The ladies get A LOT of attention around here, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about you gentlemen. My husband has been a fantastic gear tester for many years with his time running, hiking and mountain biking, so lucky you we whipped up a great list of fitness gifts for men.
Part of our current lives is enjoying every outdoorsy, nook, cranny and crag that Colorado has to offer.
Fitness Gifts for Men
This men’s fitness gift guide is for those of you like me who have a man in your lives that may not need or ask for anything, but whom you sometimes just want to shower with goodies from small treats to splurges.
1. Neutral Running Shoes
Asics Gel Nimbus Running Shoe >>
($149) Buy the previous model and save $50!
Consistently rated as one of the best men’s shoes, it’s great for the guy who might be thinking about running or more like David has worn his shoes to a nub.
It’s a neutral running shoe with a nice amount of cushion! This makes it a great shoe for anyone who is starting to run or already running.
2. Hitch Mount Bike Rack
Yakima Tray Style Rack >>
The new SUV needed a rack so we could stop throwing the bike in the back and this one wins the day.
David did a ton of research and while this rack is more than others, it ensures that our bikes aren’t banging in to each other, it’s stable and feels secure for long hauls to new trails.
We’ve now used it for a few years and it’s held up extremely well and kept that very expensive mountain bike in good shape.
3. Great Workout Socks
Injinji Trail Socks >>
Turns out David and I are both very picky sock people. I can’t abide any seams along my toes and he can’t stand socks that let pebbles in while he’s on the trails.
He’s also discovered that these toe socks help to prevent blisters by putting a little more cushion between each toe.
4. Face and Neck Protection
When you’re on the trails, anything that does double duty is a lifesaver.
This Buff can be worn under helmets to prevent sunburn, around the face when wind kicks up and a perennial favorite as a washable Kleenex. Makes for a great stocking stuffer and I like that you can get it in basically any color or pattern.
BONUS: Stocking stuffer idea – check out these WindBlox. Slides on to the helmet straps and they act like ear warmers!!!
5. Hydration Pack
Ultimate Direction AK Mountain Vest >>
This vest doesn’t initially come with a hydration bladder, but any UD bladder works so after adding that it’s made for a great day hiking pack. Just enough room for a couple layers, the iPhone for Instagram sharing, Kind bars, Perky jerky and the above noted Buff!
This also has good holders for poles or ice picks for you more adventurous types.
Checkout my complete list of hydration pack recommendations to find other options.
6. Cool Cycling Shoes
Pearl Izumi Seek IIV Cycling Shoes >>
For mountain bikers these are absolutely the best clip in shoes!
The clips are level with the bottom of the shoe, making it easy to walk around in these unlike a regular road cycling shoe. David also isn’t the spandex wearing rider, so this is more in line with his personal style while still having all the function of being lightweight, comfortable and breathable.
7.Bike Computer (stay on trail!)
Bryton Rider 420E >>
Easily mounting to the handle bars this cyclometer doesn’t just show distance, it also allows you to import a map for navigation!!!
Since David is still learning the trails out here, we have a lot of hour long detours where I’m running around wondering where he’s at…no more! Data can also be quickly synced to Strava for keeping track of rides and of course a little competition.
His favorite feature I was informed at the moment is seeing the elevation, then he knows how much further he has to ride up before he gets to tear down!
BONUS: If you’re looking to go one step up, David will soon be getting the Garmin 530. It’s color and touch screen…I think he’s gonna flip his lid.
8. Adjustable Dumbbells
Bowflex 552 Adjustable Dumbbells >>
Can we be honest and say this is really a gift that I want us to have??
Last year prices just went sky high on all at home weights, so we set aside this idea for a bit. However, this year they are down and I hear more sales are coming so definitely double check the links above to find out.
This particular set is really nice for a few reasons:
- Each dumbbell can be adjust from 5 to 52lbs
- Saves a ton of space
- I like the rubber in the middle of the handle
- Currently includes 1 year membership to their online platform to give you tons of workouts
Listen you know that I am LONG TIME Oakley lover for all of my runs. In fact, weekly I answer “which sunglases are those” and the response is Oakley Frogskin.
BUT, I think this is a super cool option.
Especially if you’ve got someone who breaks a lot of sunglasses or is on the water or a CLIMBER!!
Instead of hard side arms, they have an adjustable cord!
10. Men’s Facial Care
A few EXTRA items that I’m starting to realize he thanks me for with each passing year because he never though to buy these things on his own.
Counterman Collection >>
Yup, his first introduction to an actual system designed to help prevent dry skin, exfoliate that old skin (yes we need this more as we age) and some bars to really scrub away the dirt from the trails.
Dove Men’s Care Face Lotion >>
This is the only way I’ve ever gotten him to consistently wear sunscreen! It’s already in his lotion, which isn’t too heavy and is made for men so he’s happy to use it!
Coola Spray Sunscreen >>
Add to that he’s never going to rub on lotion, but seems totally fine with spraying on sunscreen and so he remains stocked up in this at all times. We forget just how long we’re exposed on those long trail days. He goes unscented, but I’m all about the mango.
Do you put a lot of thought in to gifts? Do you feel like we’re harder to buy for as we age?
I say experiences are a top notch gift, but in this case he needs the goodies to have the experiences!
Still looking for more gift ideas?
- Top gifts for cross training
- Gifts under $20 for runners
- Fitness gadget gifts
- Trail Runner Gift Ideas
How do you decide what gifts to give?
Do you think it’s hard buying things the older we get?
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This is not a sponsored post, though many items were provided for testing.