Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th, which gives you ample time to pick out the perfect gift for Dad. Click ahead to see some recommendations for gifts that we think sportsmen fathers will love this year. For starters, how about this Howler Bros.’s long-sleeved, 100-percent polyester Loggerhead shirt. It’s certified UPF 45 for sun protection, and features stash pocket in the lower back, side vents and thumb holes at the cuffs for added warmth. The best part? Howler Bros. is graciously offering a 25% discount to Outdoor Life readers. Use the promotional code OL2011 at the time of checkout. ($65; howlerbros.com)
Gerber’s Crucial is one of the most popular multi-tools ever. If that’s not reason enough to buy one for your dad, also consider that the new Crucial F.A.S.T. version retains all the functionality of the original incarnation–including such tools as pliers, wire cutters, flat head screwdriver, half-serrated blade, etc.–while posessing a more streamlined look and feel, and weighing less than 6 ounces. ($58; gerbergear.com)
The 2-pound, 10-ounce Alpinismo 45 backpack from High Peak is one of the lighter hiking packs on the market. A go-to pack for weekend treks, the Alpinismo features adjustable harnesses, divided storage compartments and a vented back panel to transfer the pressure and weight of the load. Cordura nylon construction means the pack will stand up to tough backcountry wear and tear. ($120; highpeakusa.com)
Filson’s Uplander boot is made of full-grain, oil-tanned leather and lined with water-repellent leather. The pair can be resoled over the years–if necessary, and a removable cork foot bed helps spread moisture throughout the day and improve ventilation. ($300; filson.com)
The Expedition Trail Mate from Timex features an accelerometer that records details about your movement–distance traveled, pace, speed, calories burned. It also has a 100-hour chronograph, Indiglo illumination, three alarms, and is water resistant to 330 feet. _($65; timexexpedition.com)
Coleman’s All-in-One Portable Sink brings pressurized water (through a spraying system with convenient on/off control) to the backcountry. The package, which includes several containers that can be packed into a single portable unit, holds several gallons of water and comes with a 24-inch hose and drying rack. ($47; coleman.com)
New Zealand Merino wool experts Icebreaker are known for their top-notch baselayers, but they also play a mean sock game. The Lite Crew hiking sock features achilles support, instep support, reinforced heel and toe regions, and specialized seams prevent rubbing. ($18; icebreaker.com)
The Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener will sharpen virtually any blade you own. Flexible abrasive belts and precision angle sharpening guides allow you to put an edge on everything, including serrated knives, filet knives, tanto blades, gut hooks, axes, hatchets, scissors and mower blades. ($110; worksharptools.com)
Moultrie’s ReAction Cam allows users to film their excursion (in HD) by snapping the lightweight camera to their hat, treestand or boat. The cameras feature a playback mode, 8x digital zoom, a display screen that includes that date and time, as well as a steady-cam feature that makes for smooth video. The ReAction Cam runs on 2 AA batteries and accepts up to 16GB of card memory. (Memory cards and batteries aren’t included.) ($155; moultriefeeders.com)
Stanley’s Classic Flask will hold 8-ounces of your father’s favorite sipping beverage. Its stainless steel construction means its durable and easy to clean, and its sleek design means it can easily be stashed in packs or pockets. ($20; shopstanley-pmi.com)
If you’re looking for something to fill that flask with, consider a bottle of Four Roses bourbon whiskey. The brand was founded in 1888 and named after its founding family, the Roses. The whiskey is a blend of spicy and honey-like flavors that will go down smooth around the campfire. (750ml, $40; fourroses.us/home)
If your dad hopes to hit the trails this summer to get in shape for deer season, we recommend La Sportiva’s Electron trail running shoe. The Electron weighs less than 12 ounces, which makes it practically a featherweight in the trail running realm. Grippy FriXion rubber outsole provides traction on diverse surfaces, and the MorphoDynamic technology absorbs the shock and pounding and dissipates it through layers of cushion. ($119; sportiva.com)
Triple Eight’s “WriteKnife,” named after knifesmith Kirk Rexroat’s residency in Write, Wyoming, is an extremely compact, foldable (or, more accurately, “spinnable”) blade made from heat-treated stainless steal. It weighs 2 ounces and measures 3 inches when closed. It also features a key ring. ($35; 888professional.com)
Wrangler’s versatile, 100-percent cotton Ripstop Angler shirt features roll-up button tab sleeves, a hidden button-down collar and front flap pockets, meaning you can dress it up or down and wear it year-round, in the field or in the boat. It comes in a variety of colors. ($40; wranglerruggedwear.com)
Powermat’s 2X Portable Mat and Powercube allows you to charge your electronic devices in places that sportsmen might be familiar with: locales where electric outlets might be non-existent. The Powercube features a rechargeable mat, 8 power tips, a power supply and a carrying case. It will provide about four full charges for most smartphones ($130; powermat.com)
At Costa Del Mar’s online store, you can customize your Tag sunglasses according to your personal preferences. Frames can be purchased in a number of colors, including black or silver, and the lenses are offered in an array of different shades and tints. Price will vary depending on your choices, but will typically run between $150 and $200. (costadelmar.com)
