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.

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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:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (lights)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (starters)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Read more on the 10 Essentials.

Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Klymit Static V2

I found myself a great sleeping system in the KLYMIT Static V2 sleeping pad. Because it roles up so small, it's perfect for my backpacking adventures. I've edited together a video review of the KLYMIT Static V2 sleeping pad.  This little sleeping pad is not inexpressive, however I think it was worth the price I paid based on all the comfortable nights sleep it has provided me while out on the trail. Please check out my video overview of this fine product: Note, if the above video does not play,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Paddy Pallin Spondonicles

Yep, Dave Noble is correct about the name Spondonicles. However the timing is somewhat earlier than 1978, I bought mine in the earlier 1970's from Paddy Pallin, while in the Mt Druitt Bushwalking Club. Any self respecting true bushwalker wouldn't be seen without his/her Sponds. An essential piece of kit. Yep, Dave Noble is correct about the name Spondonicles. However the timing is somewhat earlier than 1978, I bought mine in the earlier 1970's from Paddy Pallin, while in the Mt Druitt Bushwalking… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Opinel No.12 Stainless Steel Folding Saw

A handy, no-fuss pruning saw ideal for small arboreal tasks at a very reasonable price. The classic and simple design has remained unchanged. Functional, affordable with a lovely feel compared to saws with a plastic handle. I have used a Bahco Laplander and an Opinel folding pruning saw and I was interested to compare the two. For me, the Opinel is the superior saw. Unlike the Laplander which failed after a short amount of time, the Opinel has proven to be dependable and durable in cutting through… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Bison Bushcraft Garron Pack

A bespoke, no-fuss sturdy bag ideal for forest work, bushcraft, day walks, and weekend trips for those looking for something with a more traditional appearance and lifetime of use. Bison Bushcraft are based on the South Downs, in Southern England. They specialise in bespoke apparel and gear designed primarily for bush crafting and forest work. It is all handmade in England using the highest quality locally sourced materials. In the past, they outsourced the manufacture of their bags to Frost River,… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Therm-a-Rest Men's ProLite

A spartan self-inflating pad, lacking the warmth and comfort of most other inflatable pads. Good for those who need the lightest possible and the most compact pad while keeping it relatively durable and affordable. Otherwise, there are better options in various pad departments. In comparison to 15-mm foam pad, 50 cm width (20") In the daily usage I prefer 15-mm thick foam pads (20" / 50 cm width), like Therm-a-rest Ridgerest, or cheap equivalents with similar thickness. These pads are lightweight,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60

This is a great lightweight pack for loads up to 30 pounds. First of all, this is my favorite backpack. I bought this pack because it weighs in at about 2 pounds and carries loads up to 30 pounds comfortably. One of the best features is the long "quiver" pocket on the side. It is a great way to carry longer items like a rolled up tarp, 2-liter water bag, camp saws, or survival knife. The stretchable mesh front pocket just continues to swallow gear. To keep weight down, the side and front pockets… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Moji

A small lamp with big ideas. It throws out a decent amount of light and it can be made bright or dim with anything in between. It is not the warmest light I've experienced. This was gifted to me by Trailspace for being a Reviewer of the Month last year. I have used it on a camping holiday and overnight in a Celtic Round house. It puts out a generous 100 Lumens, but can be adjusted to just a few Lumens to act as a "nightlight." This lamp is ideal for camping trips. It runs on three AAA batteries… Full review