Is a father or father figure the reason for your love of outdoor adventure? On June 19, you will have the opportunity to repay this appreciation. Whether you have a grizzled old man who can survive solo on a mountain or a guy-like dad who just digs to relax in the backyard, we think you’ll find something for him here.
Be the first to try out new gadget gear: MXXY innovated the first pack featuring a dual-chamber hydration bladder. This nifty, unassuming vessel ($199) lets runner/biker/hiker dads carry a combined hydration boost of 2.25 liters of water and electrolytes along the trail—a dial lets them choose or to mix their drinks on the fly. Consumer-conscious dads will also appreciate that every MXXY pack comes with a one-year free repair: if the pack malfunctions, the company will fix it and ship it back to them at no cost (creating no additional waste).
Have you ever dreamed of camping in a portable treehouse? The architect behind Tentsile – once a young boy enchanted by the Ewok tree village depicted in Return of the Jedi—did too. Designed to hang from the ground, providing added protection from snakes and insects, and saving campers restless nights in wet, bumpy terrain, Tentsile tents combine the versatility of hammocks with the safety of multi-occupancy tents. This month, on World Oceans Day, the brand raised the bar and introduced the Ocean UN tent ($349) and Ocean Hammock ($90), both developed from – you guessed it – reclaimed ocean plastic. Dad will have to wait a few weeks to get his hands on this incredibly thoughtful gift, but he’ll love knowing that for every Tentsile Ocean product purchased, the brand will pull two extra pounds of plastic from the ocean.
Most dads agree: summer is al fresco sipping season. What better gift for a whiskey or sake lover than a lovely pair of stainless steel, insulated, BPA and phthalates free tumblers? This robust set ($49) from High Country Flasks comes with a wool felt carry case (perfect for camping trips), is easy on the eyes, and can be personalized with Dad’s engraved name or initials. Cheers!
Some dads drink in the backcountry and some prefer a backyard swing. If your father was really good this year, why not spring for the gift which is the 48 inch Vineyard Adirondack Swing ($329) from Polywood? Constructed from recycled plastic milk jugs, it’s proven to withstand scorching sun, snowy winters and strong coastal winds, and it cleans up easily with soap and water. Plus, it was born in the USA in a 99% landfill-free facility.
New from the drinking vessel mavens at Miir, the Halendide Collection features an aerial photo of glacial sediment crossing a frozen landscape as seen from a small Cessna in the Icelandic highlands, taken by adventure photographer Chris Burkard. Available in a 12-ounce camp mug ($30), 16-ounce tumbler ($30) and 32-ounce bottle (pictured, $45), the carry collection is meant to encourage us to consider our relationship with wild places while continuing our daily routines. Dad will love that $5 from each product is donated to Outdoor awarenessa nonprofit that connects youth to the transformative power of the outdoors.
Could your dad’s pack use an upgrade? Same we were blown away by the eco-friendly bona fides of the 22 liter Terraventure ($160) by Jack Wolfskin. Made of 100% recycled polyester from post-consumer plastic water bottles as well as foam padding made from sustainable seaweed, this gear gets the job done: sleek aesthetics, excellent airflow and ventilation, comfortable belt, built-in fly, outer fastening loop. for trekking pools, convenient interior and exterior pockets and plenty of room for a hydration system, extra layers, lunch, water bottles and an assortment of other treasures.
Fact: Outdoor-loving dads could always use another five-gallon bucket. So why not fall for the Cadillac of buckets this Father’s Day? The Huck Performance Bucket ($100) was designed with bells and whistles, including non-slip feet, user-friendly finger prints, “spaghetti pot” side handles, and a main handle system that stays in place with reliable finger prints .
Any dad rider will appreciate the thermoregulation technology that helps manage their core temperature. The Circuit LTD Cycling Jersey ($90) by 37.5 Technology (which, after all, is the body’s core temperature) works its magic by diffusing water vapor from the skin before it can condense into liquid sweat, creating the effect of cooling. The idea is to allow for stronger rides. This striking shirt is also equipped with 50+ UV protection, a full-length ventilation zipper, numerous practical pockets and active particle fabric technology. Oh, and it’ll make your pops look like. . . surprisingly European.
Kids may complain about sock giveaways, but we promise they’re still a hit with hiker and runner dads. The sock gurus behind Farm to Feet have partnered with an outdoor equity organization Black camp too to create the limited edition “Unity Blaze” Lightweight Three-Quarter Crew Pair ($25). The logo means “Treat everyone, everywhere, equally,” and this naturally odor-resistant, temperature-regulating merino wool knit sock is sourced entirely from American breeders and offers excellent ventilation and targeted cushioning. In addition, part of the proceeds from the sale of the sock will benefit BFCT.
Make sure no matter where his adventures take him, Dad is never more than a few minutes away from his morning espresso. This sturdy little stainless steel stovetop espresso maker ($50) from GSI Outdoors compacts while preparing four double servings in minutes. There is no gift, after all, like the gift of a rugged backcountry revival.
Does your old man need some help staying organized on his adventures? Check out the new and changed Eagle Creek Pack-It Bag Organizers ($55 each). Made from 100% recycled fabrics, they’ll store anything Dad might want to pack, from shorts to camping gear and dirty shoes to toiletries.
There are mountain dads, then there are ocean dads. If your old man falls into the latter category, check out Hawaiian photographer Clark Little’s new book from Ten Speed Press, The art of the waves ($40). This hardcover coffee table issue includes more than 150 photos transporting waves and ocean life – from Hawai’i, Southern California, French Polynesia, Tonga and the Galápagos – as well as essays by surfer writer Jamie Brisick and a foreword by Kelly Slater, 11-time world champion surfer.
For the dad who’s ever been a wee bit jealous of his Forest Nursery School – attending kids or grandkids, may we suggest Forest school for adults ($25), from Chronicle Books? From starting a fire and building a bird feeder, to foraging and building a treehouse without nails, this almanac celebrates the inspiring benefits of playing outdoors and continue to do so for a lifetime.
Since 2012, the entrepreneurs behind Oru Kayak have made boating more accessible, thanks to their unique origami-inspired boats, which are made from corrugated plastic and fold down to fit inside backpacks. travel for easy transportation. This season, Oru launched its simplest, lightest and most affordable kayak to date, the Beginner Friendly Kayak”Lake” ($549) assembles in less than a minute and fits easily in a backseat, trunk, or even a plane for all of Dad’s adventures. It won’t be ready until September 2022, so this gift will provide to dad not only the paddle but also the anticipation.