Best Father’s Day Gifts For Outdoorsmen And Campers

Stop boring your ballie with beer and trail mix and up your game this Father’s Day.

Kelleigh Korevaar |

Up your game with this gear, and stop boring your ballie with beer, ties and trail mix for Father’s Day. Each of these tools below is the Swiss army knife of its category – made for different uses and for different men. The bonus? They’re some damn good-looking gear!

Bonus: This month’s issue is dad-themed so you can get him a copy in honour of Father’s Day (Buy It Here).

The BackPack – Salomon Prolog 70 Backpack

Is your dad into overnight camping trips or even being the most fashionable in gym? This backpack is both stylish and functional. Plus, it’s comfortable for long trips thanks to the padded backpanel and shoulder straps.

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With 1 main compartment, 1 wet compartment and 2 internal pockets, this backpack has it all.

R 1 599

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The Survival Tool – GreenLite Firelighters

The GreenLite Firelighters are an earth-friendly way to start a fire so your dad can make a non-toxic braai in the bush (or at home). It’s made from recycled ingredients and clean-burning vegetable oils. Your dad can go green when he’s out in the greenery.

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Most firelighters are paraffin and petroleum-based which doesn’t take a genius to realise probably isn’t the healthiest for you.

R 26

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The Jacket – Salomon Wing Aero M

If your dad is cutting the weight down to the absolute minimum, the FAST WING AERO jacket is the protective layer that passes the test and slips unnoticed in his backpack.
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Whip it out when the wind’s biting. Fight back and move on.

R 1 699

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The Shoe – Salomon Evasion 2 LTR

Combining the benefits of traditional leather with the latest technical features, the EVASION 2 LTR offers out-of-the box comfort and durability along with lightness and flexibility.
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Solid and responsive, this shoe makes sure you feel confident on the trail.

R 1 899

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The Tent – Tentsile Flite+ Tree Tent

This compact, ultra-lightweight eco tree tent from the Tensile range is ideal for the most adventurous duos, as well as daring solo explorers. The Flite+ model is a suspended shelter that can be set up even in dense forested areas, allowing you to sleep safely and comfortably in the trees.
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If there was one thing I could have on this list, it would be this tent. Seriously. Plus, the size and weight make it perfect for backpacking adventures.

R 6 300

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The Cleaning Tool – Earthsap Braai Grid Cleaner

There’s nothing worse than arriving at a public braai spot or a camping ground and seeing the braai hasn’t been cleaned since the first time it was used. Give this to your dad and he can chuck it in his backpack for the next time he heads out. Using only natural ingredients that do not pose any health risk and are safe for the planet too, the Earthsap Braai Grid cleaner degreases and strips all food deposits.

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The easiest way to get rid of grease and grime on your braai grid or grill - without any residue of toxic fumes or chemicals.

R 73

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The Folding Blade Knife – Kaliber Kuikku

This spring-assisted stainless steel knife is equal parts functional, versatile, stylish and comfortable. The grip is great, thanks to a multi-directional G10 handle.

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It’s all black for more than just making you look like a stylish badass; the black oxidised coating reduces corrosion, so you don’t have to worry about it wearing, tearing or rusting.

R 499

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The Multi-Tool – Leatherman Super Tool 300

This award-winning 19-in-1 super-tool is made for every man, and comes equipped with one more added extra: a 25-year warranty. Use it to crack open a can of beer after a long day, whether outdoors or at work. (R 1 999, Cape Union Mart)

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The wire cutters are removable, and the pliers are the strongest they’ve ever made – and these are only two of the improvements Leatherman has made.

R 1 799

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The Cooking Set – GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist Nesting Cooking Set

Your dad will have cooking sorted as this set comes with a cooking pot, a strainer lid, two bowls, two mugs, two sip-it lids, two telescoping foons (a fork/spoon hybrid with and extendable handle), a stove bag, and a welded sink-stuff sack. Your dad will love this kitchen-on-the-go.

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Weighing only 510 grams, it's the perfect companion for camping, hikes and overnight trails.

R 1 419

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The Camp Axe – Autine Unpolished Hatchet

Weighing under 1kg, this hand-forged beaut is the winter warrior you need in your hand. It’s made using a technique called laminating, using high carbon-content steel (8HF) for the blade, and has a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.

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Use it for gardening, or to start a fire (strike the head against a rock to make sparks). And, of course, you can throw it – 0% recommended, 100% fun. Great for cutting biltong, too.

R 6 465

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For more Father’s Day inspiration and information, pick up a copy of our June issue, in stores now! Or you can get it online for only R48, here. Now that’s a deal!

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