Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for. That goes double for the outdoor/adventure types. Whether he's into mountain biking, kayaking, triathlons, fishing — or just planning the next big adventure — this Dad's Day gift needs to be as rugged, resourceful, and all-out rad as he is.
Here are several year's worth of tech tools that take a modern spin on the old Father's Day stand-by:
1. Instead of a tie…
Save: You want your dad to look sharp, but instead of the old fall-back of buying a tie, get him something that will really catch everyone's eye, like the GoMotion Synergy LightVest ($79.95). Whether he's an after hours hiker, biker, or just enjoys a leisurely stroll on a local trail, the LightVest will let him light up the night and stay safe.
Splurge: Save Dad's noggin with a brain-bucket with brains. The Lifebeam/ Lazer Smart ($249) bicycling helmet is equipped with biometric tech that monitors his heart rate without any external sensors, using Bluetooth and ANT+ compatibility to track all his data with his cycling computer and smartphone apps. Combined with Lazer's Genesis helmet foundation, this helmet is both a formidable training tool and a solid safety choice.
2. Instead of a watch…
Save: The Garmin Vivofit ($129) will tell him the time, but it also counts his steps, tallies burned calories, and syncs with his smartphone to help him track his fitness goals. It comes in a bunch of different colors so if dad doesn't dig the deep purple you can always go with the dark grey or black versions.
Splurge: The Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS ($400) watch is like having a coach on your wrist. The touch screen sports a bright display showing everything from his distance, elevation, and VO2 Max. It also syncs with his smartphone so that he can track his trails, and always find his way home.
3. Instead of a wallet…
Save: Does it seem like dad always picks up the check? Toss the idea of a fancy leather wallet and give him a Coin ($50) instead. Coin is a high-tech credit card alternative that stores all his payment information on a single credit-card-sized gadget. It can be used just like a debit or credit card but it offers an added layer of security, and it stores up to eight different payment accounts at a time.
Splurge: Make Dad feel like 007 with this dual-purpose pocket accessory that holds his cash and caches his files. The Ravi Ratan money clip ($80) is a silver keepsake that doubles as an 8GB USB flash drive. He can store up to 1,750 songs, 10,000 photos or up to 10 hours of video, and no one will have any idea he has all of that … right in his back pocket.