Urban Hiker

If you live to fight another day under a twinkling skyline, relish community parks, and stair walk on the regular, the Urban Hiker is for you.

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 Outdoor Guides

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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