave behind, but we might consider some inexpensive alternatives. I suspect some will find what I am about to say to be a little self-righteous, maybe contemptuous, but it is only meant to suggest a paradigm shift. I thought of making a review of the two products that I note below, but again, I suspect some would think such a review was just mockery. So here goes. Have you considered the reason that you purchase Camp Soap may… Full review
Moss Tents Stardome II
Classic bomb-proof mountain tent. The Moss Star Dome II is a classic tent, but not seen in the mountains too often these days since Moss went out of business around the year 2000. You'd think it would be obsolete at this point, but it is a very practical design, roomy enough for two, long enough to accommodate 6' 4" adults, and with a roomy hooped vestibule that makes it very livable. I've used this tent at altitude in a variety of weather conditions, in severe wind and heavy precipitation, and… Full review
Great little lantern for camping, backpacking, and bike touring. I purchased this lantern for a bike tour, but used it for multiple festivals, camping trips, and backpacking adventures. To be fair, I loved using this light while it worked. I have many products that use AAA batteries, so replacing them with fully charged batteries was taken care of the night before leaving. I rarely used the light in the rain, so I'm not sure how it behaves. The plastic is very durable. I could use this light for… Full review