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I’m a dad of four and have been testing gear at Outside for nearly a decade, so Father’s Day gift suggestions are right in my wheelhouse. What follows is a list of gear I’ve recently tested that’s made my life as an outdoor dad significantly better. No matter what your dad loves to do, something on this list should have you covered. For the EDC Dad
(Photo: Courtesy Benchmade) Benchmade Mini Bugout Knife ($165)
There’s no better everyday carry knife for the size and weight. Tipping the scales at just 1.5 ounces, the Mini Bugout has a feathery handle made from polymer with inserted carbon-fiber fragments that is incredibly stiff, sturdy, and comfy to hold. Inside the handle is a fold-out 2.82-inch premium stainless-steel blade that’s up for any job, including ripping through boxes, cutting rope and branches, and slicing salami. Even after years of abuse the blade maintains a consistently sharp edge. For the Industrious Dad
(Photo: Courtesy Proof) Proof Rover Pant, Slim ($118)
Over the past year I’ve probably worn this pair of pants for 200 days. That’s because they’re suited for anything from yard work to lunch meetings to camping trips. Made from a sturdy but breathable cotton, they put up with dirt and scratches and then look nearly brand new out the wash. Thanks […]