Hiking and Camping Gear
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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
worthless use a compass or buy another product have 2 friends that each have one and myself that got one as a birthday present would have died if I didn't have a backup don't use it as a serius backup Full review
Exped Gemini 2
Basically, two thumbs up! My wife and I have used this tent for the last three years and like it a lot. It has a very sturdy structure, really taught and stable. We like how, if you unzip the inner tent door completely, it hangs from its apex (top) so there is no way it can fall to the ground...keeps the zippers out of harms way! The only thing we don't like is this: the end vents can't be closed. So, and here is the paradox, if it is windy and you want to use the end guy lines than pass through… Full review
Osprey Exos 58
The Osprey Exos 58 is a great lightweight backpack for thru-hiking. I used the older model on multiple long hikes before it began to wear out. Osprey’s tremendous warranty resulted in them sending me the new, updated version which, in most ways, seems even better than before. I bought my first Osprey Exos 58 before hiking the Colorado Trail in 2014. Last year I used the pack to hike the Long Trail and John Muir Trail. With some other trips, my total mileage with the pack was about 1,500 miles. Full review
Sierra Designs Bedouin 6
i bought this over 10 yrs. ago & its still standing & repelling water ez..needs one little repair for an ember burn & hole where there is tension from one of the plastic hooks..would buy their new version in a heartbeat, but don't need a new one yet! i set it up on my own..nice foot print (i bought an extra) sheds wind & water easy..hot nights you can sleep w/o the fly...or if precipitation is questionable you can fold up the entire bottom 2 feet of the fly to allow air circulation..quality… Full review
A simple reliable woodburner that is big enough for group cooking A friend had one of these along on a recent 10-day canoe trip, so I got to test drive it enough to give some first impressions. This is not intended as a comprehensive review. While it shares the limitations of all woodburners, within that class and the limits of my experience with them I am very impressed The Senior is the larger of the two Littlbug models, weighing in at 19 oz. (539 g), 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter and 9" (23 cm)… Full review
I switched from Nalgene to disposable water bottles for most (3+ season) trips. If you go that route, the Smartwater bottles are the sturdiest disposables out there except for Gatorade/Powerade, but have some distinct advantages over those brands. They are my regular water bottle on the majority of trips and haven't let me down, and at least let me reuse, rather than just recycle, if I have to buy bottled water sometimes. Please note that this review is not about the water itself but the bottle. … Full review
Ozark Trail Tent
My husband and I highly recommend the Ozark Trail 16x16 Instant Cabin Tent. We put it up for the entire summer at one campsite. We bought the 3 room/12 person tent with the awning in front. We set it up along the Zumbro River in Millville, MN on May 30th. Today is August 26th. We plan to leave it there thru September. We noticed a little tear on the rain fly so last night we took the rain fly off and scotchgarded it. This tent has been thru many, many heavy rains and winds. We have spent… Full review