Most dads never admit to what they really want, or if they want something they buy it then and there. So this father’s day, it’s time to elevate and upgrade his favorite athletic wear. For dads who enjoy the outdoors, or who love to stay active on holiday, we’ve got plenty of stylish, tried and tested ideas that are sure to hit the spot (and fit seamlessly into practically any suitcase).
Filson Dry Sling Pack
Constructed from heavy-duty coated nylon and fitted with the same sturdy zippers used in diving suits, the Filson Dry Sling Pack offers full waterproof protection, even when completely submerged underwater. Its compact teardrop-shape is sleek and light to carry. The single extra-wide shoulder strap is padded for all-day comfort and designed to be easily rotated for quick access. Along the way, the exterior and interior pockets help keep everything organized, and the outer D-rings let you attach gear or fishing nets with ease.
Duotone Juice D/Lab Kite
The new Juice D/LAB by Duotone is the lightest in the range (the new fabric combined with new design reduces the weight of the kite by up to 30 percent). As a result, the handling and performance are significantly improved. Equally, the kite generates enormous amounts of power with real acceleration on the up and the downstrokes, even in the lightest airs, making foiling in little to no wind achievable.
Manera Kitesurfing Bag
The French family owned brand developing high-quality water sports gear, Manera makes all of its board bags from a premium polyester 600D—a tear-, UV- and water-resistant material. The heavy-duty 8mm zippers are designed to last. Specifically, the Wing board bags come with a foil- entry system, designed to protect the board while the mast is attached. It features a high doughy foam for safeguarding and inside you’ll find velcro instead of zippers, so the board doesn’t get damaged.
Lululemon Fast And Free Run Belt
Sleek and lightweight, this breathable run belt from Lululemon holds snacks, a phone, and other essentials so you can focus on your speed and form. It’s comfortable (affordable) and doesn’t chafe. The adjustable low-bounce waistband has a buckle closure that customizes to your waist size. It comes in three colours—jet black, shocking orange and camouflage. And each model has reflective details for after-dark safety.
TUMI Two Wheeled Ski /Snowboard Duffel
The spacious and water-resistant lined interior from this Tumi duffel holds a pair of standard skis or a snowboard. True to the brand’s detail-obsessed nature, the top pocket can be used as a wet pocket, while the bottom one zips off and expands to carry must-have gear. The two-wheel construction means it glides through airports and ski lodges effortlessly; plus, the removable shoulder strap provides an alternative carrying option at all times. Last but not least, it is hewn from a reinforced, abrasion-resistant fabric designed to last through adventure after adventure.
Master & Dynamic Active Noise-Cancelling Earphones
Master & Dynamic’s MW08 wireless earbuds are made from ceramic and stainless steel, designed for comfortable wear. Gone are the stabilizer “wings,” which always popped off on the previous iteration. This time around, the earbuds themselves are small and light enough that they stay put, even when jumping and running about. The active noise cancelling does more than just block out exterior noise. You can choose to set it to Max ANC for when you are somewhere very noisy, All Day ANC for more peaceful surroundings, Voice Ambient mode to let through conversation, and Awareness mode for times when you want some surrounding noises.
Marfa Stance Shareable Quilt
Made from flyweight, water-repellent quilted Japanese nylon with merino wool ribbed cuffs the lightweight Shareable Quilt by Marfa Stance is a true travel essential. Brilliant for everyday use, this zip-front jacket can be worn as a standalone piece or adapted for colder climates with the button-in shearling liner. Similarly, it’s fully reversible, with functioning pockets on both sides, and, it can be transformed using the brand’s range of modular hoods and collars.
Metier Travel Backgammon
Designed to be used and transported, this Buffalo leather backgammon set from Metier is expertly finished using state-of-the-art heat-sealing and inlay techniques. It comes with hand-stitched dice shakers and is designed to roll up neatly so it can come with you on holiday. The artisanal leather game pieces pack away in a dedicated zippered compartment, so you never have to worry about leaving anything behind.
Frescobol Carioca Beach Bat Set
Each pair of beach bats is handmade from several layers of sustainably sourced wood offcuts, and finished with blue neoprene grips. The resin coating resists wear and tear from the sea and sand. And fusing quality craftsmanship with playfulness, each set is entirely one-of-a-kind. To that end, Frescobol Carioca has partnered with the charity One Tree Planted, and as the name suggests, plants one tree in Brazil with every purchase.
Garmin InReach Mini Handheld Satellite
From anywhere on the planet, the inReach Mini from Garmin is your go-to for maintaining off-the-grid contact. It’s a pocket-sized satellite communicator for adventures, allowing you to send and receive text messages, track and share your journey, and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the 24/7 emergency response team. You can send and receive your GPS location to anyone via text or email (or another inReach Mini) and even get up-to-date weather reports as you traverse your route. It’s impact-resistant and waterproof, which means it’s built to be used.
Brunello Cucinelli Padel Bag And Tennis Ball Case
Designed for a day on the tennis courts, Brunello Cucinelli’s lightweight black nylon holdall is trimmed with buttery soft brown leather and has a detachable matching racket cover for style and ease. Functionality and attention to detail are at the heart of this piece, note the clever detachable ball holder as well. Likewise, the lining is water resistant and durable.
Italian-made from durable canvas with a zipped lid and leather logo patch, Brunello Cucinelli’s tennis-ball case exemplifies Italian craftsmanship. Made from durable nylon with a water-resistant lining, this ball holder is a refined way to keep up to three tennis balls secure.
Yeti Roadie Hard Cooler
The Roadie 24 Hard Cooler from Yeti is an anomaly in that it’s 10 percent lighter than its predecessor yet holds 20 percent more. It also tall enough to accommodate a couple bottles of wine but slim enough to squeeze behind the driver’s or passenger’s seat of a car. Founded by a two brothers in 2006, Yeti has built a reputation for creating functional, durable coolers that will withstand the tests of any adventure. Built for serious outdoor enthusiasts, each design is informed by genuine first-hand experience.