Dads fish, and camp, and drink beer and whiskey. Dads ride bikes, summit peaks, and cook a mean salt and pepper steak. Dads do things, so we've designed a Father’s Day gift guide that will help your dad do what he loves more often.
BioLite Birthday Bundle Coffee Kit ($180)
To celebrate the five-year anniversary of their flagship CampStove, Biolite is offering a limited-edition backcountry coffee kit, which features their three most popular items: the CampStove 2, KettlePot cook system, and CoffeePress coffee maker. They also include a package of pre-ground and pre-measured Fair Trade Certified Peruvian roast from Brooklyn Roasting Company.
Leatherman Skeletool KB Knife ($25)
The Skeletool KB weighs a scant 1.3 ounces, but comes with a 2.5-inch stainless-steel blade that's strong, easy to sharpen, and can be opened with one hand. The knife also includes a lanyard ring, removable pocket clip, and a built-in bottle opener.
ENO Lounger DL Camp Chair ($125)
Sure, dad has a camp chair, but it’s not as comfortable as this one from ENO that's essentially a hammock strung over legs. The material is softer than a normal chair so it wraps around your body and it also sways a little, too. Other perks include a built-in head pillow, stash pockets, and cup holder.
Vava Voom 20 Bluetooth Speaker ($60)
Thanks to two internal subwoofers, this water bottle-sized speaker absolutely thumps. The lithium-ion battery delivers eight hours of playtime and the rubberized design is water resistant so you never have to worry about bringing it poolside.
Howler Bros Pescador Shirt ($90)
Dads are suckers for pearl buttons. Howler Brothers delivers with their Pescador, a fishing-specific shirt that comes with those white snaps and is made from a quick-dry, poly-nylon blend that provides UPF 15 protection. We wear it around town, too, and appreciate the hidden pockets and vented back.
Osprey Talon 22L Pack ($110)
One pack to slay them all. That’s the promise that Osprey delivers with the Talon, a multi-purpose day pack with an updated light and breathable suspension system that's comfy regardless of the activity. Smart details like trekking pole storage loops, ice tool loops, and a quick helmet attachment toggle make the pack appropriate for multiple sports. Choose your size, but we think the 22 liters hits the sweet spot.
Nemo Spoon Shaper Kit ($130)
Nemo’s limited-edition kit has all the tools you need to make a wooden spoon, from carving blades to sandpaper. And it all comes neatly wrapped in a waxed canvas tool roll.
VSSL Flask ($72)
This Flask is a glass-lined cylinder that can hold 10 ounces of booze. But it also has a built-in flashlight. compass, bottle opener, and two shot glasses. That’s our kind of multitool.
Snow Peak Kanpai Bottle ($70)
The Kanpai is a double-wall-insulated, stainless-steel bottle that holds 12 ounces of your favorite vice and comes with two lids: one for hot liquids, and one for cold. Even better: you can slip a 12-ounce can of beer inside the bottle, then use the freeze-ahead gel pack lid to keep that beer cold for up to six hours. It’s perfect for packing a beer up a day hike.
Bending Branches Java 11 Paddle ($150)
Hand-built in Wisconsin, this all-wood, light, and capable paddle is built for lakes and will add a bit of vintage class to your dad’s next canoe trip. It’s also pretty enough to hang over the couch when it’s not in use.
Camp Chef Mountain Man Grill ($150)
Grilling over a campfire is a lot easier with the Mountain Man. It stakes into the ground next to the fire, and comes with two height-adjustable trays that you can move up and down to regulate the heat coming off the logs. Back home, fill one of the trays with charcoal and use it as a standalone cooker.
Jetboil Genesis Basecamp System Stove ($350)
Yes, your regular old camp stove is great. But this one is better. First, it comes with two, 10,000-BTU burners that boil water significantly faster than what you're used to. Like its smaller Jetboil brothers, the Genesis also nests in an included pot for easier transport. Finally, you can daisy chain two or three Genesis stoves together and have them all run off the same propane source for big four- or six-burner meals.
Brooklyn Biltong Jerky ($40)
Biltong is a type of air-dried jerky that originated in South Africa and the process keeps the meat tender and juicy. Take the jerky as a hiking snack or add it to a pizza.
Patagonia Stealth Atom Fishing Sling ($120)
If dad fly fishes, he needs a sling that he can move around with one hand. At 15 liters, the Stealth Atom is small, but there's still plenty of room for a couple fly boxes and a sandwich. We also like the waterproof pockets and rod tube straps.
Umpqua Cooler Gaiter ZS Organizer ($70)
The Umpqua is like a fanny pack for your Yeti, with pockets for a phone, sandals, fly boxes, and a speaker. Because dads love organization and fanny packs.
Sony-MDR 1000X Bluetooth Headphones ($330)
The MDR-1000x have a great battery life and are phenomenally comfortable. But here's why we really love these noise-cancelling cups: they cut out ambient distractions, but also account for details like the shape of one’s ears and head to maximize sound quality.
Tenkara Iwana Fly Rod ($160)
These traditional Japanese fly rods, which reduce the sport to a rod, line, and fly, have been compared to singlespeed bikes for their simplicity. We like them because the telescoping rods are light and easy to transport so you can haul one along on your hike or ride. The 12-foot Iwana is best for small- to medium-sized trout streams.
Blundstone Super 550 Series Boots ($180)
Yes, they're a pricey pair of kicks, but these leather boots will last decades. The lugged rubber sole provides excellent grip on wet sidewalks or dirt paths, and they also dress up for any occasion.