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 Gear Reviews

Gear Test: Stio Women’s Exploit Hooded Jacket

Outdoor Gear Type: Jacket

We’ve taken the Stio Women’s Exploit Hooded Jacket out on the trails for some rigorous mountain biking, really putting this rugged outerwear through its paces.

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Gear Test: Stio Women’s CFS Hooded Anorak

Deep in the forest, we put the Stio Women’s CFS Hooded Anorak to the ultimate test, demonstrating its exceptional performance.

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Gear Test: Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L

Recommended For: Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

We’re putting the Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L to the ultimate test, testing this sling bag in real-world settings, to see how it holds up under pressure.

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Gear Test: lululemon License to Train Short Sleeve Shirt

Outdoor Gear Type: Shirt
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

Testing the lululemon License to Train Short Sleeve Shirt outdoors, we examined its durability and performance firsthand.

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Gear Test: Stio Eddy Shirt LS

Outdoor Gear Type: Shirt
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

Taking the Stio Eddy Shirt LS into the great outdoors, we’ve had the chance to really see what this long sleeve shirt is made of.

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Gear Test: lululemon Scuba Oversized Full-Zip Hoodie

Recommended For: Car Camper, Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

We ventured into the desert, putting the Lululemon Scuba Oversized Full-Zip Hoodie through its paces.

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Gear Test: PAKA PAKACLOUD Fleece

Outdoor Gear Type: Fleece Jackets
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

We’re out here in the woods with the PAKA PAKACLOUD Fleece, putting this fleece to the test.

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Gear Test: Paka Crew Socks 3/4

Outdoor Gear Type: Socks
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

We’re out there at camp with the Paka Crew Socks 3/4, putting these adventure socks to the test.

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Gear Test: Rad Power Bikes Bern Hudson MIPS Helmet

Outdoor Gear Type: helmet
Recommended For: Bikepacker, Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

We’re out there on the trail with the Rad Power Bikes Bern Hudson MIPS Helmet, putting this helmet to the test.

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Gear Report: KÜHL Deceptr Pants

The KÜHL Deceptr Pants are top-tier do-it-all bottoms that transitions from the office to the trail without a hitch.

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Urban Hiker Outdoor Guides

The 10 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2024

The best backpacking chairs will make camp way more comfortable. Lean back, get comfy, and prepare to find the right backpacking chair for you!

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The Best Hiking Boots of 2024

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

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The Best Hiking Sandals of 2024

We highlight the best hiking sandals of 2024 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 Shorts of 2024

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.

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The Best 9 Rain Ponchos of 2024

Rain ponchos are the preferred rain protection of many outdoorsy folks. Why? Cause they’re versatile. Here are the best Rain Ponchos of 2024.

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The Best Down Jackets of 2024

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.

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The Best Fleece Jackets of 2024

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.

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Backpackers Guide to Fleece Jackets in 2024

This Guide to Fleece Jackets answers mysterious questions: What is fleece fabric? Is fleece warm? Is fleece breathable? And what’s recycled fleece? Read now.

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The 10 Best Puffy Jackets on Amazon

Explore the best puffy jackets on Amazon for unbeatable warmth and style on your outdoor adventures this fall and winter.

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The Best Coolers, Backpack Coolers, and Cooler Bags of 2023

Outdoor Gear Type: Coolers
Recommended For: Car Camper, Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

When camping, the best coolers need to keep snacks and drinks cold for days. Backpack coolers are great for day hikes, but need to be comfy.

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