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The Ultimate Gift Guide For the Dad Who’d Rather Be Hiking

The holidays are all about gluttony, gorging, and masses of gifts. But for some dads, the opposite holds true: They’re the ones who’d rather be hiking the Appalachian Trail, camping out at Yosemite, or simply going for a run through the nearby woods. Sure, you can get outdoorsy dads a generic pair of moisture-wicking socks, or a headlamp for night bike rides. But we’re thinking he’d definitely appreciate a killer pair of running shoes, and a lightweight jacket to match. Here goes.

If dad loves the great outdoors, bad weather be damned, get him this badass jacket.

Why this sherpa jacket? Because you get a nylon wind guard on the zipper placket, reinforced neck hem for a proper collar fold, and zippered hand pockets for added warmth.

This is the signature knife from James, and it's sleek, unfussy, and totally functional.

James Brand makes the most gorgeous EDC we’ve ever used. This serrated knife is no exception. It’s 6.5 inches in overall length, and has titanium frame-lock construction. The knife’s S35vn stainless steel blade holds an edge and will last him forever.

Trail running shoes that look this good, but perform even better? Hell yeah.

Where do we even begin with these beauties? They’re created for all-day wear and all-day comfort. But. But. The brand’s CloudTec outsole structure cushions both horizontal and vertical forces to give dad the perfect run, both in terms of padding and support. Plus, here’s another fancy term: Speedboard turns the force of running into forward motion. The shoes also have a dual-density sock liner so they’re breathable. Translation: Feet that won’t stink.

Safety has never looked this good. Between this top of the line bike light and brake, dad cycle through the woods and along twisty roads without mishap.

The Beryl laser light projects a bike symbol six meters in front of you so you know where you’re going, always. And the burner brake is a back light that gets brighter when you slow down, giving cars ample warning that you’re there. They’re both waterproof and durable. Both are charged using USBs, and have insane battery life.

These stellar binoculars were specifically designed for the modern outdoor explorer.

With these top-notch binoculars, you get 8x magnification, which is the equivalent of a 400 mm camera lens. They’re submersible for up to 30 minutes and they’re fog-proof. So if dad spots a moose in the distance, he’ll see the beast up close.

This brilliant backpack shrinks down into its own front mesh pocket, so it's the size of a small water bottle

Don’t weigh dad down when he’s hitting the trails and arm him with this backpack, which weighs just one pound. But don’t let its lack of heft fool you: This thing will go the distance, given that it’s made from  100D CORDURA mini-rip fabric with high abrasion- and tear-resistance.

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