This year, give dad something he actually wants. Break the norm and give the gift of outdoor gear.
Summer is here, and with it come cookouts, camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. These gift ideas are sure to put a smile on dad’s face and inspire more memories together.
Top Gifts for Dad
For the early-morning fishing tripper, check out the ATG Angler Shirt by Wrangler. This Wrangler long-sleeve has a built-in tab for keeping rolled-up sleeves in place as well as rod loops to give dad a free hand to swap tackle.
It has button pockets and a utility loop to keep essentials within reach, and its vented back should keep the air moving whether on the shore or on the water. This ATG Angler Shirt comes in four colors: Chamois, Dried Sage, Gulf, and Pelican.Sponsored by Wrangler
Equip your kitchen with sharp knives with the Professional Electric Kitchen Knife Sharpener from Work Sharp. Made to sharpen every knife in dad’s kitchen, Work Sharp designed its Knife Sharpener to bring pro-level sharpness to all, from pitmasters to home chefs.
With the touch of a button, he can choose whether he’d like to shape, sharpen, or refine his knives. And the sharpener is designed to be compact and dust-free, so dad can use it right on the kitchen counter without worry.
The 17-degree sharpening guides and flexible belt should eliminate guesswork to accommodate for both the precision of Eastern knives and the strength of Western knives. It can also handle scissors, keeping dad’s kitchen well-prepared for all the creations he throws at it.Sponsored by Work Sharp
Your dad should look as cool as you think he is. Whether he walks the back 40 making sure the fence is up, or braves a spring shower to pick up more toilet paper at the store, Flint and Tinder’s Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket will keep him warm, dry, and looking damned sharp along the way.
In fact, this all-season jacket is Huckberry’s all-time best-selling product — out of everything it sells! And it’s easy to see why. As the name implies, the waxed 7-ounce Martexin sailcloth sheds precip and adds a soft, worn feel. Plus, as the jacket ages and the wax treatment fades, you can revitalize it yourself!
A striped, blanket lining inside and down the sleeves adds warmth and comfort. And to complete the rugged look and bomber build, this jacket has antique “Flint and Tinder” metal buttons along the front and chest pocket. It’s a timeless look that, as the brand notes, will “wear in, not out.”
Rainy climate dwellers and all-around adventurers, rejoice! The 2-Shoe PEET Dryer is designed to dry shoes, boots, athletic shoes, and other outdoor gear using convection technology for a safe and energy-efficient way to dry.
PEET Dryer says convection technology pushes slightly warmed air through the dryer’s AirChambers and DryPorts in a manner that’s safe to be plugged in 24/7, 365. For reference, it should use less wattage than a household lightbulb and, according to the brand, is safe to use on leather, rubber, vinyl, neoprene, canvas, synthetics, fleece, microfiber, and more.
Depending on the product’s material and saturation level, PEET Dryer recommends leaving shoes on the dryer overnight for optimal results.
The brand also makes a version that is designed to not only dry shoes but deodorize and sanitize as well. So if the dad in your life makes the shoe rack particularly smelly, this might be the better option for everyone in your household.Sponsored by PEET Dryer
Whether the dad in your life prefers to hit the road or dirt trails, check out the lululemon Fast and Free Lined Short. The brand made these to be lightweight and sweat-wicking with its Out of Mind liner that features a 3D-shaped pouch for support during movement.
These shorts also have included flatlock seams that lululemon says reduce chafe and were made using 100% recycled polyester. The Fast and Free Short has a phone pocket and a waistband loop to hold a shirt when dad wants to shed a layer. This version is a lined 6-inch short, but lululemon also makes these shorts in a 3-inch option.
Add the Fast and Free Short Sleeve Shirt to gift him a whole new running set this summer!Sponsored by lululemon
For beers and snacks for an upcoming beach trip or to hold dad’s weekend catch, consider the ICEMULE Pro Large 23L. Made to go wherever he goes, this two-strapped, padded backpack cooler uses its PolarLayer insulation to retain solid ice for over 24 hours, according to the brand.
It can hold 18 12-ounce cans, has top-open access, and its front bungee straps should allow dad to attach other gear and accessories. The IM AirValve in the ICEMULE Pro is designed to add air the insulation layer. According to ICEMULE, this increases insulating capacity and adds buoyancy, even when it’s packed full.
