Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Sporty Dads

Father's Day for Outdoor Dads

Father’s Day isn’t too far off, and there’s no better way to thank Dad than by spoiling him with some new outdoor gear. Sure, he’ll say all he wants is to spend time with his family – but a new pair of trail runners wouldn’t hurt, either. Whether the dad you’re shopping for is a brand new dad whose running marathons on the weekends or an experienced Dad who spends his days fishing off the local pier, Peter Glenn has something that will really make his day (Father’s Day, that is.)

(And don’t forget - Peter Glenn has free 3-day shipping on all orders over $49, so you can send it to yourself or have it mailed to straight to Dad!)

  • For dads who love the beach: If your dad takes morning walks on the beach (or just books a house at the shore every summer,) get him pumped with a new pair of quality flip flops. Say goodbye to plastic sandals that hurt his feet; pairs like the lightweight Montrail Molokai III Sandal have serious cushioning and footbeds that mold to the shape of his feet. He can walk all day in these bad boys without foot pain – and they have super-high ratings, too.
  • For dads who paddle: For dads who love spending time on the water, snag him a new pair of go-anywhere, do-anything summer shorts, like the Speedo Rally Volleyball boardshorts. The classic design means he can wear them for a morning paddle or an evening BBQ. They’re made of quick-dry fabric and because the pockets are lined with mesh, they’ll dry quickly if he goes for a swim. They also have SPF 50 protection and a relaxed fit that’s comfortable enough for all-day summer wear. Pair them with some polarized sunglasses to reduce glare on the water, and you’ve got a perfect Father’s Day gift combo.
    Fishing Dad Columbia
  • For dads who fish: Whether your dad has his biggest catch mounted in the living room or whether he’s more of a drink-beer-on-the-boat kind of guy, if he’s into fishing, he’s spending time in the sun. And he may not even know it, but normal clothing doesn't protect his skin very much. So get him a shirt with a built-in SPF rating, like the Columbia Terminal Tackle Zero Long Sleeve. It has SPF 50 protection, so he won’t have to worry about damaging his skin while he’s trying to reel ‘em in. It's the kind of high-tech things dads love.
  • For dads who ski: Sure, Father’s Day isn’t a very popular day for skiing on account of, you know, being in June, but you can still help him get stoked for the season to come with a pair of high-tech goggles he’ll be (not so) patiently waiting to test out. The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are particularly rad and a bit of a splurge he may not make for himself. These goggles have a spherical design for less distortion on the slopes and a frameless design that works better with most helmets (and looks pretty darn good.) You can switch the lenses easily, though the lens it comes with has Prizm™ technology, which enhances contrast in low-visibility conditions.
    Father's Day Trail Running & Hiking Dads
  • For dads who hike: For guys who love getting lost in the woods, nothing is more exciting than brand new backpacking gear, especially if it’s lighter and smaller than the gear he has. Hiking poles can be great for dads with knee or hip issues, as they help distribute weight and aid in balance – the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Pole also folds up quite small when not needed so he can tuck it into his pack. For a more price-sensitive option, check out the Trail Back trekking Pole, also from Black Diamond, which can be adjusted to any height and collapses down to save space. 
  • For dads who log miles: Dad may be hurting his feet if he’s running in old shoes: the average pair of outdoor shoes has a lifespan of about 500 miles. So if he’s trailrunning every weekend, he may be due for a new pair of trail runners. I like the Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe for a few reasons, including the completely waterproof GORE-TEX upper (ideal for stream crossings,) a Quicklace™ system that never loosens or comes untied, and the high-traction outsole to prevent against slipping. Salomon has been producing outdoor gear since 1947, so they’ve figured out a thing or two about how to make durable, high-performance products.
    K2 Father's Day Inline Skates Dad
  • For dads who are always in the know: In-line skating is making a comeback in a big way in 2019, probably because it’s an amazing workout. So if the dad you’re buying for is always up on the latest trends, get him a pair of modern skates like the K2 F.I.T. In-line Skates. They’re on sale now, putting them at a great price point for someone new to the sport. But despite the reasonable price, they have features of higher-end skates, like the BOA lacing system and a lightweight aluminum frame. (Don’t forget to get him some protective pads, too!
  • For dads who live in rainy climates: If his outdoor adventures take place in the rain, he needs a waterproof softshell (yes, softshell!) like the North Face Allproof Stretch Shell Jacket. Because it’s a softshell, it’s not only comfortable thanks to the DryVent™ fabric, but also easy to pack or smush into a backpack. It’s not insulated, which means he can wear it during summer storms without overheating. This particular jacket has a surprising amount of features for the affordable price, like underarm vents, zippered pockets, and an adjustable hem and cuffs. 
    Father's Day Chaco Hiking Sandals
  • For dads who always overpack: Change his habits with a pair of shoes that pull double-duty on summer adventures: a hiking sandal. The idea of hiking in a sandal may seem ridiculous at first, but there are tons of perks: hiking sandals like the Chaco Z/Cloud are lightweight and have the same grippy bottom as a hiking boot. They make river crossings a breeze and keep your foot cooler (and less sweaty) than traditional socks and boots. And since they dry quickly and have a supportive footbed, he can wear them fishing, kayaking, to the beach, and just about anywhere else he’s headed this summer. (Check out this video of pro skier Johnny Mosley going crazy over the Z/Cloud.)
  • For dads who never do laundry: If your dad thinks laundry is a once-a-month affair, gift him a shirt that he can wear dozens of times before it needs to be cleaned. I suggest a versatile shirt with a classic designed suited for multiple occasions like the Helly Hansen Merino Light Short Sleeve Shirt. It’s made of Merino wool, which is collected from Merino sheep and naturally wicks away moisture while preventing odor and bacteria build-up. It’s great for training, but once he’s done at the gym, he can throw on a pair of jeans and wear it out to dinner, too. It’s designed to have a snug fit, so size up if he likes looser-fitting shirts.

No matter what that dad in your life is into, Peter Glenn Ski & Sports has something to help make him feel special this Father's Day. And remember, Father's Day is June 16th, so there's still plenty of time to order and get it in time as well!