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10 Outdoors & Fitness Gifts for Dad

Stylish, functional gifts that keep a fitness buff or outdoor adventurer moving and doing what he loves

Mandy Ferreira
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Backpack to Bike Pannier

Bike commuting has never been easier. This waterproof backpack seamlessly converts into a pannier in seconds. Made in Portland, the pack has reflective striping where it matters most and easy-access pockets for a U-lock, water bottle, and all the gear he might need throughout the day.

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Minimalist Camp Cup

Who said camp cups were only for the outdoors? This classically-styled cup fits in just as well in the office as it does by the fire. A BPA-free press-on lid makes commuting or running out to the cafe down the street spill-free, while the double-wall insulation keeps the temperature on point.

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Fitness Watch

Finally, one device that provides all he needs for a precisely recorded workout. The Garmin Forerunner 645 is a GPS watch, heart-rate monitor, and music player all in one. Dad will be able to track runs, rides, swims, and even gym workouts with a push of the button. Post-fitness sesh, the electronic face blends in at the office, but the features keep going. Listen to music around town, buy coffee with Garmin pay, and earn steps all day.

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California Cool

Made in the heart of Los Angeles, this longboard is the epitome of laid-back SoCal style. Sustainable bamboo and maple combine for a smooth ride and eye-catching finish. High quality aluminum trucks add stability without taking away the fluid, surf-like ride longboarders love.

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Packable Solar Light

The size of a Klondike Bar, this compact portable light slips into even the most pared-down pack. With over 100 lumens, the SunLight is ideal for illuminating camp, reading in a tent, or hiking to a hidden hot spring at night. It charges fully after seven hours in the sun and runs for more than 50 hours from a single charge. Change the hue to red for night vision or let it cycle through the color spectrum for campfire fun.

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Fuel for the Next Trip

Backpacking food has gone downright gourmet. Leave the GORP and stale jerky behind and instead treat dad to herbed mushroom risotto, bibimbap, or smoked three-bean chili. All you need is hot water to transform Good To-Go’s packets into delicious camping meals. Even better, they have vegan and gluten-free options so everyone can dig in together.

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Comfy Post-Workout Shoes

Give tired feet a break with these slip-ons. The knitted upper stretches to fit any foot snuggly, and the footbed offers just enough support without limiting natural motion. The lightweight Sidewalk Surfers mimic a barefoot feel and are perfect to slide into post-hike or to take along for unforgettable travels.

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Worry-Free Shades

No more hideous gas station glasses! Replace the cheap (and massively embarrassing) sunglasses your dad has been wearing for decades with a modern or retro pair from Sunski. Designed by surfers and adventurers, these shades are built to withstand the test of time--and some serious abuse. If broken glasses can’t be fixed with their inexpensive lens kit, Sunski will repair or replace them for free.

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Pants That Do It All

If your father thinks denim is the obvious choice for every activity, these jeans are for him. Made to stretch with climbers as they top out on boulders, these pants can withstand just about anything and still look great. Deep pockets and a comfortable fit will keep him happy, but the stain-repellent, stink-free, water-resistant fabric will win him over. Each pair is vegan and ethically made in Canada.

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Hands-Free Child Carrier

Help new dads keep doing what they love with this backpacker-approved child carrier. The soft child cockpit has a washable drool pad and expertly-placed pads for safety and comfort. The PerfectFIT™ Suspension lets you make quick adjustments while wearing the carrier so you can easily share the load without fussing with complicated straps. A clip-on shade keeps the sun off while letting in the breeze for a more comfortable ride for your precious cargo.

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