This version of the cooler backpack has a sternum strap and ventilated back pads to assist dad on his hike, walk, or paddle. When not in use, the ICEMULE Pro rolls up for easy storage. Did we mention ICEMULE claims that it’s completely waterproof? Even when it stays afloat.
The ICEMULE Pro 23L backpack cooler comes in six different colors and patterns, including RealTree Wave and RealTree Edge.Sponsored by ICEMULE Coolers
If dad likes to bike, consider getting him a new pair of trail gloves from GOREWEAR. One of our contributors has been testing these gloves on rides over the past several weeks and loves the added grip they offer while still being quite comfortable. They are lightweight, just one ounce, and they breathe well to keep your hands from getting hot.
The TrailKPR Gloves are made from a rugged CORDURA fabric and have a reinforced palm to ensure that they last several seasons. Plus, the thumb and pointer fingers have touchscreen-sensitive material so he can start up Strava or respond to a text without taking them off.
If you’re looking for other gift options, check out the rest of the ‘Made To Last‘ Trail Collection.
Know a dad who never goes anywhere without snacks and beer? Treat him to a cooler that gives him that freedom with a YETI Hopper M30. The Hopper M30 is the largest of their soft cooler lineup, with the capacity for 26 cans of beer with a 2:1 beer-to-ice ratio.
This version of their soft cooler uses magnets and a buckle system to keep things from spilling and is made with their DryHide shell which the brand says is made from high-density fabric that is made to withstand punctures and UV rays. According to the brand, the Hopper M30’s built-in Hitchpoint Grid lets you attach accessories like the Rambler Bottle Sling and SideKick Dry Gear Case for extra utility on the go.
The Hopper M30 comes in three colors, Bimini Pink, Navy, Charcoal, and now a limited-edition Alpine Yellow. This soft cooler made GearJunkie’s Best Soft Coolers of 2022 article, so you can’t go wrong here.
For the bike commuting dad, meet the DUER No Sweat Slim Pant. DUER has included its signature gusset, which it says extends range of motion and mobility within the pant to accommodate riders who value function and fashion.
The brand also touts its Coolmax fabric for its versatility to warm or cool the body while wearing them. These pants combine the natural touch of cotton, the flexibility of Spandex, and the moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial properties of eucalyptus derived TENCEL which is how the brand makes the claim “No Sweat.”
These pants come in a plethora of colors, so you’re bound to find one that the dad in your life will enjoy. DUER also makes the Live Lite Slim Pant that it says combines comfort and versatility. This pant is made with the brand’s Live Lite fabric, which the brand states is naturally odor-neutralizing and moisture resistant. DUER also makes its shipments carbon neutral, so you can feel good about making this purchase!
For the dedicated fitness dad in your life who trains no matter the weather, consider the KUIU Training Tech Wind Jacket. This jacket weighs 5.7 ounces and folds into the pocket so it can be stored in a car. The Training Tech Wind Jacket is made with 100% nylon and KUIU’s DWR treatment for water repellency. This jacket also has an option for ventilation in the back of the jacket, two zippered pockets in the front to keep your stuff secure while training, and a reflective logo so you can be seen on the road.
Partner it with the Pursuit Training Hoodie to give dad even more options when it comes to his workout attire. The Pursuit Training Hoodie is made with insulating, moisture-wicking fleece with a full zip in the front, zippered hand pockets, right media pocket, and added fabric panels for reduced chafing.
Being a parent can be stressful. What if there was a wearable device that claims to improve stress, anxiety, sleep and more just by wearing it? Enter the Apollo Neuro. The Apollo is backed by science at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been tested among six clinical trials and nine more are underway according to the brand.
Apollo says that when the body experiences stress, a fight-or-flight response is triggered which negatively impacts the autonomic nervous system in control of bodily functions such as breathing, digestion, and heartbeat. That’s where the Apollo steps in. Using sound touch therapy, the Apollo sends vibrations from your wrist or ankle directly to your nervous system to strengthen and rebalance the autonomic nervous system. Over time, your heart rate variability improves, which means you are working to build resilience to stress.
The wearable can be controlled via Bluetooth with an app for your phone where you can choose from 7 different modes that emulate your desired state of being.
When it comes to flying down the road on two wheels, protection is top of mind, but so is performance. The Bontrager WaveCel received a 5-star rating from Virginia Tech’s third-party testing facility and is also lightweight and aerodynamic.
