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 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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Backpackers Guide to Headlamps

A fully featured Guide to Headlamps. What are lumens, how long does a headlamp battery last, and is a waterproof headlamp possible all answered here.

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Backpackers Guide to Fleece Jackets

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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Backpackers Guide to Online Outdoor Gear Stores

Don’t know where to get your gear? Our epic guide to online outdoor gear stores covers every important retailer on the web.

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Backpack Guide for Backpacking Backpacks and Hiking Backpacks

This backpack guide is massive, and includes backpacking backpacks and hiking backpacks. Learn about fit, torso measurement, hip belt position, and clutch features.

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Backpackers Guide to Down Jackets

This Guide asks the hard questions: What are down feathers, really? What’s hydrophobic down? Are lightweight down jackets packable down jackets?

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