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The 10 Best Gifts for Outdoor Dads This Father’s Day

Bring a smile to your favorite outdoorsman's face with a thoughtful gift this Father's Day.

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Lowe Alpine AirZone Active 22L Daypack

Lowe Alpine AirZone Active 22L Daypack
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Dads may put up with a lot, but nobody likes getting overly sweaty on summer hikes. This daypack has a lightweight, mesh trampoline backpanel that promotes ventilation on hot trail days. The AirZone Active also has multiple storage pockets, capacity for a 3-liter water reservoir, a rain cover, trekking pole attachments, and key and light clips. $95; Buy Now

Sea To Summit Cool Grip X-Mug

Sea To Summit Cool Grip X-Mug
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This space-saving, collapsible mug is made for  ounce-counting backpackers that still want a steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning. The cup’s design protects your hands from heat through its ridge-like “waves.” Best part? It folds down to a flat disc for easy storage in your pack. $15; Buy Now

Eddie Bauer High Route Grid Air 1/4-Zip

Eddie Bauer High Route Grid Air 1/4-Zip
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Every dad should have a do-it-all midlayer. This form-fitting, lightweight fleece has the ideal amount of stretch for hiking, climbing, or just playing in the yard with the kids. Its gridded material wicks sweat, conserves warmth while remaining breathable, and resists odor as well. $48; Buy Now

Gerber Armbar Slim Drive

Gerber Armbar Slim Drive
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This minimalist tool’s ultrathin profile makes it easy to slip in and out of your pocket, and but it contains a bevy of useful functions. The slim drive has a 2-inch driver with both flat and Phillips heads, a bottle opener, and a 2.5-inch plain edge frame lock blade, all in a package that only weighs 2.5 ounces. $32; Buy Now

Groove Belt

Groove Belt
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All belts are the same, right? Not so fast. This one needs just one adjustment, ever, thanks to stretch webbing that provides a secure fit. Its durable, aluminum alloy buckle is magnetic and snaps on and off, and the sleek design fits in both on and off the trail. $60; Buy Now

Step 22 Tenkile Tech Pouch

Step 22 Tenkile Tech Pouch
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Weighing less than a pound, this storage pouch is a pro-level travel tool. The main compartment can change from one to four compartments, while other smaller pockets store camera cards or cables. The interior is fully padded to protect small devices such as cameras, while the outside is made a of thick, weather-resistant fabric.  Either toss it inside a bigger pack, or use the straps to fix it to a bike or backpack. $65; Buy Now

SOL Fire Lite Fuel-Free Lighter

SOL Fire Lite Fuel-Free Lighter

For dads who take pride in their campfire-building skills, this device will make sure the flame never goes out. The lighter’s plasma arc ignites fuel upon contact, it doesn’t freeze or fade away, and it works even at high altitude. It also has a built-in 100 lumen light and is rechargeable. $25; Buy Now

ORTLIEB Handlebar-Pack QR

ORTLIEB Handlebar-Pack QR
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For the cyclist or bikepacking dad, this top-loading, waterproof rolltop bag fits on handle bars and has an 11-liter capacity.  Two mesh side pockets hold water bottles, and the quick-release system means you can easily take it on and off your ride. $160; Buy Now

UCO Flatpack Small Grill and Firepit 

UCO Flatpack Small Grill and Firepit 
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Jonesing for a backcountry cookout? It takes just 30 seconds to set up this portable fire pit, which also comes with grate for grilling. Made of durable stainless steel, the system folds up to about 1.5 inches thick and stows away in the included canvas case. $40; Buy Now

The Campo Utility Hammock and Poncho

The Campo Utility Hammock and Poncho
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Don’t be afraid to get quirky with your gift: This hammock/poncho/shelter/ground cover is the Swiss army knife of shelters. Made of 70-denier ripstop nylon, the Campo is durable and waterproof, and weighs less than a pound. $84; Buy Now

Special Mention: Cairn Subscription Box

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Give the element of surprise with a monthly delivery of outdoorsy gear and snacks. Each box contains a mix of lust-worthy apparel, hardgoods, trail food, personal care products, and first-aid and emergency supplies. It’s a mix of widgets and useful stuff and a cool way to remind Dad on a monthly basis that you love him and his passion for the outdoors. Starting at $35/month; Buy Now