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Here’s to all the rad dads out there. Photo: Filios Sazeides

The Inertia

Sunday will be my first Father’s Day as a dad. And it’s true what they say about parenthood – it’s hard to appreciate a dad’s love for his kid and all the work it takes to be a parent (shout out to my wife, who’s the real heavy lifter) until you’ve got ankle biters of your own. In the same way, you never know what makes a great Father’s Day gift until you’re a dad. For me, bliss sounds like a two-hour nap. Maybe in a hammock, if I’m lucky.

Whether your dad is a griller, chiller, or shredder (or all three), we took the liberty of curating a short list of rad-dad gift ideas that are dad-certified.

YETI Rambler 20oz

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YETI Rambler 20 oz. Tumbler ($29.99)

YETI is arguably making the best-insulated tumblers on the market with its Rambler series. The 20-ounce version fits in most car cup holders and keeps coffee hot, beers cold, and is an essential drinking vessel for long summer days at the beach or morning surf checks.


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Vissla 7 Seas Bag

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VISSLA 7 Seas 20L Dry Bag ($19.99; normally $24.95)

There’s nothing that drives the missus crazier than wetsuit stank. A simple drybag keeps a wetsuit and all its juices in its place during transport.


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Slowtide Regime Changing Poncho ($69.95)

Changing ponchos are the surf innovation nobody asked for – but once you use one you’ll never go back. A hood keeps a cold, wet head out of the elements after a session and there are no worries about an accidental towel-around-the-waist malfunction in the parking lot.

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Burton Helionox Chair

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Burton Chair One Helionox Camping Chair ($119.95)

Any good family car camping trip means ample time around the campfire pumping out s’mores like it’s your job. And every s’mores king needs a throne. Look no further than this highly-engineered aluminum and mesh-paneled chair. Portable fireside comfort.


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Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 Zip (On sale for $44.98; Normally $99)

From chilly morning surf checks to a high alpine mid-layer, Patagonia’s Better Sweater is an ideal fleece for everyday wear. And currently almost half off at, you can pick one up without breaking the bank.

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ENO Double Nest Hammock

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ENO Double Nest Hammock ($52.46; normally $69.95)


There’s a reason Eagle’s Nest Outfitters has been best in class in the portable, packable hammock game for some time. This little guy is double occupancy for you and your boo to snuggle up under the stars.

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Traeger Tailgater Pellet Grill ($399.99; $50 off until Father’s Day)

Dads have been standing over flaming grills cooking up meat at block parties since time immemorial. But, for the discerning griller, a wood pellet-burning Traeger is the way to go. At just 62 pounds, the Tailgater packs all the smoking, braising, grilling punch of its bigger brothers but is fully transportable and great for car camping or tailgating.

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Goal Zero Yeti Charger

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Goal Zero Yeti 150 Charging Station ($199.95; Portable solar panels not included)


For all your #vanlife, off-the-grid needs, Goal Zero’s gas-free charging stations are the perfect car camping (or living) accessory. Simply connect it to one of Goal Zero’s portable solar panels and keep electronics, lights, and laptops juiced up on the go.

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