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High-tech shirts nice gifts for dad

June 20, 2004

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Pop quiz: What do I get Dad this year?

Here are some can't-miss ideas for outdoor dads' Fathers Day presents.

  • Fishing shirts made of a similar high-tech, lightweight material. The shirts are vented, and the front is covered with pockets, always handy for an angler. They cost $30 and up and are cooler than most other shirts, though they're more practical than fashionable.
  • A good pair of polarized sunglasses. The good ones start at about $30 and climb to about $250 for designer or prescription models.

Polarization cuts glare off the water and allows the angler or boater to see submerged structure and, in some cases, fish.

  • Boga Grip fishing tool. I've praised the Boga Grip since I first tried one. It's a good tool to keep fishermen from getting accidentally hooked when they handle fish.

It also is good for the fish because an angler can release the fish without putting his hands on it.

The Boga Grip sells for about $120 at tackle stores, pricey enough the average guy won't buy one for himself. Everyone I know who's used a Boga Grip swears by the product, which has a built-in spring scale for weighing fish.

  • Electric knife sharpener. Every outdoorsman needs sharp knives, but the ability to sharpen one on a whetstone is increasingly rare among urban sportsmen. Electric sharpeners create a perfect edge every time, and they're also useful around the kitchen. Cost ranges from $60 to about $200.
  • If you're buying a gift for a serious bass angler, give him a Shimano Chronarch reel. They're the best bass reels ever made, and also the most expensive. Chronarchs cost from $200 to $300, depending on model. The $200 model is plenty good.

l Teva sandals are the ultimate summer footwear. I've been wearing them for more than 10 years, and a pair of Tevas usually last me about two years, despite heavy warm-weather wear. They make great boat shoes and cost $30 to $80 or so.

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