The Gear Junkie: 5 picks for Father’s Day |

The Gear Junkie: 5 picks for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day, on June 15 this year, is an annual chance to give a dad some great outdoors gear. As a father myself (and an obvious gear freak), I offer these products as ideas for the outdoor-loving dad in your life.

Stainless Steel Growler

As its name describes, the Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle & Beer Growler can tote H2O or a microbrew. It has 64 ounces of capacity and a leak-proof cap. You can fill up the double-wall vessel with a cool beverage and keep your drink cold for 12-plus hours outdoors in the summer heat. $49.99,

Puck-Size Speaker

It’s just a couple of inches across, but the JBL Clip produces excellent audio for its small size. A carabiner-style clip lets you attach it anywhere, and the little unit syncs with a phone’s music library via Bluetooth or an old-fashioned headphone cable jack. $49.95,

Mega Multi-Tool

Go big! The Leatherman Surge weighs three-quarters of a pound and has more than 20 implements to cut, pry, strip, saw, or screw open. It comes with the largest pliers and longest blades Leatherman offers in a multi-tool. $110,

Tiny ‘Satellite Tracker’

The SPOT Trace is a 2-inch-wide module that gives “theft-alert tracking” via a satellite network. Attach the Trace to a boat, vehicle, or bike and you can track its every move via Google maps on a smartphone, which links to GPS coordinates that the device transmits if it is moved. $74.95 (plus required service plan),

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To revive a dead phone or small gadget in the field, the Goal Zero Switch 8 offers an immediate charge. Plug it in and the unit, which is about the size of a roll of quarters, sends steady electricity for a charge with no fuss. $39.99,

Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at

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