Father’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Gear For Backpacking

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Backpacking requires a lot of gear.

Wendy Altschuler

Your dad isn’t like all the other dads—he’s an outdoorsman, a hiker, an adventurer. Happiest on a trail, inside of a tent, or eating dehydrated food, your dad loves all-things backpacking. For Father’s Day this year, get him something he can really use. Support his passion for the outdoors with the following gifts.

Train Hard, Play Harder

running shoe

Check out the MEN'S CLIFTON 8, a new arrival.


When preparing for a long-distance hike, your dad will need to train beforehand. HOKA has a brand-new shoe made for cloud-like running, the Clifton 8. This lightweight and cushy shoe, which comes in multiple fun colors, has a new midsole and a breathable mesh upper. This is the “it” shoe for the summer season. Your dad can comfortably ratchet up his miles and be prepared for time on the trail.

Hang Around for Awhile


Empowering weavers in northern Thailand, Yellow Leaf creates jobs.

Yellow Leaf Hammocks

For his one luxury item, get your dad a weather-safe, portable hammock from Yellow Leaf. Woven by hand by expert artisans in Thailand, these hammocks are super soft and comfortable. Fun fact: each hammock has the craftswoman’s name on the tag, which will make your dad feel like it was made just for him. He can carry it in his backpack, set it up when he breaks camp, and relax all evening.

Hike it Out


Superior hiking shoes for dads.


Leaders in hiking footwear, Vasque has been making quality purpose-driven boots and shoes since the sixties. New to the lineup is an adaptable and lightweight men’s hiking shoe, the Satoru Trail LT, built for spending time in the outdoors. Built with great traction and style, these shoes are workhorses and will feel great on your pop’s feet even after long days with high mileage. Choose between three different colors and surprise your dad with a gift he’ll really love.

Drink More Water

water bottle

Yummy additions to your water bottle.


Remembering to drink plenty of water can be a challenge when backpacking. Part of the problem is a lack of flavor. Enter: waterdrop, tiny and lightweight fruit and plant cubes that dissolve easily in water, adding taste and panache. Get your dad the Edition Set Steel package, which comes with a steel water bottle and four different waterdrop flavors—the water bottle will keep his drink cold for hours. He’ll get his vitamins while out exploring, without any added sugar, and hopefully be encouraged to drink more water while he’s on the trail.

The Gift of Color


A technical backpacking bag in a bright color.

Helly Hansen

Get your dad a backpack that is not only designed well, with all the technical features he’ll love, but also, one that is colorful and bright. Helly Hansen’s Capacitor Backpack 65L, in Alert Red, is the ideal backpack for multi-day adventures in the great outdoors. This pack has all the bells and whistles: a floating lid for extra storage and quick grab items, an adjustable back panel for perfect sizing, a mesh design across the back for superior ventilation, and plenty of pockets for keeping his gear organized and accessible.  

Get Your Feet Wet


A great backup shoe.


After hiking many miles in a day, taking off your hiking boots and slipping on a comfortable camp shoe always feels amazing. Bringing along a hard-wearing, closed-toe sandal that can also get wet and be used for water crossings on the trail, is a good idea. Give your dad a pair of best-selling Keen Men’s Newport H2 shoes. They’re perfect around camp, when crossing streams and rivers, and as a backup hiking shoe in case he gets a painful blister or has sore feet from his hiking boots.

Trail Tunes

ear buds

Ear buds for the active dad.

Back Bay

Affordable and high performing, Back Bay’s Runner 60 wireless earbuds are designed for athletes. Whether your dad wears them while working out, training for his upcoming backpacking trip, or brings them along on the trail, these waterproof buds will stay charged, with the charging case, for a whopping 80 hours. He’ll love the sleek design and comfortable fit.

Supercharge Your Fuel

vitamin powder

Nutritional support for your active dad.

Athletic Greens

Many backpackers eat high calorie food, often of the junk food variety, while on multi-day outdoor adventures. There’s a better way. Athletic Greens, experts in whole food dietary supplements, chockfull of vitamins and minerals, makes travel packs for the dad on the go. He can stash a few individually portioned packs in his backpack, and he’ll be set up for nutritional success throughout the day. And, if your dad really loves the extra dietary support, he can sign up for a monthly subscription and stay on the path toward healthy aging, immune support, gut strength, brain and memory care, sustained energy and a faster recovery.

A Speedy Recovery


Fast-acting relief for sore muscles.

Hyperice Hypervolt GO

If your dad is the type to push himself hard and then feel sore for a day or two afterward, get him the Hyperice Hypervolt GO. This lightweight handheld percussion technology is the elixir for tight and aching muscles. With three speeds and TSA approval for a carry-on, your dad can bring this rechargeable machine with him wherever he goes. For immediate relief, he can even leave it in the trunk of his car for when he finishes his backpacking trip.

Stay Dry


The perfect companion for any hiking dad.

Jack Wolfskin

While on the trail, your dad will need an extra layer that will keep him dry, and a bit warmer, in inclement weather. Waterproof and windproof, Jack Wolfskin’s Eagle Peak Jacket is breathable, it comes with a detachable hood, and it has plenty of pockets for all of your father’s small items. Built tough, yet lightweight, this hiking jacket will last him for many years.

Be Cool


Headphones that stay in place.


Hip dads need hip gear, whether training at the gym, running hills outside, or recovering at home. The adidas RPT-01 sport on-ear headphones are as stylish as they are functional. They’ll stay in place throughout your dad’s work out and when he’s finished, he can remove the ear covers and wash them. Install the adidas headphones app and easily customize the features. Your dad will love that you thought of him and got him something that he might not have purchased for himself.

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