Here are some ideas for a good time and some great gift ideas for your off-roading father
For many of us, it was our father, or father-figure, who helped start us onto our path with ATVs and UTVs. He got us our first machines and taught us the right and wrong ways to ride. Or, perhaps you were the one to introduce him to the sport and now he loves it as much as you do. Either way, you and your dad now share a mutual love of ATVs and off-roading. What better way to celebrate this Father’s Day than by helping him enjoy it that much more?
What is Father’s Day, and what does it mean to you? Sure, we get the cliche part of it, with the cheesy card and the tie, but what is it really? For many of us, it’s a day to celebrate and appreciate our dads, whether that person helped out on the biological side of it, or not. We often look at our dads with hero-tinted glasses, and for good reason. Maybe he taught you how to ride, or how to spin the wrenches on your machine? Maybe you taught him? You’d be surprised at the number of older, new riders getting into the sport. This day is special because you get to celebrate your dad, being a dad and all things associated with the greatest name a man can be called – Father.
What Should I Get Dad for Father’s Day?
This Father’s Day, when you’re thinking of the perfect gift, look for something that you know your dad can really use and enjoy. One of the things we often lose as adults is enjoyment. We go to work every day, and then come home to things that need to be done around the house. Traditionally, that’s why dad always got that new tie on Father’s Day. It was something useful for work, but deep down, your dad really wanted something fun. Bring back the fun this Father’s Day!
New goggles make a great gift. They are something that makes the ride more enjoyable while helping your dad see better on the trail too. One of our favorite goggles is the 100% Accuri Sand Goggle. We wear the OTG model and it is the first goggle that really fits well over our glasses. These goggles have a special foam that keeps dust and sand from sneaking into your eyes, too. They come with a tinted lens, as well as a clear one for night rides. 100% is one of the top manufacturers of goggles and eyewear, so you can trust the quality and fit.
A new helmet is another great gift for dad. It says you really care about his safety. The holiday is also a great time to get your dad something that he might not get for himself, so maybe it’s the right time to get him that top-shelf helmet he wants but won’t spend the money on? The Fly Racing Formula Carbon helmet is amazing. We’ve been testing one for a while now and feel it is more comfortable than any helmet we’ve used previously. Airflow is amazing and there is definite peace of mind knowing it is one of the safest helmets on the market for protecting your dad’s head during an accident. Looking for other helmet ideas? Check out our list of the ten best available, or you can just get him the Formula. He’ll be happy either way.
There is work and then there is WORK. Many dads, us included, actually like to do some work-type stuff, like spinning the wrenches on our machines. It is very peaceful – most of the time – and is the means to an end, by getting things ready to go for a ride. However, it can sometimes lead to fits of uncontrolled swearing and objects may occasionally fly across the garage. One small tool you can get dad this year that would save countless fits of frustration is the Magnetic Fingertip Glove from Motion Pro. This inexpensive tool is perfect because he can use it to hold nuts and bolts in places hard to reach. Trust us when we say dad will love this and will use it all the time. We do!
Everyone thinks that dad’s music is old. You should hear what our kids say about our taste in tunes. It’s probably pretty close to what we said about our dad’s music back in the day. Since your dad is cooler than most, he’ll probably get a real kick out of being able to enjoy blasting his music inside his UTV as he rolls on down the trail. We’ve covered several different audio systems available for UTVs, but one of our favorites is the Rockford Fosgate Stage 2 system. It provides a lot of quality bang for the buck and we’re 100% certain your dad will appreciate it. You? Maybe not as much depending on whether or not you have to ride with him.
The Good Old Days
If your dad has been riding for a while now, chances are good he remembers the zebra-stripe gear from Fox Racing that they had out back in the late 1980s/early 1990s. If your dad is really cool, he may have even had a set. We’re not saying we did, but… we did. Fox recently released a limited run of a modern take on that set for the last race of the Supercross season, and it still offers a sweet looking t-shirt in those same colors and with their its logo. Even if he doesn’t want to wear the set of gear anymore, your dad would more than likely love to relive the glory days and wear the Fox Racing Vegas Fox Premium T-shirt. It’s even cool enough that it won’t embarrass you to be seen with him in it. How Fox managed to do that is a mystery.
Put a Lid on Him
Kids are fun, especially when it comes to picking out the right gift. They always want to find just the right thing that dad will really like and use. Hats are always a safe bet, especially with the summer months upon us. You can help dad keep cool and prevent nasty sunburn on his neck and ears with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Straw Hat. This wide-brim straw hat fits well and will help dad when he’s outside fishing, doing yard work and fishing some more. It’s also a perfect way for him to be extra stylish when he goes out on the town with mom. Extra style points if he combines it with the Fox racing Vegas shirt on this list. And as an added bonus, it’s quite inexpensive, so you can get him a spare in case his first one comes up missing. Don’t worry too much. Mom probably just forgot that she put it in the closet for safe keeping.
When was Father’s Day First Celebrated?
The first known celebration of all things “Dad” was way back on June 19, 1910 in Washington State. While Mother’s Day became a national holiday in 1914, it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day became an official national holiday in the United States. Of course, we like to celebrate both our moms and dads all the time. After all, they were the ones that helped us get our first ATVs.
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