Tents, sleeping bags, pads, backpacks, and cookware for camping — we review all the gear you need for the Great Outdoors.

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5 Things You Should Always Store in a Bear Safe

Bears are big, strong, and love to eat. That's why you need to keep your food in a bear safe when camping in bear country.
Katadyn BeFree 3L Filter Review

Fast & Clean: Katadyn BeFree 3L Gravity Filter First Look

Katadyn's newest gravity filter is easy to set up, filters water quickly, and collapses so you hardly notice it in your pack. We tested it in rocky mountain streams for this first look review.
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Outdoor Office: Big Agnes to Thru-Hike Colorado

Sleeping-bag maker Big Agnes will send more than 70 employees on an awareness-raising thru-hike of Colorado's Continental Divide Trail.

Rooftop Tents and the Love-Hate Paradox

Rooftop tents can be both awesome and annoying at the same time. One man explains his love-hate relationship with sleeping on top of a car.

Full Price Be Damned: How We’d Spend Our REI Discount

REI’s anniversary sale is here and we want to help you navigate the sea of deals. Check out what our editors would love to add to their gear closets.

REI Sale: 10 Pieces of Gear That Will Last at Least 10 Years

There are literally thousands of items on sale at REI right now. We combed through to find 10 that will survive a decade of outdoor adventures or more.
YETI Hopper Backflip cooler backpack

No Softie: Get to Know YETI’s ‘BackFlip’ Cooler Backpack

What, where, even why to carry: YETI explains the ins and outs of its increasingly popular cooler backpack the BackFlip.
sea to summit

Our Favorite Camp Cookware On Sale Now

If you're looking to outfit your backpacking kitchen for summer hikes, several top products are on sale through Memorial Day. Grab a deal, hit the trail, and get cooking.

How To Choose A Tent: An Explainer

With camping season upon us, we're here to help you find the best tent for your outdoor pursuits. From tent features to sleeping capacity, we cover it all.
PC: Ben Matthews

Therm-a-Rest Calls the Parsec Its Most Balanced Sleeping Bag Yet: Here’s Why

Therm-a-Rest says this versatile 20-degree-rated bag might be its most effective and well-rounded sleep system to date.

Hydro Flask Water Bottles Are Awesome, and Now Half Price

The brand Hydro Flask makes some great products. And now you can score some at REI at a crazy discount.

Camp Meals On Sale: Stock Up for Backpacking

Planning hikes this summer? Score deals on dehydrated meals, hydration, and bars during REI's anniversary sale.

Free Gear Fridays: Therm-a-Rest Parsec Sleeping Bag Giveaway

Win a Therm-a-Rest Parsec Sleeping Bag in this week's Free Gear Friday giveaway! Click to enter now.

Camp for Free on Public Land: ‘Dispersed Camping’ 101

No campground, just a spot on the side of the road on public land, dispersed camping is free, fun, and easier than you might expect.
Camp Morning - Eureka Tents

Free Gear Fridays: Eureka! Midori Two-Person Tent Giveaway

Win a Eureka! Midori two-person tent in this week's Free Gear Friday giveaway! Click to enter now.
Tips for Camping with Dogs - Eureka Midori Tent

How To: Camping With a Dog

Camping is more fun with a dog. Grab a Midori tent from Eureka! and spend the night under the stars, making memories to last a lifetime.

Knife Blades: Common Steels Explained

All the info you need to understand the steel in your knife blade.
Manley ORV off-road trailer

10 Off-Road Trailers & Teardrops Under $10,000

Equal parts comfort and roughing it, these burly pull-behinds provide a place to lay your head at night and are meant to venture off the beaten path. Check out these trailers and teardrops under (or just a hair above) $10,000.
Tipoon trailer with gera

Car-Friendly Camp Trailer Triples in Size

Meet the Tipoon – a modular, mobile, lightweight pod that goes from tow mode to camp mode at the push of a button.
Camp Ambassador teaches a young child about local wildlife

NY Offers Free Camping and Gear Lottery

New York will award 65 lucky families a "First-Time Camper" weekend with all the gear and instruction for a night under the stars.