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The Best Gifts for the Urban Outdoorsman

The weekend warrior you know requries a special set of gear that functions just as well in town as it does at base camp.

Chandler Bondurant

Every outdoorsman dreams of living in a place like Jackson Hole or Chamonix, but the vast majority of us aren’t that lucky. It’s often the case that places with unparalleled access to mountains, forests and rivers have significantly less access to industrial and economic centers. That’s why the urban outdoorsman — also called a weekend warrior — has evolved. He may live in a human-made world of brick and concrete, but his heart longs for hills; give him a gift that he can use in both environments.

CORDURA x Mystery Ranch In & Out Summit Pack

Stuffable daypacks allow for quick, easy jaunts — which is how the urban outdoorsman operates. The CORDURA® x Mystery Ranch In & Out Summit Pack is a 19-liter daypack designed to stuff into its own front mesh pocket. Made from 100D CORDURA® fabric, it features upgraded contoured shoulder straps and a sternum strap not seen in most stuffable packs. Lightweight and highly packable, it’s a legitimate carry solution when space is at a premium.

Buy Now: $79

Field Notes Expedition 3-Pack

Inspiration can strike anywhere, and Field Notes built its Expedition Notebook with 48 tear-and waterproof Yupo Synthetic paper pages so that it can be as suitable for jotting down thoughts during a multi-day camping trip as it is for use in the office.

Buy Now: $13

Fisher Space Pen Cap-O-Matic

Fisher Space Pens can write underwater and in space. Maybe that seems unnecessary for the city-based outdoorsman you know, but it’ll also write just as well in a neighborhood cafe (and it works well with Field Notes’ waterproof paper).

Buy Now: $14

Topo Designs Small Accessory Bag

Topo Designs’ pouch comes in a style that’s suitably retro-outdoor, and it has enough space for the things needed around town and in the woods; stuff like cash, a credit card, a small notebook and a tiny roll of duct tape (you never know).

Buy Now: $17

Yeti Rambler 10oz Lowball

Yeti’s version of the lowball is unbreakable, which truly makes it a go-anywhere vessel that’s ready for whiskey by the campfire or coffee at the office.

Buy Now: $20

Bialetti Moka Percolator

Bialetti created its now-iconic percolator in the ’50s, and since then it’s become a household staple in Italy and across Europe. Its rugged aluminum construction is handsome enough to leave out in the open on your counter and also makes it suitable for campsite use too.

Buy Now: $30

Snow Peak Titanium Silverware Set

Nobody should be using plastic utensils anymore, but especially not self-proclaimed outdoorsmen. This set from Snow Peak is light enough to stash in any backpack — whether it’s for hiking or commuting around town — and isn’t overly outdoorsy.

Buy Now: $35

L.L. Bean Cliffside Cordura Jeans

Denim is the original rugged fabric. It was beloved by miners and loggers when it first hit drygoods stores over a hundred years ago, and it hasn’t lost its outdoor application since. If anything, it’s only gotten better for use outside now that companies like L.L.Bean are giving it additional durability and stretch.

Buy Now: $60

Mission Workshop The Spec Laptop Sleeve

Mission Workshop built this laptop sleeve with materials more commonly found in super-rugged backpacks. It’s fully-padded and has an exterior pocket for whatever other essentials need to be carried along with a computer.

Buy Now: $60

Lander Cairn XL Lantern

Not all backcountry lanterns are suitable for use at home, but Lander’s Cairn is an exception. It’s waterproof, rechargeable and uses a convenient anchor system that gives it the versatility needed to function as a camp light, a bike light and more.

Buy Now: $100

The James Brand Folsom Knife

The Folsom is the James Brand’s workhorse pocket knife; it features a 2.75-inch CTS-BD1 stainless steel blade that opens with one hand and a grippy G10 handle. It’s as capable of preparing a meal or making a repair in the backcountry as it is at opening boxes in the office.

Buy Now: $100

Helinox Chair Zero

While some camp chairs aren’t comfortable enough to use anywhere but camp, the Chair Zero, which weighs less than two pounds and packs down to a size that’ll fit in your backpack, is perfect for backyard hangouts and waiting in line for tickets.

Buy Now: $120

Biolite CampStove 2

Unlike other camp stoves, BioLite’s uses organic fuel and a big (smoke-free) flame to prepare meals. It’s also tech-integrated — campers can charge their phones or other devices with heat-generated power, straight from the stove.

Buy Now: $130

Kammok Mountain Blanket

The best outdoor blankets are also indoor blankets. Kammok’s uses a ripstop nylon shell so that it can be sat on at the park as well as a fleece backer that’s perfect for curling up on the sofa.

Buy Now: $135

Nike ACG Ruckle Ridge Boot

Following trends set by other outdoor companies, Nike’s crossover hiking boot is aimed more at the urban adventurer than the hardcore outdoorsman. It’s perfectly suitable for light hiking and will draw jealous stares from sneakerheads around town.

Buy Now: $180

Rivendell Mountain Works Mariposa Summit Pack

City dwellers have to give style as much consideration as technical features when choosing a backpack. Rivendell’s core hiker following runs deep but its Mariposa isn’t too much function for everyday use. Plus, it’s sure to stand out from the crowd of commonly-found big brand bags.

Buy Now: $185

Goal Zero Sherpa 100

When electrical outlets aren’t available — as at crowded cafes or remote campsites — a backup battery is essential. The Sherpa 100 packs enough power for phones, cameras and laptops, and it’s airplane-friendly.

Buy Now: $300

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