Game & Fish 2014 Father's Day Gift Guide
May 16, 2014
Let's face it, as father's we've gotten a wide variety of trinkets and ill-conceived clothing items on our big day that are probably sitting in the basement unused or in a landfill decaying.
Instead of being the kind of enablers who help you qualify for the next season of "Hoarders," we've got a better plan. We're going to provide you with a list of gifts the sportsman and father on your list would actually love to own. Shocking, we know.
So whether Dad is looking for a new folding knife, rain jacket or pair of boots for his next adventure, we've got just what you need. These are our picks for the best Father's Day gifts of 2014.
FITS Upland Sock
As the company\'s name implies, FITS socks
are form-fitted and extremely comfortable, especially when you\'re putting miles on your feet. Based out of Tennessee, FITS makes socks for everything from running and hiking to casual and tactical applications. The FITS Upland sock
is built for long days in the field chasing birds and is anything but the sock your Dad will toss in the bottom of his dresser drawer. The Upland sock is 70 percent wool, 22 percent nylon and the rest polyester/spandex. This particular blend gives you plenty of cushioning and insulation but won\'t cause you to overheat when walking or hiking.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Mattress
makes one of the most lightweight, packable air mattresses on the market. It also happens to be plenty comfortable, which is a welcome addition to the backpacker\'s gear arsenal. The NeoAir XLite ultralight mattress
weighs just 12 ounces and packs down to the size of a 32-ounce Nalgene water bottle. It is available in multiple sizes (for the taller Dads among us) and is amazingly comfortable for a lightweight mattress.
Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Active Pant
If you\'re looking for the perfect pant for your next backcountry adventure, or just to enjoy during a backyard cookout, the Mountain Hardwear Chockstone
active pant is a must-have. The pants feature four-way stretch fabric that allows for maximum mobility and a seamless waistband for comfort when carrying a pack. They also have a DWR water-repellant finish to keep you dry during light precipitation. They might just be one of the best pairs of outdoor pants you\'ll ever own.
has a reputation for making some of the best coolers on the market, no question about it. The company has also used its expertise to build a new set of 20- and 30-ounce Rambler tumblers
that keep liquids cool or hot for a crazy amount of time. The Rambler tumblers feature kitchen-grade stainless steel construction and double-walled vacuum insulation to keep your drink freezing cold or piping hot, and yes, they are as good as advertised. The Ramblers keep ice twice as long as plastic tumblers and are BPA-free (including the plastic lid). Trust us, these Rambler tumblers are way better than a coffee cup that says 'œBest Dad Ever' on it.
30 (20 oz.), 34 (30 oz.)
Mountain Hardwear Quasar Hybrid Pullover
The Mountain Hardwear Quasar Hybrid
pullover might just be one of the best gifts for the dedicated sportsman and father on your list. Fully waterproof and breathable, the Quasar pullover features Mountain Hardwear's DryQ Elite technology and will keep you comfortably dry in any environment. Made of Ripstop nylon, it's also one of the lightest, most easily packable jackets out there (8.3 ounces), which makes it perfect for backpacking, hiking or pretty much anything you want to stay dry doing. It's even breathable enough to take with you on a rainy trail run, which says a lot. If you get too hot, the Quasar pullover also has an extended zipper to help you regulate your body temperature as needed.
The hood is designed to use with a climbing helmet, while the articulated sleeves feature an inner cuff made out of a stretchy, spandex-like material that keeps the sleeves from riding up or water from getting in. The back and top of the hood also include stretch panels that give you an athletic fit and allow the jacket to move with your body. Packed with features, the Quasar pullover is ideal for any outdoor adventure.
Stio Crester Pant
If you're looking for a great pair of pants to go with the Kirby shirt, Stio
also makes a phenomenal Crester
pant that is extremely soft and lightweight, a perfect selection for outdoor summer adventures. Because they're built from a tough and stretchy DWR-treated Sphero LT material, the Crester pants are great for hiking, climbing or fishing, and they wick moisture away from your body. They also dry quickly if you do happen to soak them in the river. The Crester pant is great for the sportsman and father on your list.
Stio Kirby Windshirt
As any Dad can attest, we get our fair share of regrettable gifts, from the sweaters we'll never wear to the trinkets and gadgets that won't last five minutes. More than a few of us have a lifetime supply of Santa Claus ties and dress socks we'll never wear'¦at least not willingly. If you want to get the Dad on your list something that'll actually make him smile, look no further than the Kirby Windshirt from Stio
, an outdoor lifestyle and clothing company from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Not only is the Kirby Windshirt fast wicking and quick drying, it's also dang good looking. It's made from 100 percent nylon weave and is made to wear everywhere from the backyard to the backcountry. It features two chest pockets and a shirttail that can be worn tucked in or out. Trust us, Dad will love this shirt.
