Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit
$88, Whether you need to chop onions for a shore lunch, or bait for a tuna bite, Gerber's new Freescape Kit gets it done. A camp kitchen knife and paring knife store securely with help from magnets in a sliding drawer that hides inside the travel case/cutting board. Bright green coloring makes the components easy to spot, and there's a built-in ceramic sharpener that keep your cuts clean and easy. —Joe Cermele.
Our editors pick their 12 favorite gift ideas for this year’s Father’s Day. If your dad likes to hunt, fish, or camp, we’ve got you covered.
Hydro Flask Insulated Beer Pint $21.99, Oh, how times have changed. Used to be, at the end of a day of fishing, you grabbed whatever cut-rate beer your buddy had picked up at the discount liquor store. No more; now anglers have to savor their beer, whether it’s a double IPA or a robust porter with goji berries. All of which begs the question—does anyone simply drink out of the can anymore? Not if the folks at Hydro Flask, best known for innovative water bottles, can help it. This “cup” melds the performance of a stainless-steel vacuum bottle with the look and feel of a traditional glass pint. Well, all I know is that after a day on the water, when I want to kick back a bit, this double-wall “glass” will keep the beer cold down to the last drop. —Slaton L. White
Yeti Rambler
$30, My buddy emailed me from work the other morning to say that his 20-ounce Yeti Rambler tumbler makes a horrible whiskey cup because, “It keeps it cold and delicious, and holds entirely too much.” I’ve had my own Rambler less than a year and I love it, though I avoid filling it with 20 ounces of corn liquor at a time because the ice gives me a headache. At room temperature, this mug will hold ice water all day and then some. In my experience, the claims that it’ll keep coffee “hot all day” are a little overblown—a sealed Thermos bottle is still better in the duck blind—but it’s far and away superior to any other coffee mug I’ve tried. Dad will like it. And if he chooses to fill it with 20 ounces of corn liquor, let him. It’s his special day. —Will Brantley
YETI Colster
$30, Last year, YETI introduced a set of Rambler tumblers that were so much better at keeping drinks hot and cold than any other insulated travel mugs or cups I’ve used, I gave them the title of “Best of the Best” accessory in the March 2015 issue of Field & Stream. The Colster is the the folllow-up to that line, designed specifically to keep dad’s beer bitterly cold. Can? Bottle? Tell Pops to take his pick; a combo of stainless steel walls and ThermoLock Gasket will keep it frost-brewed. — Joe Cermele
North American Whiskeys
$45-50,; $26-30, No matter if your dad prefers bourbon or Canadian whiskey, we’ve got you covered. First up is Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon. In its relatively short history, Wyoming Whiskey has won a slew of awards, and for good reason. Their 88-proof bourbon is smooth and tastes outstanding, with notes of caramel, vanilla, charred oak, and citrus. I haven’t tried mixing it into a cocktail yet—and I’m not sure I’m going to. It’s too good on the rocks. If you live in one of the 12 states that currently sells Wyoming Whiskey (they do have plans to expand nationally), then pick up a bottle. Better yet, get two. And for Canadian whiskey drinkers, I’d recommend a bottle of Pendleton. This blend is noticeably sweet, with hints of vanilla, butterscotch, and honey. It’s very satisfying on the rocks (I sipped a couple last summer after a great day of trout fishing in South Dakota), and it also mixes well to make a very good Old Fashioned. Whichever bottle you choose, here’s to your old man. —Colin Kearns
Hillsound FreeSteps6 Crampons
$40, Now that felt-soled boots and wading shoes are on the way out because of the danger of transferring invasive species from one watershed to another, anglers are making do with rubber soles supplemented with screw-in studs. Problem is, the studs really don’t give you much in the way of staying power when you try to slide over slippery rocks. The solution? Boot crampons that can give you the grip of a mountaineer ascending K3. I’ve been fishing this spring with FreeSteps6, the design of which uses ¼-inch stainless-steel spikes (21 per foot) attached to a stainless-steel chain web. A tear-resistant, thermo-plastic harness provides relatively easy on and off, though you need to be sitting while you do this, and you’ll need to give the harness a big tug to embrace the entire boot. But that’s a small price to pay for solid footing. —Slaton L. White
