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
Mountain Hardwear Men's Phantom 15°
The bag construction is great. Materials are great. Its light, stuffs down small, the hood is awesome and its cozy. But Im skeptical about the temperature rating. I really like this bag. However I bought the long and should have gone for the regular. I owned another MH bag that was long and it fit great. So when I reordered it i just went with the long without realizing that the sizes were changed. I went on a trip to the Sierras and it got down to about 30 degrees at night. My core and head were… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Spectre SL 20°
Started off great, but then the waterproof materials and the welded baffles completely failed after about 10 years. Warranty coverage was lacking. I loved my Spectre 20. I had it for 10 years and used it for hundreds of nights. Then I ended up getting a tear in the seams. Not the end of the world. One tear after 10 years. I called mountain Hardwear and asked them what to do to send it back to them. They said I had to wash it first. Even though it had a hole in it and down was coming out, they wanted… Full review
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2
This tent is light and has a lot of configurations for ventilation. I just eked out the Tensegrity because it offers my wife a tad more privacy. I really like this tent, although it's a close call with the Tensegrity. Anyone considering this tent should take a hard look at that one. Super light. Lots of configurations. Pretty happy with it. Full review
Platypus Platy Bottle
Awesome for long hikes where no water is available except what you carry. The Platy Bottle holds plenty of water for long hikes. It's extremely easy to use, is held in my backpack and clips the straw to my backpack front straps for easy use. Allow me to hydrate more often and is well made.Would highly recommend this product for long hikes. Full review
Katabatic Gear Palisade
Holy moly, this quilt is incredible! So light, and very well crafted. This is the greatest warm season quilt I've ever used. It is lightweight, high quality, and a great option in warm season use. It has a great system to attach to the sleeping pad, if needed — no drafts or cold spots. The footbox has extra space and down, for increased comfort. Getting in and out, with no zipper, is a cinch. As it is down, you have to be conscious of moisture. Also, as it is a quilt, you have to consider the… Full review
SteriPEN Classic 3 with Pre-Filter
Works very well, but is restricted to certain water containers due to size. I really love this product. However, it only works with certain bottle sizes. I don't enjoy the requirement of bringing heavier bottles that will fit the pre-filter. On the other hand, with good batteries, it lasts quite long. It takes about 30 seconds to treat 0.5L, or about a minute for 1 L. This is fine for one person, but it eventually takes quite a while for a large group, with infrequent water sources (lots of… Full review
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp
This is a phenomenal product. Light, exactly what one would expect, and very strong. This is a great product. It does exactly what one would expect a flat tarp to do. Multiple tie outs for guylines. Extremely lightweight cuben fiber. Extremely strong. I've used this on multiple trips, for sun shade and rain protection. It pitches as one would expect — in any fashion you can imagine. If you make the pitch taut, it stays that way through wind, rain, etc. I wish it were available in more sizes,… Full review