Father's Day 2012 Gift Guide - Under $150

Solarmonkey Adventure

If you are looking for a great gift for dad you are definitely going to find something in this guide. Every product in this guide will run you between $100 to $150, but each is worth every penny.

Power Traveller Solarmonkey Adventurer

Perfect for the dad who needs power wherever he goes. The Solarmonkey Adventurer was developed after several years using feedback from real power users in some of the World's most inhospitable environments.

With power a scarce commodity in some parts of the World, Powertraveller realised that a balance between solar charging and reserve battery capacity at an optimum, efficient level was a necessity. The solarmonkey adventurer is a slimline, compact 2-panel solar charger with a 2500mAh internal lithium polymer battery.  The clamshell design offers optimum weight-to-efficiency at just 265g and the 2 solar panels output 3 watt max.  The adventurer features auto-load, self sensing switching technology, meaning when a device is connected, the adventurer will automatically start to charge your device and will optimise the charging parameters required. The solarmonkey adventurer also has a solar energy detection feature which activates the incorporated state-of-the-art MPPT (maximum power point tracker) technology, allowing it to charge your device more efficiently in low light conditions. The solar panels will charge the internal battery in just 12 hours in optimum light conditions.

Features:

1 x solarmonkey adventurer portable charger

5 x adaptor tips including Mini & Micro USB

1 x USB connection cable

1 x Velcro strap

1 x neoprene travel case

Input: solar and DC 5v 600mA

Output: USB port: 5v 700mA

Internal battery: Lithium-ion Polymer

Solar panel composite: polysilicon

Weight: 265g (unit only)

Dimensions: 170 x 96 x 22.75mm with 2mm safety gap between solar panels

MSRP: $129.95

https://powertraveller.com/iwantsome/primatepower/solarmonkeyadventurer/

SpyridonLSVibram Fivefingers Spyridon LS

Introduce dad to the barefoot movement with these great shoes. The Spyridon LS is Vibram’s first trail-specific shoe which provides a little more protection from other models they offer. The minimalist 3.5mm Vibram rubber sole provides impact protection from stones and debris, while allowing proper barefoot dynamics. The Spyridon LS has a molded nylon mesh in midsole which disperses the impact on rocks and other objects over a wider area. The Coconut Active Carbon upper offers natural breathability and an adjustable speed lace closure ensures a secure fit. While the 3M reflective applications provide safety after dark.

Features:

Upper - Stretch Mesh and Polyamide

Sole - XSTrek Vibram Rubber

Footbed - 3mm Polyurethane Insole Anti-Microbial Dri-Lex Sockliner

Machine washable. Air dry.

MSRP: $120.00

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-SpyridonLS-Mens.htm

chaco_tedinhoChaco Tedinho

Great for the dad who is always on the river. Inspired by river guides who frequently use canvas hi-top sneakers as river shoes, the Tedinho, is a low profile and lightweight boot built for the water yet comfortable on the trail into town. The Tedinho has a water ready polyester canvas upper, a removable footbed, and a molded toecap that protects feet from river rocks and abrasion. The quick-drying boot features a grippy Vibram®sole.

Features:

Durable, quick-drying polyester canvas.

Gusseted tongue for ankle seal.

LUVSEAT™ XO3 platform.

Lace-up fit.

Vegan.

Second lace color available.

Vibram® Bulloo Outsole. Non-marking.

MSRP: $120.00

http://www.chacos.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/27549M/0/Mens/Tedinho-Boot?dimensions=0

fiveten_linekingFiveten Andy Lewis Line King

Is dad crazier than you? Then he might just love these shoes. The Andy Lewis version of the Line King is a necessity For The World’s Most Dangerous Sports. Designed for Andy, foremost trickliner, slackliner and highliner, who comments “I use the Line King’s for climbing rocks, trees, buildings, and whatever else I fancy.They have the durability I need for freestyle biking, the support necessary for BASE jumping, and friction even a highline free soloist can trust. Choose your line, and be the king!” Features a tongue stash pocket and rubberized canvas upper.

MSRP: $129.95

http://fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/12501-line-king-andy-lewis

lowa_scurveLOWA S-Curve Mesh Trail Runners

Get dad a pair a shoes to get him out on the trail running a little more often. LOWA's famous fit is blended with innovative weightless features that deliver meaningful benefits to serious trail runners. The patented 'STG' Soft-to-Ground midsole provides the correct combination of shock absorption, targeted cushioning, stability and grip. A new Floating Tongue Construction further eliminates pressure points.

Features:

Synthetic microfiber uppers.

Cool and comfy, breathable mesh lining.

LOWA patented STG-3D outsole for support and targeted cushioning.

Arch stabilizer.

Ortholite footbed.

Bi-density TPU Midsole insert for added stability.

MSRP: $125.00

http://www.lowaboots.com/catalog/ShowBoot.cfm?StockNum=3106379750&Category=9&Type=M

XplorerGreyLa Sportiva Xplorer Shoe

Perfect for the dad who wants a shoe that can be used for multiple activities. The new La Sportiva Xplorer is an all synthetic shoe that excels at approaches, speed climbing, canyoneering, and moving fast in the mountains. Weighing in at 13.4 oz per shoe, the Xplorer is a lightweight, versatile tool for any activity in the mountains.

