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Great Gifts And Gadgets From The Great Outdoors To Please Dad On Father's Day

by: Walker Agency,

(Tuesday, June 08,1999 - SCOTTSDALE, Ariz) Father's Day is just around the corner, so why not get Dad gifts he can use as he enjoys the Great Outdoors? Chances are he enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, birding or camping. So no matter what your budget, there are plenty of gifts this year for that special outdoor enthusiast. The following list provides gift ideas in a variety of price ranges that are sure to please any Dad this Father's Day, and can be found in local retail dealers and sporting goods stores or easily ordered by phone.

Gifts for around $25
Rugged And Comfortable — When Dad goes outdoors, it's his time to relax and he wants to be comfortable, whether he's headed for the dock or the deck. That's why Wrangler Rugged Wear designed its Angler Pants and Jeans to be the most comfortable functional apparel available. Made from 100% cotton fineweave denim or canvas in a variety of colors, they offer functional features like special thigh side pockets for fishing tools and secure closures on back pockets. The five-pocket Jean is available in classic or relaxed fit, with double pleated front for extra comfort and a locket loop for keys or sunglasses.

For warmer days on the lake, Wrangler's Angler shorts are the right fit. Made from the same comfortable materials with the same features as the jeans. The Angler Pants and Jeans were designed with the advice of pro anglers, so it's no surprise they were selected as the Official Jeans and Shorts of the Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society.

To find the Rugged Wear dealer nearest you, call (888) 4-WRANGLER.

Gifts for over $100
Take A Hike — This year, tell Dad to take a hike and then give him a new Magellan GPS 315 satellite navigator. This new personal navigator will guide him off the beaten path and back to where he started or to any major city in the world, thanks to Magellan's new Points of Interest (POI) database technology. The GPS 315 has a built-in database of nearly 20,000 cities. Now, Dad can confidently go afield, save up to 500 user-entered locations of trails, camp sites, hunting and fishing hotspots, and then quickly see the relation of those spots to any number of major international cities.

The new GPS 315 ships with the worldwide cities database, wrist strap, owner's manual and quick reference guide. Retail price is about $149.95.

Don’t miss a thing — Sports fans, birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate this gift. The new Bushnell Xtra-Wide binoculars allow users to see more of the action than ever before. Sports fans can now get "up-close and personal" with their favorite players, making any event more enjoyable no matter where they are seated. This revolutionary new binocular design offers the widest field of view ever available — up to three times wider than that of standard binoculars. Through a patented optical system, the 4x Xtra-Wide provides a 900-foot-wide field of view at a distance of 1,000 yards. To get even closer to the action, the 7x Xtra-Wide model offers a 700-foot field of view. These binoculars are lightweight, compact and come with a convenient fanny pack carrying case and extra-wide neck strap. Suggested retail price of the 4x is $149.95. The 7x retails for about $194.95. Visit the Bushnell web site at or call (800) 423-3537 for more information.

Keep more than the memory of your last trip fresh — Keep your fish and game fresh, too! Hunters and fishermen have one thing in common, after each trip they both go home and package their catch. There’s no better way to package and store your catch than with the FoodSaver Professional II vacuum-packaging machine. Keep your game and fish freezer burn-free for up to three years using the Professional II. Vacuum packaging with the Professional II removes the maximum amount of air from the patented VacLoc Bags, then seals the bag airtight. Removing the air eliminates freezer burn, allowing your fish and game to stay as fresh as the day it was caught. Specially designed for the special needs of the hunter and fisherman. Call for dealers in your area at (800) 828-7220. Approximate retail price is $329.95.

Yamaha’s Ultimate Guy Gift — The ultimate gift for boaters this year is Yamaha Marine’s all-new F4 four-stroke outboard, the logical result of 35 years of building proven, reliable four-stroke engines, including 15 years of refining four-stroke outboard technology. This small motor delivers all the power, reliability and fuel economy needed for a wide variety of boats. Plus, there’s no need to mix the fuel with oil. Yamaha’s Crossfire Valve System provides clean, powerful combustion and the quiet new four-stroke design means less engine noise for more enjoyable boating.

Available in 15- and 20-inch shaft lengths, the F4 weighs in at a portable 49 lbs. so it can go anywhere, anytime. Like all Yamaha four-stroke outboards, the new F4 is backed by Yamaha’s industry-leading Three-Year Factory Limited Warranty at no extra cost. For more information on Yamaha Marine’s product line, visit the Yamaha home page at For the location of your nearest Yamaha Outboard dealer, call toll-free (800) 88-YAMAHA. Approximate retail price is $1,000.