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10 Healthy Father’s Day Gifts 2019: For Dads With An Active Lifestyle

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Father’s Day is nearly here (Sunday, June 16, 2019), which means now is the time to figure out what gift to buy online, to ensure delivery in time. If you’re undecided on what to buy, but you know you want it to be something that will keep him healthy and fit then we’ve got some really fun gifts ideas for you. These 10 Healthy Father’s Day Gifts have been chosen specifically to encourage a fun, active, and healthy lifestyle for your Dad.

If your dad enjoys being active, or even just starting out in his fitness journey then you can’t go wrong with any one of these gifts.

1. Rokform Crystal Case – Phone Protector

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We are absolutely loving the Rokform Crystal Case, let me explain why your Dad will too. First off, if you’re an active person yourself, you probably already know it’s important to have a protective case on your phone. I for one am always on the move, and I’m always pulling out my phone to take pictures or make/receive calls, it only takes one accidental drop and you’ve got a hefty expense for repair or replacement.

While this case is super protective, it also has a very slim and lightweight design, which means it fits easily into most pockets. If your dad likes to run then he’ll probably want a slim case so it fits in his shorts pocket and won’t weigh him down.

Rokform Super Grip Vent Mount healthy fathers day gifts Trail and KaleIn addition to effortlessly slipping into and out of your pocket, the Crystal Case will grip any magnetic surface! Until I got this case I didn’t realize how many uses a magnetic phone case could have. For example, use your phone as a non-obtrusive GPS navigation device in your car with the Super grip phone vent mount, stick your device to the fridge and use it as a recipe book in the kitchen.

As the only company to provide high-quality, functional and very affordable protective phone cases, we have chosen Rokform as our phone-protector partners!

Use our exclusive ROKFORM coupon code ‘TRAILANDKALE25’ for 25% off your entire order!

2. SAXX Underwear Quest

SAXX Underwear Quest healthy fathers day gifts Trail and Kale

Cut from a quick-dry fabric, Nat Geo called the SAXX Underwear Quest the “ultimate travel underwear”. The Quest series features a Slim Fit that’s ultra-light with a fly. They were designed for road trips, red-eye flights, and treks around the world. I like to use them as an extra layer under my running shorts, to hold everything in place in comfort while providing a quick-dry/sweat-wicking experience. They’re also anti-odor so they’ll stay fresh for much much longer! Lucky Dad! 🙂

3. Vi Trainer with Vi Sense ($99 DEAL)

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We have never had a running coach before, so when we got to try the Vi Virtual Trainer app with Vi Sense headphones with an in-ear heart rate monitor, we were so excited to see how it could help improve our fitness levels, make us faster and increase our endurance capacity. Just a couple of months later and we can honestly say that Vi Trainer is one of the biggest motivators we have for getting us out the door and putting in hard training runs. My fitness levels have both improved tremendously since using the app and Vi Sense headphones. See our Instagram Stories to learn more about how the app works and how we use it – Vi Trainer Instagram Stories.

Some benefits of having Vi Trainer on your team include:

  • Accountability – Having a virtual trainer, to a certain degree, holds you accountable for not showing up to training sessions. When you show up more and put in the work, it’s inevitable that you will get fitter.
  • Motivation – Vi Trainer has many different training sessions to choose from that running will never get boring. If you’re enjoying your runs more then you’ll want to lace up your shoes more often and run. The sessions are of varying difficulty and duration too, so you can gradually reach your goal over time, rather than burning out too soon and giving up on the sport.
  • Company – Vi Trainer makes for a great running partner when your friends can’t join you. She coaches you every step of the way during your session and will give you guidance, tips, and even posture reminders in real-time.

Vi Virtual Trainer App (For 1 year) + Vi Sense headphones – $99

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Right now, you can get the Vi Sense headphones and 1 years worth of Vi Virtual Training for only $99. The headphones, which are wireless, sweat resistant, have an in-ear Heart-Rate sensor and offer excellent sound quality, in my opinion, are worth well over $99 just by themselves, and well, having a running coach as well is just priceless, especially if you love running. This has to be the ultimate gift for any dad who loves running but needs some extra motivation to do it more often.

Vi Trainer Reviewed

4. LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

LARQ Self Cleaning Water Bottle healthy fathers day gifts Trail and Kale

When it comes to water purification and the odor-neutralization process, the LARQ bottle does it all. The LARQ bottle is a purifying water bottle for active folk who want something a little different from all the other insulated water bottles on the market.

LARQ Bottle Review self cleaning water bottle trail and kaleThe LARQ self-cleaning bottle can fill up from almost anywhere, even on the trails, and will purify your water at the tap of a button. The bottle itself has been designed beautifully and is built to a very high standard. Your dad will be the most stylish hydration bottle owner on the block!

If you think your dad may take it on a hike with him, I recommend getting the LARQ Limited Edition sleeve too, as it will protect the bottle and give him the means to attach it to a backpack.

LARQ water bottle reviewed

5. Randolph USA – Aviator Sunglasses


Randolph Aviator Sunglasses healthy fathers day gifts Trail and Kale

Randolph was founded in 1973 and is now the only remaining metal eyewear company in the USA. I think it’s so nice to see these premium high-quality sunglasses still being made in the USA, when so many other brands have chosen to take the work overseas.

