2015 Father’s day gift guide

The best new outdoor apparel and accessories for dad!

Got a dad who’s hard to buy for? Check out these new fishing and hunting goodies.


Roaring Fork Shirt

Founded by Alberta’s Daniel and Joanne Berezan, Dolly Varden’s technical clothes fit right, look good, pack well and perform on the water. Made for the river, the Roaring Fork ($89) this shirt combines cotton and spandex with CoolMax, for stretch, strength, wicking and quick drying. The look is classic button-down styling meets technical performance, with zippered chest pocket and pleated back.

More info: www.dollyvardenoc.com



It’s a hood! It's a neck gaiter! It’s a bandana! The versatile Enduracool Multi-Cool ($24.99) from Mission can be worn in over 12 different ways to help Dad keep cool, and protect him from the sun's harmful rays. Made from a performance fabric that instantly cools when soaked with water, it regulates the rate of evaporation to create a prolonged cooling effect.

More info: www.missionathletecare.com



Keen’s Uneek ($120) is a truly original sandal and water shoe. Constructed of only a sole and two cords, this unique design allows the upper to move and adapt to the shape of your foot, while providing security and structure. The lightweight midsole has durability and comfort, while the high traction rubber outsole with razor siping ensures secure footing. We got a pair in the office last month, and can take them off.

More info: www.keenfootwear.com


EvaPOURation Jacket

This award-winning men’s rain jacket ($129) from Columbia easily navigates from city to wilderness, while a performance blend of waterproof breathability and accelerated wicking technology keeps Dad dry and comfortable on both the exterior and interior (and mom, too—there’ also a womens’ version). The EvaPOURation’s underarm vents deliver adjustable breathability, and it packs down into its own pocket for easy stowing.

More info: www.columbiasportswear.ca



Wool in summer? When it’s pure woven merino, you bet. Icebreaker’s Oreti merino fishing shirt ($169.99) features strategic mesh venting, extra mobility in the sleeves for casting and two zippered chest pockets. Not only does it look sharp, the shirt also remains free of perspiration odour. The secure pockets also fit a passport perfectly, so this shirt is perfect for warm-weather destinations both here and abroad.

More info: www.icebreaker.com



What starts your engine, charges your phone and fits in your pocket? The new Weego, of course. Weego is a portable lithium-ion jump starter that’s so small it fits in your pocket or glove compartment. The standard size (US$99) starts gas engines up to 4.6L and diesel engines up to 2.4L, and the heavy-duty Weego ($129) starts gas engines up to 6.4L, and diesels up to 3.2L. Kit includes pre-charged battery pack, jumper cables, wall and car chargers, 3-in-1 USB charging cord, 30-pin and lightning connectors, carrying case and quick-start guide.

More info: www.myweego.com


The Cowboy Way

Poachers, Polluters & Politics

Inside the Wild 2

Could Dad use some summer reading material? Check out this trio of recent outdoor-themed books.

The Cowboy Way: Wisdom, Wit and Lore by Outdoor Canada contributor Duane Radford is a comprehensive tribute to the classic image of old-time cowboys, including Western lore and its influence on popular culture.

In Poachers, Polluters and Politics: A Fishery Officer's Career, retired DFO officer Randy Nelson shares stories from his 35 years of netting law-breaking fishermen. The book includes hair-raising tales of grizzly bear attacks; angry axe-wielding, rock-throwing, shotgun-blasting fishermen and high-speed chases on dirt roads and through bush.

Kingston, Ontario, outdoorsman L.W. Oakley has complied a second volume of hunting tales in Inside the Wild 2. These 35 new stories are written in the tradition of Faulkner’s Big Woods, and go beyond the nuts and bolts of hunting to examine the spiritual and the poetic.