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
Good lightweight stove. Manual on-line reads never use a wind screen, very bad advice. Without a wind break the stove can have one or two of the stove segments blow out, and while you are still heating the pot you are wasting fuel. I learned this the hard way. I think the the instructions should read: do not tightly encircle the stove in a wind screen. If the stove isn't working well in cold, just place canister in a bowl with an inch or two of water to liquefy fuel. Full review
Naked Granola Granola Cookies - Seattle
Not necessarily an “energy bar” but rather a wholesome granola bar, or cookie as they call it, that provides a great taste and generous size. Taste: Taste is where this bar, or rather cookie, shines. The “Seattle” cookie has almonds, dark chocolate, and cranberries, which are a great combo. The cranberries really stand out and compliment the dark chocolate nicely. The almonds are less prominent. I’m curious to try other flavors from this company: Maine: Blueberry, cranberry, almond,… Full review
Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'
This tent for the price you pay, will be what you get, but indeed for just camping it out, use for one man, is heaven sent. About six to eight pounds, with a ceiling of forty six inches in height allows for sitting up to change. Nine feet by seven feet allows for one person to throw a sleeping back into it with their gear too. Slightly crammed for two but still okay. Rainfly is pretty much a stretch top and hook on, but also able to be tied down. Recommended for fall, spring, and summer. But not… Full review
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper SV
The Neoair Camper SV (speed valve) is a great mattress for everything short of alpinism. No more pumping or seeing stars trying to manually inflate that pesky sleeping pad. I have sworn off inflatable mattresses more times than Oprah has sworn off bread but, much in the same way, I keep coming back. Since leaving my 30s last year (I still climb with a 23-year-old, so I think I’m still doing okay) I am just not as comfy with just a RidgeRest foam pad under me as I used to be. I need a little… Full review
Rab Men's Ascent 700
Warm, lightweight, highly packable, roomy, designed to pair with similar bag, wide temperature range. This sleeping bag is a desired addition to a backpacker's load list for at least 1.5 out of 3 seasons. No need to compromise temperature and sleeping comfort for weight any more. When choosing a sleeping bag for backpacking it's a hard battle between warmth, weight, and price. Ideally a sleeping bag is very warm, exceptionally lightweight and packable, and costs almost nothing. But this will never… Full review
Jetboil FluxRing Fry Pan
The Jetboil FluxRing Fry Pan is part of the line of cooking accessories for the Jetboil Cooking Systems, or the Personal Cooking System. It allows Jetboil users to add a new dimension to their backcountry cooking experience. Initial Impressions and Construction The Jetboil FluxRing fry pan is part of the line of cooking accessories for the Jetboil Cooking Systems, or the Personal Cooking System (which additionally requires the Jetboil Pot Support). For the purposes of this review, all testing… Full review
Bergans Compact Light 2
The zipper on the rainfly split after the second use, but I had also drawn it too taut when I set it up in a full blown storm. It did, however, provide excellent shelter in adverse conditions, even with my humble repairs on the zipper. Loved it the first use here in Colorado, where we had rain and some sleet. We took it up to the Snowy Range in Wyoming, where the winds were sustained and we had rain, sleet and snow. The zipper on the rainfly split near the top of the tent. We battled that one out,… Full review