10 Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Adventurous Dad

Use our Father’s Day gift guide to find last minute gear and gadgets for dads who love the outdoors
June 13, 2014

From responsive, light hiking shoes to GPS trackers for cycling-crazy dads, Father’s Day is a great excuse to get your dad a gift that will help make the most of his adventurous side. If you’re struggling to find last minute gifts for dad, never fear, we’ve rounded up ten of the best camping gadget gifts for the outdoorsy dad! Review our Outdoor Father’s Day Gift Guide to find exactly what he needs.

For Night Maneuvers Dad: Black Diamond Ion Headlamp


Ideal for dads who like adventuring under the cover of darkness, at just 28g the updated Black Diamond Ion Headlamp is crazy light, crazy bright (80 lumens) and can be controlled with a simple finger swipe – even in gloves. Its best trick though, is that it works off triple AAA batteries, making it easy to replace the power should the juice run low.

From $96.00, blackdiamondequipment.com

For Camp Chef Dad: Primus ETA Light Stove


Just because he’s on the move, doesn’t mean your dad should forego decent food and piping hot coffee. Make sure your old man can cook up plenty of both with this clever little camping stove. While there are lighter stoves on the shelves, this is super-efficient due to its flux rings, and also needs no pot or cup. An added luxury extra is the light coffee press for real coffee in the campsite.

From $96.00, primuscamping.com

For Trail-Blazing Dad: Men’s All Out Blaze

Merrell All Out Blaze Men's speed hiking shoe

A great Father’s Day gift idea for dads who are constantly on the go, the ultra-responsive light hiker from Merrell’s new All Out line is designed to give dad power and control over any terrain. The Vibram traction provides a strong grip for scrambling up screes or muddy mountainsides and the ventilated mesh upper keeps him cool to the core even on hot days. It’s also available with M-Select Dry technology for wet hikes or rainy day adventures.

From $130.00, merrell.com

For Cycling-Mad Dad: Garmin Edge 810


This purpose-built cycle tracker lets your dad record speed, distance, altitude, cadence and even heart rate with an ANT+ monitor. All those vitals sync seamlessly to his smartphone via Bluetooth where he can dig deep into performance and progress in the newly redesigned Garmin Connect app. For added motivation, friends can also watch your dad fly down a mountain or along the road in real time. Better pedal harder!

From $499.99, Garmin.com

For Downhill Dad: Oakley Airwave 1.5


Forget skiing, think fighter pilot. This super-tech facewear packs fighter pilot-style heads-up display (HUD) and GPS that means your dad’s goggles will show him everything from his downhill speed and location to the height of his jumps. All of that rapid-descent data is beamed via Bluetooth to his smartphone for Après Ski review (showing off). And they’ll even protect his eyes from the sun.

$649.99, Oakley.com

For Star Wars Dad: Maglite Mag-Tac


This flashlight won’t disappoint with three settings to choose from, including a brief flash of light, a solid beam or impressive strobe. At 320 lumens it’s not the most powerful flashlight you’ll find, but this compact light-giver will brighten the opposite end of a baseball field for up to four hours at a very pocket-friendly price. It also looks like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Sound effects not included.

$60, Maglite.com

For Grill-Master Dad: Merrell Spyker Short Sleeve Shirt


Dad’s king of the grill and he should look like it too. Perfect for summer backyard barbeques, this stylish plaid t-shirt is designed with M-Select Wick technology to keep dad cool when the grill gets hot. It’s a versatile blend of casual style and comfort so dad can feel at ease and mom’s happy too. When you’re looking for last minute gifts for dad he can use all the time – this is sure to be the perfect fit.

$60, merrell.com

For Handy Dad: Leatherman Juice XE6


When Crocodile Dundee uttered the immortal words: “That’s not a knife, this is a knife”, the leathery old Aussie outbacker had never laid eyes on this. Prepared for anything, this pocket knife comes with 18 different tools, including knives, saws, wire cutters, a can opener and the all important beer bottle opener for added real-world usefulness.

$94.95, Leatherman.com

For Tech-Addicted Outdoors Dad: BioLite Basic Kit


A wood-burning stove with super powers. Or to be more specific, super power. This portable cooker not only makes it easy for your outdoorsy dad to cook up fine treats while camping, but it cleverly converts any excess energy into juice for his other electronic gear, charging them up via USB. So there’ll be no excuse for not calling mom.

$129.95, biolitestove.com

For Music on-the-Move Dad: Veho Vecto Water Resistant Wireless Speaker


Just like your adventure-addicted old fella, the Veho Vecto wireless speaker is built to withstand the outdoors. Its rugged, rubberised exterior protects it from bumps and bruises, while a water-resistant housing means it’ll survive a gentle soak. It’s light and portable, packing sounds that outperform its size, it’s ideal for keeping dad’s music playing whether he’s camping, trekking, sailing or just lazing by the pool.

$129.95, amazon.com

For Tracking Dad: Yellowbrick 3 GPS


For keeping tabs on Dads who go a little more off the beaten track, the Yellowbrick 3 GPS is must-have safety tracker that lets you know where he is at all times. Tailored for Arctic survival this 300g safety tracker transmits his position once an hour for 80 days all on a single charge. Warning: Might not transmit from the local bar.

$762, yellowbrick-tracking.com

For Sleepy Dad: Snugpak Special Forces 2


Keep dad warm while he snoozes in temperatures from 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This reinforced construction sleeping bag is specially shaped for the ultimate heat retention. It’s light and compact with the minimal 1800g packing down to 23 x 23cm. Choose between black, olive, desert tan and multicam colors.

$285, snugpak.com

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Kieran Alger

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