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

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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The Best Hiking Boots of 2019

We highlight the best hiking boots of 2019 after researching and testing. Find the perfect lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight hiking boot for you!

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The Best Backpacking Water Filters and Purifiers 2018

Treat your water right. The Best Backpacking Water Filters and Purifiers goes deep on what type of filter you should buy, and why.

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The Best Backpacks for Backpacking and Hiking 2018

The Best Backpacks for Backpacking and Hiking is an current list of the best backpacks for the outdoors. We’ve tested, reviewed, and awarded this gear.

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The Best Rain Jacket for Backpacking and Hiking 2018

The Best Rain Jacket for Backpacking and Hiking is an current list of the best rain jackets for the outdoors. We’ve tested, reviewed, and awarded this gear.

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The Best Gifts for Hikers and Backpackers in 2018

Shopping for outdoorsy people can be hard. The best gifts for hikers and backpackers, by Backpackers.com. Broken down by price and activity for easy reading.

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Backpackers Guide to Synthetic Insulated Jackets

Ultimate guide to synthetic insulated jackets, the other puffy. Cheaper, more breathable, and better when wet than down, these jackets are pretty awesome.

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Water Filter and Water Purifier Guide

Want to ease a worried mind? Get a water filter or water purifier. Learn why backpacking water treatment systems are critical, and what system works for you.

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Rain Jacket Guide for Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping

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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