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Gift ideas for Outdoorsy Dads

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 17-06-2010

Father’s Day is this Sunday and if you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until the last minute to find a gift. Good news is we’re here to help. If you have a dad that likes to spend time outdoors, check out the following suggestions. Your local outdoor store will likely carry many of these items, or you can easily find them online with the links provided. Most retailers would be happy to ship overnight so that gear arrives in time for dad’s big day.

Kelty FC 3.0 Child Carrier

The Frame Carrier (FC) 3.0 is Kelty’s top of the line child carrier designed for days spent with family exploring the great outdoors. Comfy for both kids and dads, the FC 3.0 ($249) features a fully padded, adjustable cockpit for kids and padded, contoured waistbelt and shoulder straps for parents. A five-point adjustable harness keeps kids up to 50 pounds riding safely while the sliding waistbelt torso adjustment easily fits parents of different sizes. Buy it here- http://www.rei.com/product/793997

Sierra Designs Meteor Light 4 tent

Built for comfort with extra interior space, the Meteor Light 4 ($399) provides families with ample room to spread out. Two doors and two vestibules make accessing the outdoors easy while giving a ton of space for gear storage. A patent-pending Eye Pole design steepens the tent’s walls for more usable interior space and dads will appreciate how easily this tent pitches. Buy it here- http://www.sierradesigns.com/p-157-meteor-light-4.aspx

Origo Guide Pro Fishing Watch Highly versatile yet easy to use, Origo’s Guide Pro watch ($240) will increase dad’s fishing productivity by using moon phase data to predict the best times of day for fishing. The Fishing Pro offers an easy-to-read weather forecasting feature; temperature function; barometric pressure trends for the past 30 hours; altimeter resolution to 12 inches; altitude graph covering the past eight hours; one touch direct access digital compass with bearing lock and adjustable declination; multiple chronograph functions with basic and vibration alarm functions; a programmable tide chart; and calendar functions with sunrise/sunset. Buy it here- http://origowatch.com/catalog.php?cat=5

Primus ExpressSpider camp stove

Durable, lightweight, and stable, the Primus ExpressSpider ($60) is among the lightest hose-fed gas stoves available… perfect for dads who like techy gear. Weighing in at only 7-ounces, the ExpressSpider cranks out 7150 BTU’s per hour and boils a liter of water in 4.5 minutes. A preheating coil ups performance in colder temps and at higher altitudes. A broad base and low center of gravity allows the ExpressSpider to handle both small and large pots, accommodating anywhere from one to four campers. Buy it here- http://www.primuscamping.com/product.php?id=145

Woolrich Confluence Jacket

For the dad you enjoys the outdoors in all conditions, this fully seam-sealed, waterproof/breathable performance shell will keep him covered. The Confluence Jacket ($120) offers an abundance of functionality including waterproof zippers and a fully functioned hood for superior mobility. Combine these features with the ability to roll the jacket into a packable bag and this will quickly become dad’s go-to shell for every trip. Buy it here- http://www.woolrich.com/woolrich/browse/productDetail.jsp?icParent=searchResults&icCategory=&icProduct=16068&icSort=

GreatDad.com Review Policy: Some of the featured products for this review were provided to us, at no cost, by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. We do not accept monetary compensation for reviewing or writing about products. We only review products that we have personally tested and used in our own homes, and all opinions expressed are our own. In this case, we did not sample any of these products though they are on our wish list for Father’s Day!