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Don’t know what to get for Father’s Day this year? Don’t worry, because I’m about to show you the 10 best gifts for that adventurous guy in your life. These gifts are sure to be not only appreciated, but bragged about to anyone who comes to your house for the next month. I’m being completely serious, they’re that cool.
This backpacking tent is my favorite. It’s super light but still really roomy. And when you are trudging through the mountains with all your gear on your back, every pound counts. The Copper Spur HV UL4 was the winner of the 2017 Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Gold Award, so it’s not just my opinion that it’s one of the best tents out there. It’s light, durable, comfortable, and easy to set up. What else do you need?
If the dad in your life likes to hike, then the Platypus Water Bladder is a must. This is the water bladder that Tye and I use on all of our hikes. It holds a ton of water and is super easy to fill up and use. The mouth keeps water in until you need it which means no more water leaking all over your stuff. And the drinking tube can be taken off the bladder without water leaking out, which is awesome. It’s also BPA, BPS, and phthalate-free. It’s the best water bladder out there, hands down.
EXPED Downmat UL 7
This mat is a backpacker’s dream. The EXPED Downmat UL 7 is the warmest, ultralight mat on the planet. It has an R-value of 5.9 (super warm) and only weighs 575 grams! Plus, it’s really comfortable. I used to like to sleep without a mat until I found out that most of your heat is lost through the ground. So I got this mat and haven’t been cold while camping since. And it’s really comfortable.
The newest activity tracker from Garmin is on my wish list. I currently have the previous model (Garmin Vivosmart HR) and absolutely love it. The new Garmin Vivosmart 3 keeps all of my favorite features: waterproof, heart rate monitor, screen displays texts and phone calls, and it tracks your steps, floors, heart rate activity, etc. Plus it adds an even thinner and more form-fitting band than before. It also measures your VO2 Max (totally geeking out here), stress monitoring, and adds some cool strength training features. Believe me, as soon as my current Garmin dies (which could be a while since they are super durable), I’m getting this one!
This is one of my husband’s favorite tools. The Leatherman Skeletool comes with seven tools: Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers, Hard-wire Cutters, Wire Cutters, 420HC Combo Knife, Carabiner/Bottle Opener, and a Large Bit Driver. Plus, this is a Leatherman so you know that the quality is going to be great and it’s going to last forever (comes with a 25-year guarantee). Tye loves this because he can use it with one hand which leaves his other hand free in case of an emergency situation. And I love it because it has a locking blade that has to be manually unlocked to fold away meaning it’s a lot safer. Keep those thumbs, honey!
Etekcity Ultralight Portable Backpacking Stove
At only $10.99, this is a must for every backpacker. The Etekcity Backpacking Stove is so compact and collapsible that it fits right in the palm of your hand. Even in its case, it can fit in your pocket. Tye and I bring this on all of our backpacking adventures because it does the job and it doesn’t take up hardly any space. Just this small stove and a can of fuel and you’re ready to cook. Did I mention that it comes with a 1-year warranty? It’s a no-brainer.
This small kit contains everything you would need in a survival situation. The Coghlans Survival Kit contains 38 essential items: compass, fire starter, 9.8′ multi-use cord, 3′ wire, 4 waterproof matches, 101′ fish line, soup packet, tea bag, sugar packet, match book, 2 antiseptic swabs, razor blade, 3 twist ties, 12″ duct tape, signal mirror, zip lock bag, 2 bandages, 2 nails, 2 safety pins, 2 fish hooks, signal whistle, chewing gum, sewing needle, energy candy, note paper, pencil, survival/first aid pamphlet. And it fits all of these into a small, lightweight can. This is a kit that Tye uses and he loves it. It’s a great kit to throw in a backpacking pack or in a day hike pack.
My husband loves, loves, loves this cookset (and I’m a pretty big fan of it myself). The GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Cookset is super lightweight and has so many uses. It has a really nice pot with a lid that allows it to steam and can be used as a strainer. Four bowls that can also double as cups for hot drinks because of the cool lid with a drinking notch built in. And two of the bowls are insulated which keeps your drinks and meals hotter for longer. It’s just really, really cool. Now, you’ll find a lot of cooksets for cheaper that look like this one. But the quality of this set is so much better and it is so much lighter than all of those other sets. We actually have two of these sets and we bring them with us on every campout/backpacking trip we go on.
Coghlan’s Trek II First Aid Kit
When hiking or backpacking, anything can happen and you have to be prepared. This is why we love Coghlan’s Trek II First Aid Kit. This kit includes everything you need in case of an emergency on the trail and it’s small and easily packable. Tye loves this kit and makes sure to include it whenever we go backpacking. This is also a great first aid kit to include in your family’s emergency kit. Get this for your guy for Father’s Day and keep him safe.
From planning an expedition, to packing essential kits, to discovering what to do on a trail, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable tool when you’re in the great outdoors. Among a myriad of outdoor skills, it teaches readers how to make shelters, find water, and spot, catch, and cook wild food. And if there’s an emergency, it shows which essential first-aid techniques to use when, how to mount a rescue, and even how to get yourself found. Tye likes this book because of all the color pictures that it includes to show you exactly how to set up a snare, tie a particular knot, etc. He says that it’s a lot easier to learn the skills after looking at the pictures than just reading about them. The Survival Handbook is Tye’s favorite outdoors book.
So those are my top-10 presents for the adventurous dad in your life. We’ve used all of these cool tools and absolutely love them and we’re sure you will too. Plus, if you order now, you’ll be sure to actually have presents when the day arrives and won’t have to do a bunch of IOU gifts (been there, done that, it’s not pretty). Happy Father’s Day to all those awesome and adventurous dads out there!