Dan G - 19 / May / 2022



Is your dad more stylish than you? Yeah... same. 

These handmade Raen sunglasses are killer. Raen has awesome shapes that fit great. Colors are simple but stylish. They also have good price points for polarized and non-polarized lens options. I'm a huge sunglass guy (I own about 10 pairs) and I bought a pair of these Pierce frames about a month ago, and they've instantly become one of my favorites!

If you haven't heard about On, welcome. Let me quickly explain. On was born in the Swiss Alps with one goal: to revolutionize the sensation of running by empowering all to run on clouds. Look at (almost) any On shoe. Those little elements underneath? Those are called Clouds. CloudTec® is all those little elements formed into one outsole. The Clouds compress as you land to form a flat surface, then rapidly expand as you lift-off. They do this independently and as a complete unit to create soft landings and explosive take-offs. CloudTec® is a highly adaptive system that cushions only when you need it. Long story short, these Cloud shoes are SUPER comfortable. Now, these Cloud shoes aren't just for running, they're honestly just great shoes for an active life. This specific shoe, the On Cloud 5 Push, has an elastic tie for easy slip on/off, CloudTec®, and a comes in a casual lifestyle colorway that goes with almost everything. 

If you didn't know, we're a family owned and operated business. And we kinda have a thing for family owned and operated businesses. Faherty is one we've had a crush on for a few years. Faherty is a family-run business fueled by purpose and optimism. Their goal is to build a new American legacy by creating high-quality, sustainably-minded, feel-good favorites that will bring you joy to wear. Their fabrics aren't like anything you've ever felt before, and they do it while being sustainabily focused. Some of our favorites (including the Movement Polo) landed just in time for Fathers day. Come put your hands on this stuff!

When in doubt? Go with the thing you'll know he'll get some use out of. The Hydro Flask that he's using now probably has a few dents or maybe a couple mold spores. The hardest decision here is pick a size/color. At least we don't need to offend anyone by accidentally buying the wrong waist size! 



With summer coming and temps rising, the Yeti Hopper Flip 12 is the perfect outdoor companion. From camping to soccer games, and outdoor concerts to road trips, this little cooler is tough enough for any adventure. Big enough for 13 cans of your favorite beverage - this leak proof monster keeps 'em cold for days! 

I can't decide if these Leki trekking poles should be a gift for your dad, or a gift to whoever is giving them. We all know THOSE hikes, the "about a mile" type hikes that turn into 8 mile out and back with a few sketchy spots where you wish you had some poles for balance. Keep these in mind. Are we there yet?

These NOCS aren't your grandpa's binoculars from the 80's. These are rugged, compact, and easy to use. No frills here. Whether you're actually hunting, the neighborhoods newest self-proclaimed ornithologist (bird watcher), or just trying to get a better view from the nosebleeds, these are a no-brainer!  

ENO hammocks are such an awesome gift. You can put these up almost anywhere and chill. Ideally you'd put them between two trees that are ~10 feet away, but you can also use any other fixed structure(s). They pack up super small, and are extremely light weight. Don't forget the straps!


Does your dad spend time on two wheels? Could he use a little update? We have a full range of bikes - so whether he's just getting back into riding, is looking for some premium upgrades, or isn't really looking at all - we've got you covered. Bikes can be a little tricky, so feel free to call or text us for or most up-to-date inventory and recommendations! 

Filson Briefcase - sick of the WFH dad? Okay, that's a little rude, but we've all been there. Maybe just a very slight urge back to the office with an heirloom-type bag from Filson. Dad will have the coolest bag when he goes back in. Made from abrasion-resistant 1000D Cordura nylon, this thing has bridle leather finishes and chunky metal zips that hold up to heavy use. These bags last forever!

If your dad isn't wearing pants that stretch - you need to buy him a pair of DUERs. These are hands down my favorite pants. Move over Lulu, move over Vuori. I wear DUER 6-7 times/week. They stretch for days, fit great, and last. They literally feel like sweats when you have them on, and no they're not sweaty. My favorite part, they don't grow (expand) between washes, and don't shrink in the dryer. These pants are magical. Come in and we'll help you size them cause they definitely run 1-2" sizes big. 

I realize I put two pairs of On shoes in this guide, but I'm actually really excited about the Roger Advantage. We just got these in and I think they're going to be my go-to summer sneaker. Take all of the comfort of On, CloudTec® is integrated into the sole, and wrap them up in a more sophisticated package. So if your dad is more of the white sneaker type of guy, or if he already owns 10 pair of On, the Roger Advantage might be a perfect shoe to add to the mix. And I mean, they're a tennis shoe, so if your dad can't stop talking about his pickleball match, then this becomes no brainer. 



Dan G 

Dan has been a mens buyer at Sports Den for 6 years. Luckily, he has been helping buy gifts dad for much, much longer than that!