For those of us who mean well and try to plan ahead on what to get Dad for Father’s Day, the daily grind and outdoor playing seem to always get the best of our time. So if you’re scurrying around trying to figure out what to get your actively outdoor dad this weekend for Father’s Day, here are some ideas to quell that procrastination.
CamelBak Hawg NV®
The CamelBak Hawg is a maximum volume, maximum hydration mountain bike pack for your cross country, gnarly downhill, and mountain biking fiend of a dad. This pack has plenty of cargo capacity and an integrated rain cover for all-day, all-weather rides. With the revolutionary NV™ back panel, Dad will keep cool and comfortable with multi-directional ventilation and fully articulated suspension. This pack stays nice and secure while riding on the trails. Individual pods on the back panel move in sync with the body, so no focus is lost on trying to keep the pack in place. The CamelBak Hawg NV can be found at REI, backcountry.com, and the Foothill Village Sports Den with a retail price of $150.
Osprey Rev 18
For the endurance/trail runner father, the Osprey Rev 18 is an ideal panel loading hydration pack. The Rev 18 was specifically designed for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy those long distance trail runs. The pack has a BioStretch shoulder harness and waist belt which are designed to lie flat against your body to follow your movements to eliminate chafing or rubbing. Two sternum straps help keep the pack from swinging side-to-side. The EroPull closure allows you to quickly tighten or loosen the waist-belt and control the volume of the load by cinching down the bungee cord webbing on the front of the pack. A mesh-covered back panel, shoulder harness and waist-belt keep the air flowing while you trudge up and down the backcountry. A 2.5 liter Hydraulics™ LT Reservoir is included with the pack for hydration. The Rev 18 is available at Kirkham’s Outdoor (custom fit specialist available) and REI at a retail price of $119.95.
If Dad needs a comfy yet functional approach shoe/sandal, you get both in the Salewa Capsico. No need for two different shoes when approaching a crag or walking between climbs. The Capsico converts from a lightweight approach shoe to a sandal in just one simple action. Feet are protected with a soft and snug upper and extra-roomy fit around the forefoot. The Capsico has a quick, practical climbing lacing system and sole that is specifically designed for approaches. The padded upper is air mesh which allows for super ventilation. This is a fantastic shoe made for climbers and boulderers. The Salewa Capsico is available at backcountry.com and retails at $109.00.
Hydro Flask bottles and food flasks
Hydration and sustenance is always an important thing to keep the fathers energized out on the crags, hiking, biking or whatever outdoor activity he loves to do. Hydro Flask has a number of different products that will keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12 hours. The food flasks will keep food chilled or warm for up to three hours. Hydro Flask bottles are made from high quality food grade 18/8 stainless steel and feature double-wall vacuum insulation. They come in narrow, standard and wide mouth sizes and are anywhere from 12-64 oz. The food flasks are 12 and 17 ounces. Hydro Flask products are available at REI, Whole Foods, and Scheels. Prices vary on each item. Please visit www.hydroflask.com for more information and pricing.
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel
You really can’t go wrong with a Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel as a gift for your dad especially if he needs to charge his phone, GPS, or headlamp while he’s on his latest expedition. This ultra-lightweight, weather-resistant solar panel charges handheld USB/12V gear directly from the sun. The Nomad 7 is available REI and Kirkham’s Outdoor at a retail price of $79.99.