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Fit for the king on Father's Day

Michael Love, a scuba instructor and father, kicks back from the grind with some of the best dad’s-done-for-the-day gear.


Michael Love, a scuba instructor and father, kicks back from the grind with some of the best dad’s-done-for-the-day gear.

With daily temperatures in the 90s and brutal humidity, it is getting harder to summon the courage to go outside. But a dad has got to do what a dad has got to do, regardless of the weather. So after he cuts the lawn or catches a tarpon, help the old man kick back and relax with these Father's Day gift ideas:

Eureka directors chair with side table

Lightweight and sturdy, this camping-specific furniture is compact, functional and easy to use. With a one-piece seat and back to provide support, padded armrests and cup holder, this chair weighs just 12 pounds yet supports 300 (dad plus two kids on his lap). Price: $46.95.

Tilley hat

This hat is so cool Indiana Jones would be tempted to trade in his fedora. A functional piece of headgear with a tuck-away neck protector, the Tilley's lightweight nylon material comes with an odorless and invisible repellent that provides protection from mosquitoes, ticks, no-see-ums and other biting insects with an ultraviolet protection factor of 50-plus. Price: $89.

Chaco adventure sandals

Developed by Colorado River guides, these sandals have a comfortable foot bed and sock-friendly open-toe design that provides a level of performance and comfort seldom found in a sports sandal. A single buckle and 360-degree wrap-fit adjustable straps hold feet securely in every condition. Price: $95.

Redington Campbell River long sleeve T-shirt

Made from light and breezy 100 percent Dri-block mesh performance knit in a comfortable, relaxed fit, this fishing shirt is a perfect high-wick, quick-dry layering piece. This fabric is made from a combination of fine yarns and a dense weave to produce a sun protection factor of 30-plus. Price: $30.

Hideout sunglasses by Smith Optics

Designed with a clean new look featuring polarized lenses, the industry-leading polarchromic glass lenses give you glare-free vision in all conditions. These sunglasses, popularized on ski slopes but equally functional on the Gulf of Mexico, are also prescription compatible and feature a lifetime warranty. Price: $159.

GSI margarita glass

After a long day on the water or the trail, there's nothing better than relaxing with an adult beverage served in a GSI nesting margarita glass. This 8-ounce glass accommodates your favorite concoction and breaks down for easy storage and portage. Constructed from Bisphenol A-free Lexan, this durable glass packs nicely in most any situation. Price: $6.95.

ExOfficio Amphi shorts

This 100 percent nylon short is perfect for any water sport but also ideal for travel. Durable and versatile, with built-in mesh briefs, plenty of pocket space and a nylon belt, these quick-drying shorts will make any outdoor activity more enjoyable. Price: $50.

Brazos walking sticks

Made from the finest woods — sassafras, hickory, sweet gum and many other exotic and native trees — each stick is handcrafted by artisans in central Texas not far from the Brazos River. Most stick blanks are naturally harvested in the nearby woods of Arkansas, east Texas, western Louisiana and the high mountain desert of New Mexico. Available in various sizes that will fit children to tall adults. Prices: $18 to $49.95.

Other options

Outer Banks deluxe double rope hammock

The largest handmade rope hammocks in the industry. Overall length is 131/2 feet. The hardwood ash spreaders are dipped in a high-gloss polyurethane varnish. The soft-spun weather-resistant polyester rope will not rot. Holds two people (up to 450 pounds) comfortably. Price: $149.

Sunday Afternoons convertible cap

This large-brim cap with adjustable ventilation panels on the crown and a detachable, vented veil, offers outstanding ultraviolet protection. Great for fishing, camping, hiking and other activities in extreme UV conditions. Certified UPF at 50-plus. Weighs only 3.9 ounces. Price: $29.

Mountain Hardwear Canyon short sleeve shirt

Specifically designed for hiking and backpacking, this shirt has pack-friendly seams, but it is also wrinkle-resistant and quick-drying, which means you will look as good at the coffee shop as you will on the trail. Price: $50.

Astral Camino PFD

If you don't wear a personal flotation device because you think they're too hot, think again. This next-generation PFD is cool, comfortable and so lightweight you will forget that you have it on. Price: $108.95.

Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map rest pad XL

You won't mind sleeping on the ground any more. This self-inflating mattress offers a more even and supportive sleep surface. Less tossing and turning to alleviate pressure points equals a more restful night outdoors. Price: $149.95.

Items courtesy of the Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure, 9501 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. Go to or call (727) 576-4169.

Fit for the king on Father's Day 06/17/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:57pm]
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