Old Dog, New Tricks

12 Father’s Day Gifts for the Active Dad

May 31, 2017 Buying Guides By
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When it comes to active dads, picking the perfect gift can be a challenge. There’s simply too much gear available. Do you get him a rower? What about new golf clubs? Selecting a meaningful and useful Father’s Day gift can feel like finding something to watch on Netflix that both you and your significant other enjoy. To help you narrow it down, and alleviate your stress in the process, we’ve selected 11 gifts that are sure to be hits with the old man.

Basis by Elysium Health

Dad’s getting older. (So are you and every other human on Earth, for that matter.) And getting old has everything to do with health on the cellular level. Scientists now understand that as we age, our cells lose NAD+, a coenzyme critical to our cellular health that’s responsible for preserving healthy DNA, controlling circadian rhythm and maintaining cellular energy. Basis by Elysium Health is a dietary supplement that’s clinically proven to increase NAD+ levels and is developed by the brightest minds in cellular science, including Elysium’s founder, Dr. Leonard Guarente, the director of the Glenn Laboratory for the Science of Aging at MIT. Get your dad an annual subscription and save 33 percent.

FITS Performance Trail Quarter

High-performance merino wool–blend trail runners that’ll take on the roughest terrain. They sit higher than ankle height but lower than boot height, hug your foot the same way compression shorts hug glutes, breathe easy and, thanks to precisely-positioned cushioned patches, dampen impact in the toes, heel and arch.

Ibex Pulse Short

Whether he’s hiking, running or just gardening in the backyard on a hot summer day, the Ibex Pulse shorts will keep him cool and comfortable. They have a merino wool liner that is bacteria resistant, breathable and moisture wicking. If you’re feeling extra generous, pair them with the Ibex All Day T.

Kammok Roo + Python Straps

The Kammok Roo is tear-resistant and roomy enough for two, plus it packs easily into an attached water-resistant compression sack, getting down to the size of an angry blowfish. Whether he strings it up in the backyard or takes it on his next outdoor pursuit, the Roo is sure to be a hit.

Boreas Peralta Tech Daypack

Bay Area–based designer Boreas makes solid outdoor packs that have a heavy style bent. Don’t get it twisted, the Peralta Tech pack has some serious outdoor chops — it can stand up to long trail runs and day hikes — but it can also fit well for a commute to work. Either way, it won’t make dad look like an eighth grader carrying far too many books to class.

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2

Improving on the original LunarEpic Low Flyknit, the second iteration adds a snug, slip-on design (Nike’s favorite feature, as of late), with all the great features of the original: precisely positioned cushioned support, soft-yet-firm foam insole and an ultra-breathable upper.

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District Vision Nagata

One of our favorite products of 2016, the Nagata sunglasses are among the finest running shades on the market — and, at risk of sounding hyperbolic, the absolute best-looking. District Vision’s penchant for wonderfully stylish performance gear comes from its founders’ background in high fashion and a passion for running; the Nagata’s performance details include an impact-resistant, scratch-proof and water-repellent polycarbonate frame, a hypoallergenic nose pad, adjustable temple tips for additional stability and more.

Goldwin Hooded Pullover Shirt

An ultra-lightweight, Japan-made technical hoodie, excellent for weekend jaunts in the mountains or late-night strolling around the city. Made of double-weave polyster and Pertex, a wind-resistant, moisture-wicking and breathable fabric, it’s built to withstand years of abuse and folds up easily into the tiniest corner of your daypack.

Garmin Forerunner 935

The newest addition to Garmin’s mega-popular Forerunner series, the 935 is built for the enthusiast runner who wants to have access to every stat imaginable and puts a premium on accuracy. If your dad is training for a half marathon, or just enjoys getting out and being active, the Forerunner 935 will allow him to nerd out and help him make his workouts — whether they’re based around rowing, running, cycling, or general fitness — more productive.

Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Four

Four issues and twenty distinct locations later, Gear Patrol Magazine is about to enter its next season. Inside this issue, you’ll find three robust chapters on destinations to keep at the top of your domestic adventure list, including Colorado’s Western Slope, the Texas Hill Country and Oahu. Per usual, there’s plenty of original reporting — and, yes, tons of gear. Annual subscribers also receive additional benefits including discounts on collaborations, a 15% discount code for use in the store and other exclusive benefits. Shipping is free on all subscriptions.

Equinox Fitness Club Year Membership

The Bowflex gathering dust in the basement may lead you to believe that your pops is over the fitness game. Think again. Classes, personal trainers and chic digs will guarantee that he’ll stick with his fitness regimen. Who knows, maybe he’ll even inspire you to step your game up a bit.

The Splurge

If You Really Love Your Dad

Specialized Roubaix Expert UDi2

The Roubaix may look like a typical high-performance road bike, and in many ways it is. But it offers a few technological advantages that make it the perfect pick for dad. In the headtube, Specialized designed a cartridge that acts as a shock absorber and form of suspension. They also moved the seat post clamp down to the seat stay to allow for more flex in the seat post. Rough roads and bumps be damned; Dad will be comfortable for miles.

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