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

The 12 Best Hiking Shorts of 2019

Hiking shorts are the underrated all-stars of gear. The best hiking shorts kick sweat and chafe to the curb, and keep you trekking mile after mile. See our picks.

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The 8 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2019

The best backpacking chairs will make camp way more comfortable. Lean back, get comfy, and prepare to find the right backpacking chair for you!

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The Best Outdoor Research Gloves and Mittens of 2019

Outdoor Research gloves will keep you warm, protected from inclement weather, and have a lifetime warranty. But there are over 50 to choose from! See the best Outdoor Research gloves here.

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The 10 Best Rain Pants of 2019

Rain pants are a necessity for foul weather hiking. But what pair to get? We break down the 10 best rain pants on the market to find the right pair for you.

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How to Use Waterproofing Spray and Wash for Jackets, Tents, and Footwear

Raindrops keep falling on my head…but since I re-waterproofed my gear my eyes won’t be turning red! In short, modern waterproofing rocks. We’re able to march up mountains in gear that’s both waterproof and fairly breathable. What a time to be alive. Yet this waterproof-ability is a privilege, one that’s easily taken for granted. I’ve

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Best Down Jackets of 2019

The best down jackets will keep you cozy in the wilderness, on the couch, or at the bar. We have tested many, and list the best down jackets for you, here.

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The Best 9 Rain Ponchos of 2019

Rain ponchos are the style-devoid’s preferred rain protection. Why? Cause they work. Here are the best Rain Ponchos of 2019, with tips and tricks from our staff.

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Best Fleece Jackets of 2019

We list the Best Fleece Jackets of 2019, and provide clear advice on why and when you should get the coziest layer around.

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Best Flip Flops of 2019

We highlight the best flip flops of 2019 after researching and testing. Get comfy in camp or around town. Find the perfect flip flop for you!

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The Best Hiking Sandals of 2019

We highlight the best hiking sandals of 2019 after researching and testing. Open toe, closed toe, or finger-style? Find the perfect hiking sandal for you!

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