Friday, June 08, 2018

Father's Day 2018: Gifts For Your Adventurous Dad

It's that time of year again. Now that June is fully upon us, it is time to start thinking about what you'll be getting your dad for Father's Day, which is now just a little over a week away. If you happen to be the offspring of an adventurous man, and you're struggling with what to get him this year, perhaps we can be of help. Here are some things we'd recommend getting the outdoorsy dad in your life.

Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Special Edition ($229)
The Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler duffle bag is an excellent addition to any frequent traveler's selection of luggage, but the Special Edition model is even more impressive. Made from the same fabric as the high-performance racing sails used in round-the-world sailing competitions, this bag is extremely lightweight, and yet extremely durable too. How durable? It is built to survive winds in excess of 100 mph (160 km/h) and it is waterproof down to 200 psi. It can also be carried like standard duffel or thrown over your shoulders like backpack, and when not in use it folds down to a surprisingly small footprint for easy storage.

Running Gear From Endeavor 
If your dad is a frequent runner – road or trail – he'll appreciate some new workout clothes and Endeavor makes some of the best gear that I've used in recent years. The company's Competition Tee ($58) is comfortable, offers a good athletic fit, looks great, and is quick-drying too. Pair that shirt with the 7" Runner Short ($72) and you have the right combination of clothing for long runs in all kinds of conditions.

Comfortable Clothes from Duluth Trading Co.
When he isn't running, dad still needs some comfortable clothes to lounge around the backyard in or for running errands about town. Duluth Trading Company offers an array of really nice clothing for a wide variety of activities, but if it's all about beating the heat this summer, check out the company's Dry On The Fly Cargo Shorts ($65) and the short-sleeve BBQ Shirt ($40), both of which are extremely comfortable, good looking, and fun to wear.

BioLite's PizzaDome Bundle ($270)
For the dad who truly has everything, BioLite offers the PizzaDmoe Bundle. This product combines the company's awesome BaseCamp Stove with its PizzaDome add-on to create the ultimate backyard or backcountry cooking solution. The stove itself allows you to cook just about anything you want while on the go, and comes with a built in 2200 mAh batter pack that not only powers an internal fan and USB light, but can also recharge a smartphone too. The PizzDome upgrades the stove to allow it to make amazing pizzas, flatbreads, and other items, even when you're miles away from civilization. Who says you have to sacrifice fine cuisine while you're camping?

Yeti Panga Backpack ($300)
Last year, Yeti impressed pretty much everyone when the company introduced is Panga Duffel bags to the world. This year, they've taken the same incredibly rugged construction and waterproof design in a new direction by adding a 28-liter backpack to the collection as well. The pack is 100% waterproof, comes with removable chest strap and waistbelt, and offers plenty of storage capacity for all of your gear. If your dad spends a lot of time in and around the water, he'll definitely appreciate this pack, which will keep all of its contents safe and dry, whether it gets immersed in water, caught in a torrential downpour, or simply gets doused with the hose. As with all products from Yeti, the Panga Backpack is over-engineered to ensure it can survive just about any adventure.

Smartwool Socks and Underwear
The old joke about giving dad socks and underwear as a Father's Day gift will be a distant memory if those socks and underwear come from Smartwool Made from soft, breathable, and antimicrobial merino wool, these are the kinds of garments that he wants to have at his disposal. The Merino 150 Micro Stripe Boxer Brief ($45) is the perfect travel companion, whether he's hiking to Everest Base Camp or just heading out about town. Dad won't complain about getting Curated Crew Socks ($14) either, as they'll cradle his feet in comfort no matter what activities he's taking part in.

M.C. Hammie Hammock ($119)
Every dad likes to lounge around in the backyard from time to time, and the M.C. Hammie is a great option to do just that. This hammock is big enough for two, easy to set-up, and is comfortable to relax in. And if there aren't any trees in sight, it'll even convert into a small tent-like shelter as well. The package comes with everything you need, including straps, carabiners, ground stakes, and cord.

Catalyst Waterproof Case for AirPods ($25)
It's no secret I love my AirPods. Heck, everyone I know who owns a pair loves them too. And the best accessory I've found for them is the case that Catalyst offers. Made from soft silicone materials, the case slips right over Apple's charging case, wrapping it in a shroud of armor that provides extra protection from accidental drops and makes it waterproof too. It comes with a detachable carabiner and offers easy access to the charging port, all at an extremely affordable price.

Outdoor Research Interstellar Rain Jacket ($300)
I raved about the Interstellar Rain Jacket from Outdoor Research when I reviewed it awhile back and I still think it is one of the best pieces of weather gear that I've ever tested. Lightweight, yet very breathable and comfortable, this jacket shrugs off wind and rain and keeps the wearer dry in all kinds of bad weather. This is a rain jacket that will serve your dad equally well on the trail as it does around town, even when temperatures start to warm up. The Interstellar's nice blend of durability, good looks, and performance are sure to make it a hit with any hiker, backpacker, or adventure traveler.

Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid Hiking Boots ($145)
If your dad's in the market for a good pair of hiking boots, the new Targhee III waterproof mid from Keen is a great options. Comfortable, supportive, and with good traction on a variety of surfaces, these boots have a classic look to them that ensures they'll never go out of style. They're also completely waterproof, making them a good option for hiking in just about any environment, and offer a nice fit too. For light hiking duty, it is really tough to top these iconic boots.

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