SEATTLE -- Coming up with the ideal Father's Day gift for the outdoorsy-type dad in your life can be difficult, but here are some products that will surely make him happy to use on his next outing.
The popular Swiss Army Victorinox Company has come out with four new brightly colored versions of the Classic SD Summer Knife Collection ($21). Details: www.swissarmy.com.
The Coghlans Flint Striker ($3.99) can start a fire in any weather condition and at every altitude. The sturdy Coghlans Tarp Clips ($2.98) are designed to support anything up to 240 pounds, and can firmly grip onto a tent or tarp without causing holes or damaging them in high winds. Details: www.coghlans.com.
The Bolle 2010 Marine Collection Venom Plating Bronze Polar Inland Gold ($129) and Cobra Shiny Black Polar Off Shore Blue sunglasses ($129) are good water-specific lenses for anglers and water sports enthusiasts. Both provide protection from the sun while improving the ability to see below the water's surface. Details: www.bolle.com.
Zippo has launched some new outdoor line products that will surely light your fire. The Zippo Fire Starter Kit ($19.95) is a compact, rugged unit that includes four waxed cotton tinder sticks and a reliable flint-wheel ignition. The Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck ($1.49) is a compressed blend of red cedar sawdust and wax that will ignite fires fast. Details: www.zippo.com.
The Jet Boil Flash and Flash Java Kit ($99.95) is the ultimate compact and quick cooking system to take on your next adventure. Within two minutes you can have two cups of boiling water, and the java unit adds a French press to brew your favorite coffee. Available at REI and Marmot Mountain Works or www.jetboil.com.
The Granger's One Step Wash & Waterproofer ($14) offers an environmentally safe way to keep all types of apparel, footwear, tent and outdoor gear dry from the elements. Available at REI and Eddie Bauer or www.grangers.co.uk.
Never leave yourself in the dark with the ICON Rogue 1 and Flashlights ($37.99 and $47.99). The two-stage light provides hours of light and the O-ring seal makes it waterproof. Details: www.myiconlight.com.
Acli-Mate Mountain Sports Drink ($25.99-$27.99 for 30 servings) has come out with two new products this summer that are unique in the aid and prevention of altitude sickness. The sports drink is made up of natural ingredients including vitamins, minerals, herbs and electrolytes. Details: www.acli-mate.com.
The Eton American Red Cross Microlink FR150 Emergency Preparedness Radio ($30) is a solar-powered unit with all the bells and whistles. It has an AM/FM radio, NOAA seven channel weatherband, built-in LED flashlight and a USB cellphone charger. Eton will also donate $0.49 to $1.00 for each unit sold to support the American Red Cross. Details: www.etoncorp.com.
The Xterra XR 1.0 Running Shoe ($95) provides your feet with a lightweight and comfortable fit to get you through the gnarliest of hiking trails, better grip on a slippery boat deck or simply on a run or walk through the park. Details: www.xterrafootwear.com.
The Sportcraft's New Soft Tip Sky Darts ($19.99) is the perfect game to bring along on your next campout. Like lawn darts, but without the dangerous tips, this unit can provide hours of fun. Available at Walmart, Target, Kohl's, Sears, Toys R Us, Kmart or www.sportcraft.com.
The FlameDisk ($3.99 to $4.99) is the latest breakthrough and compact method for quick grilling. The disk weighs about one pound, and there is no cleanup of soot, ash or coals, plus the remaining aluminum shell can be recycled. Available at Target and True Value Hardware or www.FlameDisk.com.
Energizer has a solar lighting product, the Solar Spot Light ($39.99), that offers outdoor enthusiasts a hybrid power solution. The Micro LED Headlight ($29.99) provides a hands-free light to get any task done in the dark. The Energi To Go XP600 ($19.99) is a compact credit card-sized power charger for cell and smart phones, iPod and MP3 players and Bluetooth. Details: www.energizer.com.
Those looking for that perfect espresso on your next camping trip should pack along the mypressi TWIST ($169). Details: www.mypressi.com.