Helmets with WaveCel are made from a collapsible cellular structure lining that works like a crumple zone to absorb impact before it gets to your head. It remains lightweight and aerodynamic, so being safe won’t slow you down! This helmet also has a BOA fit system that enable the straps for custom fit and the helmet also has a pad with a silicone channel, that directs your sweat anywhere except for in your face.
This helmet comes in four different colors and colorways: black, white, red, radioactive yellow and black, and azure and black.
Haul more stuff — and make it easy. PAKMULE entered the oft-overlooked cargo carrier space with a splash — its burly aluminum round pipe construction adds an accent to your vehicle and stands out from the competition.
But while its thick tubing offers plenty of strength, the PAKMULE’s design is all about ease for you. The carrier weighs only 42 pounds — much lighter than it looks — and is easy both easy on the hands and any tie-downs and straps you use.
The carrier holds up to 500 pounds and fits any 2-inch hitch receiver. What’s more we’ve tried it and can attest it handles any task, or terrain, wobble- and noise-free. This is a stout cargo carrier made to look and perform like a winner.
Find warmth and comfort while camping in the Patagonia Fitz Roy Sleeping Bag. This bag has a sculpted footbox and hood and includes an internal chest pocket to keep your phone and valuables safe, warm, and easily accessible. This bag is rated down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and is made with 800-fill-power Advanced Global Traceable Down. The Fitz Roy comes in short, regular, and long so you can find the fit that matches the dad in your life.
Engineered knit has really changed the game in the world of cycling shoes. Like the GK1 from DMT, the full knit construction makes it light and breathable with enough stretch to match foot shape. The Michelin sole is made to flex on the bike and give you traction off the bike. The shoe also is made with reflective accents and integrated laces. And it should stand up against normal wear and tear such as walking or trekking through muddy trails.
Four years of research and testing have served the Peak Design Travel Tripod well. Send a hint to dad to take more family photos by equipping him with the gear to upgrade his nature photos as well. It’s easily packable, roughly the diameter of a water bottle, and is weather- and impact-resistant.
This tripod has a weight capacity of 20 pounds while still providing stability and vibration dampening performance and easy setup. To attach your camera to the tripod, the omnidirectional ball head is a single adjustment ring that locks and is compatible with all PD plates and most third-party Arca-type plates. With removable pins, it can be used with most Acra-type L-brackets and is compatible with your phone as well!
Should weather or your wild 3-year-old get the best of this tripod, all parts are serviceable, cleanable, and replaceable plus it’s backed by Peak Design’s lifetime guarantee. It also includes a padded weatherproof case. If you’re looking for a travel backpack that will carry all your camera gear, yet also works for everyday use, check out the Peak Design Everyday Backpack.
Whether it’s a ride to the grocery store or to grab a beer with a buddy, the DUER Denim Commuter Short can be dad’s wear-anywhere short. DUER began with the bike commuter in mind, so naturally, this short has the same intended purpose.
These shorts feature triple-stitched inseams, hidden gusset, and double-layered back pockets that the brand says create strength and longevity. Their COOLMAX fabric was made to warm in the cool and cool in the warmth.
The DUER Commuter Short comes in black denim and blue denim.
For the traveler, adventurer, and camper in your life, check out the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L. There are multiple ways to carry this pack. On the back, or by the four handles on each side of the pack. When you’re not using the pack as a backpack, the shoulder straps tuck into a sleeve and the waist strap is removable. This pack is made of 840-denier ballistic nylon paneling which is made to withstand wear and tear. It also comes with a rain fly to keep the contents of the pack dry in bad weather.
The Allpa 35 opens like a suitcase and has zippered segments for optimal organization. The larger compartment is accessible through a side zipper and there is also a zippered slot for a laptop and tablet. All external zippers have a security loop to keep them in place and deter thieves. Purchase the Allpa as a travel bundle to include a 10L, 3L, and 2L packing cubes, and a pair of masks.
Our team can confirm their love for this pack and use it for anything from weekend road trips to flying. If you’re into fun and wild color combos, Cotopaxi offers this pack in Del Dia, made of recycled fabric. The Del Dia version also means the colors are custom on each pack.
For days on the wall, slope, or trail, check out the Artilect Sundown half-zip. The brand says its Nuyarn fabric offers 35% more loft and five times faster drying capabilities than traditional merino wool without the bulk. The Sundown line was named after the Sundown Saloon in Boulder, Colo., and has a waffle-knit structure for warmth with a weight of 250 gsm.
