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
Northwest Territory First Up 9.5 X 11 dome tent
The tent is nice but the rain cover flies off with a little wind. I tried to get it back but it attached to a tree about 30' up. Anyone know how to get a new rain cover.... Tent goes up nice and easy but the rain cover doesn't stay in place very good. It blew off and is now 30' up a tree. I need to find a new one anyone know how???? Full review
The North Face Stormbreak 1
Two pole 'X' design is stable in wind, reasonable light weight, rain-fly vestibule big enough for outside storage. I tried the MSR one person tent, the NF Stormbreak 1 is better. Easy to set up, has color coded lanyards. Free standing. Cross pole design very stable in wind. Added longer tent stakes. Waterproof spray sealed the rain fly. Use a piece of Tyvek house wrap as a ground tarp...very light weight and keeps water out (tyvek label faces the ground). I have had snow drifts pile up outside,… Full review
Mummert Phoenix Wood-Burning Titanium Camp Stove
A show piece titanium stove that is bound to turn heads at any campsite, though it is very expensive. Best suited to group cooking at a more permanent camp. Mummert are best known for their titanium knives, so this is a bit of a departure from their core product, but it does not disappoint. It is best suited to group cooking duties or a showpiece fire for people to gather round in the evening as, despite being made from titanium, it is quite large and heavy compared to other wood-burning stoves. Full review
Gossamer Gear The One
The One tent from Gossamer Gear met all of my expectations for a solo tent. I found it to be easy to set up, comfortable to be in, and lightweight. It has all the headroom and storage space I need, and I liked the open views and ventilation from the front. Gossamer Gear’s The One tent is a one-person tent that hits all of my requirements in one small package. I’m picky about one-person tents, more so than with a two-person tent. Most two-person tents I’ve tested inherently feel bigger and… Full review
Maglite XL50 LED
With this tool you get Maglite quality and durability, plus 200 lumens of bright, focused light with good spill...enough light to clearly see whatever goes "bump" in the night. I've carried a Maglite (in its various forms) for over 30+ years, and I still have my first Maglite bought new in the mid-'80s. Iconic quality with exceptional performance...Maglite. When I think of iconic outdoor products from my youth, a few items come to mind immediately... Coleman lanterns and stoves, the Buck folding… Full review
Ideal for general purpose work. Described by Gerber as a large and solid tactical knife and I'm not going to disagree. I use a variety of knives for Forest School and bush-craft as well as general tasks around the house. I struck lucky at a car boot (swap meet) and paid a fiver for a £80 knife! Folding knives have their pros and cons. They are never going to be a strong or robust as a knife with a full tang. The hinge is its weakest point. Furthermore, the metal handle, whilst it is ergonomically… Full review
Buck CSAR-T Knife
It's a folding knife with fixed blade rigidity. Modified tanto blade shape for maximum penetration / cutting ability. Made with high quality materials (154CM blade, G10 Rocky Mountain scales). Holds an edge very well. Comes with nylon case and pocket clip. Several different varieties (EMS, folding, neck knife, fixed blade). Nearly indestructible... Ask anyone who spends any appreciable time in the outdoors, "What is the single most important tool you need on your person in an survival/emergency… Full review