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Outdoorsy Dad? Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Father's day gift guide
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Father’s Day is coming up! It may be difficult to show Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, or any other male role model how much they mean to you, but these gifts get close. Order soon to get them in time for Father’s Day on June 18th!

REI Co-op Quarter Dome Air Hammock: $220

REI Quarter Dome Air

Have a minimalist Dad? He might like the Quarter Dome Air Hammock from REI Co-op. At 3lbs. 2oz., the setup includes a bug net and rain tarp. We have been testing it for the past month and love the feel inside. Unlike a traditional hammock, the attached poles allow you to spread out more.

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America The Beautiful Pass: $80

america the beautiful pass

This pass is Dad’s ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. It covers entrance, standard amenity fees, and day-use fees for a driver and all passengers in a vehicle at many areas.

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Ryders Seventh Cycling Glasses: $150

Ryders seventh sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses is everything when it comes to cycling. Treat Dad to a pair of the Ryders Seventh Cycling Glasses and keep him from squinting on his next ride. You have several lens options to choose from, from photochromic to anti-fOG.

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SAXX Vibe Boxers: $32

SAXX Vibe boxers

An underwear revolution is underway. Evolve your Dad’s underwear drawer with the SAXX Vibe Boxers. The patented “ballpark pouch” keeps everything in place. Dad will never look back to the days of his cotton whitey-tighties.

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Smartwool PhD Socks: $24

Smartwool PhD Crew Socks

The age-old gift for Dad? Socks. Our staff swears by wool socks for everything from skiing to trail running to hiking. The Smartwool PhD Crew Sock has “Indestructawool” technology that places more-durable wool in high-wear areas. These stockings give comfort for the long haul.

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Lodge Cast Iron Skillet: $20

The Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Know a father who cooks but doesn’t have a cast iron skillet? He needs one. From the kitchen to the campsite, once he’s familiar with the glory of cooking on cast iron, he’ll never go back to Teflon again. The 10.25″ model from Lodge is just the right size for everything from ribeye to huevos rancheros.

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REI Outdoors Skills Class: Prices Vary

Outdoors Skills Class REI

Introduce the man in your life to a new outdoors passion with an expert-led class. REI stores across the country offer classes in everything from rock climbing to map-and-compass navigation, to mountain biking, and much more. Browse the options around your area code. Do it together and enjoy a new pastime!

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Cabela’s Orion 3-Person Tent: $150

Cabelas Orion 3-person Tent

Cabela’s updated its line of tents this year and added new models like the Orion 3-Person tent. The Orion series is a blend of value, comfort, and durability. Help Dad spend more nights under the stars.

Chums Downstream Rolltop Bag: $45

Chums downstream rolltop pack

Know a dad who loves water sports? Keep his electronics safe and dry in the Chums Downstream Rolltop Bag. The waterproof roll-top design, with welded seams and a front zipper, is a durable build. The Downstream can be worn around the waist or over a shoulder.

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Woodworking Class: Prices Vary

Nick offerman ron swanson woodshop

Think the old man has an interest in woodworking but doesn’t know where to begin? Many community colleges offer woodworking classes. Or just Google one in your area. For those around the Los Angeles area with a penchant for stardom, Nick Offerman’s Woodshop works with local artisans offering many classes a year through the Allied Woodshop.

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Garmin Forerunner 35: $200

Garmin Forerunner 35

Help Dad train better than ever before with the Garmin Forerunner 35. Perfect for those serious about their training, the Forerunner 35 will track heart rate, pace, and much more. Now with smartwatch capabilities, Dad won’t miss any texts while he’s out on a run.

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Leatherman Wave: $90

Leatherman Wave

After reading through the Leatherman Tool Tales, it’s clear these come in handy. No surprise, we’ve loved Leathermans for years. Whether you need to tighten a random bolt or cut a seatbelt loose, a Leatherman will be there for you. A favorite is the Leatherman Wave with three blades, screwdrivers, pliers, and scissors. This is a gift he’ll cherish.

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Jack Wolfskin Highland Trail XT 60L: $200

Jack Wolfskin Highland Pack

Get Dad geared up for his next backpacking trip with the Jack Wolfskin Highland Trail XT 60L. We outlined the features of this pack in a video (see link below). It impressed us with a great functionality-to-value ratio. Hook Dad up with a rock-solid pack.

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Benchmade Mini-Griptillian D2: $100

Benchmade Mini-Griptillian D2

The Mini-Griptilian is a gold standard knife that will ride like nothing in a hip pocket and always be ready for work. The D2 steel blade holds an edge and the AXIS lock is as secure as they come. This knife will serve well for years of hard use. Don’t want to spend $100 on a knife? Consider an Opinel No. 8 at just $15.

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An Adventure: Priceless

Father's day gift ideas
Contributor Eric Hanson hiking with his father

Let’s face it, everyone loves gifts. But the best gift we can give is that of time. If you can make it happen, call that special man on Father’s Day and put an adventure together on the calendar.

Aim big or small depending on your circumstances, but make it attainable. From a hike through a local forest to a trip down the Grand Canyon, those extra minutes (or hours and days) together, doing something fun outdoors, will make memories to last a lifetime.

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