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From reeling in a big one to starting a campfire with a single match, no one loves flexing their outdoor skills quite like dad. And how much do we love them for it? After all, spending time outside has major benefits for the entire family—and with dad leading the way, the adventures that ensue can be pretty darn exciting.
Whether he's a weekend warrior who's got his car camping game on lock or a true adventurer who has spent months on the side of a mountain, we've rounded up the best Father's Day gifts for outdoorsy dads. He might not be scaling Everest any time soon, but with these thoughtful picks he can make the most of whatever exploration he's penciled in—with kids in tow or without.
From a packable towel he can clip to his backpack to a camping chair that folds up smaller than an umbrella, these Father's Day gifts are perfect for every outdoorsman on your list!
Adventure-ready dads are certain to appreciate the hard working Merino jersey tees from Smartwool. They’re ultra-lightweight, breathable and temperature-regulating to keep him comfortable when working up a sweat. Even better? They’re totally odor-resistant so you may even give him a squeeze when he comes home.
No matter his outdoor interests, dryrobe is the piece of gear he never knew he needed. Part wind-breaking parka, part cozy robe, it’s designed to dry him off and keep him warm no matter the elements. The oversize construction makes it possible to do a quick change underneath while keeping your core temperature up (and without flashing everyone around!). Surfer dads, camping enthusiasts, swimmers–we can’t think of an adventurer who wouldn’t think this is the coolest gift ever. And on the rare occasions he’s on the sidelines? It’s the perfect thing for winter sport spectating.
Jack Wolfskin• $129.99
Inspired by the styles worn by explorers and archeologists when out in the field, the Lakeside Safari Jacket from Jack Wolfskin is part fashion, part function. The classic silhouette features plenty of pockets for all his must-haves but the best part is the oh-so-magic fabric called Function 65 Anti-Mosquito UV. It’s lightweight and woven so tight that it’s literally impossible for those suckers to bite through. It also offers a UPF 40+ sun protection because it’s a jacket that cares about him as much as you do.😉
Chronicle Books• $19.95
Weenies on an open fire are great and all, but there’s a true art to campfire cooking that can be mastered. From the iconic and timeless Pendleton brand, this gorgeous camp cookbook is filled with 30 delicious outdoor recipes along with expert tips on prepping ahead of time and transporting supplies like a pro.
If his perfect day includes hitting the trail and the brewery, the Alpine hiking sneaker needs a place in his closet. The super cushy platform provides optimal position for alignment, form and low impact landing for his adventures while the hemp canvas and suede upper offer laid back style.
From their packability to their undeniable coziness, Rumpl puffy blankets are a must-have for outdoor adventures. Crafted with weather-resistent fabric and finished with convenient features like a cape-clip for hands-free wearing and corner loops that allow you to stake it to the ground, it’s truly a four-season staple.
From the sidelines to the fireside, give dad the perfect place to take a load off. Designed to set up in just five seconds, Cliq’s hyper-convenient camp chair folds up smaller than an umbrella—but don’t let the compact size fool you. Thanks to aircraft-grade aluminum, twice stitched ripstop ballistic nylon, double seams for durability and solid rubber feet tips, the tip-proof construction can hold up to 300 pounds.
Someone Somewhere• $70
There’s sweatshirts and then there’s the Lifeproof Pullover. This odor-proof, water-proof and stain-proof game-changer can be worn plenty of times without washing making it the perfect garment for camping, hiking and well, just life in general.
Bare Republic• $28.99
A practical and important option. If he’s sunscreen reluctant, the easily-absorbed formulas from Bare Republic can help turn him into a sunscreen convert. They’re also reef safe and free of all the chemical nasties.
There really is nothing more useless than a dead cell phone. Ensure all his gadgets are charged when he’s in the wild with this top-rated solar charger. It produces an impressive amount of power in a relatively small and lightweight package, turning sunlight into power via three output ports. It’s compatible with a wide array of phones and tablets—just don’t forget the cords!
This top-rated budget-friendly kayak is ideal for dads who want to add a new activity to their summer bucket list. The inflatable design makes it great for travel and comes with a pump and aluminum oar so he can get out on the water right away.
Or maybe paddle boarding is more his thing? This super cool compact inflatable design is a great option for beginners and enthusiasts alike. It’s got a wider, shorter shape that provides better maneuverability and extra stability while he’s out on the water. But best of all, when he’s not, the board, pump and paddle conveniently pack up into its own carry bag.
Dadventures call for a convenient way to carry all the things. Not only does this diaper bag backpack come equipped with a changing pad and wet bag, but it also features a detachable cooler for snacks and bottles (whether that means milk or beer is up for debate.)
