Anytime he has time, your dad is playing in the outdoors. He’s hiking, skiing, canoeing, and taking each new day as an adventure. For the dad with a thirst for the outdoors, Father’s Day is a prime time to get him a gift that’ll keep him safe, sane, and clean during one of his expeditions.
Read on for our Father’s Day Gift Guide for the adventurer dad.
Hiking backpacks tend to be more function than style. Luckily, the Old Man will have both when he straps on Poler’s The Rolltop Pack, which comes in an assortment of complimentary colors and is equipped with compression straps for safe storage. This classic roll top backpack is made from campdura and lined with high tensile strength nylon so Dad can carry the essentials without worry.
For the active dad who’s also tech-savvy, there’s Peak, a stylish 24/7 fitness and sleep tracking watch that syncs with your dad’s smartphone. Since sleep is essential for strength during treks, the watch maps sleep patterns and provides sleep stage insights. It also tracks all physical activity as well as exercise heart rate. Since it’s a smartwatch, dad can get notifications for texts, emails, and calls conveniently from his wrist.
There’s taking a break from hiking, and then there’s throw-your-feet-up bliss in a hammock overlooking a waterfall. Give Dad the most luxurious respite possible with the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock, which supports up to 400 lbs and can compress to the size of a grapefruit, so it easily fits into a backpack.
The well-kempt outdoorsman doesn’t let basic grooming slack just because there’s no bathroom sink available. The Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care Kit includes the basics to smell and look good – face wash, shave cream, face balm, and face wipes. In case Dad is hopping on a flight to his destination, these skin care tools are all TSA-friendly.
When all other electronic devices fail, an analog watch can save the day. The G10 LM Military Watch comes with a water-resistant time and date window and a 18mm military webbing strap made of heavy-duty NATO canvas.
If we could only take one item with us out in the wilderness, it would be this Everyday Carry Complete Kit. There are lots of things Dad can pack to keep himself comfortable, but this one we consider a survival essential. Made for the military, the kit is a compact lifesaver. Need to pry off a nail? Get the job done with the mini pry bar. Need directional guidance? Use the compass, complete with waterproof storage. Need to build a fire? Fire up the waterproof lighter. Got a splinter? Use the tweezers to take it out. There are more features to this EDC kit, but we recommend you check out the kit’s full potential in the link.
Even the most style-challenged dad will look like a veritable stud – and protect his eyes at the same time – when he slips on the Culver 201 Vintage Tortoise Polarized Sunglasses. The darkened lenses add an aura of cool, and the tortoiseshell frames are an understated classic.
Equipped with a handy carabiner, the JBL Clip Portable Speaker allows dad to sway with Michael Bublé when he runs or hikes. He can stream Bluetooth music and calls wirelessly while he’s on the go, and the device has a battery life of 5 hours – the length of a long run or day hike.
If your dad is a fan of throwback pieces, the GSI Outdoors Enamelware Coffee Pot will hit the spot. Made of stainless steel coated in a speckled blue enamel, this vintage-inspired coffee pot can not only be thrown directly into the fire for a warm cup of coffee, but can also be used to boil water and heat up apple cider or hot cocoa.
We love the multifunctionality of the Precip Jacket – with a simple silhouette, it can be worn during a hike or a cold sidewalk stroll. Made of fabric that’s both waterproof and breathable, this jacket will keep your dad comfortable in just about all weather conditions.