Dad’s day is rapidly approaching. You and the ankle-biters want to make it special — reward him for all he does to support the family. Our advice … get him something he will use — something that will help him put more meat on the grill. Here are 10 incredible Father’s Day items your outdoor dad is sure to love.
Sitka Traverse Pant & Traverse Zip-T
Dad deserves some new duds, and Sitka’s all-new Traverse Pant and Zip-T are sure to make him smile. The pants feature 4-way stretch polyester, keeping him mobile and comfortable. Internal mesh pockets boost ventilation and keep necessary gear close at hand, and the Durable Water Repellent coating resists moisture. The Zip-T follows suit — bombproof but maneuverable. A knit outer face fabric blankets a soft fleece backer to better trap warm air. MSRP: $149 per garment.
FLIR Scout TK
A pocket-sized thermal vision monocular dad can use to keep tabs on unwelcomed guests as well as toothy deer eaters. FLIR’s Scout TK promises a solid view of people, objects and animals out to 100-plus yards away. This doesn’t-require-a-NASA-pedigree monocular features an easy-to-use four-button design and intuitive interface. Who doesn’t like night vision? MSRP: $599.
Badland Master Gaiters
Offered in sizes of medium and large, Badlands’ Master Gaiters add an extra layer of protection to dad’s pants and boot uppers. Constructed from high-grade materials, the Master Gaiters are branded with a lifetime warranty and are completely water resistant. MSRP: $99.99.
Mystery Ranch Scapegoat 25
An all-purpose day pack dad can use on his outdoor excursions, the Scapegoat 25 tips the scales at just 3.7 pounds and offers 1,526 cubic inches of hauling space. The patented Futura Yoke allows for a custom fit, and narrow body-panel framing boosts movement and flexibility. The U-shaped zippered main compartment allows quick access to gear while the stretch woven pockets on the front and sides add extra room for toting necessary equipment. MSRP: $219.
Cuddeback Dual Cell Camera
Help dad keep tabs on the deer herd from a distance with Cuddeback’s CuddeLink Cell. This innovative system allows one the ability to check up to 16 trail cameras on just one affordable cell plan. Now, dad can place his linkable Cuddeback cameras (check the website for camera compatibility) and situate the home camera (the Dual-Cell) in an area that is easy to access and won’t spook deer. Linked cameras send images directly to the Dual Cell and the Dual-Cell pushes them along to a cellular device. This means a reduced human footprint and gives dad more time for a game of catch in the front yard. MSRP: $199.99.
Sig Sauer Electro-Optics ZULU5 HD Binocular
Sig knows a thing or two about producing quality gear and its Electro-Optics ZULU5 binos follow suit. Dad is sure to tip his hat to the high-definition performance and traditional closed-bridge design. Superior light transmission across the entire color spectrum means he won’t miss that horn tip inching above the sage, or the tan hide nestled under a thick pine. Designed for seasons of rugged abuse, the ZULU5 was built with durability in mind. All models are tripod compatible and come with tethered lens covers, a tote strap, and a padded case. The ZULU5 is available in 12×50, 10×42 and 8×42 models. MSRP: $575.99 8X, $599.99 $10X and 695.99 12X.
Black Diamond Ergo Cork Trekking Poles
Sometimes dad likes to venture off the beaten path, and when he does, he’s going to need a good set of trekking poles to help him navigate the terrain. Enter Black Diamond’s Ergo Cork Trekking Poles. Sporting a natural cork grip with an updated, soft-touch to reduce frustrating slippage, these poles promise quick extension via FlickLock adjustability. The poles feature a 15-degree corrective angle to allow for optimal grip position and 38mm Trekking Baskets. When not in use, the poles measure just 27 inches and slide easily into any pack. MSRP: $129.95.
MSR WindBurner Personal Stove
Dad will get hungry in the woods. Having the ability to cook a quick, hot meal will keep him focused and allow him to tackle the task at hand. MSR’s WindBurner Personal Stove System boasts a windproof radiant burner and pressure regulator, allowing the stove to reach boil even in less-than-friendly weather conditions. Other features include a one-liter hard-anodized aluminum pot with integrated heat exchanger and a .5-liter integrated bowl. MSRP: $149.95.
Danner Thorofare Boots
Showcasing GORE-TEX liners to keep moisture out while still offering excellent breathability, Danner’s Thorofare boot was built to handle treks in daunting terrain. Dry feet mean no hunt-ending blisters, and the full-grain upper and full rubber rand ensure maximum protection and comfort. Dynamic Response System (DRS) was developed to provide a springboard return, while the dual-density midsole provides shock absorption and durability. A pull ball-bearing lacing system and Vibram Tsavo outsoles round out the features of these built-for-the-backcountry wanderer boots. Dad’s going to love them. MSRP: $499.
Birchwood Casey Rifle Cleaning Kit
Everything dad needs to clean his trusty rifles in one easy-to-tote case, Birchwood Casey’s Rifle Cleaning Kit is just what the gun doctor ordered. The kit comes complete with four brass jags, four bore brushes, four stainless steel rod sections, one cleaning handle, one muzzle guard, one AR-15 chamber brush, one utility brush, and one patch holder. This kit is perfect for the garage, the vehicle, and for taking to the range. MSRP: $29.99.