Let Bears Sports and Outdoors assist you with every aspect of your hiking and outdoor recreation needs including the usual hiking must haves. Also includes accessories and product details to help you choose the right equipment. Are you considering hiking for the first time? No worries!! Check out our quick and easy hiking gear check list!!

 

Hiking Gear Check List:

 

 

Backpacks For Hiking

Backpacks are an essential part of the hiking gear. Hikers need a durable lightweight hiking backpack that is both rip and water resistant. They are generally made of nylon fabric which can bring the weight of the backpack down to under half a pound.

What size backpack are you looking for? The size for each individual is determined by how much hiking equipment you will want to carry. Get a bag that's too small and you won't fit all your gear in. But if you go too big you will be inclined to pack extra and unnecessary gear thereby putting extra weight in your backpack.

When loading your backpack you will be more comfortable if you pack your heavier gear higher and closer to your back, thereby improving your center of gravity. Lighter items, such as your sleeping bag and mat or pad, should be placed lower in your backpack.

INTERNAL FRAME BACKPACKS

The vast majority of new packs sold today are internal framed backpacks.

Internal frame backpacks  have a streamlined shape because the frame is built into them. Because the pack is flexible and carries close to the body, it offers a comfortable fit, a low center of gravity and a greater freedom of movement due to them not being as bulky as the external backpacks.

  

TETON Sports Hiker 3700 Internal Frame Backpacks

#Capacity 60 Ltrs

#Weight 4 lb

#Customer Review Rating 4.4

 

 

 

EXTERNAL FRAME BACKPACKS 

External framed backpacks have an outside frame to which the backpack and equipment are attached.It is a good choice for the backpacker that carries a heavy load due to the fact that the external frame distributes the weight over the hips.The frame also carries the pack away from your back allowing air to circulate and improving ventilation.

External frame backpacks also allow you to attach other gear or equipment to the frame that you won't fit in your backpack.

 

Kelty Trekker External Frame Backpacks

# Capacity 65 Ltrs

# Weight 5 lb

# Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

 

 

DAYPACKS & BAGS 

Casual Daypacks and Bags are ideal for day hikes as well as for children. Most day packs are large enough to carry all of your day hiking essentials. They can carry loads ranging from 5 to 15 pounds quite easily.

Children love to carry day packs and it will also ease your load by sharing around those extra few pounds.

Best Selling Backpacks & Daypacks

 

Lightweight Hiking Tents

 

 

If you are backpacking, as opposed to camping, you typically need a good quality water proof lightweight hiking tent that weighs less than 5 pounds.

The size of the hiking tent that you will need will be either a one person or two person depending of how much room you would like inside the hiking tent. Check the dimensions of your proposed hiking tent to make sure it can accommodate you and your hiking gear comfortably.

A footprint, otherwise known as a tarp, to put under your hiking tent would be another good option.

 

LIGHTWEIGHT HIKING TENTS

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Two Person Lightweight Hiking Tent

# Weight 3.4 lb

# Dimensions 84"x50"x39"

# Customer Review Rating 4.7

 

Best Selling Lightweight Hiking Tents

 

 

Lightweight Sleeping Pads

A good lightweight sleeping pad will keep you warm and comfortable during the night, ensuring that you have a good nights sleep and are fresh and ready to go the next morning.

Without a good sleeping pad, no matter how good your sleeping bag is, you are more than likely to sleep cold no matter what the weather is like. They provide that comfort and insulation between you and the cold ground. Your sleeping bag alone isn't enough to keep you warm during the night because the cold ground will draw the heat from you and leave you with a cold and uncomfortable night.

As opposed to car camping, the hiker or backpacker would be looking for a LIGHTWEIGHT sleeping pad so they can keep the weight to a minimum.

 

LIGHTWEIGHT SLEEPING PADS

 

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

# Weight 2.3 lb (R)

# (72"x20"x1.5")

# 5 Sizes

#  Customer Review Rating 4.4

Best Selling Lightweight Sleeping Pads

 

 

Lightweight Sleeping Bags

Buy the best lightweight sleeping bag you can afford. The majority of sleeping bags that are designed for hikers are lightweight and compact so they can keep the weight to a minimum.

Invest in sleeping bags that are rated for the worst conditions that you are likely to endure. For example, if the worst temperature that you are going to sleep in will be 0 degrees, choose sleeping bags that are rated to minus 10 degrees. Go the extra 10 degrees. Remember it is easier to cool down than warm up.

