Outdoors writer Mark Yuasa gives you his list of top items that will fathers happy.
From our outdoors list to yours, here is a helpful Father’s Day gift guide to find dad the perfect gear-related items that will keep him satisfied all summer and beyond.
The new high-tech Hyperlite Daybreak Backpack ($220) is a seamless ultralight pack — weighing 19 ounces — that will get you through any long hike or trek without weighing you down. The waterproof, rip-stop fabric will keep everything dry, and has ample storage space. This is not your usual one-size-fits-all pack, and comes in small, medium and large. Available at hyperlitemountaingear.com or at Feathered Friends, 119 Yale Ave. N. in Seattle.
Keeping your eyes protected from the glaring summer sun is key, and the Hobie Cruz A Sunglasses ($119.99) offer a sturdy custom-fit frame, and the copper polarized lenses enhance color contrast to provide sharper vision and high resolution. Available at hobiepolarized.com.
Another ideal protector from the glare of sunshine are the Under Armour UA Force Sunglasses ($144.99), whose superior-strength frames and adjustable nose pad ensure a perfect and secure fit. Available at underarmour.com and Dick’s Sporting Goods locations.
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Those who can’t figure out that one specific gear-related item should take a look at Man Crates Outdoor Survival Crate ($109.99) or The Crate Outdoors ($99.99). Each sturdy and sealed wooden gift crate ($19.99 to $179.99) is filled with camping and wilderness equipment or just about any other need to ensure dad is safe and taken care of on his next outdoor adventure. Available at mancrates.com.
Cabela’s is your one-stop shopping location offering a wide choice of gear for dad. The Cabela’s Advanced Angler Tackle Bags ($29.99 to $99.99) have plenty of storage space to fit every lure, bait and gear. The Ripcord Duffel Bags (19.99 to $49.99) are waterproof and very sturdy to carry all your outdoor gear. The GTX Rainy River Parkas ($129.99) with GORE-TEX PacLite are waterproof and breathable, and locks the moisture out and stays dry from wind-driven rain. The RLX+ Fly Combo ($169.99) features a high quality ultra-light reel, and the 8-weight rod provides strength when fighting a big fish. Available at Cabela’s stores in Lacey or Tulalip or cabelas.com.
Stay safe in wettest elements with the Motorola Talkabout T600 H20 ($119.99), which has a rugged and fully waterproof design. Emergency features include a 35-mile range to keep you connected. The radio floats and has a water-activated flashlight. Available at motorolasolutions.com/en_us/how-to-buy/consumer-radios.html.
The collapsible and foldable Bubi Bottle ($16.99 to $24.99) is BPA-free and puncture resistant, and the perfect solution when it comes to efficient storage space on your next extended outing in the backwoods. The colorful, multi-use containers can also store dry and wet goods, electronics, and can be used as a hot or cold compress. Available at bubibottle.com or Escape Outdoors stores at Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall or Alderwood Mall.
Those looking for a nice, high-quality knife should visit the KnifeArt website for the Benchmade 551-1 Gray G10 Lock Folding Knife ($191.25). The custom-made, quality workmanship is designed by Mel Pardue of Repton, Ala. It offers an axis lock construction on a 3.45-inch blade, which makes it extremely resilient. Available at knifeart.com.
Stay comfortable with the SCOTTeVEST Cargo Shorts ($65), made from 100 percent cotton with ample storage in eight pockets and a patented “NoBulge” design. Their SeV Micro Fleece Pullover Jacket ($70) is made from a soft microfleece fabric that is breathable, and provides excellent wicking on hikes or any outdoor trek. Available at scottevest.com or at The Traveler, 265 Winslow Way E. on Bainbridge Island or The Savvy Traveler, 112 5th Ave. S. in Edmonds.
The Duluth Trading Company DULUTHFLEX Dry on the Fly Shorts ($59.50) are extremely lightweight (4.8 ounces) yet durable and abrasion resistant, and have a built-in UPF 50 protection to keep out the harmful sun rays. The Armachillo Cooling Short Sleeve Shirt ($54.50) keeps you comfortable in hot weather and boasts a UPF 40 protection. The Dry on the Fly Wicking Shirt ($39.50) pulls sweat away from skin, and the anti-odor treatment fights the funk. The Armachillo Cooling Boxer Briefs ($27.50) are made to resist odors and the jersey knit fabric pulls moisture away from the skin. Available at duluthtrading.com.