Father’s Day Gift Guide: Made In America Edition

If your Dad taught you to love the outdoors like he does, a fitting Father’s Day gift will help him get outside, have some fun and make more memories with his “favorite” child.


Can’t decide what to get? We’ve narrowed the field by only looking at gear made in the good old U.S. of A. There are plenty of great options.

Raw Demin Jeans $110; cadencecollection.com

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A good pair of jeans is always a great gift, and Cadence Collection’s Raw Denim cycling jeans are some of the best out there – tough, durable denim with a touch of lycra for stretch and comfort. And the raw denim will look better as it ages-just like Dad. Full Review Here.

KOTA Longboards $229-$329; kotalongboards.com

kotalongboardMade in Colorado by a team that includes former fighter jet and Blackhawk helicopter pilots, the KOTA team knows a thing or two about speed and precision. The custom boards are made with maple wood from Wisconsin and come in a variety of designs, including a host of military themes.

Treeline Outdoors Half Hatchet $85; treelineoutdoors.com

Treeline Outdoors half hatchetHalf hatchet, half hammer, this tool from Treeline Outdoors has a lot of uses. Chop, trim, hammer and pull nails around camp or the cabin. It’s forged of high carbon steel and coated in durable paint to deter rust and keep it going strong for many years.

Keen Durand Boots $180; keenfootwear.com

keenA good boot will take you everywhere. Just ask Jeff Kish, who put a quarter million steps in these for us on the Pacific Northwest Trail. Keen’s polyurethane-injected midsole is designed to boost the boots’ durability, giving your dad a boot that’s as tough as he is.

Hyperlite Summit Pack $165; hyperlitemountaingear.com

2015_summit_-_white_frontYour dad carried you around for the first few years of your life, so take some weight off his back with a super-light pack. Hyperlight’s .8-pound Summit Pack is compressible enough to stuff into a larger pack, but its 30L capacity makes it perfect for that fast ‘n light summit push.

RAGGEDedge Wallet $65; raggededgeproducts.com

12784329184_b078ee8228_zRemember that duct tape wallet you made your dad when you were 8? Time to step up your game: RAGGEDedge’s carbon fiber Bifold ID wallet is built in Virginia, made to withstand anything and a perfect place for him to stash his (old) man card.

Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife $115-$135; benchmade.com

551An everyday carry knife is no good if it’s not light enough to actually carry every day. At under 4 ounces, the Griptilian is a slim, lightweight knife with a quick deploy and several blade and handle options, so your father will be well-equipped for whatever the day brings.

Duckworth Co Maverick Print Tee (Villain) $70; duckworthco.com

DW1001P-3_villainIt’s a given that wool shirts are best for regulating temperature and keeping stink away. What’s NOT a given is that some shirts look cooler than others. Duckworth’s Maverick tee with the Villain design sports a kickass bobcat in a trenchcoat. One more time: a bobcat in a trenchcoat. You should buy this for your dad just so you can borrow it.

Red Wing Heritage 4509 Harvester Boots $350; at Barneys.com

503731942_2_shoefrontqtrProof that tough and classy aren’t mutually exclusive, the Beckman dress boots are made with smooth oxblood leather and combine Italian style with American-made toughness.

Timbuk2 Hudson Laptop Briefcase $269; timbuk2.com


Designed specifically for Macbooks and built in San Francisco, the Hudson Laptop Briefcase has a water resistant waxed canvas body in case he gets caught in a rain shower. If Dad totes a Macbook daily, this will be a much-loved product whether he drives or cycles to work.

Misty Mountain Turbo Climbing Harness $95; mistymountain.com


Made in North Carolina, Misty Mountain’s Turbo climbing harness sports a flared waist and leg loops for more support and comfort, and a durable Hypalon patch in the rear means your dad will be able to use it for several seasons. 

Orion 65 Cooler (in camo, of course) $499; orioncoolers.com


Constructed in the same way as whitewater kayaks, Orion’s 65-liter cooler is super tough, sports four integrated bottle openers, and has padlock-compatible corners so he can keep the grandkids out of the booze. Even cooler (pun intended)? It’s available in camo.

Voormi High-E Merino Hoodie $229; voormi.com

Voormi High-E HoodieVoormi’s merino hoodie is water-resistant, stretchy, breathable, and, of course, it resists odor, so when you guys go backpacking, it’ll take your dad that much longer to start to smell. So really, it’s a gift for you, too.  Click for full review

Wagner Custom Skis $varied; wagnerskis.com

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Wagner’s intense survey system goes over your riding style, riding location, height, weight, even your previous injuries in order to design the perfect pair of sticks from scratch. They do custom graphics, too, so you can put your photo on the skis to remind your Dad who his favorite kid is every time he rides.

Wyoming Whiskey $39-49; wyomingwhiskey.com

Wyoming Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey sits on a mile-deep limestone aquifer, and that’s where it gets its water. All of the ingredients are sourced from within 100 miles of the distillery. The result starts out with caramel on the tongue, followed by a bourbon punch and finishes with a touch of vanilla. You’re going to want Dad to share this one.

Coalatree Kachula Blanket $60; coalatree.com

Kachula Blanket

This cleverly designed blanket has two distinct sides; one is ripstop nylon, the other is a soft nylon cloth. Both sides are treated with a durable water repellent and it packs small into an attached, zip-close pouch. This light blanket is perfect for picnics at the park or an afternoon lounging in the hammock.

Billy Brown

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