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Coolcore Dr. Cool Wrap
Dad a little sore after a long day on the trail? Ditch the dripping ice bag and introduce him to this wrap, which provides cooling and compression in one simple package. It holds its refreshing temperature longer, yet doesn’t douse you in water.
$11-$28; Buy Coolcore Dr. Cool Wrap Now
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Dry Hopped Pear Cider
Cider made by brewers out of a back alley in Denver? The end result is worth the leap of faith. This lightly carbonated, crisp dry cider mixes the flavors of hops, grapefruit, and pear into a beverage that goes down smooth on a hot summer day.
$15 for a 6-pack; Buy The Infinite Monkey Theorem Dry Hopped Pear Cider Now
BUFF Pack Run Cap
BUFF supplements its well-known line of multifunctional headwear with this essential for dads who love to go fast: an ultralight, compressible, and adjustable run cap. It hugs your head comfortably, provides UPF 50 protection, and even has reflective material in the front and back for those dawn and dusk runs.
Parks Project Vintage Tee
Let dad show off his love for our nation’s public lands with these retro-cool shirts from Parks Project. The best part? A portion of each purchase goes towards funding conservation efforts in national parks around the country.
$36; Buy Parks Project Vintage Tee Now
Nordic Pocket Saw
Leave the chainsaw in your garage in favor of this old-school wood chopper, which fits in a pocket and weighs less than 5 ounces. The 65-centimeter chain is made from high-carbon steel, and has two heavy-duty nylon handles for effortless cutting in the backcountry.
Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your outing with dad. The scentless Radius provides a ‘skeeter-free zone for taking in the sunset, while dispensing with disposable batteries and butane cartridges. This hand-size bundle of joy is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts about six hours on one top-up.
Lorpen T3+ Trekking Expedition Sock
These socks will keep all of dad’s toes comfy on the mountain, whether he’s skiing or heading for the peak. Insulated with with Polartec Power Dry material, yet stretchy enough to provide unfettered movement, they’re kind of like having a puffy jacket wrapped around your foot.
686 Tool Belt
Spice up the tried-and-true belt gift with this handy leather number from 686. It has a double-prong buckle touting #2 Phillips and flathead screwdrivers that fit snug in the beltloop holes. Add in the ever-needed bottle opener and the 8/10/11 wrench and you have a fashionable, yet functional, accessory.
Ecoths Brayden Shirt
Thanks to Ecoths’ charity program, this shirt—made with an organic cotton/polyester blend—not only stands out going from trail to town, but the purchase provides at least three meals via a local food bank. Look good and do good, all at once.
5.11 Cascadia Windbreaker Vest
For ‘tweener mornings and evenings when dad needs a bit less than a long-sleeved jacket, this vest will provide enough warmth to keep him cozy while still letting his arms breathe. It’s made of polyester fabric with a DWR finish, is lightweight, and packs into its own chest pocket for easy storage.
Flylow Bandit Shirt
With a quick-drying polyester/spandex blend that also features 50+ UPF protection, this sun shirt performs from the sea to the mountains. Long sleeves, a hood, and a breezy cut will cool Pop down no matter how bad the heat and sun get.
Ortovox 120 Merino Cool Tec T-Shirt
Tees made from merino wool aren’t hard to find these days. But this one combines merino’s odor and sweat-fighting properties with Tencel, a soft, sustainable fabric made from wood pulp that provides a cooling effect. Bonus: The bold color scheme will turn heads on the trail.
Mountainsmith Adventure Office Messenger Bag
This messenger bag has a bevy of organizational pockets, suiting the man on the go. It holds a laptop, phone, charger, and paperwork, but still has room for lunch and a water bottle. With an adjustable shoulder strap and a luggage cart handle, this carryall is versatile enough for whatever the day throws at dad.
Endure Basic Wilderness Survival Kit
Give dad peace of mind in the backcountry with this carefully curated kit from Endure. It contains equipment for lighting fires, making shelter, purifying water, and signaling rescuers, all in a nifty Topo Designs bag.
OLUKAI Nohea Moku Shoes
With its stretch bootie construction and a drop-in heel that transitions between shoe and slip-on, this footwear is the perfect travel companion. Designed for short urban hikes, trips to the beach, or just putzing around the house, dad won’t want to go anywhere without it.
Spy Optic Helm 2
Multifunctional shades are indispensable for the outdoor dad. Made with polycarbonate lenses with 100% UV protection that enhance contrast and clarity, the Helm 2 is fashionable enough for cruising in the convertible and burly enough for a multiday backpacking mission.
$100; Buy Spy Optic Helm 2 Now
Give dad the freedom to train anywhere. Simply clip the resistance bands on the included belt onto your socks for full range of movement with variable muscle engagement, burning calories and strengthening leg muscles at home or outdoors.
$100; Buy WearBands
Keep the old man afloat with this comfortable life vest. Constructed of soft, bodymapped PVC-free foam, this PFD moves with you as you paddle downstream. The high-back design, quick-drying mesh and handwarmer pockets meet the needs of the kayaker or canoeist on your list.
$119; Buy Kokatat Proteus Now
Helle Holken Knife
Really, this heirloom-quality knife is a gift for your future self. From the handcrafted birch and antler handle to the nearly 4-inch, razor-sharp steel blade, this limited-edition knife is true work of art. Each one comes with a sewn black leather sheath with belt loop.
Eureka! Gonzo Grill Cook System
Turn up the heat on dad’s car-camping game with a grill that can flawlessly sear a steak, and includes a cast-iron griddle for morning pancakes. Our testers loved the feature that connects the grill to a burner stove from the same propane tank, giving us the ultimate frontcountry kitchen setup.
Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed 35 Queen
If there’s a better gift than a good night’s sleep, we don’t know what it is. The Frontcountry Bed allows luxury camping with this a zipperless design for sleeping in any position. Bonus: The sleeve on the bottom fits a queen-sized air mattress or individual sleeping pads.
IceMule The Boss Cooler
Tote this portable cooler everywhere from a dayhike to weeklong river trip. Thanks to its multiday ice retention, fully waterproof construction, flotation capability, and multiple clip points, this is the perfect gift for the paddler on your list. Out of the boat, hikers will love the cushioned hipbelt and ventilated mesh backpanel.
Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch
Dad can carry his toolbox everywhere with this Swiss-made multitool watch. Attachments on the band include wrenches, multiple screwdriver heads, a file, a boxcutter, and a bottle opener (it boasts 30 tools in all). One size fits all, as you can take away and add links as you want.