If you’re like us, you owe much of your love for outdoor adventure to a parent (or parents) who shared that same passion while you were growing up. That may have included a burly outdoorsman papa who climbs mountains and creates fire from sticks, or a dad who simply takes pleasure in yard work and barbecues. For Father’s Day, inspire your old man to get back outside with these 17 items.
Courtesy of United By Blue
Whether your dad likes to get caffeinated on the trails, or covets a campfire-side cocktail, this Klean Kanteen “Hike All Day” travel mug ($36), exclusively available from United By Blue—a water conservation-minded outdoor goods brand—holds up to 16 ounces of fluid. It also comes with a leakproof cap and double-wall vacuum insulation. That means Dad’s coffee will stay hot for up to eight hours, and that he can pack his nightcap at the start of a long day of backpacking; as he tucks himself into his tent, those ice cubes should still be tinkling.
Courtesy of Popticals
Gifting an adventure traveler presents a special challenge, as compact storage is paramount to them pursuing their passion. But whether your dad seeks to get away in the mountains, the forest, or at sea, shades are non-negotiable. The new, aviator-inspired Popairs ($190) from portable sports sunglasses brand Popticals are made to collapse into a tiny, easy-to-pack case. Crafted in Italy, they also boast polarized, scratch-resistant Polyamide lenses to protect his eyes from UV rays, and a high-performance, wraparound design.
Courtesy of Nemo Equipment
Does your dad geek out over woodwork? With help from Nemo Equipment’s newly launched Spoon Shaper Kit ($130), he can craft a unique keepsake. With a straight blade knife, a hook knife, a folding saw, a leather bamboo-mounted strop, and a pencil and sandpaper, this canvas tool roll contains everything Dad needs to carve and sand a wooden spoon—he’ll just have to find the wood himself, and apply his favorite finish. We recommended packing this for your next camping trip with Dad—there’s nothing like fireside carving.
Courtesy of Flowfold
Does your dad find sailboats cool? Does he believe in recycling, too? The Vanguard Billfold Wallet ($22) from Flowfold, a conservation-minded outdoor outfitter based in Peaks Island, Maine, offers a minimalist, water-resistant way to keep cash and cards organized while he’s adventuring. What’s more, it’s vegan, made in the USA, comes with a lifetime warranty, and is crafted from repurposed racing sailcloth and ballistic nylon webbing.
Courtesy of Chaos Headwear
Do bugs love Dad almost as much as you do? Consider the gift of head wear made from organic fabric designed to repel mosquitos, ticks, ants, chiggers, flies, and midges. The EPA- and FDA-vetted khaki Burlington No Fly Zone hat ($32), from Chaos’s Outdoor Summit Collection, will have Dad safe from insect-born illness, and looking fit to go on safari.
Photo courtesy of Alite Designs
It’s a backpack. It’s a cooler. It’s a… pretty cool backpack? Festive dads will appreciate arriving at the beach, barbecue, or campsite with his beer still chill on his back, thanks to the fetching new Cooler Pack ($115) from Alite Designs. It comes with backpack straps, a rope handle, a wet/dry divider to isolate food from beverage, and a removable waterproof insert, specifically designed to store a sixer. Cheers to Dad.
Courtesy of Patagonia
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