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Originally published May 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM | Page modified May 24, 2014 at 6:33 PM

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Outdoors gift favorites for Father’s Day


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and here are some nifty gear products that will keep the outdoorsy dad in your life smiling.

The durable and lightweight Mountainsmith Mystic 65 Backpack ($219.95) comes with a built-in sleeping bag compartment, a huge front panel pocket, side pockets and tool mounts to keep everything organized. Available at REI, Marmot Mountain in Bellevue, Second Ascent in Seattle or mountainsmith.com

The Carhartt Force Equator Jacket ($160) provides the ultimate lightweight protection in the worst outdoor elements featuring a breathable waterproof membrane and water-repellent finish. Available at Carhartt in downtown Seattle or www.carhartt.com

Lounging in comfort on a campout or family outing wouldn’t be the same for dad without the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Deluxe Hammock ($84.95). It is easy to set up between two trees, and the heavy duty triple-stitched seams have a weight capacity of 400 pounds. Available at REI or eagles­nestoutfittersinc.com

The three-season REI Half Dome 4 Tent ($289) creates a cozy living space for four people, and it’s easily storable. Available at REI or rei.com

The REI Flash Lightweight Sleeping Bag ($179.99-$184.99) comes with a bottom Primaloft Eco insulation, and the top is duck down along with perimeter fabric to keep it waterproof, breathable and dry from condensation on the sides of a tent. It has a lower limit rating of 29 degrees and comes in two sizes. Available at REI or rei.com

The REI Flash Insulated Sleeping Air Pad ($99.50-$109) is a lifesaver for those seeking out a comfortable, lightweight design and weighs just over one pound. The pad can be easily stored away in your backpack. Available at REI or rei.com

Light up the trails and campsite with the Olympia RG850 LED Flashlight ($89.99) that is waterproof, impact resistant and has a nonslip grip that makes it easy to use with gloves. The light has five settings, and has a beam distance of 389 meters. Available at OlympiaProducts.com

The wide choices of Victorinox Swiss Army Knives are a time-treasured and useful gift. The Classic SD ($20) comes in a variety of patterns and colors, and has a 2¼-inch blade, scissors, nail file, screw driver and tweezers. The Signature Lite ($43.50) has all the gadgets one would need plus a ballpoint pen and LED light. Available at Victorinox Swiss Army in Bellevue Square or amazon.com

Cut through the summer sun with the Guideline Eyewear’s Strike ($79.98) and Jack ($69.95) Model Sunglasses. Their polarized 100 percent UV A and B protective lens and durable frames are the perfect fit on the water or trekking through the woods. Available at glpolarized.com

The Energizer High Performance Headlight ($37.99) comes with four light modes to brighten up the campsite or forests, and has a four-hour run time with an 80-meter beam distance. Available at Kmart, Target, amazon.com or energizer.com

The Grate Chef Fire Starters ($8.99 with 18 per packet) are a useful tool for dad to get cooking on his next family camping meal. The compact, matchbook-size packet burns clean with no smell at 1,500 degrees for about 10 minutes, and can ignite charcoal without lighter fluid. They will also easily start a wood fire. Available at Lowe’s, Home Depot or gratechef.com

The Free Country Bristol Two-Tone Softshell Jacket ($50) has great versatility with an outer shell fabric that is water and wind resistant. The jackets come in four colors, and can be worn alone or as a base layer in chilly temperatures. Available at Kohl’s, Bass Pro Shops, JCPenney, Costco or freecountry.com

myuasa@seattletimes.com or 206-464-8780



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