Outdoor Canada's 2017 Father's Day Gift Guide
Check out this outstanding new fishing and hunting gear for fathers
Forget the ugly tie. This year get Dad something he really wants—new gear to help him enjoy his outdoor passions.
With antique brass mesh grommets and genuine leather trim, this update of the classic driver’s cap makes for some pretty funky fishing headwear. From topper experts Sunday Afternoons, it also has an adjustable sizing system, a wicking sweatband and ventilation for all-day comfort, and the rugged waxed tech canvas fabric offers protection from both sun and light showers. Comes in buckskin (pictured), flint or moss colours, in medium and large. And OC editor (and dad) Patrick Walsh sure looks natty in his.
Learn more: www.sundayafternoons.ca
If Dad’s a fly fisherman, he’s sure to enjoy using this gear lanyard from fly experts Loon Outdoors. Redesigned to be sturdier and more versatile the older versions, it’s made from light, durable paracord, with a padded and adjustable next strap and quick-release clip. For holding gear, it sports five Nite-Ize S-carabiner attachments. Also included are a Hot Box fly box, Bottoms Up floatant holder, Rogue Nippers with comfy grip and a horizontal post for storing tippet.
Learn more: www.loonoutdoors.com
GLOBAL ADVENTURE IV SHIRT
SILVER RIDGE STRETCH SHORT
This gear is part of Columbia Sportswear’s newest Omni-Shade collection, which includes a variety of shirts, Ts and pants for dads (and moms). Omni-Shade apparel is available in a variety of protection levels, including UPF 30, 40 and 50-plus, offering protection from both Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays (UVA and UVB). The Global Adventure IV shirt sheds rain and stains, is lightly stretchy and has a passport-sized zip security pocket. It’s available in grey, black or nocturnal (pictured) colours. Upgraded with stretch, the Silver Ridge is a modern take on the classic men’s outdoor short. It also sheds rain and, with a bevy of pockets, stores just about every gizmo or piece of fishing equipment you need. It’s in tusk (pictured) or grill colours, and eight- and 10-inch lengths.
Learn more: www.columbiasportswear.ca
Does Dad have a spot outside his cabin, camp, shed, dock or driveway where he needs more light but doesn’t have the expertise or inclination to wire it in? Enter SolarBlaze’s solar-powered wireless bright LED exterior outdoor security sensor light. The included peel-and-stick adhesive attaches to any surface including stucco, siding, brick, glass, wood or metal, or you can attach the light with the included screw. Either way, the job’s a cinch. Meanwhile, the light reportedly has a 50,000-hour lifespan, which means years of free, clean, continuous solar lighting.
Learn more: www.solarblazeproducts.com
Every outdoor dad needs a good hat to keep rain and sun off his head. And if he spends any time in a canoe or kayak, Tilley’s new stylish and functional Paddler hat is ideal. Its fabric is treated with ecorepel, allowing water to run off simply and easily, and it also has the highest UPF rating given, 50. The broad brim offers a lot of shade and in windy conditions, Dad can use the wind cord and size cinch system to keep the hat on. And on humid days, the moisture-wicking sweatband will keep his head dry and cool. He can keep valuables safe in the secret pocket. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee, and, perhaps most importantly, it floats.
Learn more: www.tilley.com
Need to get into a treestand to set up before legal light or re-tie a lure when night fishing? Ledlenser’s new MH10 is perfect for hunters, anglers, hikers or just about anyone looking to push the limit of daylight. The most powerful headlamp in Ledlenser’s new Outdoor Series, the MH10 offers a light output of up to 600 lumens. With a lithium ion battery and speed charging technology, it fully charges in just eight hours and gets roughly 120 hours of battery life. Weighing about a third of a pound, it’s also lightweight and has one-handed focusing.
Learn more: www.ledlenser.com
FATHER’S DAY BAIT BOX
Priced at an affordable $50, but worth more than that, Simple Fishing Father’s Day Bait Box is a unique way to give a variety of lures usually not found at big-box stores. Each box is guaranteed to have more than $50 worth of retail value inside and you can customize it for the species that dad targets, including bass, pike or walleye. Or, you can go more general with the multispecies option. Each box is curated with new lures from the top brands across North America.
Learn more: www.simplefishing.ca
Arrive at camp in classic style with this all-purpose travel bag that can be carried as a duffle or backpack. Made with lightweight, tear-resistant, 600-denier matte nylon, Filson’s new Duffle Pack has a bridle leather handle and padded backpack straps that stow away in their own pocket. The side pocket has an inner zipper security pocket and water-resistant lining that extends into main compartment to conveniently separate wet gear. Meanwhile, the full-length padded back pocket fits a 15-inch laptop. Available colours? Otter green and whiskey.
Learn more: www.filson.com
Waterproof to 20 metres, shockproof up to 1.75 metres, freezeproof to -10°C and sealed against dust or sand, the FinePix XP120 is a tough, rugged camera tailor made for dad’s fishing and hunting adventures. It features an internal 5x optical zoom lens combined with Intelligent Digital Zoom, resulting in double the zoom range, so he can get close to the action, even from a distance. The XP120 has wireless controls that let the user shoot through a smartphone and easily transfer images to a mobile device. Meanwhile, the cool cinemagraph feature adds action to photos. Just record a video of up to five seconds and specify which elements of the image you would like to see move—a great way to liven up a boring grip-and-grin fish photo!
Learn more: www.fujifilm.ca
WHALESBACK PREDATOR BOX
The staff at Spanish, Ontario’s Flymart.ca—which is located just a cast away from Whalesback Channel, on the north shore of Lake Huron—call this beast of a fly box “the chicken coop.” Measuring 10" x 8" x 3", it will indeed store about half a chicken’s worth of feathery predator flies. The box is rugged and light, with sturdy snaps, and it’s lined with slotted foam on both sides, to tightly grip a full arsenal of pike, muskie, saltwater or steelhead flies. Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner has already toted his Predator Box (below) to Belize, and now it’s loaded up again for a summer of pike and bass action.
Learn more: www.flymart.ca
STAINLESS STEEL SHOT GLASS SET + FLASK
When Dad’s day of outdoor adventure is done, this gift set from Stanley has everything he’ll need to raise a toast or enjoy a relaxing libation by the lake. The set includes an eight-ounce Adventure Flask, four two-ounce shot glasses and a portable carrying case, all in 18/8-grade stainless steel. There’s even an integrated lanyard to avoid losing the flask's cap, and the whole set is dishwasher safe. And if you’re not sure how to use the product, Stanley has provided this helpful six-second video.
Learn more: www.stanley-pmi.com
CONQUER TWIST 550 LED LANTERN
This rugged battery lantern from Coleman boasts a comfort-grip top handle and the fold-down carabiner, and will survive impacts from falls of up to two metres. But most impressive is the BatteryLock system, which stops battery drain. On a normal lantern, there is residual drain as long as the battery is connected in the circuit, even when the light is off. But by rotating the bottom switch, you can completely disengage the Conquer’s batteries, so they can be stored in your lantern for years. There are four light modes: high, medium, low and flashing, and the four D batteries promise 15 hours of light on high, and 300 hours on low.
Learn more: www.colemancanada.ca
TRACTION CONDUCTIVE GLOVE
Engineered for fishing by Mustang Survival, and made of tough AX suede with silicon grips, the Traction gloves provide a 30 to 50 per cent grip improvement over bare hands. In addition, the index finger and thumb are touch-screen compatible. And the full-finger design will keep Dad’s hands warm and protected during cool-weather paddling and fishing adventures.
Learn more: www.mustangsurvival.com