Whether the outdoorsman in your life loves camping, hiking, running, or cooking, we found the best gifts for dad.
From slippers to whiskey to fire pits, we’ve got something to wow all the dads, husbands, father figures, and outdoorsmen out there.
The Fenix PD36R is a compact and powerful flashlight designed for tactical and professional applications. Although the entire unit is just 5.35 inches long, it offers an impressive max beam distance of 928 feet and 1600 lumens with five brightness levels.
A battery indicator alerts you when it’s time to charge your torch, and the charging process is quick and simple with the included USB-C cable. It’s no wonder the PD36R is one of the Best Flashlights of 2021.Sponsored by Fenix
The new Polar Vantage M2 is the perfect choice for folks who want an affordable multisport watch with maximum features. Compared to the previous Vantage models, the new watch has a stronger case, improved battery life, and access to new training programs and metrics.
During workouts and during sleep, the M2 is constantly gathering insight to help the user become a better athlete. It even has music controls integrated with the watch.Sponsored by Polar
In mosquito-infested areas, spray-on repellent just doesn’t cut it. Thermacell’s portable MR300 creates a 15-foot mosquito protection zone. And it’s completely scent- and noise-free.
With a lightweight design and no open flame, you can enjoy the great outdoors without spending time swatting mosquitoes.Sponsored by Thermacell
This 2-in-1 utility flashlight and pepper spray canister comes in a conveniently portable package. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or walking your dog, this unit offers immense emergency preparedness and self-protection.
The 750-lumen flashlight can shine up to 540 feet. And the pepper spray canister contains up to 25 bursts, deploying in a powerful 10-foot stream.
With an IPX6 water-resistant rating, the PepperLight is built to withstand the elements.Sponsored by Sabre
These men’s slippers have a cult following — and for good reason. They’re comfortable, durable, and warm without making feet hot or clammy. The natural rubber sole provides plenty of traction, and the removable EVA footbed provides all-day comfort.
Or, if dad needs a camp slipper, there are plenty to choose from in our best slipper review.
Like a carabiner but better, the Heroclip makes hanging gear a cinch. Use it to hang the water filter at camp, keep necessities in reach, or hang your bag at the end of the day. The possibilities are endless and the utility is top-notch.
SAXX is diving even deeper into swimwear with its new line of boardshorts. These aren’t your average trunks, though. They feature a quick-drying, slim-fitting liner that offers the support we’ve come to expect from SAXX. It’s swimwear, but upgraded, and it’s a great gift option for dads who like to spend time on the water
One GearJunkie editor (and a new father himself) has been testing the Betawave 2n1 Swim Shorts for a month and would recommend them for a few reasons.
The first is the liner. This isn’t that same baggy mesh liner of yesteryear. This liner feels like a pair of premium, properly fitting underwear that happens to be attached to a pair of boardshorts.
Next is the fit. The modern fit gives a little extra shape to the legs and booty — and who doesn’t love that?
Last is the material. They dry quickly, which is key to avoid the soggy feeling of some other boardshorts on the market.
This folding, portable bike lock is a user-friendly design between cable and U-locks. All of the lock’s steel components are encased in soft plastic to protect your bike’s paint without sacrificing security. A rattle-free lock mount attaches directly to your frame, which you’ll hardly notice until it’s time to lock up.
ABUS leads the bike lock industry in corrosion resistance, and this one is among the Best Bike Locks of 2021.
In the hotter months, cool and breathable fabrics are crucial. The Odlo BLACKCOMB Ceramicool base layer shirt is an excellent option for warm days in the outdoors.
Ceramic nanoparticles keep your skin up to 1 degree Celsius cooler by drawing heat away and increasing airflow. It sounds fancy, but after testing, we have to say it did a great job keeping us cool.
Whether hiking, running, or hanging outside, the guy in your life will love this cool and comfortable shirt.
With all the grip and stability of a heavier hiking boot, this trail-ready shoe from Danner is lightweight, breathable, and fully equipped for long days on the trail. A Vibram outsole and shock-absorbing EVA midsole ensure the ideal balance between cushioning and support.
On wet and loose surfaces, Megagrip technology will keep you striding along with confidence. Plus, the simple aesthetic and clean lines of the shoes look good in any setting. The Trail 2650 earns top marks for style and function, which put it on our Best Hiking Shoes of 2021.
For dads that hit the road to adventure at a moment’s notice, the Crossroads 40L Duffel is the perfect packing partner for all your gear.
Modular compression straps can be used internally or externally making over-packing a thing of the past. Two divider panels add extra organization, and the foam walls with a structured build keep the duffel from folding in on itself to make packing — and unpacking — frustration free.
Easy to set up and supremely well-designed, the Thule Ridealong Child Bike Seat lets you bring your most precious cargo along for the ride. Five different reclining positions offer options for both upright sitting and napping. Also, the plush padding is removable and washable.
Ride with the whole family in style!
Wyoming Whiskey partnered with the National Park Foundation to create a great-tasting spirit that honors Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Tasting notes of vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon combine with a full and bright mouthfeel in this luxuriously outdoor-minded whiskey.
After a glorious afternoon spent hiking or fishing, this bottle offers an unbeatable conclusion to the day.
For the adventure-seeking beer-lover, the DrinkTanks Session Growlers let you enjoy cold, fresh beer (or any beverage of choice) on whatever expedition life throws at you.
These double-walled, vacuum-insulated growlers control the temperature of your beverage and preserve carbonation. Lightweight and portable, these growlers come with a lifetime warranty.
