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21 Totally Excessive Tech Gifts for Dad

From smart grills to high-tech camping toys, these gadgets are designed for dads who get after it outside.

A high-tech grilling tool, plus 20 additional over-the-top Father's Day gifts.     Photo: Courtesy of iDevices

Dad loves tech. Dad loves the outdoors. So show him some love this Father’s Day by giving him the perfect gift—and then spending the rest of the weekend outside. 

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    Grilling

    Photo: Memphis Grills

    Memphis Wood Fire Grill
    The most impressive feature on this wood-fire grill (starting at $1,500) is its Intelligent Temperature Control. The grill works like an indoor oven to maintain a consistent temperature, automatically adding pellets as needed. There's even an internal probe to get the exact reading on meat temperature.

    iDevices iGrill2
    Grilling is all about temperature. If you want a medium-rare steak, you have to grill at a specific temperature (say, 140 degrees). This thermometer ($100) syncs over Bluetooth to your iPhone, shows a temperature reading, and sounds an alarm when the meat's ready.

    BakerStone Pizza Oven Box
    Whether dad is cooking at a campsite or at home on the grill, this pizza oven ($129) sits on top of the burners and uses a stone cooking chamber. On top, there's a dial to show the temperature reading. The shell is made from a thick, enameled steel to reduce charring.

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    Biking

    Cannondale Quick CX 2
    Off-road ruggedness meets on-road efficiency in the Quick CX2 ($1,140). Using inspiration from mountain bike frames, this nimble commuter comes with disc brakes and front suspension, making for a comfortable, smooth ride.

    CamelBak Charge 10 LR
    This lightweight hydration pack ($100) accommodates bike tools, snacks, and a smartphone. The reservoir opens with a quick quarter-turn twist-off lid, there's a easy-to-close valve, and tech called HydroGuard reduces germs.

    Video Head VHX5 Bike Helmet
    This helmet ($200) comes packed with some nice extra features, including a built-in 1080p camera for shooting video and snapping photos. Plus, the helmet has an eight-gigabyte SD card, letting you dad record videos for about an hour.

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    Dog Walking

    Photo: iFetch

    iFetch
    The iFetch ($100) automatically launches a ball up to 30 feet across the yard. So sit back and relax as the iFetch wears your dog out for you.

    Whistle
    One of the most high-tech canine products out there, this dog-monitoring device ($129) connects over Bluetooth to an Android or iPhone device, letting Dad see how active your pup is during the day. A new version called WhistleGPS is due next year.

    Barkbox
    With this online subscription service ($18 per month), your dad will receive a box of doggie treats, bones, and other goodies—all hand-picked by canine gourmands. The membership fee includes a 10 percent donation to an animal rescue organization. 

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    Off-Roading

    Photo: Can-Am

    Can-Am Outlander
    Yes, this is an expensive gift, but hey, it promises to be a lot of fun, right? This rugged ATV ($6,799) has torsional suspension for smooth rides, super bright 230-watt headlights, and an anti-theft key system.

    Polaris F2 Carbon ORV Helmet
    Designed for all off-roading activities, this high-end helmet ($280) is made from carbon fiber and Kevlar, making it extremely durable and tough. There are multiple vents on this lid, making it (relatively) breathable for those dry, dusty days.

    Thule Sidearm Mountain Bike Carrier 594XT
    This roof mount ($200) works with most standard mountain bikes. Plus, its clamps down around the wheel so you don't have to worry about scratching the frame. 

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    Working Out

    Photo: Samsung

    Samsung Gear Fit by Sprint
    This fitness watch ($200) is a vast improvement over the original Samsung Gear. The new model has an almost two-inch clear screen, lasts up to five days on one charge, is dust- and water-resistant, and tracks your workout with an activity and heart-rate monitor. 

    Brooks Glycerin 12
    Brooks pulled out all the stops on this new running shoe ($150). The sole conforms to your foot from heel to toe and there's more cushioning than in the previous version. The best feature: the entire shoe weighs a hair under 11 ounces.

    REI Lightweight Polartec Power Dry Crew Shirt
    Priced much lower than many of its competitors, this shirt ($30) from REI is built with two types of fabric—one layer draws moisture away from your skin, while the other dries quickly on the outside.

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    Camping

    Photo: Coleman

    Coleman Esky Super Cooler
    Buy dad a cooler that can withstand serious abuse. This massive 55-quart container ($339) has a germ-reducing liner and large, durable clasps. Plus, it comes with a built-in cutting board and ruler. 

    Goal Zero Torch 250
    If your dad is serious about camping, he'll appreciate this multi-use flashlight ($80). It has a normal light mode, floodlight, and a red beacon flash. Charge it up through an outlet, a solar panel, or with the hand crank.

    Big Agnes Helinox Cot One
    The tensioners on this smart camping cot ($300) stretch to keep dad suspended over the ground during an overnight trip. The cot weighs just over four pounds, folds up well for storage, and comes with a carrying bag.

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    Golfing

    Photo: Nike

    Nike VR_S Covert 2.0

    Say hello to the only driver you need in your quiver. The back of the Nike Covert 2.0 ($299) is reinforced to transfer energy efficiently, and the cavity provides some serious pop. Dad can adjust the loft and angle in 15 different directions. 

    Game Golf
    Finally available for purchase, the Game Golf ($249) is a gold-tracking accessory. It clips to a belt and records strokes, shot distances, and where dad took the shot. After the game, he can share the results online and track an entire summer of duffing.

    OGIO Piston Polo
    This golf shirt ($85) won't fade in the sun thanks to its 3x SPF agent, and it's made from an odor-and-stain resistant fabric. I also found it wicks sweat quite well.

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