Father's Day Gift Guide

What do dads really want? Hint: not more ties or car wash gift certificates. We polled our male staffers to find out what they hope to get (or give) this June 19th.

Jonathan Dorn, Editor in Chief, father of Hadley (14) and Abby (12)

I’m rich in all the important intangible ways, and also rich in gear. But I’d love a year’s supply of my favorite trail snack, Spicy Tanka Bites ($6.50 per pack, tankabar.com), made from dried buffalo meat and cranberries.


Matthew Bates, Art Director, father of Noah (6), Rhys (3) and Owen (1)

I'm 5'2" so shopping for clothes can be a nightmare! I’d love the Kautz softshell jacket by Beyond ($249, beyondclothing.com) because they build it according to my precise measurements, so I'm guaranteed a perfect fit!


Shannon Davis, Senior Editor, son of Don, and soon-to-be dad

For my dad: We love to run together, so I’ll get him a pair of Asics GT-2160 Trail ($100, asicsamerica.com). I’ll also get us both entries into the Boulder half-marathon (bouldermarathon.com), so he can kick my butt, yet again.


Andrew Matranga, Map Editor, father of Lochlan (15 mos.)

I’d love a backcountry barista setup to fuel my mornings: the MSR MugMateto brew it up ($17, msrgear.com), a Sea to Summit Delta InsulMug ($16, seatosummit.com) for spill-free sipping, and a pound of Unseen Bean Bluegrass Hoedown Dark Espresso Roast ($14, theunseenbean.com), my all-time favorite beans.


Dan Larson, gear tester, father of Holden (9)

I’d love a good, basic fly-fishing setup to share with my son, like Cabela’s Ready-to-Fish Prestige package ($159, cabelas.com), and a copy of Fly Fishing for Dummies ($15, dummies.com) so we can actually catch something.


Mike Lanza, Northwest editor, father of Nate (10) and Alex (8)

Ever since I tested the Big Agnes Copper Spur 2 UL ($400, bigagnes.com) four years ago, I’ve wanted one. It’s everything a tent should be: a spacious weather fortress that’s barely noticeable in your pack.


Dennis Lewon, father of Milo (10), Zig (7), Tate (6)

I borrowed an Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 ($380; olympusamerica.com) on a recent trip to Fiji, and I loved the underwater pictures and movies it captured. It’s tough enough and so easy to use that my boys can pass it around to document all our family trips this summer.