The 13 Best Gifts for the Urban Commuter

Photo: Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo Backpack

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Although the preponderance of WFH is increasing steadily, there are literally countless professions that simply cannot be performed remotely. Throw in the living, breathing urban landscape and you’ve got yourself a whole lot of factors to prepare yourself for when making the trek to work. This helpful guide will provide you with some gift ideas for the urban commuter in your own life.

Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo Backpack

Whether you’re heading to work by foot or by bike, you’ll want a reliable bag with enough versatility to adjust to whatever you need it to do. Chrome’s ever-popular Barrage Cargo rolltop backpack is constructed with a waterproof liner and abrasion-resistant shell. Able to expand from 18L to 22L, the pack sports large 5-point webbing on the exterior for an array of extra cargo, ergonomic shoulder straps, a sternum strap for extra comfort and security, and easy-access water bottle pockets.

Rite in the Rain Side Spiral Notebook

If you’re the kind of creative who never wants to let a good idea slip away, you’ll need a notepad that can survive any condition. Rite in the Rain’s waterproof stationery ensures that your notes won’t run away, and this new 6.625” x 8.5” Side Spiral Notebook is the perfect size for your daily commute.

Chrome Industries Tech Accessory Pouch

Don’t let your smaller gadgets and gear get lost at the bottom of your backpack. Chrome’s Tech Accessory Pouch keeps all your smaller items organized and safe, with a 1050D nylon shell and a thoughtfully designed zippered interior for pens, cables, notepads, and power banks. Attach it to your backpack with the hook or loop in the back.

Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Cap

Constructed with three layers that include premium polyester on the outsides and a middle layer of waterproof laminate, Sealskinz’s Waterproof All Weather Cap is made specifically with urban commuters in mind. Stylish enough to wear all day, this breathable hat is perfect for whatever your commute throws at you.

Outlier Warmform Balaclava

Outlier makes some of the finest technical wear around. For the commuter in a cold or windy city, the brand’s Warmform Balaclava is both cozy and ventilated, made with a super-soft blend of 17.5-micron merino, nylon staples, and elastane.

Abus Hyban 2.0 Helmet

When riding your bike through the cityscape, awareness is key. Favoring visibility and safety over aerodynamics and weight, urban bicycle helmets should be noticeable and have a wide field of view of your surroundings. Available in an array of colors to help cars see you better, Abus’ updated Hyban helmet is tailor-made for urban riders, with a sun visor, a rear LED light, and sizable air vents.

Nothing Ear (stick)

One of the more exciting tech companies in recent vintage, Nothing recently unveiled its newest wireless earbuds, the Ear (stick), featuring active noise cancellation, audio from Teenage Engineering, 11.6mm speaker drivers, and 34 hours of playback. One shouldn’t lose sight of the futuristic aesthetic as well, with transparent veneers that let you peek inside. 

Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE Pro MagSafe Car Charger

If your commute consists of long car rides, the last thing you want is your phone to die in the middle of your favorite song or a podcast episode. Belkin recently debuted the first-ever Apple-certified MagSafe charging mount for your car, compatible with iPhone 12 or later.

Chrome Industries Storm 415 Traction Boot

Classy and understated enough to wear to the office but technical enough to survive the hustle and bustle of the streets, Chrome’s updated Storm 415 Traction Boot is fully waterproof with taped seams and a TR exo-tread outsole for ultimate grip in any condition, whether you’re on foot or pedaling.

LITELOK X1

Anyone leaving their bike outside the office for hours on end should invest in the LITELOK X1, a U-lock that promises to be 5 times more resistant than the average U-lock available. It achieves this with Barronium armor, enabling it to resist angle grinders, one of the most common tools used to cut through bike locks.

Isaora Neo Sweat Fermuarli Cep Pantolon

We’re lucky we live in a time where technical urbanwear and work attire can be one and the same if you know where to look. Isaora is one of the best at combining both. Its Neo Sweat trousers are constructed using a polyamide blended flexible fabric, a drawstring waistband, and YKK zippered pockets to keep your phone and keys from sliding out when you’re in transit.

Lululemon Storm Field Trench Coat

Few things are more embarrassing than walking into a meeting in the morning with the seat of your pants soaking wet. If you take the bike or bus to work, then you’ll want a good long raincoat for the wettest days of the year. lululemon recently added this thigh-length Storm Field Trench Coat built with waterproof nylon and hidden vents to release heat. It’s also given a looser fit for those days when you’re in the biggest rush.

VanMoof A5 eBike

Urban bike purveyor VanMoof recently updated its flagship A5, a step-in eBike that features a new proprietary Halo Ring on the handlebar to display info such as battery life and acceleration, an integrated keyless kick-lock with automatic unlocking, GPS tracking, and a slew of new security features.