Not everyone is fortunate enough to live at the footsteps of an epic mountain. Some of us have jobs in skyscrapers, enjoy the bustle of a metropolis, and go on midnight bar runs that end with crepes and bacon-wrapped hot dogs.
The city life does not exclude you from the outdoor world. It literally doesn’t in many cities, as there are diverse parks, hiking trails, and natural beauty to be had, but it’s also about the mentality you have and the world you live in. The walk to the metro, transfer downtown, and jog up the hill to the office is your version of a hike. Your bike ride to the gallery opening after work, ending in the aforementioned hot dog wrapped in bacon, is your version of a 20-mile trek and a freeze-dried dinner.
Our Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for the Urban Hiker turn the city experience into an outdoor one. The gear required to navigate everything the city can throw at you — not bears, buses; not poison oak, tourists — is just as important and versatile as what you need in the backcountry. You also probably get out into said wilderness often, whenever your job allows and you can get away, and we’re here to keep that spirit alive during the long concrete-treading months.
Explore Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for Urban Hiker below!
Urban Hiker Gear Reviews
Gear Test: The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Down Jacket
We’re out there in the backcountry with The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Down Jacket, putting this down jacket to the test.
Gear Test: Brella Rain Jacket
We’re out there in the backcountry with the Brella Rain Jacket, putting this rain jacket to the test.
Gear Test: Munk Pack Keto Nut & Seed Bar
We’re out there in the thick of it with the Munk Pack Keto Nut & Seed Bar, putting this snack bar to the test.
Gear Test: Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Ultralight Jacket
We’re out there in the thick of it with the Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Ultralight Jacket, putting this down jacket to the test.
Gear Test: Jack Wolfskin Peak Pant
We’re out there testing the Jack Wolfskin Peak Pant, putting these softshell hiking pants to the test.
Super Sparrow Ultra-Light Series: Water Bottle Review
Super Sparrow Ultra-Light Series stainless steel water bottles are the cream of the crop.
LIVSN Ecotrek Trail Pants: Hiking Gear Review
The LIVSN Ecotrek Trail Pants are exceptional. They’re three-season hiking pants that you’ll want to wear during all of your outdoor activities.
Patagonia Better Sweater Review
The Patagonia Better Sweater is a staple fleece jacket that will leave the house with you when there’s a chill in the air, and looks good pretty much everywhere.
Canada Goose Hybridge Lite Jacket Review
Canada Goose Hybridge Lite Jacket Review: A staple down jacket for city life or mountain life. It holds up to crazy adventures and looks stylish as hell.
Lems Boulder Boot Review
Lems Boulder Boots: lightweight, durable, and comfortable zero-drop boots that wear well on trail and on pavement. They pack away amazingly small, too.
Urban Hiker Outdoor Guides
The Best Down Jackets of 2023
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.
The Best Fleece Jackets of 2023
The best fleece jackets are cozy, breathable, versatile, full of zippers and have unique features. We list the best here, and what makes them shine.
The Best 9 Rain Ponchos of 2023
Rain ponchos are the preferred rain protection of many outdoorsy folks. Why? Cause they’re versatile. Here are the best Rain Ponchos of 2021.
The Best Hiking Boots of 2023
We highlight the best hiking boots after researching and testing. Find the perfect lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight hiking boot for you!
The Best Hiking Sandals of 2023
We highlight the best hiking sandals of 2022 after researching and testing. Open toe, closed toe, or finger-style? Find the perfect hiking sandal for you!
The Best Coolers, Cooler Backpacks, and Cooler Bags of 2023
Coolers have long been a camping and road trip staple item. Now, insulated totes and backpack coolers are taking cold treats to the trail.
The Best Hiking Shorts of 2023
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.
The Ultimate Guide to Father’s Day Outdoor Gift Guides 2022
All of the best Father’s Day outdoor gift guides and deals featuring many of your favorite outdoor retailers and brands.
The 8 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2023
The best backpacking chairs will make camp way more comfortable. Lean back, get comfy, and prepare to find the right backpacking chair for you!
The Best Outdoor Holiday Gifts for 2020
We showcase the best outdoor holiday gifts for 2020. Packed with stocking stuffers and showstopping gear for the outdoor adventurers on your shopping list.