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
Soto OD-TRC Fill Adaptor for Butane Gas
Great little piece of gear. It does exactly what it claims to do. This little adapter works really well for filling lighters. I have never experienced any leaking from mine. The little tube must be depressed to release iso-butane into the the lighter reservoir, so you won't lose it to the atmosphere. The only concern is that piece is so tiny that you might lose it. However, a lanyard will easily prevent that. Full review
Granite Gear Air Zippditty
Just the right size (.6L) for the little odds and ends you want to keep in one place when hiking, camping, backpacking, or any other outdoor activity. Well-made bags in high visibility colors, great for small first aid kits, fire starting kits, snacks, electronics, and more. A perfect way to bring some order to your backcountry existence. Multi-use Organization for the Outdoor Enthusiast As any outdoor enthusiast knows, organization can save time, prevent loss, and bring peace of mind to one's outdoor… Full review
Nimrod Pack System
IVE BEEN MILITARY 28 YEARS!!! I can tell you that the military could learn a few things from Nimrod Packs systems!! I own every piece from binoc/45 case to the meat rack. If you spend your money on the OTHER guys costing twice your money your wrong!...this stuff is top quality and the craftsmanship is excellent. The owner is a top quality individual and the warranty is world class...try it! it will be the last one you will ever need!! I tell every one i meet they need to look at the prices the "Hunting Magazine… Full review
Deuter DreamLite 500
A very cold sleeping bag, far out of its rating. This bag seemed like the perfect bag for my needs — a spring sleeping bag, highly compressible and lightweight from a reliable tested brand. Unfortunately it fails in the only thing that really matters — warmth, big time. I used it while camping in a tent with a 15 m"m E.V.A. mattress. I'll admit I'm a cold sleeper, but it has to be a night of 20+°c for it to be warm enough!!! And at those temperatures I can use a thermal liner that weighs a… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Pinole 20°
Warm cozy and bulky synthetic sleeping bag that weighs almost as little as a down sleeping bag. Excellent quality and features. I used this sleeping bag while hiking for two months the Israeli National Trail and I did like it a lot. I'm a very cold sleeper, with a slim fit, which means finding a good sleeping bag is a nightmare for me, but I did find this bag warm with no cold spots which was a nice surprise. I used it in freezing desert nights and misty damp nights, and while most of the other… Full review
Gregory Baltoro 65
I’ve crossed around 1,000 miles the past six months with this pack, carrying an average weight of 36 pounds. I could never imagine a backpack can be so comfortable and make the weight just disappear. I’ve crossed around 1000 miles the past 6 months with this pack, carrying an average weight of 36 pounds, I could never imagine a backpack can be so comfortable and make the weight just disappear. This is the 2016 model. Suspension: Superb. I have no idea how they made it, but this pack just gets… Full review
Black Diamond Spot
Bright, small, lightweight, and durable headlamp. Bright, small, lightweight, and durable head lamp I recently purchased this new model of the Black Diamond Spot for a backpacking trip in Europe. I never gave too much thought about headlamps but after having enough of Energizer’s headlamps I decided I did want a reliable (the headband on the Energizer loosens quickly), bright torch I can hike with (without it leaning down while you walk) that will be battery-efficient. This lamp does it ll. I’ve… Full review