Father’s Day Gift Guide

Need some ideas for dad? Check out this new outdoor apparel, equipment, eyewear, entertainment and more  

With Father’s Day almost here, and the peak summer fishing just behind it—not to mention hunting season—check out these goodies for outdoor dads.




Traditional raingear uses a Gore-Tex-type membrane, blanketed with an interior waterproof membrane that don't allow for air flow, and water-repellent coating that degrades over time. With Columbia Sportswear’s OutDry Extreme fabric, the rugged exterior is an incredibly water-tight membrane with millions of microscopic perforations that let water vapor escape through a wicking membrane directly fused to the shell.

Part of the Titanium line, this waterproof shell is fully seam-sealed, with two-way underarm venting, and numerous zippered pockets. The pants have articulated knees, external seam taping and a bevvy of zippered pockets. OC associate editor Scott Gardner (below) has been using this combo for a year, and says it’s the best rainwear he’s ever worn, and the material blows away Gore-Tex. 

More info: www.columbiasportswear.ca

outdryScott Gardner



Ideal for fishermen and boaters, this is a lace-up water shoe with a self-draining system and a quick-drying mesh upper. Lightweight, superbly cushioned and stable, the shoe is built on SoftScience’s Universal Comfort Platform, with a roomy, relaxed fit, removable, washable Trileon insole and non-marking, slip-resistant outsole. 

More info: www.softscience.com

For Canadian orders: www.confortmarin.com


Capture P.O.V.

Does Dad film the adventure on his fishing or hunting trips with an action camera, such as a GoPro? If so, he’d appreciate the functionality of the Capture P.O.V. (US $69.95), a mount that attaches the camera to any backpack or strap. The quick-release locking action lets Dad access his camera with the click of a button.

More info: www.peakdesign.com



Orvis’s popular Sling Pack has been upgraded with a cushy, foam-padded shoulder strap streamlined design for all-day comfort. Quickly replacing fishing vests for wading anglers, sling packs stay out of your way while casting, but allow quick and easy access to gear. Measuring 9" x 5" x 15¾" with a 641 cubic-inch interior, features include a bright interior, molded back panel, forceps sheath on the strap, zinger and tool attachment system, water bottle holder and internal pockets.

The Safe Passage Sling Pack is also available in a Fully Loaded version (shown), which includes fly floatant, tippet spools, two tapered leaders, nippers, sink putty a fly box and more. 

More info: www.orvis.com



These performance polarized shades form Native Eyewear boast a lightweight frame with venting; cam-action hinges; interchangeable lenses and adjustable cushioned nose pads. Native’s N3 lenses significantly reduce blue light and selectively filter UV, to deliver high contrast and crisp definition, for peak fish-spotting ability. They’re also backed by a lifetime warranty.

More info: www.nativeyewear.com



Named for a hilly peak in Romania, where Canada’s Les Stroud used it during filming of his show, Survivorman, the new Mândra knife ($248) is designed to be worn around the neck or on the hip. Compact, sturdy and light, it has 2.7-inch triple laminated steel blade and 3.1-inch, curly birch handle and weighs only 70 grams. Stroud designed the knife in collaboration with legendary Norwegian knife maker Helle. Includes a handsome leather sheath. Young & Mackenzie Distribution, (905) 278-4535.

More Info: www.helle.no


Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler

Help Dad keep his catch cool, or up to 84 cans of his favourite beverage, with Coleman’s new 50-Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler ($99). The insulated lid and case allows for 5-day ice retention, so it would be a great addition on an extended camping trip. And since it features heavy-duty wheels, Dad can transport it over a lot of different terrain using the retractable, telescoping handle. More info:www.Colemancanada.ca


Is Dad a reader? Here are two new outdoor-related books he can add to his collection.

Back Seat with Fish: A Man’s Adventures in Angling and Romance— Author Henry Hughes recounts tales of fishing across East Asia and the US, and poignantly describes his encounters with people along the way. “In his travels, Hughes learns lessons on issues of race and culture as he interacts with a wide variety of people who share his love for fishing and enjoy the sensual connection between the salty pleasures and tensions of human and fish life.”

More info: Back Seat with Fish

Liar’s Code: Growing Up Fishing—Depending on his ability and temperament, dad might find a kindred spirit in author Richard Chiappone. His collection of personal essays reveals a man whose enthusiasm for fishing likely surpasses his skill, but who understands deeply why we spend so much time chasing fish and how the quest relates to the rest of our lives.

More info: Liar’s Code