A travel pillow would also be a good addition to your hiking gear.

 

LIGHTWEIGHT SLEEPING BAGS

TETON Sports Tracker 5F Ultralight Lightweight Sleeping Bags

# Rated to 5F

# Weight 4.1 lb

# Customer Review Rating 4.4

 

 

Best Selling Lightweight Sleeping Bags

 

 

 

Hiking Boots

 

Hiking boots are one of the most important parts of your hiking gear that you need on a hike. Hiking boots come in a wide variety of shapes, makes and materials so it is important to select a pair of hiking boots to suit yourself.

Lightweight hiking boots that extends just over the ankle would be suitable for a high percentage of hikers. Someone with weak ankles may need hiking boots with a lot of ankle support. Or you may be more comfortable with your normal running shoes instead of hiking boots. It all depends on the individual.

Another good option would be the inclusion of a pair of camp shoes or sandles so that you don't have to wear your hiking boots around the camp. Also don't forget your socks.

 

MEN'S HIKING BOOTS



Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens Hiking Boots

# Rated No.1 Hiking Shoes

# Weight 15.4oz  # Fit Percentage 86%

# Colour Options: 14 # Reviews 4687

# Customer Review Rating 4.5



Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Mens Hiking Boots

# Rated No.1 Hiking Boots

# Weight:1.8lb

# Fit Percentage: 84%

# Customer Review Rating 4.5

 

 

WOMEN'S HIKING BOOTS

 

Merrell Moab Ventilator Womens Hiking Boots

# Rated No.2 Hiking Shoes

# Weight: 1.8 lb

# Fit Percentage: 81%

# Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

KEEN Targhee II Mid WP Womens Hiking Boots

# Rated No.2 Hiking Boots

# Weight:1 lb # Fit Percentage: 86%

# Colour Options:11 # Reviews 1628

# Customer Review Rating 4.6

Best Selling Mens & Womens Hiking Boots

 

 

Camping Stoves & Pots

 

There are quite a few lightweight camping stoves and cooking bowls designed for backpackers.

As opposed to the car camper, the backpacker or hiker, need their camp cooking equipment to be lightweight and portable.

 

BACKPACKING CAMP STOVES

MSR Reactor Backpacking Camp Stove System

# Weight 1.09lbs

# Dimensions 7"x8"x8"

# Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

 

 

Jetboil Flash Personal Backpacking Camp Stove System

# Weight 0.88lbs

# Dimensions 7"x4"x4"

# Customer Review Rating 4.8

 

Best Selling Hiking Stoves & Accessories

 

 

 

Freeze Dried Food

 

For nearly 50 years, Mountain House adventure meals have consistently been the premier choice of campers, backpackers, and survival experts. With just add-water preparation and no mess cleanup, Mountain House is the perfect camping or backpacking food.

 

 

Also Mountain House meals have incredible shelf life. They have the longest proven shelf life in the industry and a guarantee to taste virtually indistinguishable from new for 12+ years in pouches and 25+ years in cans.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods are available in two package options with a wide variety of meals.

 

 

 

1. Pouches - Suitable or backpackers and hikers. They are listed as a serving of two and a half one cup servings. Depending on whether you are a big eater or not, this guideline may vary.

2. Cans - Listed as ten one cup servings with the label on the can having instructions for single servings. You do not have to use the contents of the can all at once. As long as you make sure that you put the lid back on properly the freeze dried food will last a few weeks.

 

FREEZE DRIED FOOD

 

 

Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Freeze Dried Food

 

Hash browns, scrambled eggs, crumbled pork patty, peppers and onions

Customer Review Rating 4.4

 

 

 

 

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce Freeze Dried Food

 

Pasta with cheese in a rich tomato meat sauce

Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

 

Best Selling Mountain House Freeze Dried Food

 

 

Hiking Apparel & Clothing

 

Layered clothing is essential as it is more convenient to add or remove your clothing during your hike as your body temperature changes. For example, in the morning the air temperature will be low and you will need to have most of your layers on until you become more active. As your activity level and body temperature increases you will be able to shed some layers to keep yourself more comfortable. Towards the end of the day as the temperature drops you can easily add layers.

 

 

BASE LAYER

 

Base layers are the first bit of clothing you put on in the morning and are basically a second skin that keeps you warm, dry and comfortable. The main purpose of the base layer is to manage moisture by wicking sweat and perspiration away from your body while still giving you that degree of insulation. How much insulation you need depends on the weather as well as your anticipated level of activity.



