It is that time of year. Fathers Day is always an easy one because, well, guys are simple. It does not take much to make us smile, but that smile has room to grow. The best Fathers Day gifts include quality gear that can be used over and over again. Off Road Xtreme has compiled an Ultimate Fathers Day Gear Guide that lists out thoughtful and intuitive gifts sure to bring years of enjoyment.
You can expect two more articles in this Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide series. This first one will cover a comprehensive selection of critical off-gear to trick out the trail kit. Next, we will cover first aid and safety combined with tools for the trail. Wrapping it all up is our finale Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide: Camp Upgrades. Enjoy and stay tuned for more!
Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide: Off-Road Gear
Every dad could use some extra or new off-road gear. Let us face it. Things are looking a little grim with pops out on the trail these days. His friends borrowed the tool bag one time long ago, and now it is missing many essentials. The tow rope is tattered and nearly worn through. God forbid he is still out on the trail after dark! It is time to address the seriousness and get him set up with a properly equipped rig.
Air Down With Apex Rapid Precision Valve
The first item is one of the coolest things for the hard-core wheeler I have seen in a while. Apex Design USA has these Rapid Precision Valves to upfit almost any wheel. This patent-pending fast deflation tire valve quickly dumps street air pressure to the preferred off-road pressure. A 35-inch tire can be deflated from 35 PSI to 10 PSI in less than 15 seconds. The toggle action allows for precision control to hit the desired pressure.
Apex Design was created by the off-road mastermind Paul Cox who holds over forty granted patents. He has produced many well-recognized staples of the off-road industry today. If you have ever seen products from Fox, Tereflex, and AFCO Dirt Racing, chances are Cox had a part in the design.
You can buy these Apex Rapid Precision Valves individually, or as a set of four which is priced at $120.
Apex Rapid Precision Valve Product Features:
- Toggle style vent.
- 1,000 hr salt spray tested.
- Viton seals are impervious to almost any chemical and are UV/ozone resistant.
- TPMS mount [works with VS-650/950 style TPMS.
- High-grade aircraft 7075 aluminum is as strong as steel.
- Valve cap and lanyard included.
- No drilling needed!
That is a lot of cheese to throw at some valve stems. But the precision machined parts will last him a lifetime and make his life easy. Now that he is aired down, at some point he is going to need to air up.
Carry Air Onboard With A Co2 Power Tank
If you have ever spent any time off-road, you realize the importance of having onboard air. Obviously filling up tires and keeping them properly inflated is essential. Going one step further to have the ability to run pneumatic power tools is a tremendous luxury. A Basic Package Power Tank provides the capability to do both.
When it comes down to it, a compressor can fill up the tires. But can the compressor handle large oversized off-road tires? Yes, there are heavy-duty units that can, it just might be noisy and take a while. Growing up, my dad always carried a Co2 bottle on our trips and adventures. They are easily secured for transport and completely portable up and down the trail as needed. It worked, but not as good as these modern Power Tanks with all the accessories.
Super Flow Regulator, Super Flex Hose, Power Grip Guard handle, and fittings and an air chuck allowing you to air up tires and plug-in air tools.
A Power Tank will never let your dad down and will outlast the life of his vehicles. Yes, you can rig up your own from garage sale parts. And you are probably guaranteed to hear a slurry of swear words every time the regulator freezes after opening the valve. Or you can get him a Power Tank unit with a limited lifetime warranty and guaranteed to work every time. It will cost over $500 for a 10-pound bottle and more if the setup requires that.
Air Up With Rhino USA 200 PSI Tire Inflator Gauge
Now that dad has got the air in place, you need an accurate method to fill up. A tire PSI gauge is a must-have for any vehicle. But it would be better to have a highly accurate reading while filling up at the same time. With the Rhino USA 200 PSI Tire Inflator Gauge he can.
This high accuracy pressure gauge has a backlit LCD screen, an inflate push thumb-trigger, a built-in air bleeder valve, ¼-inch NPT quick-disconnect male fitting, and everything else required to complete the inflation/deflation process.
Rhino USA has this priced right at under $35 and sells with a lifetime warranty. They present over 900 reviews with an average 4.5-star rating so they must be doing something right.
How can we speed things up even quicker? How about airing up or down all four tires simultaneously?
Air Up Faster With Speedflate 4x System
This is a quick and efficient way to air up, or down, all four tires simultaneously. The Speedflate system has a 200 PSI pressure rating, which means it can handle Co2 Power Tank. It also is compatible with air compressors as well. What I like most about this is that the air pressure is equally distributed between all four tires at the same time.
Speedflate sells various kits, parts, and configurations. This 4x Straight hose system cost almost $210 but it will save your old man’s knees and back!
Speedflate 4x System Product Features:
- Quickly air down or up all 4 tires at once.
