We haven’t crunched the numbers, but we’re willing to bet that the number of athletic dads in 2022 is at an all-time high. Nowadays, not only are they coaching little league games, but they’re hitting the gym 5 days a week and still finding time to team up for their own adult basketball leagues. The sporty dad in your life deserves something this Father’s Day that he can get some real use out of. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the 11 best Father’s Day gifts for athletes.
Throughout our list, you’ll find a great blend of unique and utilitarian finds from brands both big and small, but always of quality. While the athletic type can be hard to shop for, you can’t go wrong with any of the picks on our list.
lululemon ABC Jogger
No one makes pants like lululemon. The company’s ABC Jogger has a streamlined, tapered fit, but without making your thighs and rear feel claustrophobic. Your dad will love how they retain their shape over time and how breathable they are for all-day wear thanks to the stretchy Warpstreme fabric, which also wicks sweat and is wrinkle-resistant.
Staying hydrated is a priority across the board, no matter what your sport of choice is. HidrateSpark PRO is a smart water bottle that uses an LED glow to remind you when to drink water. It also pairs with your phone to track how much you’ve had each day.
Satisfy Peaceshell Trail Cap
The Paris-based brand Satisfy is a running community favorite for a reason. Its ultra-lightweight polyester Peaceshell Trail Cap repels both water and dirt and can fit easily inside your pocket. A bungee cord on the back ensures a perfect fit.
lululemon Take Form Yoga Mat
Yoga mats are not just for yoga anymore. Dad will love doing his stretches, crunches, and pushups (and yes, his yoga) on lululemon’s Take Form, which features a contoured 3D texture so you can feel your way around it without having to continuously stop just to reposition yourself.
Hoka One One Clifton 8
Hoka’s flagship Clifton series is always a great pick. The Clifton 8 improves upon its predecessors with a lighter midsole for a better response and an upper crafted from engineered mesh for breathability, all while retaining the best specs from previous models.
Aer Gym Duffel 3
Aer’s Gym Duffel isn’t just insanely stylish, but one of the most functional and reliable bags that your dad could take with him to the gym. Constructed with organization in mind, its ventilated compartments are both spacious and easily accessible.
Hyperice Hypervolt GO
Having a personal masseuse isn’t a practical purchase for most people, which is why the Hyperice Hypervolt GO is the next best thing. After a long, competitive game or a rigorous workout, your dad’s gonna love giving himself some deep tissue relief with this handheld massage gun that hardly makes any noise.
Jaybird Vista 2 Earthproof Wireless Headphones
The world’s toughest true wireless earbuds, Jaybird’s Vista 2 Earthproof Headphones are made for the athlete who can never get too extreme. Built with military-grade durability, these pods have either noise cancellation or the ability to dial in the ambient noise around you so you can stay aware at all times.
District Vision Nagata Speed Blade
District Vision’s Nagata Speed Blade sunglasses were tested by athletes and constructed by Japanese engineers. Built from a lightweight titanium core, these specs feature D+ lens technology for low light conditions, such as sunset runs, and hypoallergenic rubber nose pads for maximum comfort.
Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbells
For the dad who prefers his home gym over the one he has to drive to, Bowflex’s SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbells are as practical as it gets. Going from 10lbs to 90lbs in 5-pound increments, these user-friendly weights sport quick-adjust handles and straight edges so they won’t roll away.
Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Solar Edition
This all-in-one sports watch from Garmin is the ultimate fitness buddy, with tools that accompany weightlifting, golfing, skiing, hiking, and surfing, among other things. With the ability to log and track workouts, give fitness suggestions, and give you GPS directions, the fēnix 6 Pro Solar Edition is every activity-themed phone app you’ll need, but on your wrist. The solar-powered tool also has the ability to monitor dad’s sleep and water intake.
The 25 Best Home Gym Equipment Essentials
If your dad’s a home-gym rat and looking to build up his collection, then you can also grab him some more gear from our best home gym equipment essentials guide.