This half-zip also features no-chafe flatlock seams, a gusseted underarm, and a hang-dry loop. The Sundown half-zip comes in three colors: A/Cid, Black, and Dusk Blue/Black.
Have a dad that does all of his own bike maintenance? Check out the Topeak Prepstand Pro. This tripod design has rubber base feet so it doesn’t move around, a clamp head that rotates 360 degrees, and can hold up to 55 pounds. It was also designed to be easily transported and comes with a carrying case. This Prepstand Pro also features a built-in digital weight scale to easily offer insight into the weight of the bike and its components.
Give the gift of active recovery with the Kane Revive shoe. Made for after training sessions, races, hikes, you name it, these shoes were designed to provide support. Their open channels allow airflow, while the stimulating raised footbed promotes increased blood flow, all surrounded by the BounceBack sugar cane EVA foam that secures the heel, arch, and instep.
They are also fully washable and feature an adjustable hang loop to help the shoe dry quickly according to Kane. You can feel good purchasing this shoe. The sugarcane that this shoe is made from is a renewable resource, as it helps reduce greenhouse gases by capturing CO2 as it grows. According to Kane, it’s focused on sustainability and is pending a B-Corp Certification. And 1% of its gross sales are committed directly to environmental nonprofits through 1% for the Planet.
Made to provide essentials in a 6.28-ounce canister, the VSSL Fix Kit will provide the dad in your life with the means to fix gear on the go and survive in the backcountry. In the Fix Kit, you’ll find dual-purpose tape that can be used to mark trails, repair gear, and act as first-aid tape. The kit also has a tin of zip ties as well as a tin with a sewing kit, whistle, and reusable rubber twist ties.
This VSSL Fix Kit can be clipped to a pack with its carabiner top and is waterproof. VSSL also makes three other kits including a Ready Kit, Catch and Cook, and Mini Utility Light Kit so you can choose the kit that best fits the dad in your life. Keep these kits accessible to be prepared for anything.
Transporting wood can be a pain, which is why White Duck made the Firewood Log Carrier. It is made from waterproof canvas material with a waxed industrial strength finish that is scratch-, stain-, wear-, and dirt-resistant with its reinforced cotton-polyester webbed edges. This canvas carrier isn’t just for wood either, you can carry kids’ toys to the campsite, brush from the yard, gardening tools to the garden, or any other use you can imagine. The handles are Velcro to assist in the carry and there is also a belt on the back for a small axe or gloves. In this version, there are no walls, so you can carry things larger than the size of the carrier itself.
The White Duck Canvas Carrier comes in four different styles including the Rectangle Shape and also comes in four different colors. The style you choose can be based on your intended use. For example, the Tote Shape and Boat Shape feature sidewalls that help contain wood chips and their contents so it doesn’t spill out (both of which are currently sold out). Yet for use outside or for larger items, the Diamond and Rectangle shape does not have walls so items can flow freely while being cradled by the canvas carrier.
For the dad who spends long days on the bike, check out the Pearl Izumi Pro Bib Short. This bib short is equipped with the brands Levitate PRO Chamois and its Italian Pro Transfer fabric. The raw edge hems help the material move over the skin with ease and the wide, laser-cut bib straps are supportive yet feel like they’re barely there according to Pearl Izumi. These bib shorts also have a printed silicone grip and reflective details for visibility into the night.
Pair it with the Interval Jersey for that full kit feel. Made for warmer days on the bike, this short-sleeve jersey uses Transfer fabric with In-R-Cool powered by Cold Black that has a rear gripper so it doesn’t slide up while riding and offers a place to stash snacks. Both the Bib Short and Jersey come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Gift the avid gravel-riding dad in your life a new set of tires with the American Classic Udden Bike Tire and Tubolito Gravel Tube. The Udden Tire features an innovative tread design meant for riding through whatever mother nature throws your way while also allowing the rider to maintain efficient pedaling on hardpack.
Its central chevrons focus on straight-line speed and its widely spaced knobs focus on tackling ruts, mud, and slippery transitions. These tires pair with the Tubolito Gravel Tube. According to the brand, this tube is two-thirds lighter than a standard tube which makes it easy to have on the ready when you get a flat.