Jack Wolfskin• $199.95
Every one-time Boy Scout knows the value of being prepared. Make sure he’s ready for the wind and rain when out on the trails with the high-tech jacket from Jack Wolfskin. The 100% recycled fabric jacket is waterproof, windproof and super breathable to keep him comfortable and dry no matter the weather.
For fellas who spend hours in the sun, dehydration can sneak up quickly. Offer relief (and peace of mind!) with a stash of DripDrop packets in his backpack. The super portable formula is made from a patented mix of electrolytes and glucose (along with immune-system boosting ingredients like magnesium, zinc and Vitamin C) and works fast to combat dehydration. They’ve also got half the sugar of regular sports drinks and taste just as good. (Pro-tip: They’re also clutch if those nights of drinking hit harder than they used to.😉)
Veer is like the Landrover of wagons. Whether it’s being dragged along the beach, off-roading on muddy trails, traipsing across the tundra or, you know, just cruising down the sidewalk, this do-it-all wagon is the ideal transportation for dads who see life with kiddos as a reason to adventure more, not less.
Dads don’t just like coolers, they love them. Yeti is the granddaddy of luxe coolers and this updated compact version is the weekend companion he’s been longing for. The rotomolded construction keeps it lightweight while the permafrost insulation keeps 18 cans of beer ice cold for days.
Solo Stove• $254.99
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve encountered the Solostove while scrolling, or even IRL at a socially-distanced backyard hang. Their innovative and portable stainless steel fire pits turn any backyard, deck or patio into the coziest outdoor living room. Not only does it give you Eagle Scout-level fire-starting abilities, it also produces very little smoke and keeps the air flowing so all you have to do is add more logs—no tedious tending required.
Out East Eyewear• $225
Whether he’s hitting the beach or just cruising to the grocery store, sunglasses are must-have. The super rad Leeton from Out East features clear acetate frames and blue-grey polarized lenses that go with literally everything. And if they somehow end up taking a swim to the bottom of the ocean (it happens!) no sweat. Their generous replacement program will cover loss or breakage for only $35.
Whether he’s a hardcore backpacker or just an urban explorer, every dude likes to feel as though he’s prepared to survive any peril at any given moment. No matter where his adventures may lead, VSSL has him covered. Their customized gear systems neatly tuck everything from waterproof matches and LED lanterns to whiskey-ready shot glasses and hand-operated coffee grinders into an indestructible stainless steel tube. Their newly launched Build-Your-Own option allows you to create a truly one-of-a-kind gift that he’ll treasure for years to come. Prices start at $37.50
Parks Project• $14
A camping bin essential, these National Parks playing cards are a welcome dose of stylish, analog entertainment. As a bonus, each deck helps the National Parks Conservation Association engage one new park advocate to protect and preserve our national parks.
Roam Adventure Co.• $259
Speaking of camping bins, the heavy-duty 82L Rugged Case from Roam Adventure Co. offers weekend warriors and serious explorers a sturdy way to carry their gear. The durable LLDPE shell, nylon rope handles, steel lockable latches, and a dust/waterproof gasket seal keeps all the essentials safe and dry no matter where they’re headed.
Every outdoorsman needs a hat they can depend on. Patagonia’s classically styled full brim hat offers plenty of sun protection in a floatable, breathable and durable design that will last well into his grandpa years.
Absorbent enough to dry off his entire body while he’s out on an adventure, but compact enough to keep on hand for everyday emergencies the nanofiber packable hand towel from Matador never ceases to come in handy. The silicone case can snap onto his backpack and keep it separate from dry goods after it gets put to work.
If all that hiking/climbing/big fish wrangling has him feeling tense and inflamed, Dosist’s new topical cbd spray offers fast relief. The THC-free formula absorbs easily to get to work ASAP so he can get back to what he loves pain-free.
Rad Power Bikes• $1,999
From hauling kids to groceries, Rad Power Bikes cargo bikes make a great case for ditching that second car. (And beating those ever-rising gas prices. 😵💫) Strong, versatile and super customizable, the RadWagon 4 can go up to 45+ miles per charge, tackling hills and bumps like a total champ. And with add ons like child seats, heavy-duty panniers and deck pads, everyone and everything can ride with ease.
You’d never let your kiddos hop on their bike without their helmet—and dad shouldn’t either. The freshly redesigned Watts 2.0 helmet from Bern is a top choice for its stylish profile, impressive MIPS tech and all-season wearability when paired with Bern’s winter kit.
Topo Designs• $23
If this pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that neck gaiters are a truly undervalued accessory. The lightweight version from gear aficionados Topo Designs is ideal for keeping necks warm or free of sun and perfect for keeping your face covered on busy or dusty trails.
A version of this story was published May 25, 2021. It has been updated.