One of the lightest full-sized binoculars in its category, the C.3 is features a larger objective lens to grasp every last bit of critical light.
An optic built for hunters, birders, and wildlife viewers who require performance in dimly-lit situations, the Maven C.3 is tripod compatible and is water-and-fog proof. It weighs in at 28oz making it a friendly companion for Dad on the trail or in the blind.
These versatile shorts are casual enough for summertime chillin’, and dressy enough for an evening with friends. The cotton-lined fabric is soft against the skin, and it’s got plenty of stretch to allow for active use.
As an everyday item, or maybe a piece for special occasions, dad will appreciate that the Essential Short looks as good as it feels.
Give dad the warmth of a bonfire without the smoke. Meet the Solo Stove, a bonfire that uses secondary burning combustion for hotter, more efficient fire — sans smoke.
It burns off the remaining fuel suspended in the air; in essence, it burns the smoke, leaving few particulates in the air. We’ve tested it, and it really works! Your clothes won’t stink, and you won’t find yourself constantly moving around to dodge the smoke.
This is the perfect shirt for cool summer nights and bonfire gatherings. The 100% cotton material is soft to the touch and built to last. It feels good enough to wear any and every day, and it looks good enough to confidently wear out and about.
Watch out, because Linksoul may become dad’s go-to brand. Born from a desire to make the most of life, this up-and-coming clothing brand is on a mission to do things differently. Best of all, their clothes are high-tech, comfy, and durable.
Sometimes it is difficult to keep gear and clothing organized in the outdoors. This gearline from Nite Ize immediately solves campsite organizational issues.
Along the line, a series of strong sewn gear loops allows you to have items like shoes, bottles, and backpacks up off of the ground where they can easily be seen. When multiple trees or anchor points are not available, the line can also hang vertically.
Stop digging through endless piles of assorted gear, and give yourself (or others) the gift of organization.
These sleek running shoes are partially made from recycled plastic that has been diverted from the ocean. Adidas then repurposes that plastic into a breathable woven upper. On gravel paths and city trails, the lightweight Ultra Parley shoes are both cushioned and responsive.
A rocker profile and socklike construction take their running experience to a whole new level of comfort.
This rugged speaker is bassy and booming — a worthy addition to any outdoor summertime gathering. A massive integrated carrying handle lets you bring the tunes on the go. And the speaker offers an impressive 24 hours of playtime on a single charge.
An IPX7 waterproof rating keeps this Bluetooth speaker protected while fishing or boating. It’s everything you need in a speaker: durability, portability, and excellent sound quality.
The Smith Engage helmet uses a combination of the finest bike helmet technologies of today, all rolled into a single model. Integrated MIPS rotational protection plus extended rear coverage keep the user’s head thoroughly guarded. For warm weather rides, 21 cooling vents maintain airflow and prevent sweating and overheating.
And to top it off, this helmet is so comfortable you may even forget it’s on your head.
This is one of our favorite rain jackets. It’s lightweight and shockingly breathable for a waterproof layer. Our tester noted, “It’s the stretchiest, softest, and quietest rain jacket we tested. And with a sub-$300 price, it’s a fair bargain given the market for high-end raincoats.”
The adjustable hood fits with or without a helmet, and the zippered pockets keep essentials dry and accessible.
Wool socks are a must for hiking and backpacking. Grab dad a pair of these do-all wool wonders and keep his feet happy on the trail.
The wool blend keeps odor at bay and provides all-day comfort. And the flat seams make for blister-free hiking. Bottom line: These are awesome socks on the trail and off.
This solar-powered string light will quickly bring a touch of ambiance to dad’s campsite or backyard. We’ve regularly used one for nearly a year, and it still works as great as it did on Day One. It lasts up to 20 hours on a single charge and easily recharges via the built-in solar panel, or with a USB. Find more of our favorite camping lights in our best lantern review.
Everyone needs some solid cast iron cookware. This classic skillet is equally at home over the open fire as it is on the kitchen stove. It’s heavy-duty, endlessly useful, and built to last. Plus, it comes pre-seasoned, so dad can get cookin’ right away.
After a lot of use, bacteria and mineral deposits can build up in hydration bladders and water bottles. HydraPak Bottle Bright tablets safely and thoroughly clean out your water vessel. Twelve tablets come in a single package, and they’re fully biodegradable.
If you’ve been drinking out of a smelly bottle or bladder, these tablets will remind you how good truly clean water tastes.
Fair Harbor swim trunks boast some of the snazziest colorways on the beach. The Anchor has an 8-inch inseam, so the bottom of fabric will fall just above the knee. Instead of an uncomfortable mesh liner, Fair Harbor has developed BreezeKnit, which is soft, supportive, and totally chafeless.
From beach to lake to lounging, this is a top summer pick.
If dad likes to travel, hike, and stay hydrated, this is a great gift. Simply fill, press, and drink the clean and purified water. The GRAYL GEOPRESS protects against heavy metals, chemicals, and viruses in addition to common protozoa and bacteria. And it’s among the best backpacking and travel water filters of 2020.
The Nano Puff jacket is a fan favorite. It packs down small into its own side pocket, making it great for travel or throwing in your pack just in case.
As our tester wrote in our review, “The Nano Puff is a sleek-looking coat. And that sleekness helps it compress comfortably under other gear — in a backpack or as an ideal layer for winter snow sessions. In fact, it continues to get lighter: The Nano Puff has lost over one ounce since its inception.”