Backcountry Dads: 12 Gifts For Your Outdoorsman
This year ditch breakfast in bed and the tired gift of the power tie. The dads in your life need to feel like old fashioned men on Father’s Day, and that can mean only one thing: it’s time to hit the trail. For serious backcountry dads, giving the gift of gear – and then getting out into the wilderness with them – is the best gift of all. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites for the ultimate outdoors father in your life (and we won’t tell if you decide to treat yourself to one of these as well).
bigtruck’s OG Colorado goggle cap lets dad proclaim his loyalty to the mountains, even if his typical weekend adventure involves soccer practice more often than summit days. This is our go to hat for long days hiking into fly fishing streams and knocking back a few drinks after a hard mountain bike ride.
The all new Terrex Trail Cross is built for multisport adventures. We tested our pair with a morning bike ride, afternoon trail run, and evening paddle to an island picnic. The Stealth Rubber sole sticks to literally anything – be it bike pedals or canoe hull, you’ll stay upright. They are stiff enough to ride your favorite downhill singletrack in, but still comfortable enough for all day wear.
Kammok isn’t kidding when they call the Roo the best camping hammock ever. The triple stitched body will hold up to 500 pounds (we’ve tested it with two humans and 3 dogs all at once). Combined with the climbing grade carabiner anchors and dyneema slings, the Roo is the ultimate answer to campsite comfort. Be sure to pair it with a pair of Kammok’s Python Straps ($29) so you can get your hammock up where ever you have some free space around basecamp.
The TICKR X not only tracks heartrate, but also movement. It seamlessly works with many great fitness apps, allowing dad to get serious about his training and say goodbye to dad bod. Next time you’re out on the trail it will be you playing catch up as he knocks out mile after mile of hard trail runs.
The Toliman is without a doubt our new favorite mid-layer. The Polartec PowerWool fabric is soft merino on the inside, and abrasion resistant polyester on the outside. Cotopaxi eschewed the typical skin-tight application of this fabric for a comfortable silhouette that looks equally great on multipitch climbs or around town. Buy this for dad, and you won’t see him wearing anything else.
This collaboration between Helle of Norway and Survivorman, Les Stroud, is a great survival tool. However, we much prefer it as a solid, every day carry knife. The short, wide design on this mighty little knife balances it well, and contributes to the beautiful look of the birch handle. The triple laminated stainless steel holds an excellent edge. As functional tools go, you won’t find a knife more indispensable, or gorgeous.
Ex Officio’s Sol Cool shirts are some of our favorites for summer adventures. Built in yoke vents keep you temperature regulated, while UPF 50 protects you from the sun. The fabric is even embedded with jade dust, proven to cool your skin by four degrees fahrenheit on contact. Let’s see that old cotton t-shirt compete with that.
These yoga shorts are DWR treated for quick drying and water resistance. They’re also UPF 50, fighting some serious UV rays. They are perfect for beach workouts or SUP yoga sessions, but are also perfect for early morning runs. Four way stretch panels add extra mobility when dad’s workout gets him sweating.
After a long day of climbing or running, the last thing dad wants on his feet are another pair of shoes. With an extra plush yoga mat footbed, the Beer Cozy is a great indulgence that you can enjoy responsibly. These comfortable flip flops will have dad’s feet rejuvenated for another day of adventure in no time.
This little flashlight-lantern combo has become an essential piece of gear for every car camping adventure this spring. From lighting the tent up for late night poker games to spotlighting a misplaced pair of titanium utensils, we always have a Leschi hanging around camp. It runs on one AA battery, making it light – we usually carry one in the pocket of our hiking pants everywhere. At $15, you might as well buy a couple of them.
These shoes are absolutely the fastest mountain biking and cyclocross shoes on the market. A full Easton carbon sole gives you near perfect power transfer. The synthetic leather uppers won’t stretch with age, ensuring a proper fit for the lifetime of the shoe. Say hello to fast.
Rumpl’s Down Puffy blanket is an instant classic. The DownTek treated 600-fill insulation is perfect for long nights around the fire or taking a quick nap in your campground hammock. Just don’t be surprised if everyone wants to steal it – from snuggly pups to jealous girlfriends and wives, your Rumpl won’t be just yours for long.