With Father's Day just around the corner, some of you are no doubt still looking for some last minute gifts for the adventurous dad in your life. Here are some suggestions for items that he'll not only love but will come in handy on his outdoor excursions and travels to the far-flung corners of the globe as well.
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Osprey Manta AG Daypack
Osprey has made some of the most consistently comfortable and durable backpacks on the market for years, but they also continue to innovate with new designs and features as well. This spring, the Colorado-based company updated its popular Manta daypack by adding its patented Anti-Gravity suspension system, which helps carry a heavy load more easily and comfortably than ever before. The pack also includes ample storage, plenty of organizational pockets, a removable rain cover, a hydration sleeve, and numerous other features that dad is sure to love.
The Manta is available in three different sizes (20L, 28L, 36L), and starts at $155.
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Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Sports Watch
Suunto makes great watches for adventure travelers and outdoor athletes, but the latest addition to the popular Ambit3 line of timepieces is amongst their best yet. The new Ambit3 Vertical has been designed from the ground up to be the ultimate fitness watch, tracking distance, speed, location, and more. It's built-in GPS features allow for navigation straight from your wrist, and the watch has the ability to track movement in three dimensions, allowing it to keep accurate measurements of vertical gain and loss while trail running, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and so on.
The Suunto Ambit3 Vertical comes in four different colors and can be purchased with or without an optional heart rate monitor. Prices start at $465.
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Craghoppers Nat Geo Compresslite Jacket
Whether he's hiking a local trail or traveling to a remote destination on the other side of the planet, dad will appreciate what the Nat Geo Response Compresslite Jacket from Craghoppers brings to the table. This incredibly lightweight – and highly packable – jacket provides a surprising amount of warmth for how thin and light it actually is. That makes it a great choice for travelers who are visiting cooler climes or are simply running errands across town. It features water-resistant fabrics, hidden security pockets, and ClimaPlus insulation, which mimics natural down without adding bulk.
The Compresslite Jacket comes in sizes small to XXL and is priced right at just $95.
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V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Earphones
Ask any frequent traveler and they're likely to tell you that a good pair of earphones are a must for those long flights. V-Moda has been making top-notch cans for years, deftly blending high-quality audio with components that are both durable and comfortable. Now, the company has also released a wireless version if its popular Crossfade earphones, freeing dad up to cut the cord. This is extremely handy when listening to music or watching videos from a smartphone or tablet when even a single cable can get tangled or in the way.
The Crossfade Wireless is a premium product with outstanding sound. It comes with a soft-shell case, a USB charging cable, and an audio cable for those times when wireless simply doesn't work. They are priced at $300.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Lowa Innox EVO Light Hiking Shoes
All outdoor dads need a good pair of hiking shoes to get them through their adventures, and Lowa makes some of the best. But if your dad likes to go light and fast on the trail, the new Innox EVO light hikers just might be what he wants most this Father's Day. These shoes are comfortable, durable, and good-looking, making them an easy product to recommend. They also breathe well in warm weather, provide plenty of support on uneven terrain, and are just as comfortable on the trail as they are around town.
The Innox EVO comes in four different color patterns and cost $145.
These are just a sample of some of the best gear currently available for outdoor and adventure traveling dads. If you're still stumped on what you should get your dad for Father's Day, then perhaps a new tent, sleeping bag, or even a trip to some exotic location may be in order. Whatever you decide to get him, I'm sure he'll enjoy using it on many adventures to come.