Helly Hansen Men's HH Dry Fly Base Layer Pant

# HH Dry for Warm and Dry next to skin

# Lifa stay Dry Technology# Non-itch and allergy neutral fabric

# Versatile base layer with exceptional moisture control

# 100% Lifa polypropylene fabrication 



Helly Hansen Men's HH Dry Stripe Base Layer Crew

# Polypropylene # Men's long-sleeve crew shirt; ideal as base layer;

# Designed for all sports and seasons

# Made with polypropylene; Lifa Stay Dry Technology moves moisture away from skin

# Non-itch fabric # 10 colors

 

INSULATION LAYERS

 

The insulation layer needs to breath to let the sweat escape. The goal here is to provide warmth by creating dead air space which allows the loss of body heat as well as continuing to help in the dissipation of moisture from your base layers.

The first insulating layer is typically shirts, shorts and pants. A long sleeve shirt with plenty of pockets is a good choice for most conditions. A thin shirt is cool, dries very quickly and you can easily roll the sleeves up whenever you want to. They also provide good sunscreen and bug protection.

Shorts or Pants? Some hikers prefer to wear pants to provide protection against the wind, shrubs and the elements, while shorts can be more comfortable on a warm sunny day. It all depends on the individual. There are convertible pants available to suit all conditions such as the Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Convertible Pants.

Synthetic fleece is also a great choice as an insulation layer. It is lightweight, dries quickly and keeps you warm.

 

Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Convertible Pant

# Straight-leg convertible pant with side cargo pockets, belted waist, and rear flap pockets

# Zip-off legs convert pant to short with 10" inseam

# Omni-Wick advanced evaporation technology

# Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection

Columbia Sportswear Mens Silver Ridge Plaid Long Sleeve Shirt

# Designed to keep you dry, protected and comfortable. 

# Quick-wicking material, strategic venting, classic plaid prints and built-in UPF 40 blocking power

# Pockets with hook and loop closure # Roll-up sleeve  # 62% polyester

 

Columbia Men's Cathedral Peak Front-Zip Fleece Vest

# Zip-front fleece vest with foldover collar and on-seam zippered pockets 

# Zipper closure # Contrast logo embroidery at chest

# Machine Wash  # 100% Polyester  # 8 Color Variations

 

 

OUTER LAYER

 

The third layer or outer layer provides protection from the rain, snow and windy conditions. A good waterproof breathable jacket will keep you dry and comfortable.

This basic layering system will enable you put on or take off your clothing as the conditions change or your exertion level changes.

 



Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket Hideaway Hood

# Water-repellent rain jacket with front-zip closure and internal drawcord 

# Zippered side-entry pockets at hips # Hideaway hood # Adjustable cuffs

# Machine Wash # 16 Color Variations

 


The North Face Men's Resolve Jacket

# Waterproof & windproof Rain Jacket # 100% nylon with Zipper closure 

# 2 insert pockets # Adjustable cuffs # Hood and Collar storable 

# Year round Rain Jacket # Machine Wash # 33 Color Variations

 

 

Best Selling Hiking Apparel & Clothing

 

 

 

 Water for Hiking & Backpacking

Water is essential part of your hiking gear. Make sure you pack a water bottle and water hydration pack in your hiking backpack. It is also a good idea to take water treatment tablets on your hike.

 

WATER HYDRATION BLADDERS

TETON Sports Trailrunner 2 Liter Water Hydration Packs Backpack

# No.1 in Water Hydration Packs # Hydration Bladder inc. # Weight 0.9 lb

# Built in Whistle # Reflective Trim & Clips # Breathable Mesh Back Panel

Customer Review Rating 4.0

Best Selling Water Hydration Bladders

 

 

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

LifeStraw Water Filtration Systems Personal Water Filter

# No.1 in Water Filters # Over 6,000 Reviews

# Removes Minimum 99.9999% of Waterborne Bacteria

# Filters to an Amazing 0.2 Microns

Customer Review Rating 4.7

Best Selling Water Filtration Systems

 

WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS

Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets

# Easy to use, water is ready in 30 minutes

# One bottle of 50 tablets will treat 25 quarts of water

# Makes questionable water suitable to drink

Customer Review Rating 4.6

Best Selling Water Purification Tablets

 

 

 Camp Lighting

  

It is highly recommended to have other options available for lighting other than relying on the camp fire. If you are not camping at a caravan park you will have to provide your own source of light

There are a wide range of options available including gas, electric, fuel and others but you can't go past the latest technology of LED lighting. The latest in LED bulb technology provides a brighter beam and a longer lasting life span of up to 100,000 hours.

