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!
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 Montbell UL Thermawrap Parka is an ultralight packable jacket with super-cozy synthetic insulation. And it won’t break the bank.Read Full Gear Review
The Columbia Arcadia II is an ideal, affordable rain jacket for stormy adventures in and around urban areas. Just remember to zip up and strap down!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