Mountainsmith has several new sleeping bags this season. The 650FP Down, pictured here in the El Diente 5 Degree model, features a relaxed mummy fit and includes a right-side zipper, full-length draft tube, water-resistant compression stuff sack and cotton storage sack. It’s rated to 10-degrees (F), so it should be a suitable bag when the weather turns chilly for the fall hunts. ($229; mountainsmith.com)
Men in the backcountry have a lot of papers to keep track of. Hunting or fishing licenses, maps, money and possibly passports, just to name a few. Portland-based Nau’s stylish “Fluent doc” is a zippered, polyester billfold designed to hold all the papers in one spot. It also includes multiple inside pockets for your documents, slash pockets on the outside, zip-closed mesh pocket for smaller items like spare coins and digital memory cards. ($65; nau.com)
Rugged Shark’s Aquamesh are a good gift for dads who need a replacement for their old, well-worn boat shoes. These budget-friendly shoes (costing only $40) are designed with a special drainage system made of four-way stretch nylon mesh, which allows water to drain while the shoes are being worn. ($40; ruggedshark.com)
Tilley’s LTM5 AirFlo hat, shown here in olive, features polyester mesh in the crown for added ventilation and a semi-sloping front and back brim for improved protection from the sun and wind. It’s water-resistant thanks to Tilley’s Nylamtium lightweight nylon, and fashionable thanks to trusty, medium-brimmed hats never going out of style. ($76; tilley.com)
The Swampers are back with a new DVD, titled Endless Season, due out this summer. Avery Outdoors pro-staffers Mike Bard, Tim Bouchard and Brian Rhodes travel the country in their continuous quest for quality waterfowl hunts. There’s no set release date yet, but keep an eye on The Swampers’ Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information about the DVD’s release. (facebook.com/theswampers)
If your dad already has a trusty set of upland boots, some go-to fishing or boat shoes and a pair of trail runners, there’s always room for another pair of hikers. Keen’s lightweight Alamosa are light enough to be worn casually, but will also provide support and durability with waterproof nubuck leather and the special Keen.Dry lining. They’re an excellent hybrid shoe, equally functional around the house or in the field. ($110; keen.com)
Think your dad is one of those guys who already has everything? Think again–chances are, he doesn’t own a Pro Diablo slingshot from Barnett Crossbows. This isn’t your typical kids slingshot, either. This is designed to be a hardcore, fast shooter; in essence, this is a slingshot that is tailor-made for a firearm-loving adult. The Pro Diablo features a contoured, molded grip and stainless steel arms, a three-piece stabilizer system, detachable wrist brace, and Magnum Power rubber band. It also has an adjustable sighting system and comes with ammo. ($30; barnettcrossbows.com)
A stainless steel water bottle from Pura comes with a lifetime warranty. They’re available in a variety of sizes and colors, all durable, all surprisingly lightweight. (8-liter bottle, $18; purastainless.com)
Don’t be fooled by the minimalist appearance–Patagonia’s Stormfront backpack is a versatile and durable pack with a number of great features, including an internal padded gear case, external mesh hydration reservoir pocket, internal mesh pocket and a detachable harness that quickly morphs the bag into a dry sack. The polyurethane coat means it’s completely waterproof, so whether Dad is tossing it into a bush plane or carrying it into a boat, it will hold up to the use and keep his gear dry. ($279; patagonia.com)
The mKettle is a compact, aluminum water boiling kit that’s easy to use. The 13-ounce kit holds roughly a pint of liquid, and will boil water in less than 10 minutes. In technical terms, the mKettle features a firebase that heats a water chamber through a tiny chimney. In more practical, backcountry-speak, the mKettle offers way to boil water without the bulk or hassle of stoves, fuel canisters or pumps; you simply build a small fire at the kettle’s base and wait for your liquid to boil. ($82; mkettle.com)
The ultra-soft CoolMax Travel Blanket from Cocoon is made of lightweight polyester that wicks moisture and can be washed by hand in the field or in a washing machine after the trip. The blanket can compress into a stuff-sack smaller than your water bottle, making it a great throw to take on your family’s next camping adventure. ($30; designsalt.com)
If your dad’s more of a Scotch drinker, scare up a bottle of The Black Grouse. This blended Scotch has a dark, russet color, a smokey-sweet palate with hints of cocoa and spice and a long, peaty finish that gives way to a resonant oaky nose. ($29/750ml; black-grouse.com)
It may not be the largest or most expensive gift in the history of Father’s Day, but if your Dad enjoys being outside in the hot summer months, he’ll appreciate a few packages of Cool Off towelettes. The single-use cloth wipes use natural ingredients (including Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Chamomile extract, and other botanicals and herbs) to provide a moisturizing and “cooling” sensation when applied to the skin. Quick, lightweight, great for cooling off the core on sweltering days in the field.
If you’re looking to buy Dad a pair of lightweight, travel-style binoculars, Brunton’s Lite-Tech 10×26 will have you covered. Sleek, dual-hinge styling and comfortable rubber eyecups make them an excellent go-to pair for lounging around the campsite. A lifetime warranty and a budget-friendly price tag really sweeten the deal.
OtterBox makes durable cases for a variety of cellphones, smartphones and other palm-sized electronic devices. The iPhone case, for example (pictured here for the iPhone 4 model) has a protective touch screen membrane, internal felt lining, polycarbonate shell and an external silicone grip. Finally, smartphones can be hardcore!
Don’t have any idea what to get your dad for Father’s Day? You’ve come to the right place. Here are our suggestions of great gear.