Gifts for Outdoor Dads

To help your Dad find his way, get more out of his exercise regime or just have more fun, one gift you should consider is a GPS.

Wearable GPS

Garmin Forerunner 205
Garmin Forerunner 405
Garmin Forerunner 205 Garmin Forerunner 405

The Garmin Forerunner 205 is a GPS device that you wear like a wristwatch. It tells you how far you ran and how long it took. Serious runners rave about this GPS device. You can buy the Garmin Forerunner 205 for around $180. Amazon is taking pre-orders for the Garmin Forerunner 405 which is supposed to ship any day and sell for around $300. It looks more like a real watch and has a touch screen bezel which makes it easier for runners to control.

Handheld GPS

Mio DigiWalker H610
Garmin Colorado 300
Mio DigiWalker H610 Garmin Colorado 300

The Mio DigiWalker H610 Handheld also includes an MP3 player and at $150 is much cheaper than the usually over-priced Garmin GPS devices however, many reviewers feel Garmin’s quality is worth paying extra for. For the outdoor father we also recommend the $300 Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx. It's a waterproof handheld GPS with a big 2.6 inch color display. Garmin has a new line of handhelds that includes the Garmin Colorado 300 which has an even larger 3 inch display and sells for under $400.

For Serious Golfers Only

Garmin GolfLogix
Bushnell Yardage Pro
Garmin GolfLogix Bushnell Yardage Pro

The Garmin GolfLogix GPS sells for just under $300 and can be a fun companion on the golf course. It automatically recognizes the golf course, tells you how far it is to the green, and gets high marks from users. How about a laser rangefinder for the golf course? The Bushnell Yardage Pro Golf Pinseeker 1500 is not cheap at $400 but determines distances down to a yard.

Digital Cameras

Canon EOS Rebel XT
Canon Powershot A580
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Canon EOS Rebel XT Canon Powershot A580 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

For the outdoor father Retrevo recommends either a reasonably price SLR like the $450 Canon EOS Rebel XT, a great camera for serious amateur photographers. For a rugged point and shoot camera that slips in a backpack and captures memories from Dad's latest adventure, try the $150, 8 MP, Canon Powershot A580. Another good choice is an ultrazoom camera like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, a $285, 8.1 MP camera with an 18X optical zoom.

Solar Chargers

Solio Portable Hybrid Solar Charger
Solio Hybrid 1000
Solio Portable Hybrid Solar Charger Solio Hybrid 1000

You wouldn't want Dad to run out of juice on one of his outdoor excursions so how about a nice "green" solar charger. We like the Solio hybrid solar chargers that have a built-in storage cell that can be recharged from the wall or the sun and then makes that power available to many different devices. The Solio Portable Hybrid Solar Charger and the new Solio Hybrid 1000 can both be purchased for under $100.

Gadget Apparel

SeV Jacket   No outdoor gadget lover would be complete without a piece of gadget-friendly apparel. For a great gift check out an SeV jacket. It costs $120 but has 19 pockets and compartments for stowing all your gear. Many iPod users rave about these jackets.

Other Father Types
Okay so your father isn’t the outdoor type; to each his own. For other personality type fathers check out our other Father’s Day gadget gift guides for Indoor Dads, Professional Dads, and Nerd Dads.

Also don’t forget to use Retrevo next time you need any information about a gadget you want to buy or need to use. Retrevo has manuals and reviews for all popular gadgets and gear like HDTV, GPS, Digital Cameras, Camcorders, and more.

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