Many of us with a proclivity for spending time off-grid or in nature can trace our passion for the great outdoors directly back to our dads. With Father’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give thanks to dad for instilling us with a life-long love for hiking, camping, and general backcountry exploration and adventure. Outdoor garments and gear are obviously a stellar means of accomplishing this, though, with such an expansive market, it can be difficult to navigate your way through the sea of available offerings in order to hone in on the truly worthwhile products that dad will actually use and appreciate.
In a bid to help streamline the buying process and ensure that your gift will put a smile on dad’s face, we’ve thoroughly scoured the space to deliver this curated, hand-picked guide to the best Father’s Day gifts for the outdoorsman. So, whether you’re shopping for a hardcore survivalist, hunter, or Overlanding enthusiast, or just a casual weekend camper or angler, this list is guaranteed to boast several items that are sure to resonate with dear old dad.
Carhartt Force Cotton Delmont Short-Sleeve T-Shirt
Though it may resemble your average tee, Carhartt’s Force Cotton Delmont short-sleeve t-shirt was engineered specifically for warm-weather use. Available in 14 color options, the shirt features a relaxed fit with Raglan sleeves allowing for an unrestricted range of motion, while the addition of FastDry technology affords active moisture-wicking properties.
Filson x Zippo Eagle W/ Shield Lighter
Since its introduction in 1933, the Zippo Lighter has been an essential piece of outdoor kit, praised for its simplicity and durability. This particular version of the American-made lighter was created through a collaboration with legendary Northwestern outfitter, Filson and features a special blue coating decorated in a custom Eagle and Shield logo designed in-house by the heritage brand.
Goal Zero Lighthouse 600
Equipped with collapsible legs and a built-in carrying handle, Goal Zero’s Lighthouse 600 is a compact camp lantern that provides 600-lumens in 360-degrees. In addition to having adjustable light settings, the Lighthouse 600 also comes with a separate red light mode for use in low-light settings.
Primus Firestick Ti
Crafted from titanium, the Primus Firestick Ti is an ultra-powerful 8,530 BTU camp stove that collapses into a small cylinder that can fit in the palm of your hand. Sold with an included wool carrying sleeve and a piezo igniter, this cleverly designed piece of gear sports an integrated set of pot supports and a precision adjustable flame.
Fjallraven Singi 28
Easily one of the best hiking backpacks currently on the market, Fjällräven’s Singi 28 is crafted from the Örnsköldsvik-based outfit’s G-1000 Heavy Duty Eco S and is reinforced with 500D polyamide and a waterproof nylon base. Other noteworthy elements include external daisy chain webbing, a hydration bladder compartment, and a detachable hip belt with generously sized zippered pockets.
Rumpl Sundown NanoLoft Puffy Blanket
Rump has long been something of the undisputed king when it comes to rugged outdoor blankets, and for good reason. The company’s signature Nanoloft Puffy blankets feature a recycled 30D ripstop polyester construction stuffed with synthetic 200-gsm Nanoloft insulation and treated with a DWR finish for added durability. This limited edition version of the blanket features a desert-inspired design from Navajo artist, Darby Raymond-Overstreet.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore
Boasting a whopping 27 hours of battery life on a single charge, Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Explore was designed to allow users to take the audio outfit’s signature hi-fi sound practically anywhere thanks to the 4.8” tall Bluetooth speaker sporting a Type 2 anodized aluminum housing, pair of 30W Class D Amp-backed 1.8” full-range drivers, and an IP67-rating.
Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter
Benchmade’s Hidden Canyon Hunter (15017-1) is a decidedly top-shelf and enormously rugged fixed-blade outdoor knife, featuring a 2.79” full-tang drop-point blade crafted from ultra-premium CPM-S90V steel — with a 59-61 HRC rating — that’s been mated to a set of contoured Richlite and orange G10 scales. Measuring 6.42” when open, this knife is also sold with a custom Boltaron sheath.
Naglev Unico Hiker
Naglev’s Unico Hiker has quickly become something of a cult classic, with the low-top boots sporting Kevlar uppers backed by a thermoplastic polyurethane rand and paired with a dual-density EVA cushion midsole, tanned leather and coconut fiber-derived footbed, a wool liner, and a natural rubber compound outsole. Custom-designed from the ground up, the Unico Hiker also boasts an integrated speed cable lacing system and is entirely waterproof, as well as highly resistant to abrasions.
ROAM Adventure Co. Rugged Case 82L
Built around an ultra-durable linear low-density polyethylene shell, ROAM Adventure Co’s aptly-named Rugged Case 82L was designed to protect gear and equipment from some of the harshest conditions the outdoors have to offer. This bulletproof vessel is equipped with a military-grade gasket, nylon pull handles, a built-in bottle opener, and various tie-down channels for easy mounting on racks or in truck beds.
Cairn Obsidian Collection
The gift that literally keeps on giving, Cairn’s top-of-the-line Obsidian Collection outdoor subscription box sends out a regular quarterly shipment of anywhere from four to ten items from some of the biggest and most trusted names in the outdoor sector such as Biolite, Black Diamond, Exotic, Gerber, Hydroflask, Matador, Patagonia, Rumpl, Sierra Design, Stanley, and Tactica, just to name a few.
The 14 Best Outdoor Adventure Magazines
Interested in supplementing your purchase with an additional item? Well a subscription to a reputable outdoorsman outlet is always a fantastic option for camping and backcountry enthusiasts and our guide to the best outdoor magazines just so happens to feature more than a dozen of today’s most prestigious publications currently in print.