From bonfires and kids’ soccer games to days on the trail, gift the dad in your life the Cotopaxi Baja Pant. It is made with weather-resistant, four-way stretch fabric and a knit waistband with two drop-in hand pockets and zippered back pocket for security. There is also a zippered pocket on the side of the leg to contain valuables during travel or while jogging on the trail. These pants come in graphite and rust.
Cotopaxi is a Certified B-Corp and has passed the standards of social, environmental, and economic good.
Safely send it with the Smith Forefront 2 mountain bike helmet. Equipped with both MIPS and Koroyd impact protection, the Smith Forefront meets both the U.S. and European safety Certifications for helmets. This model in particular was made to properly fit Smith-branded goggles or sunglasses to prevent fogged lenses and even has a three-way adjustable visor to accommodate either for when they’re not in use.
For warm days, the Smith Forefront has 20 vents and an antimicrobial lining to keep you cool on your ride. It is also light and camera mount compatible for the days when you’re out past dark or can’t resist sharing sends with your friends. This helmet comes in a wide range of color combinations so you can get the optimal color choice to match the bike.
The watch that is known for tracking health stats, providing you with your notifications, and navigating you through your adventures is breaking into solar power with the Garmin fenix 7 Solar. Garmin uses its Power Glass to use the sun’s rays to charge the watch, giving it more battery life and allowing the user to rely less on electricity to keep it going.
The Garmin fenix 7 Solar is ready for all your outdoor (and indoor) adventures ranging from trail running, swimming, running, biking, hiking, rowing, skiing, golfing, surfing, indoor climbing, and more. It is also ready for days where you find yourself backcountry skiing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, surfing, HIIT workouts, among others. The functional buttons and touch screen allow for you to navigate through the settings and check smartphone notifications right on your wrist. You can also preload music onto the Garmin fenix 7, so you can run phone-free!
This watch is equipped with Multi-GNSS Support, ABC Sensors, Skiview Maps, and Multicontinent Topo Maps to assist you with navigation. When it comes to tracking your health stats, the Garmin fenix 7 Solar can track heart rate, pulse ox, sleep, body energy, respiration, and hydration. One of our team members has been loving this watch over the past couple months!
Made for virtually any outdoor activity, check out the Free Fly 7″ Lined Breeze Short. Made from 86% polyester and 14% spandex with an added bamboo lining, the Free Fly short is lightweight and drys quickly according to the brand.
One of our staff says he wears these shorts around the house, around the campfire, and sometimes on shorter fly fishing trips due to their lightweight feel and quick-drying capabilities. It has an elastic drawstring waistband and a zipper secure back pocket for valuables. These shorts come in a variety of different colors and you can also get these shorts without the lining!
Cycling-ready? Pub-ready? Check and check. The Quoc Chelsea Boot is MTB- and SPD-compatible, yet also has stiffness in the sole for power transfer on flat pedals. The Chelsea Boot is made from two-tone suede with a waxed front, which allows for easy cleaning. On the bottom, you’ll find that the outsole is made from recycled cork-infused rubber with a tread that provides traction across a wide variety of surfaces and was inspired by gravel tires.
For the desert dwellers who want a boot that is made for warm weather, consider the Erem Xerocole Expedition. This 7.25-inch boot provides support over rocky and dusty terrain and most notably thanks to its TENCEL lining and venting, this boot is breathable and moisture-wicking according to the brand. Inside, you’ll find a handmade cork insole with natural latex foam for support. You won’t have to worry about stabbing your foot on a desert cactus either, with its leather upper and rubber sole. If you do find yourself busting through any materials, Erem happily repairs them before suggesting to buy new!
Erem is committed to sustainability and only uses products that have a proven route back to nature such as leather, rubber, brass, and cork. That being said, Erem will also take any old Erem boot and turn it back into another boot. These boots come in caramel brown and almond bluff and Erem also makes a shorter 5.25-inch Xerocole boot if that’s more his style.
Spend a lot of time on or in the water? That’s not a problem for the Ortlieb Atrack pack. Its PVC-free nylon material and TIZIP zipper make it 100% waterproof. It also opens like a suitcase, which allows for easily accessing its contents and its main pocket runs down your back instead of in front or on the sides to protect against theft. The Ortlieb Atrack has an adjustable back panel, shoulder straps, and hip belt for a custom fit and has two outside pockets for water bottles.
This pack comes in three different sizes — 25L, 35L, and 45L — as well as three different colors. So there are plenty of options for the dad in your life.