  

FLASHLIGHTS

LED flashlights are extremely popular around the world due to the fact that many of them are made from lightweight aluminium and last for a long period of time on a single charge.

The ideal LED flashlight for camping & hiking would have a brightness of between 300 & 1000 lumens which would cast a beam distance of up to 330 yards ( 300 mtrs ). The majority of LED flashlights have different features such as:

  • Low, mid and high brightness levels.
  • Zoomable from a pencil beam to a wide beam
  • Flashing & strobe mode for emergencies

LuxPower Tactical V1000 LED Flashlight 2 PACK

# Long Lasting Ultra Bright LED Light #5 Light Modes

# Portable, Zoomable, Water & Shock Resistant

# Dimensions 6.2"x1"x1.5" # Weight  5.28oz

Customer Review Rating 4.8

Best Selling Flashlights

 

 

LANTERNS

Although not a must have option for your camping gear, a lantern will provide a good light for your base camp. They are also very handy in the tent if you like to read a little at night or if you need to go for a walk during the night.

Some of the LED lanterns on the market today provide over 140 hours of light on a single charge such as the Tough Light Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern and the Brightest LED Camping Lantern

There is nothing better than having a lantern around, especially if you have been fishing or hiking until late in the day and you need to set up camp or prepare a meal under the cover of darkness.

Tough Light Rechargeable LED Camping Lanterns

# 200 hours of light from a single charge

# Camping & Emergency Light with Cell Phone Charger

# 2 Year Warranty # 400 Super Bright Lumens

Customer Review Rating 4.6

Best Selling Lanterns

 

 

HEADLAMPS

LED Headlamps are one of the most indispensable items on any camping trip. They are lightweight, easier to use than a flashlight and will last for hours.

Every person should have a LED Flashlight and or a LED Camping Headlamp when they are camping. The latest in LED bulb technology provides brighter and longer lasting light which is ideal, especially if you are wandering around the camp or need to go to for a walk during the night.


5000Lm LED Camping Headlamp 4 Mode Rechargeable Batteries & Charger

# Waterproof 5000 Lumens # 4 Modes Hands Free

# 9oz # Includes Charges & Batteries # Adjustable 90°

# Easily Adjustable Head Strap

Customer Review Rating 4.4

Best Selling Headlamps

 

 Camping & Hiking Tools

Camping tools are very handy addition to your camping gear for a quite a number of tasks around the camp. Some of the knives and tools to consider are a shovel, trowel, machete, knife, multi tool and a hatchet or small axe.

A shovel and trowel would be handy for digging holes, fixing and tending to the fire, banging in tent pegs and clearing your campsite. Also a nessessity if you need to go to for a walk in the bush as you will need to dig your temporary toilet facility.

 

A hatchet or axe could be an option for cutting tree branches and wood for the fire.

A heavy duty machete and saw would be useful for clearing your campsite , cutting wood for the camp fire as well as a variety of other uses.

Every camper and hiker should have at least one good knife and a multi tool of some description.

 

CAMPING & HIKING TOOLS

Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel - 2 Trowels

The Coghlan's Back Pack Trowel is amazingly strong for its 2 ounce weight. 

It is an ideal hand shovel and digging tool for ultralight backpackers. 

Orange for high visibility, you won't lose this one.

 

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Knife Fine Edge

Full tang fine edge blade made from premium steel.

Sheath equipped with pull through sharpener Fire starter vertically mounted into sheath.

Emergency lanyard whistle. Blade length: 4.8 Inches, Overall length: 10 Inches.

Best Selling Camping & Hiking Tools

 

 

 First Aid Kit



An essential part of your hiking gear for obvious reasons. You may never need to use it but better to have it in your hiking backpack just in case. Always make sure it is well stocked especially with pressure bandages, bandaids, sunscreen, wipes, and insect repellent.

 

FIRST AID KITS

Small First Aid Kit for Hiking Backpacking Camping Cycling

The kit comes with 100 essential basic lifesaving items while weighing only 1 pound.

It measures 5.5 x 7.5x 3.5 inches.

The bag is water resistant and all inner items are protected from water in durable laminate pouches.

Best Selling in First Aid