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!
The Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket is a basic, highly functional piece perfect rain, sleet, or spit-ball snow. It’ll make sure you don’t become a wilted springtime wildflower.Read Full Gear Review
The Outdoor Research Cathode is my set it and forget it jacket. It’s a comfortable, warm, breathable insulated puffy that’s ready for any adventure. And yes, it’s available in “so bright you can see it from space” pink!Read Full Gear Review
The Rab Xenon X is a synthetic technical hoody designed to keep you warm, mobile, and comfy at all costs. It feels so good you just might start dating it.Read Full Gear Review
Everything you ever wanted to know about rain jackets – laminates, membranes, layers, DWR, waterproofess, and fancy features – explained. With a bit of humor, too.Read The Guide
This backpack guide is massive, and includes backpacking backpacks and hiking backpacks. Learn about fit, torso measurement, hip belt position, and clutch features.Read The Guide