- Equalizes the pressure between all 4 tires.
- All brass fittings to ensure no leaks.
- New improved air chucks.
- Easily check pressures from the 4x system without constantly bending over.
- Less strain on your compressor.
- 200 PSI rated. Perfect for use with a Power Tank!
- Fits up to 145” wheelbase.
- Comes with a convenient carrying bag.
Ok Great! Dad can air up or down as needed. What if his tires found a puncture? It would be nice to have a quality tire puncture repair kit.
Rhino USA Tire 86 Piece Tire Repair Kit
In all my years and travels, a tire puncture has occurred only a handful of times. I call myself lucky because each time I had a tire puncture plug kit. It was honestly like having AAA in a case ready to roll. If your pops does not already have two or three, then it is a sure bet he needs one more. Every vehicle should have one!
This Rhino USA Tire 86 Piece Tire Repair Kit looks super deluxe and would bolster any dad’s roadside rescue program. Besides the hard case and organization, my favorite components are the metal t-handle tools. I used a few other kits in my day, and the tools included were plastic. By the end of the repair, they were falling apart in my hands. I was lucky to not have my own puncture jutting through my flesh.
With 86 pieces included, this setup looks complete with essential spares, plenty of plugs, and everything else pops would require. It is priced at under $30 for a great buy. Now, with the tires rolling round, what happens when dad’s rig is stuck in a hole?
Warn VR EVO 10-S Winch
It is inevitable. At some point every off-roader gets stuck beyond a normal yank-em out recovery. When Dad ignores the choice line trying to impress his pals and gets good and stuck, make sure he can recover his pride and his vehicle with a good winch.
The Warn VR EVO 10-S Winch is a great value for performance unit with all of the modern accessories and features. Designed with an ideal weight capacity and line speed for 1/2-ton pickups, Jeeps, and larger SUVs, the VR EVO winches are the hardest-working standard-duty winches that will not bust the budget.
You can preserve your dad’s dignity and give him some saving grace for under $1,000.
Warn VR EVO 10-S Winch Product Features:
- A powerful series-wound motor and planetary gear train deliver faster line speed under load, with lower amp draw.
- IP68-rated waterproof winch construction keeps the elements out.
- High-performance Albright contactor delivers maximum reliability.
- Control packs can be relocated for low-profile installations.
- Durable, one-piece cast-aluminum tie-plate for added strength and durability.
- Two-in-one remote with wired AND wireless options for ease of use and versatility.
- Limited lifetime warranty for mechanical parts and 7 years on the electrical.
Now equipped with a winch, Dad needs the ability to self recover or assist his friends that share in the same foolish good times.
Factor 55 Vehicle Recovery Kit
Having all the gear all the time can be an option. Factor 55’s Sawtooth Vehicle Recovery Kit is a medium size package for winching and non-winching recovery operations. With almost 30 pounds of high-quality USA made gear, there is just about enough rope to let dad and his pals get themselves into and out of most any predicament. It also comes with a hefty size bill of sale out $777.
Factor 55 Vehicle Recovery Kit Content:
- Crosby Shackles 3/4 RED (2)
- Extreme Duty Soft Shackle 10-inch (1)
- Standard Duty Soft Shackle 10-inch (1)
- Shorty Strap II (1)
- Tree Saver (1)
- HitchLink 2.0 (1)
- Standard Duty Tow Strap (1)
- Factor 55 Recovery Gear Bag Medium (1)
- RRP (1)
- Fast Fid (1)
- Basic Guide to Winching (1)
- Strap Wraps (3 individual)
- Bag Fully Loaded- 27-pounds
If spending a hamburger size wad of bills is not your thing, then consider piece-mealing a recovery kit together.
Rhino USA Bundle Build And Save Recovery Kits
This is a great option if dad already has a near complete recovery kit, and only needs those final essential items. Also consider upgrading his old an aging and tattered pieces that are no longer trail worthy. Rhino USA Bundle Build and Save Recovery Kits individually list D-Rings, tow straps, kinetic energy ropes, 2-inch shackle hitch receiver, snatch block, synthetic soft shackles in 7/16 and ½-inch, shovels, traction boards, and more.
When I bundled a 1-inch 30-foot kinetic rope, 20-foot tow strap & shackle hitch receiver combo, and the two 8-Ton super shackles w/ isolators, the total price presented was only $246.25. The full retail price would have been $289.70. That is almost $45 in savings when you use the Rhino USA Bundle Build And Save Recovery website function.
Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide: Off-Road Gear
Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide: Coming Soon
We hope this planted a few ideas to supply your big guy with viable off-road gear on the coming Fathers Day. Off Road Xtreme has broken up our Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide into multiple article features.
Next we will cover first aid and safety combined with tools for the trail and then the Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide: Camp Upgrades. Enjoy and stay tuned for more!