Helly Hansen Loke Jacket and Pant
If you're planning an excursion into the wild, rain gear is a must. While it's not that difficult to find a set of jacket and pants to get the job done, it is pretty difficult to get quality rain gear without dropping more than a few Benjamins. That's what makes the Loke jacket
from Helly Hansen
so great: You can get a quality rain suit for under $200.
The Loke jacket is fully seam sealed and features Helly Tech Performance technology, a wind and waterproof construction that allows for breathability. The jacket also conveniently folds into the pocket for storage. The Loke pants have zippered pockets and an adjustable waistband, as well as zippers at the bottom of the legs. Both jacket and pant pack down nicely and are lightweight enough to throw in a pack.
80 (pants), $
Gerber Outrigger Knife
has long been known for producing quality knives and tools. They've hit another homerun with the Outrigger
knife, a fine edge folding knife that weighs just 1.9 ounces and clips nicely into the corner pocket on a pair of pants. The center of the aluminum handle features cutouts to reduce weight, while a SoftGrip overmold wraps around the outside for improved grip and comfortable feel. The Outrigger has dual thumb studs for easy opening and a plunge lock (push button) to secure and release the blade. It really is a perfect fit for pocket carry, especially in backcountry or survival situations where weight is always a factor. It's also great around the home and office, however, because you barely realize it's there until you need it. And the Gerber name means you're getting a sharp, reliable blade that's backed by a lifetime warranty. Tough to beat for the Dad on your list.
Adidas Wandertag Hiking Jacket
When it comes to making stylish, performance athletic clothing, Adidas
is no rookie. As it turns out, the company also has a thing for outdoor gear like the new Wandertag
jacket, which is available in insulated and uninsulated versions. The jacket is perfect for hiking, of course, but also makes a terrific outer layer for a number of outdoor activities. It is made from 100 percent nylon Ripstop material, while the Climaproof technology protects you from wind and rain. A mesh lining gives you breathability when your body temperature starts to rise, while a stowaway hood gives you added protection for your head and neck. The Wandertag jacket has an athletic fit and packs down nicely in a backpack, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
Smartwool NTS Micro 150 Baselayers
If you're looking for the ultimate baselayer for your next jaunt into the wilderness, Smartwool
has got you covered'¦literally. Inspired by life in the Rocky Mountains, the people at Smartwool specialize in making baselayers that wick away moisture, fight body odor and yes, keep you amazingly warm. The NTS Micro 150 collection
— which includes baselayer shirts, underwear, pants and socks — is especially geared for the active sportsman in all four seasons. It's also a great option for backpackers, hunters and fishermen who want a great baselayer but don't want to overheat while staying active. Smartwool's merino wool construction also makes for incredibly soft materials that allow for a wide range of motion. And yes, the Smartwool underwear will give you a whole new perspective on what moving comfort is all about. Trust us, this is one kind of wool the Dad on your list will actually love.
75 (tee), 75 (pants), 48 (underwear)
Adidas Terrex Fast X Mid GTX
has made running shoes for years and has even made some pretty slick trail shoes, you may not think of them as a hiking boot company. That's bound to change with the Terrex Fast X Mid GTX, which is a sort of hybrid between a running shoe and hiking boot. At just over 12 ounces, the Mid GTX is an extremely lightweight, agile boot that is built tough enough for aggressive terrain and comfortable enough to protect your feet when the miles start adding up.
The Mid GTX incorporates the adiPrene cushioning you're used to from Adidas running shoes, which protects your mid-sole and forefoot. The boots are springy enough in the forefoot to allow for a strong toe-off, while the stiff midsole gives you the kind of support you need to hurdle rocks and land safely on uneven terrain. The Traxion outsoles are made by Continental, the famous tire maker, and feature aggressive rubber nubs that grip well on even the most rugged terrain. Add it up and the Terrex Mid GTX boots are a perfect fit for everything from fishing and early-season hunting, to a day at the range or on the trail.
Platypus Big Zip LP
Hydration systems have been around for a while, but they've never been this well designed. The Platypus Big Zip LP
comes in three sizes, from 1.5 to 3 liters, and fits nicely into the pouch on hydration-compatible backpacks. The key feature is a zip top bag that is secured by a rigid plastic bar. Once you've filled your Platypus with water, you simply slide the blue bar across the zip-lock system and hang inside your pack. Even with the bag flipped upside down and pressure placed on the sides, the bag seals completely.
A low-profile design allows the Big Zip LP to ride flat in your pack, while a quick-release hose and shutoff valve make drinking and refilling easy. With multiple sizes you can bring the right bag for your next adventure, whether that's a short summer hike or a weeklong backpacking trip deep in the backcountry. The bag is also BPA-free, has a silver-ion antimicrobial treatment to keep it fresh and folds down into a compact, lightweight package for storage.