Features:

Toe box Overwrap technology rand construction controls foot creep when edging and smearing

Dual density EVA midsole is soft under the heel for all day comfort and end of the day trudging

Sticky Vibram Idro-Grip rubber is amazing on the rock

Highly compressed EVA RockGuard in the forefoot

MSRP: $120.00

http://www.sportiva.com/products/footwear/climbingapproach/xplorer

WR_declinationWoolrich Declination Hoody

Dad can now look good and be comfortable all in one jacket. Roomy pullover hoodie with deep heavy-duty metal zipper has dropped back hem and oversized dual-entry kangaroo pouch pockets. Left sleeve zippered bellows pocket; three-piece bucket hood with drawcord and lock; adjustable cuffs. Heritage leather details.

Features:

Three-piece bucket hood with drawcord & lock

Exposed front zipper with leather pull

Left sleeve bellows pocket with zipper closure & leather patch trim

Kangaroo pouch pocket with dual entry

Top entry secured with hook-&-loop

Pocket flap with leather pull

Side entry secured with zippers

Adjustable buttoned cuffs

Dropped back hem

Locker loop at centerback neck

Windproof

UPF 40+

MSRP: $129.00

http://www.woolrich.com/woolrich/browse/productDetail.jsp?icSale=true&icParent=searchResults&icCategory=&icProduct=16148&icSort=

microtherm_vestFirst Ascent MicroTherm™ Vest

Perfect for the dad who is always looking to save space and weight without sacrificing performance. It's incredibly thin and lightweight, but has 800 fill Premium European Goose Down to keep you warm and a water-repellent ripstop nylon shell. Packs small, too–making it an ideal back-up layer.

Features:

Water-repellent - Lightweight ripstop nylon shell

800 Fill - Down-packed micro-baffles keep you warm with minimal weight and bulk

Incredibly thin and lightweight

Packs small

MSRP: $119.00

http://www.eddiebauer.com/catalog/product.jsp?ensembleId=41536

patagonia_adzeMPatagonia Adze Jacket

A versatile jacket for a dad that loves to play in the mountains. The Adze Jacket is a windproof stretch-woven soft shell with a supple feel and great stretch, using a Polartec® Windbloc® fabric which provides mobility, durability, and total protection from the wind.

Features:

Polartec Windbloc stretch-woven polyester shell with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish

Microfleece-lined neck and wind flap for next-to-skin comfort

Two reverse-coil zippered handwarmer pockets and one internal zippered chest pocket

Self-fabric, low-profile cuffs with a hook-and-loop closure creates a tight fit

Drawcord hem helps reduce heat loss to keep body warm

9-oz Polartec® Windbloc® 93% polyester/7% spandex, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish

637 g (22.5 oz)

MSRP: $139.00

http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/patagonia-mens-adze-wind-jacket?p=83390-0-791&src=vggears12

Fury40_blueGregory Fury Pack

Great for the dad who likes to sleep in his own bed each night but play hard during the day.  The Fury are designed for "done in a day" activities, are lightweight and provide hydration sleeves to insert a bladder. Breathable harness and waist-belt designs ensure that users stay cool while the anatomical back panel maintains comfort and stability.

Features:

Kinetic FTS Suspension

Anatomical backpanel with center channel ventilation

Highly breathable split channel harness and waistbelt

Shoulder strap quick access pockets

Cross-elastic hydration tube retainer

Reversed top-loading main access for clean lines and easy use

Top pocket with internal security compartment

Front stretch bucket pocket

Dual tool/axe/trekking pool attachment points

Side compression

Durable and lightweight 210 Dynajin and 420 nylon materials

MSRP: $149.00

http://www.gregorypacks.com/products/mens/technical/296/fury-40#dealers

ACTTrail32Deuter ACT Trail 32

A great pack for a dad who loves to hike or climb. These full-contact hiking packs have already won over many fans, due to their optimum weight bearing ability and load control. The flexible Delrin® Aircontact back system construction fits any back shape comfortably.

Features:

Stabiliser straps allow optimal positioning of the backpack.

Contoured shoulder straps with 3D Air mesh lining.

Additional ventilation channel between the Aircontact cushions.

Two Aircontact pads in special breathable hollow-chamber foam distribute the load evenly.

Anatomically formed hip fins for freedom of movement and body-hugging carrying.

Flexible, tensioned Delrin® U-shaped frame provides stability with little extra weight.

MSRP: $129.00

http://www.deuter.com/en_US/backpack-details.php?category=119&artnr=34432&title=ACT%20Trail%2032

trango_mainNative Trango

A great glass for dads who do everything but only want one pair a glasses. The Trango uses the Single Snap-Back™ Interchangeable Lens System to easily switch from one lense to another for different light and activities. Built with a Co-Injected Rhyno-Tuff® Air Frames which is a proprietary high-performance thermoplastic material that is extremely lightweight, yet durable enough to withstand high-velocity collisions and temperature extremes.

Features:

N3™ Polarized Lenses NEW

Co-Injected Molding NEW

Polarized Crystal® [P.C.C.®] Lenses

Venting Systems

Mastoid Temple Grip™

Anti-Ocular Intrusion System®

Rhyno-Tuff® Air Frames

Cushionol™ Nose Pads

Cushionol™ Temple boots

Cam-Action Hindges™

Folding Plate technology™

MSRP: $129-149

http://www.nativeyewear.com/Eyegear/id/49#product-49

basil_doubleBasil Elements-Double Bag

Motivate Dad to use his bike more often by giving him a gift that is not only on trend, but also practical. These military-style bags never go out of style and will turn in superb performance season after season. Eco-friendly, reliable and made from water-repellent canvas, Basil bags fit conveniently onto the back of Dad’s bike, perfect for a trip to the grocery store or the office.

Features:

Water-repellent recycled canvas

Elegant innerlining

Artificial leather details

Main compartment with draw string

Outer pockets

Two straps on top

Faded blue

MSRP: $125.00

http://www.basil.nl/gb/assortment/