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Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Dad

By: Kraig Becker - June 10, 2017

Father's Day is just around the corner and if you've been struggling with what to get your dad this year, we're here to help. Here are some suggestions for the perfect gift for any active and adventurous guy.



Howler Brothers H Bar B Tech Shirt and Waterman's Workshorts

Help Dad stay comfortable and stylish-looking this summer with the H Bar B Tech Shirt from Howler Brothers. Made from quick drying and highly breathable fabrics, the shirt is made for use in his outdoor adventures, while still managing to look good enough for a night out on the town. Featuring wrinkle-resistant fabrics, a hidden zip pocket, and an integrated microfiber hem for cleaning his sunglasses, this is one shirt he'll be happy to have in his closet. ($79)


Pair the H Bar B Tech Shirt with the Waterman's Workshorts for a winning combination. Built to be strong enough for a full day of trail building, yet casual enough for the backyard barbecue, these shorts are made from four-way stretch fabrics that won't inhibit motion and make them comfortable enough to wear just about anywhere. The Waterman's pockets are spacious, deep, and self-draining, and the shorts even come with a pliers pocket for keeping a multitool close at hand. ($69)



Yeti Rambler 64 oz. Bottle

Yeti's largest Rambler to date is a 64 oz. growler that was built to carry dad's favorite beverage with him wherever he goes. The massive Rambler Bottle is made of stainless steel and features Yeti's double-walled vacuum insulation to keep drinks warm or cold for hours on end. The large TripleHaul cap includes a built-in handle that makes the bottle easy to carry, while its large mouth opening comes in handy when keeping it clean. ($69.99)


Pacsafe Venture X22 Backpack

If Dad's a frequent traveler, he's probably constantly looking for a more efficient and secure way to carry his important gear with him when he hits the road. Pacsafe's Venture X22 backpack just might be the answer to his prayers, offering multiple anti-theft features, such as straps that resist getting cut, zippers that can be secured with a lock, and an RFID blocking pocket that prevents identity theft. The bag also comes with a built-in rain cover, a laptop pocket, and a stowaway hipbelt. ($139.95)


Goal Zero Venture 70 Battery Pack

Every dad needs a portable power source to keep his gadgets up and running, and they don't come much better than the Goal Zero Venture 70, a durable USB battery pack built for the outdoors. Waterproof and extremely rugged, the device comes with dual USB ports, two charging cables, a built-in light, and enough juice to recharge an iPhone up to six times. It is also compatible with Goal Zero's solar panels for recharging in the field and includes smart charging technology that prevents portable devices from getting damaged by overcharging. ($149.99)


Big Agnes Thunderhead SL 30 Sleeping Bag

With its 650-fill, hydrophobic down, the new Thunderhead SL 30 sleeping bag from Big Agnes will keep Dad warm and cozy on his camping and backpacking outings. The bag shaves precious ounces off of its weight by replacing the zipper with a clip and loop system instead. The bag promises ample room to stretch out, an integrated sleeping pad sleeve, and a vaulted foot box for added comfort. Weighing at less than two pounds, this is a sleeping bag that can go anywhere. ($249.95)



Endeavor Exceed Running Shorts and Edge Hoody

If your dad likes to run, he'll really appreciate the Exceed Run Short 2.0 from Endeavor. Lightweight and very comfortable, the shorts offer an athletic, anatomical cut that provides freedom of moment while reducing the chances of painful chafing. They come equipped with two surprisingly deep zip-pockets for carrying a smartphone or keys, and reflective elements for better visibility in low light conditions. ($75)


And on those cool weather runs, send him out in the Edge Hoody, which uses fabrics developed by NASA to provide warmth and performance in a fashionable package. The hoody features a mesh back and underarm panels for improved venting, thumb loops to help keep Dad's hands warm, and a media pocket complete with headphone port. Built for use in active pursuits, this hoody is fashionable enough to wear around town too. 


Leatherman Signal Multitool

The classic multitool always makes a great gift, and Leatherman's Signal is indeed a classic. It features 19 different tools in one handy, compact package, including a needlenose pliers, knife, wire cutters, hammer, and much more. It's like putting an entire toolbox in your dad's pocket and he's sure to appreciate the convenience that it delivers ($99.95)


Osprey Duro 15 Backpack

Keep your dad moving fast and well hydrated on the trail with the new Duro 15 backpack from Osprey. Designed primarily with trail runners in mind, the pack works equally well for mountain bikers and dayhikers too. It offers just enough storage to take everything he needs with him without having to slow down. The pack comes with 2.5-liter hydration bladder and features a vest-style harness that is comfortable to wear, while still managing to hold everything tightly in place, even when things get active. ($140)



The North Face Apex Flex GTX Rain Jacket

Rain shells don't come much more comfortable and good looking than the Apex Flex GTX from The North Face. In fact, this jacket feels more like a comfortable hoody, rather than a technical soft shell that happens to be water and wind proof. Whether worn on its own, or part of a larger layering system, the Apex Flex is a great option for the hiker, climber, backpacker, and traveler who needs protection from the elements during his active adventures. ($199)


Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Designed for hiking rugged trails in alpine settings, the Mountain Trainer Mid GTX from Salewa is an excellent boot for active dads. A Gore-Tex liner provides waterproof protection while still managing to remain breathable, and a Vibram sole offers solid grip on a variety of terrains, including rock, mud and ice. Comfortable and flexible, this is a pair of boots that will accompany him on countless adventures. ($249)


Adventure Medical Kit Mountain Series Kits

A good first aid kit is a must have on any outdoor excursion, and Adventure Medical Kits makes some of the best. AMK's Mountain Series has been redesigned for 2017 with improved cases that provide better access and organization. The Mountain Hiker ($25) is a great option for hikers and backpackers, providing everything they need to stay safe on weekend getaways. For longer adventures step up to the Mountain Explorer ($59), which provides enough supplies for four people on longer expeditions instead. 


Swiftwick Socks

Giving socks as a gift always seems like a bad idea, but if they are designed for performance in the outdoors Dad will definitely appreciate them. Swiftwick makes options for running, biking, hiking, skiing, and more. The company's products are a deft blend of compression, moisture management, contoured fit, and blister-free performance, not to mention a high level of comfort. Once your dad gives these a try, he'll want to replace every other sock in his drawer. ($12.99 - $35.99)


About the Author

Kraig Becker

Kraig Becker

Kraig Becker is news editor for the Gear Institute. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @kungfujedi


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