Shopping for dad is a challenge. If he’s anything like the dads we know, he’ll tell you he doesn’t really need anything, but we know him better than that. Needing something and deserving something are two very different things. Your hardworking dad deserves the very best. While he may be a man of few words, there are a couple things we know about him – he appreciates quality and functionality, and expects his gear to last. (And if underwear is the first thing to pop into your mind, well, we respect your functional approach to Father’s Day shopping, but we think you can do even better!)
With that in mind, we tasked our top-notch product experts with finding rugged gear that dad will not only find functional, but also durable for the weeks, months and years after Father’s Day is done.
Why We Like It: There’s more than what meets the eye with this dynamic t-shirt from Carhartt. Featuring the brand’s patented moisture-wicking technology, the Force Pocket T-Shirt is designed to keep dad cool and dry while he works.
Why Dad Will Like It: In addition to the built-in thermostat, nothing says comfort and function quite like a t-shirt. Add a pocket to the equation and you have a dynamic work top that industrious dads everywhere can’t help but love.
Product: Filson 11070381 – Ranger Backpack
Why Dad Will Like It: Not only do they look great, but Filson guarantees everything they make. If it fails in any way during its intended use, Filson will cover the replacement or repair of the product. This guarantee covers every item for the lifetime of the product, including failures due to workmanship or craftsmanship, material failures, and production defects. Talk about something a dad can get behind!
Why Dad Will Like It: Their stainless-steel construction means these cups will last a long time, plus their space-saving, stackable design makes them easy to stow away on outdoor adventures. And with a name like Stanley, dad knows he’s getting quality.
Product: CAT 1820015 – H2O Short
Why We Like It: The next two products on this list are shorts. That’s because our staff appreciates the comfort and versatility shorts provide. We like this particular pair because CAT products tout oversized, rugged features – like bellowed cargo pockets and 2.25-inch belt loops — that are made for serious job sites
Why Dad Will Like It: Did we mention dads prefer functionality? Not only are shorts comfortable, but this particular pair features reflective piping on the pockets, stretch fabric, a hammer loop, and a water-resistant finish.
Why Dad Will Like It: Dad always appreciates extra storage options, even in his shorts. But he’ll also like the 8% spandex stretch ripstop fabric Carhartt utilizes on this pair. The added stretch gives dads more flexibility and comfort, while the ripstop fabric will defend against wear and tear.
Why Dad Will Like It: When dad’s working the fishing holes, he wants a shirt that’s both protective and rugged. This shirt features a double-layer hidden collar that converts to a stand-up collar for sun protection. With loads of pockets and a breathable fabric, it’s sure to keep dad comfortable for the entire day on the water.
Why Dad Will Like It: With the warm Sherpa-lining, think of this shirt as a year-round safety blanket for dads who get stuff done at all hours of the day, in every temperature imaginable. When temps go up, it’s easy to shed the shirt and throw it in the truck. That’s the type of versatility every dad loves.
Why Dad Will Like It: Let’s face it, dads love tools. He also likes multiple tools in one compact solution. Plus, with the Caterpillar name, you know this multi-tool will stand up to every rough-and-tumble job your dad throws its way.
Why Dad Will Like It: While color palette may not be at the top of dad’s list, we know he appreciates YETI’s quality construction and performance. Guaranteed to keep hot stuff hot and cold stuff cold, these ramblers outperform all other imitators in the marketplace. And even if he leans towards the basic black option, YETI’s DuraCoat finish won’t fade, chip, scratch or wear off.
Product: Ariat Rebar M5 Edge
Why We Like It: Ariat’s made a name for itself in the western world with its popular cowboy boots and stylish, yet rugged jeans. The M5s are part of the Ariat Rebar workwear line. That means these jeans are made for the job site, but they share the sleek design and blue-collar durability of their western cousins.
Why Dad Will Like It: Two words: fit and performance. As the reviews suggest, these jeans fit like a dream. Better yet, they’re constructed from a high-quality, flexible denim that’ll move with dad but won’t get stretched out. Best yet, Ariat Rebar jeans are known for their roomy front knife pocket that can accommodate any one of dad’s small, go-to tools.