34.99 to 36.99
Keen Verdi II Mid WP
Inspired by the HybridLife mantra of "Create. Play. Care." Keen
has been designing quality outdoor footwear for years now. The Verdi II Mid WP
demonstrates this commitment to versatility and agility by offering boots that will, in fact, go anywhere. At just 15 ounces, the Verdi II is as comfortable as any pair of running shoes but can handle the toughest of trails.
From amble trails to aggressive peaks, and even the office, the dual density compression molded EVA midsole will provide ample comfort and support on the most aggressive terrain. With a breathable mesh upper and waterproof membrane, you can be sure that Dad\'s feet will stay dry from the rain or mud, while the moisture wicking lining will guard against any perspiration buildup. Leather overlays protect the mesh and membrane while the 4mm multi directional lugs ensure you never lose traction. Aside from the much-appreciated, reinforced heel support, the Verdi II also features a rubber reinforced toe that will provide protection from the multitude of hazards you\'re bound to come across on the trails.
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Accelerant Jacket
If you're looking for an ultralight, highly functional jacket that can be worn nearly year round, the First Ascent jacket
is about as good as it gets. The jacket is made from a 100 percent nylon outer layer and filled with 40 grams of strategically placed PrimaLoft synthetic insulation to keep you warm wherever your journey takes you. It also has strips of breathable, stretchy material along the sides of the torso and under the arms to promote a wide range of motion and allow your body to control its temperature naturally without overheating. A super-soft hood zips up around your face for those frigid mornings on the mountain, and thumbhole cuffs can be worn or tucked in as you have need. You can wear the Accelerant jacket as a mid or outerlayer as the weather dictates, and a StormRepel (DWR) finish whisks away light precipitation. This may be one of the most versatile and useful jackets you\'ll own.
Danner Gila Boots
has long been hailed as one of the premiere boot makers in the world, but that doesn't stop the West Coast company from forging ahead into new territory. The Danner Gila is the company's newest iteration and was designed with the Western mountain hunter in mind. Based on boots Danner built for military operators in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, the Gila boots feature a rugged outsole to handle nasty terrain and a Gore-Tex lining to keep you dry all year long. The boots wrap snugly around the ankle and provide enough support for the steepest trails or mountains you can find. As we tested these boots, however, we quickly realized they're just as comfortable for light hiking or office wear as they are for the toughest adventure you can throw at them. The Gila boots, which feature Optifade Open Country camo, are built to last and are perfect for the Dad on your list this year.
If the Dad on your list is anything like us, he can appreciate a fine glass of vodka after a long day at work or in the field, particularly when it's truly made in Siberia like Husky vodka
. Husky vodka is distilled five times from selected grain and natural spring water, which makes it incredibly smooth. It's great to drink straight up, if you're in that kind of mood, or to make a fantastic vodka tonic (our personal favorite). Made from the same region in Siberia where the Husky dog originated, this vodka has a clean, crisp taste that connects with the wild in each of us.
23 (750 ml)
Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme
The Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme
might just be one of the ultimate gifts for the fisherman on your Father's Day shopping list. The MGXtreme weighs just 4.9 ounces, which is a half-ounce lighter than the original lightweight MGX, and is one of the smoothest casting reels on the market. The MGXtreme comes equipped with a 10-bearing system, including seven stainless steel HPCR bearings and a roller bearing for protection against corrosion. Two other CeramiLite hybrid ceramic spool bearings give you wicked distance on your casts while maintaining absolute control. Trust us, Dad won't be disappointed with the Revo MGXtreme.
Steiner GS3 4-20x50mm Riflescope
The new Steiner GS3
'œGame Sensing' scope utilizes exclusive CAT Color Adjusted Transmission lens coatings to amplify contrast in the peak human vision sensitivity range. The optimized contrast effectively separates game from leafy or shadow-dappled backgrounds, exposing your target to a clean, accurate shot. This riflescope is equipped with the new S7 reticle that makes it easy to determine holdover for distance and cascading lines and compensate for wind.
Steiner 10x42 Predator Binoculars
The Predator Series
was made for hunters who demand all-around capability in their optics: mobility without weight, ease of use and bright picture in any light. With its lightweight roof prism design, game-revealing CAT Color Adjusted Transmission coatings and excellent low-light performance, this is an all-around favorite. Versatile enough for western big game hunters or eastern whitetail hunters.
Brite-Blade Gift Box
Brite-Strike USA has a new tactical knife on the market — the Tactical Lighted Survival Knife
. You can buy just the knife or in a gift box with other cool stuff, like a magnesium firestarter striking tool, two 45-lumen mini LED flashlights with a magnetic bases that fits snug above the 440C stainless steel blade and extra clips and APALS temporary lighting systems.