Day Hiker

If you hike because you love it, know it’s good for you, and need a frequent dose of what the natural world has to offer, the Day Hiker is for you.

The trail is calling. Well, the trail you can do in a day. The one your dogs can go on, the one you routinely use with your fitness tracker, the one with a beautiful vista or grove or clearing at the end that is perfect for a baguette and a bottle of wine.

Most of you hit that trail because you love the smell of clean air and want your daily dose of exercise. There’s no need to be narrow though —  there are the gnarly trails, those in the double digit miles that ascend a thousand feet, the ones you have to embark upon at first light and scramble down in near-dark. You get outside because the getting is good out there.

Our Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for the Day Hiker are about function and joy. The bliss of a hard hike and the endorphins pouring through you; the comfort of a pack that sits perfect and carries the day’s essentials; the tips, tricks, and courtesies that turn a solo experience into a continual community of nature seekers.

Explore Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for Day Hiker below!

Day Hiker Outdoor Guides

Backpackers Guide to Water Filters and Purifiers

Water filters and purifiers will do more than ease a worried mind. Learn why treatment of water in the backcountry is necessary, what methods are right for you, and how to do it right.

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Backpackers Guide to Rain Jackets

Everything you ever wanted to know about rain jackets – laminates, membranes, layers, DWR, waterproofess, and fancy features – explained. With a bit of humor, too.

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Backpackers Guide to Headlamps

Comprehensive guide to that which lets us see — headlamps! Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. Includes misconceptions about lumens and battery life, too.

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Backpackers Guide to Fleece Jackets

Comprehensive guide to the layer that keeps us cozy — fleece jackets! Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. An Outdoor Guide for the ages.

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Backpackers Guide to Online Outdoor Retailers

Don’t know where to get your gear? Our epic guide to online outdoor retailers covers every important retailer on the web.

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Backpackers Guide to Backpacks

Comprehensive guide to the object that lets us carry stuff — backpacks! Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. An Outdoor Guide for the ages.

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Backpackers Guide to Down Jackets

Comprehensive guide to the layer that keeps us toasty and puffy — down jackets. Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. An Outdoor Guide for the ages.

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