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Father's Day Gift Guide for the Ski Dad

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Father's Day is a great time to take advantage of off season deals. Help dad remember ski season and get ready for the next one. We also include our favorite ideas to stay cool, comfortable and active all summer long.

These items were independently chosen by The Avant Ski Contributors. Avant Ski LLC may earn a commission on purchases through these links.


1. Smith Wildcat sunglasses. There's a reason the Smith Wildcats are one of the most popular mountain biking sunglasses on the market. They offer the protection and coverage of goggles with the breathability and style of sunglasses. They come with a bright-light ChromaPop™ lens and an easily changeable clear lens, perfect for late rides or riding in heavily shaded forests.

2. Goodr sports sunglasses are comfortable, durable, polarized and don't slip or fog. They come in all colors and even have themes like National Parks, Batman, and the Rolling Stones. Plus, they are only $25. We recommend having multiple pairs and love them for all things active outdoors — spring skiing, running, biking, tennis, golf and more.


A Belt For The Mountains

3. Arcade Belt: The Arcade Belt is perfect for Dad's hiking or ski pants. The elastic doesn't stretch out and the clip will keep his belt size precisely all year round. Developed by Cody Townsend specifically for mountain-based adventures, this belt will never let dad – or his pants – down.

Protect Your Head

4. ciele athletics Running Hat. Our new, go to, running hat. ciele atheletics running hats have a clean, modern design and are lightweight, comfortable, and moisture-wicking. The brim is precurved for style and comfort. He won't run to leave for a run without it.

5. Smith Session Helmet for Road or Mountain Biking. Designed for the all-mountain dad who wants speed and style in one protective package. Stand out on the trail or road with these colorful versions of Smith’s bestselling bike helmets. Try the Trace or the Network for the Road, or the Session or Forefront 2 for mountain biking. All of these helmets will keep the air flowing and have MIPS® protection.


Stay Hydrated

6. Nathan QuickSqueeze Water Bottle. Ingeniously designed, the insulated Nathan QuickSqueeze will help dad stay hydrated during all of his outdoor activities. The attached strap is comfortable, easy to use and even includes a strap for keys and credit cards. Sure to make Dad's adventuring easier.


Summer Hangout Gear

7. Hydroflask Day Escape Pack. The Hydroflask 20 Liter Day Escape Pack is the perfect, hands free, alternative to help Dad haul the gang's lunch and drinks to the campsite. He will love this new backpack cooler.

8. Outdoor Freestyle Portable Rocker. Lightweight but sturdy, the GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker will be a staple in this summer's action. Easy-to-fold with padded armrests, a mesh bracket and beverage holder, this is great for any outdoor hang.


Treating the Feet Right

9. Hoka One One Speedgoat 5 Trail Running Shoe. For Dad's summer trail running, we recommend Hoka's latest high performance, maximum comfort shoe. The Speedgoat 5 has excellent traction and is constructed with a new lightweight foam midsole for protection from rocks and other trail impediments. The wider toe box is accommodating. The cushion helps reduce strain on tired, achey joints.


Stylish & Functional

10. Patagonia Baggies. The Patagonia Baggies are the classic choice for a go anywhere, do anything short that works just as well in a river as it does at the bar. With plenty of color and length options, grab Dad a few!


11. Airshed Pro Pullover. Whether dad likes trail running, mountain biking or hiking with the family, this ultra lightweight pullover is a must for summer adventuring. The Patagonia Airshed Pullover is also quick drying and packs down into the backneck making it a go-to for any summer travel.


12. Kuhl Deceptor Pants. Treat dad to a pair of Kuhl Deceptor Pants. These are perfect for travel and the trail. These comfortable, quick drying and trim fitting pants work in any situation.


Upping Dad's Tech Game

13. Garmin Fitness Tracking. The Garmin Forerunner 645 can record all the details of your skiing or riding based on movement. Easily keep track of time on the mountain, distance traveled, maximum speed, average speed, and total vertical descent including a visual record in the form of a map of your day. This watch is great all year round for running, hiking, biking and more.


14. Ooni Pizza Oven. Add to Dad's backyard grill set-up with this versatile pizza oven. Ooni makes several models, but we like the multi-fuel Ooni Karu, offering a traditional wood/coal experience or a quick gas connection when the pizza can't wait.


Winter Gear at a Deep Discount

15. Flylow Warehouse Sale. Summer is one of the best times to shop for ski gear. The prior season's inventory is running low and suppliers are offering major discounts. Flylow, long a favorite of Avant Ski contributors, just announced their online warehouse sale with discounts of up to 65%.


All prices quoted were checked shortly before publication, but prices are subject to change and may not match what is found online. Readers should also make sure to check in-stock and delivery status.

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