LED Lenser T2QC $45, Compact, high-performance LED flashlights have rendered Dad’s old penlight obsolete. LED Lenser, a Leatherman Tool company, added the T2QC—a pocket-sized light—to the lineup in early 2015. This light is 3.8 inches long, weighs 3.74 ounces, and has four different beam colors—white, red, green, and blue. It will reportedly run for four hours at full power with three AAA batteries. The white beam provides 140 lumens—plenty enough to follow a blood trail or shine the eyes of a frog. Best of all, MSRP is just $45. —Will Brantley
Camp Chef Stryker
$73, Camp Chef, best known for its line of outdoor stoves and cookware, recently announced a modern take on the classic backpacker stove. The Stryker, available this summer, comes in two models; one uses isobutane, the other runs on propane. I’ve been using the propane model, the Stryker 150, for the past month. To reduce cooking time and fuel consumption, the Stryker utilizes what Camp Chef calls “Heat Ring technology.” Essentially, the ring locks the pot to the stove, creating a larger surface area that more effectively transfers heat for a rapid boil. However it works, I found that it could bring a half-liter of water to a raging boil in less than three minutes. The stove comes with a tri-legged stand, burner with matchless ignition, and insulated 1.3-liter cup. A pot and teapot set is sold separately, if you prefer more cooking options for spike camp. —Slaton L. White
Cabela’s CGR Fiberglass Fly Rod
$78; This 5-foot, 9-inch fiberglass 3 weight is like a toy—and I mean that in the best way possible. I’ve had this rod for just a few years—and I’m lucky if I get to use it more three or four times each summer—but its become one my favorites in my fly-rod arsenal. I use the rod only for casting small poppers to bluegills and small bass, because for me, that kind of fishing is all about fun, and this rod is just a blast to cast. Sure, it’s a little tricky at first to cast something this short, but you get the hang of it soon enough, and once you do, you won’t want to stop. Just wait ’till you see the bend that a junior smallie will put into this rod. It’s enough to make you feel like a kid again. —Colin Kearns
Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit
$88, Whether you need to chop onions for a shore lunch, or bait for a tuna bite, Gerber’s new Freescape Kit gets it done. A camp kitchen knife and paring knife store securely with help from magnets in a sliding drawer that hides inside the travel case/cutting board. Bright green coloring makes the components easy to spot, and there’s a built-in ceramic sharpener that keep your cuts clean and easy. —Joe Cermele
Cabela’s Theorem Fly Rods
$260, Does Dad need a new fly stick for trout or redfish? I highly recommend Cabela’s new Theorem line. At $260, the price isn’t insane, but the cast accuracy and distance you can get from one of these rods certainly is. Theorems are available in weights 3 through 8, but I’ve been fishing the 5-weight all spring for everything from trout to carp. Thanks to a combo of high-modulus graphite and nano-silica resin, this rod is incredibly light and ultra-responsive. Given that I’m not always easy on fly rods, the recoil guides are a big plus. The 5-weight also has exceptional power while delivering delicate presentations. It’s stopped 15-pound carp with ease and reached distant risers on cast number one. —Joe Cermele
Savage A17
$465, I’m a first-year dad, and this one might be my gift to myself. There have been several attempts at semi-auto magnum rimfires over the years. Most of them either didn’t work because the pressures generated by the .22 WMR and .17 HMR are just too high for a standard blowback action, or they were prohibitively expensive. The A17—at least, the one I tested just before the 2015 SHOT Show—works. The gun uses a delayed blowback action for reliable cycling. I stood there at the test range for some time, watching other media members burn through numerous 10-round magazines, and never saw a hiccup. Like every other .17 HMR I’ve shot, this one was scary accurate, too. If dear old Dad is in need of a semi-auto rifle that’s not too loud and obnoxious but will hit a groundhog through the eyes at 150 yards, this is it. —Will Brantley
Reactor Poseidon Stainless
$575, For those looking to get Dad a timepiece that’s the best of the best in terms of ruggedness on the water, it’s tough to beat the Poseidon. Yes, I know it’s not the same price as a Casio calculator watch, but it will last a lifetime and could potentially be handed down to your kid’s kids. Crafted from forged 319L stainless steel and featuring a tough-as-nails rubber strap, this bad boy is SEAL worthy, so it will take anything Dad can dish out on the river or the high sea. Waterproof to a whopping 3,300 feet, the Poseidon has a ten-year battery life and a 42-hour power reserve. I field-tested one this spring, rowing, fishing saltwater, and baking it in brutal sun. It takes a licking and, well, you know… —Joe Cermele