Camp & Hike

Camp & Hike

Camp and hike safely and easily with light, reliable gear and a comfortable camping setup.

Backpacks

Backpacks, Packs & Bags

Shop internal frame packs for men and women, day packs, hydration packs, and backpack accessories.

Tents

Tents

From large tents to a 1-person bivy, we have the tents that will keep you sheltered at any altitude.

Sleeping Bags

Sleeping Bags

Stay warm and comfortable no matter where you sleep with sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners, sleeping pads and pillows from backwoods.

Camp Furniture

Camping Furniture

Relax in style with lightweight camping chairs, sleeping cots, hammocks and more. Light enough to pack up any trail, and durable enough for years trekking

Camp Kitchen and Cooking

Camp Kitchen

Cooking in your camp kitchen is simple when you choose the right camping cookwear, camp stoves, & tablewear. Keep your food cold with coolers, and protect your kitchen with bug protection.

Hydration

Water Treatment & Hydration

Safe water is vital when camping and hiking. Shop hydration reservoirs, water bottles and containers, plus water purification and treatment.

Camping and Hiking Gear

Camping Gear & Hiking Equipment

Keep your campsite prepared with headlamps, flashlights, watches, power and chargers, and storage containers.

Camping Electronics

Electronics

Keep your campsite prepared with headlamps, flashlights, watches, power and chargers, and storage containers.


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What gear do you need for hiking, backpacking or camping?

Choosing the right type of gear for a camping or hiking trip can be intimidating, especially with all of the options available to you. How do you choose the right gear? While brand and price may be your first strategy, it's more important to evaluate the features and function of your gear and match it to the type of hiking or camping you plan to do. Let's take a look at several different types of camping and hiking to help you get started.

  • Comfortable Camping: Any time you can park a short walk from your campsite, you can camp comfortably with minimal planning and more gear than you really need. You don't have to pack it in - just put it in the trunk! Make sure you get a good tent and sleeping bag that will protect you from overnight temperatures. Then stock up on camp furniture for ultimate comfort, like a sleeping cot, some good camping chairs, and a full camp kitchen setup for a great morning breakfast. Comfortable camping also means you can bring coolers and hammocks that you wouldn't ever bring on an extended hike.
  • Day Hikes: Most day hikes are only a few miles and never lead you a few miles away from civilization. Even so, a five-mile hike can be much easier with light, comfortable gear. Get a good hydration pack or day pack to store a small meal or snack and other items.
  • Backcountry Hiking & Overnight Camping: Whether it's for a single night or multiple nights of backpacking and camping, "be prepared" is the best advice we can give. In addition to a good backpack that has plenty of space for all the gear you'll need, and a sleeping bag and tent that are rated for the conditions you'll be in. Then gear up with water & hydration to stay hydrated, a compass and a first aid kit, flashlight or headlamp, and finally camp kitchen gear and food for your meals.

Choose the right Backpack

What backpack should you buy? There's no definite right or wrong answer, and choosing a good backpack primarily depends on the type of backpacking you plan to do, when and where you are going, and how long you plan to be out. Each of these things helps you plan for how much gear you need to pack, and then how much room you need in a backpack. Once you determine the size of backpack you need, focus on the fit and suspension of your pack - you want to be comfortable regardless of the amount of weight you're packing.

Pack Sizing & Activity
  • 15-30 Liters: For short hikes, excursions away from your main camp, or just a morning walk a day pack will hold all the gear that you should need. You may also look into a hydration pack that has both a water reservoir and pockets for
  • 30-50 liters: If you're an efficient packer, you can carry enough for up to 3 nights in a mis-sized backpack. Modern camping gear is often made with lighter materials in compact design, making it easier to take a lighter pack and still carry the gear you need.
  • 50-70 Liters: Multi-day treks require a lot of extra gear and clothing. You'll need the extra space that a larger backpack will provide. Look for features like padded hipbelts or lumbar pads, good ventilation, extra pockets, or even a removable daypack.

Tents, Sleeping Bags & More

Whether it's for one night or multiple nights, you want to sleep safely and comfortably. Having the right sleeping gear will protect you from the elements and provide a dry, warm bed to lay your head on after a hard day on the trail. Here's the type of gear that will keep you protected at night.

  • Tents: Your tent is the first line of defense against the elements of warm, cool or bitter cold nights. Stay comfortable with our selection of tents. Backpacking tents are often lightweight and compact to minimize the room it takes in your pack. Single wall tents are often the lightest to carry, but a double wall tent will provide more flexibility depending on the weather conditions. You'll also want the right temperature rating. Get a 4-season tent for conditions below 20 degrees; a 3-season tent should suffice for most other conditions. You might also use a tarp or footprint above or below your tent to protect it from rain or rough ground.
  • Sleeping Bags: For warmer or dryer climates, choose a down insulation sleeping bag. Down is lighter, is long-lasting and breathable, and is easy to compress. If down gets wet, however, it loses a lot of its insulation and takes a long time to dry. That's where synthetic sleeping bags perform. They are quick-drying and retain much of their insulating ability even when wet. Synthetic sleeping bags are also often friendlier on the wallet.
  • Sleeping pads, Cots, Pillows and Liners: Make your sleeping bag more comfortable with a cot or a sleeping pad. A cot is great for warm nights as the extra air circulation beneath you will keep you cooler. A sleeping pad will insulate you from the cold ground and provide some padding - perfect if your campsite is on rocky or hard terrain. If the weather is cold, a sleeping bag liner can make a big difference by retaining more heat than a sleeping bag alone. Finally, get a superlight pillow that packs compactly to elevate your head.

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