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The Best Gifts for Dads Who Ski (And Do Other Summer Stuff, Too)

If your dad skis, fishes, rides, or abides, these are all the things he'd be stoked to get for Father's Day 2021.

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If your dad is a skier, chances are, he’s probably pretty outdoorsy in general. And since skiing is pretty hard to do this time of year, we decided to help by providing gift recommendations for activities beyond the snow.

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Best Gifts for Dads Who Ski

Salomon Stance Skis

"2021 Salomon Stance 96 Men's All-Mountain Ski"
The 2021 Salomon Stance 96 Photo: Courtesy of Salomon

Built with a full poplar wood core sandwiched between two sheets of Titanal, the Salomon Stance skis have serious race roots and great stability at speed. The three primary skis in the line have 90mm, 96mm, and 102mm waist width options, so the only thing you need to figure out is if your dad prefers narrow skis, fat skis, or something in between. []

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar

Garmin Fenix 6 pro soloar
Solar powers the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar, so battery life is a problem of the past. Photo: Courtesy of Garmin

If your dad is a data nerd, he’ll be so stoked on the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar. With activity tracking for both alpine and backcountry skiing—as well as a slew of other sports—he’ll be able to track his number of runs and vertical. Plus, with a built-in heart rate monitor and pulse ox sensor, he can find out just how difficult his day was skiing, or if it was all in his head. [MSRP: From $800,]

Thule Roundtrip Duffel

Thule RoundTrip Snowsport Duffel 90L
Photo: Courtesy of Thule

Upgrade your dad’s ski bag to this masterpiece of luggage. Thule’s Roundtrip Duffel is designed to hold a ski boot on each end in a waterproof-lined pocket, and then holds all of his other ski gear in the massive central compartment. Whether it’s a half-day or a week-long trip to Japan, this duffel can handle it. [$130;]

BCA Link 2.0 Radios

BCA Link 2.0 Radio
The BCA Link 2.0 Radio Photo: Courtesy of BCA

If your dad is a backcountry skier, upgrade his radios to the BCA Link 2.0. With a number of preset frequencies and customizable channels, he’ll be able to thank you both on Father’s Day and in the backcountry next season. [MSRP: $190,]

Outside+ Membership

Gear Library gear rental

If your dad loves skiing, he’ll love a full-pass to Outside+. In addition to premium winter content from both SKI and Outside Magazine, he’ll be able to get a print subscription to both and access premium content from dozens of other titles. Add in premium access to Gaia GPS, perks with Cairn, and access to the Warren Miller Film Archive, and chances are high you’ll probably want to get a membership for yourself as well. [Join Outside+]

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For Dads Who Spend All Summer Outside

Does your father camp, fish, hike, and just love being outside? Here are a few items that will make that experience even better.

Primus Tupike Portable Stove

Primus Tupike Stove
The Primus Tupike Stove ready to rumble. Photo: Courtesy of Primus

Stop letting your father settle for food cooked on a single burner stove and upgrade to the Tupike. Built to last with steel elements and wood trim, the Tupike fits perfectly on the campsite table, the back of a tailgate, and is powerful enough to use as a backyard grill if necessary. Best of all, it can really upgrade your dad’s après-ski game, too. [$250,]

Cairn Gift Box

Cairn outdoor box
Photo: Courtesy of Cairn

If your dad loves gear, he’ll love getting a subscription to Cairn. The company sends boxes of gear catered to the subscriber on a monthly or quarterly basis, meaning your father will never run out of fun new toys to play around with during outdoor adventures. [From $35,]

Simms Flyweight Hip Hybrid System

Simms Flyweight Hybrid Hip Pack
The Simms Flyweight Hybrid Hip Pack. Photo: Courtesy of Simms

If your dad is still using a ratty fishing vest, blow his mind with this super modern and capable hip pack. The main compartment features two large pockets designed to keep all the necessities nearby, and the oversize bottle holder is great for keeping cold beverages nearby. Best of all, the compartment, bottle holder, and waist system are compatible with Simm’s Flyweight products of all shapes and sizes. [$160,]

10 Barrel Brewing’s Reel Good Ale

Two cans of Reel Good Summer Ale and a fisherman
That guy got in 3,000 vert of corn skiing two hours before casting his first fly. Photo: Courtesy of 10 Barrel

Whenever I see my dad, I make sure to bring a cold six-pack of brews at a minimum. So it only makes sense to bring an easy-drinking, delicious brew that goes down great after a summer skiing mission, a bike ride, time on the river, or anything at all. 10 Barrel’s Reel Good Ale is a kölsch-style beer that is similar to a pilsner but has more flavor. Best of all, proceeds from this beer go to Trout Unlimited.

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Best Gifts for Dads Who Ride Bikes

Dakine Cross-X Bike Gloves

Dakine Cross-X Bike Glove.
The new Dakine Cross-X Bike Glove. Photo: Courtesy of Dakine

These super comfy gloves are perfect for all sorts of off-road riding, from gravel to downhill. But they really hit the sweet spot for trail riding, which is the type of mountain biking your dad loves the most. The supple suede rPET palm material and moisture-wicking shell on the backhand is as comfortable as bike gloves can get. [MSRP: $36,]

Bollé Chronoshield Sunglasses

Bolle Chronoshield Sunglasses
The Bolle Chronoshield Sunglasses. Photo: Courtesy of Bollé

With an oversized lens, removable sweat guard, and a minimal amount of grams, the Bollé Chronoshield sunnies are ideal for road and gravel biking and make great ski touring options as well. The Phantom photochromic options are also the lightest tint-changing options available, in case dad wants some technical flair to go with his technically cool shade. From [$170,]

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Best Gifts for Dads Who Love The Big Lebowski

If your dad loves White Russian Cocktails and hates the Eagles, don’t wander into Father’s Day like a child walking into the middle of a movie. Don’t worry, none of our recommendations include a briefcase full of Walter’s dirty undies. And say what you want about National Socialism, but at least it’s an ethos.

California Cowboy El Garibaldi Robe

California Cowboy El Garibaldi Robe
Looking sharp in the California Cowboy El Garibaldi robe. Photo: Courtesy of California Cowboy

With a number of cool designs and soft terry cloth lining, the El Garibaldi robe looks as good as it feels to wear. There are a number of easter-eggs to find in the robe as well, including a beverage pocket, dry pocket, and sunglass loop. So make sure you give your dad a taste of what he gave your mother and just get him a sweet robe for Father’s Day. It’s great for picking up a bottle of milk too, just don’t forget the checkbook. [$148,]

Dragon Ultra Sunglasses

dragon ultra sunglasses
“Okay… just give me a minute. I gotta go find a cash machine…” Photo: Courtesy of Dragon

These boxy, oversized frames have “cool dad” written all over them (not literally, of course). The quality Lumalens technology will keep your pop’s vision sharp on his way to the ski hill or the bowling alley, and the durable metal arms are built to last. [MSRP: $129,]