Father’s Day gift guide: the best travel-friendly sports kits

Most dads never admit what they really want, or if they want something, they buy it on the spot. So this Father’s Day, it’s time to elevate and upgrade his favorite sportswear. For dads who love the outdoors or like to stay active while on vacation, we’ve got plenty of stylish, tried-and-tested ideas that are sure to hit the mark (and fit nicely into virtually any suitcase).

Filson Dry shoulder bag

Made from heavy-duty coated nylon and fitted with the same heavy-duty zippers used in wetsuits, the Filson Dry Sling Pack provides fully waterproof protection, even when fully submerged underwater . Its compact teardrop shape is sleek and lightweight to carry. The extra-wide single shoulder strap is padded for all-day comfort and designed to be easily rotated for quick access. Along the way, exterior and interior pockets help keep everything organized, and exterior D-rings let you easily attach gear or fishing nets.

Duotone Juice D/Lab Kite

Duotone’s new Juice D/LAB is the lightest of the range (the new fabric combined with a new design reduces the weight of the wing by up to 30%). As a result, handling and performance are significantly improved. Likewise, the kite generates huge amounts of power with real acceleration on the climbs and descents, even in the lightest of airs, making it possible to foil in little or no wind.

Manera kite bag

A French family brand developing high quality water sports equipment, Manera manufactures all of its board bags from a top quality 600D polyester, a tear, UV and water resistant material. Heavy-duty 8mm zippers are built to last. Specifically, Wing board covers come with a foil entry system, designed to protect the board when the mast is attached. It has a very pasty foam for protection and inside you will find velcro instead of zippers, so the board does not get damaged.

Lululemon Fast And Free Run Belt

Sleek and lightweight, this breathable running belt from Lululemon can hold snacks, a phone and other essentials so you can focus on your speed and form. It is comfortable (affordable) and does not chafe. The low-bounce adjustable belt features a buckle closure that conforms to your waist size. It comes in three colors: Jet Black, Shocking Orange, and Camouflage. And each model has reflective details for safety after dark.

TUMI two-wheeled ski/snowboard bag

The roomy, water-resistant lined interior of this Tumi duffel bag can hold a standard pair of 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 pocket zips and expands to carry essential gear. The two-wheel construction means it glides effortlessly through airports and ski lodges; Plus, the detachable shoulder strap provides an alternative carrying option at all times. Finally, it’s cut from reinforced, abrasion-resistant fabric designed to last adventure after adventure.

Master & Dynamic Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Master & Dynamic’s MW08 wireless headphones are made of ceramic and stainless steel, designed for comfortable wearing. Gone are the stabilizer “wings” that always came off in the previous iteration. This time around, the headphones themselves are small and light enough to stay in place, even while jumping and running. Active noise cancellation does more than just block out outside noise. You can choose to set it to Max ANC when you’re in a very noisy place, All Day ANC for a quieter environment, Voice Ambient mode to let the conversation flow, and Awareness mode for times when you want ambient noise.

Duvet to share Marfa Stance

Crafted from lightweight, water-repellent quilted Japanese nylon with ribbed merino wool cuffs, Marfa Stance’s lightweight Shareable Duvet is a true travel essential. Ideal for everyday use, this zip-front jacket can be worn on its own or adapted to colder climates thanks to the button-down shearling lining. Likewise, it’s fully reversible, with functional pockets on both sides, and it can be transformed using the brand’s range of modular hoods and collars.

Business 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 sewn dice shakers and is designed to roll up neatly so it can go with you on vacation. The leather-crafted game pieces store in a dedicated zippered compartment, so you never have to worry about leaving anything behind.

Frescobol Carioca Beach Bat Set

Each pair of beach paddles is handcrafted from multiple layers of sustainably sourced scrap wood and finished with blue neoprene handles. The resin coating resists wear and tear from the sea and sand. And combining quality craftsmanship with playfulness, each set is entirely one-of-a-kind. To this end, Frescobol Carioca has partnered with the charity One Tree Planted and, as the name suggests, plants a tree in Brazil with every purchase.

Garmin InReach Mini Portable Satellite

From anywhere on the planet, Garmin’s inReach Mini is your go-to for maintaining off-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 emergency response team. 24/7 emergency. 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 navigate your route. It’s shockproof and waterproof, which means it’s built to be used.

Brunello Cucinelli Padel bag and case for tennis balls

Designed for a day on the tennis courts, Brunello Cucinelli’s lightweight black nylon tote is trimmed in soft brown leather and has a matching removable racquet cover for style and ease. Functionality and attention to detail are at the heart of this piece, note also the clever removable ball holder. Likewise, the lining is water resistant and durable.

Crafted in Italy from durable canvas with a zipped lid and leather logo patch, this tennis ball case from Brunello Cucinelli exemplifies Italian craftsmanship. Made from durable nylon with a water-resistant lining, this ball holder is a stylish way to keep up to three tennis balls safe.

Yeti Roadie Hard Cooler

Yeti’s Roadie 24 Hard Cooler is an anomaly in that it’s 10% lighter than its predecessor, but packs 20% more. It’s also big enough to hold a few bottles of wine, but slim enough to slip behind the driver or passenger seat of a car. Founded by two brothers in 2006, Yeti has built a reputation for creating functional and durable coolers that will stand the test of any adventure. Designed for serious outdoor enthusiasts, each design is informed by genuine first-hand experience.

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