Randolph Aviator pilot Sunglasses model healthy fathers day gifts Trail and KaleThe Randolph Aviators are a true classic, that will never go out of fashion. They fit securely on your face (as you can choose from multiple sizes), when active in your day to day, or hiking over trails, and are very comfortable when worn for long periods of time.

I love that you can fully customize these handcrafted sunglasses, down to the materials, lenses, and arms used. The scratch resistant lenses are made from mineral glass (for the clearest vision), are UVA and UVB protected and have anti-reflective backside coating, which means you don’t get any distracting reflections from behind.

Randolph Aviator Reviewed

6. La Sportiva Bushido 2 Trail Shoes

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My current favorite trail running shoe, the La Sportiva Bushido 2 is for those looking for a high performing trail shoe with the combination of responsiveness, stability, and comfort with excellent protection and impressive traction.

They provide enhanced cushioning while also providing the user with a stable, lightweight, sticky and aggressive outsole. The performance and protection on technical terrain, is impressive, to say the least, I’m going to be running in these a lot!

Best Prices for the Men’s La Sportiva Bushido 2 (Updated Daily)

La Sportiva Bushido II Reviewed

7. COROS APEX Premium GPS Multisport Watch

COROS APEX Premium GPS Multisport Watch healthy fathers day gifts Trail and Kale

Coros is a lesser known brand that is beginning to make some serious waves in the Ultrarunning scene with the Coros Apex GPS Watch in particular. The Coros pro athletes list is impressive, to say the least, including runners such as Dom Grossman, Sally McRae, Timothy Olson, Cody Reed, Hayden Hawks, Camille Herron, Tim Tollefson, Adam Campbell, Paula Findlay, Magda Boulet, Jordi Gamito and Hillary Allen.

COROS APEX Premium GPS Multisport Watch front 2 healthy fathers day gifts Trail and KaleThe Coros APEX is designed for athletes who want to train harder, safer and more efficiently. We don’t want dads getting injured by training too much, so a watch like this will keep an eye on him to make sure he’s training smart! A comprehensive algorithm accurately measures your heart rate along with other fitness data points. The software can then precisely predict your stamina level, aerobic/anaerobic training effects and recovery time. You can structure a complete workout specifically geared towards your fitness level and training needs.

Once you’ve finished your workout, the Coros app gives you a complete graphical analysis of your training that includes: VO2 max, recovery advisor, threshold pace, last-7 days training load, personal fitness index and much more. Additionally, you can connect to your favorite third-party applications such as STRAVA or TrainingPeaks and automatically upload your workouts.

Best Prices for the COROS APEX (Updated Daily) See Deal
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8. On Cloud Beam – Lifestyle + Running Shoes

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Does your dad like to run on the roads too, or is he just always on the move? The On Cloud Beam is an impressive brand new addition to the On running shoes line up. I have been wearing these for everyday use, since getting them last week, I love how they look and they are SOOOOO comfortable!

On Cloud Beam another angle trail and kaleNot only are they comfy as a lifestyle shoe, but they also perform very well for running. The Cloud Beam weighs a mere 246g, which is a huge part of what makes is so nice to wear all day long.

I really like the new lacing system that On has come up with for this shoe, it makes for a very comfortable fit and a unique look. I love the urban attitude that the Cloud Beam projects as a running and lifestyle shoe. Dad’s going to look super cool while wearing these On Running shoes!

9. Athletic Greens – A Daily Organic, Vegan Dietary Supplement

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We wouldn’t be Trail & Kale if we didn’t talk about the benefits of plant-based living, and Athletic Greens provides a ton of healthy natural ingredients.

We noticed that our digestion is much better than normal and our energy levels are boosted since taking the supplement. Buy him a ‘$97 one-month trial pack’ and just wait for him to tell you how great he feels after a week!

It’s also available as a monthly supply for $77/month. If you compare the single serving price of Athletic Greens to a green superfood smoothie/shake or a daily coffee, the price of around $2.57 per day is actually very good.

Athletic Greens Reviewed

Athletic Greens Full Review 2019: A Daily Organic, Vegan Dietary Supplement

10. TRX Pro 4 Suspension Trainer

TRX PRO4 healthy fathers day gifts Trail and Kale

The TRX Pro 4 suspension trainer is used by Olympians, Pro Athletes and fitness fanatics worldwide. Suspension trainers are so versatile because of all the different ways they can be used to create an all-body workout. Because of its portability, they are very popular with people who travel often and want to be able to easily take their fitness routine with them, wherever they go. There’s also an app to go with it that provides access to 80+ workouts so he won’t have to worry about how to use it, giving him more time to get stronger!

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BONUS GIFT – The Gift of Inspiration!

If your dad loves to read AND he loves adventure or running, then why not choose a couple of books from our list of The Best Running Books for Adventure Lovers, you can’t go wrong with books! We’ve been compiling this list based on books we have read and also books that our trusted community of adventure lovers rate very highly.

The authors write in a way that will inspire him to explore more and become a stronger runner because of it.



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Hey, I'm Alastair. 5 years ago I started Trail & Kale as a way to share the mental & physical benefits that trail running and nature had given me. Since then Trail & Kale has grown to become a thriving blog and community that inspires people to trail run, hike, adventure more, and live a healthy plant-based lifestyle.
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