Top Gifts for Walking Men

Give him a gift that will help him keep moving. The list naturally includes gadgets to track his walking workouts and keep him on course. He also wants comfortable walking clothing. Here is a list approved by gear advisor Richard Bumgardner for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or Father's Day.


The Fitbit Charge 2 fitness band goes the extra mile. It tracks heart rate continuously without a chest band and you can track a workout with a press of the button, including speed and distance from his cell phone GPS.  I love the secure buckle closure, so he never has to worry it's going to just pop off. Plus, it has interchangeable bands so he can change from sport to business looks quickly, or even wear it as a badge or pendant. In addition to tracking the usual Fitbit data such as steps, distance, calories, it also automatically records sleep quality and has inactivity alerts.  He can see smartphone text and calendar alerts on the Charge 2 as well. He can see at a glance on the app or online dashboard if he's getting enough exercise, activity and sleep each day.


Upgrade his earbuds or headphones to go wireless. Who wants to be on a leash to their phone or iPod when out walking? The Monster iSport Wireless In-Ear headphones lock in to stay put while you're on the move. He'll enjoy them when walking and at the gym.


Review: Orange Mud HydraQuiver
When he doesn't want a waistpack and doesn't want to sip through a hydration pack sucker tube, the HydraQuiver keeps a water bottle handy, with room for essentials. The Orange Mud line of race vests and water-carrying mini-packs is designed by adventure racer Josh Sprague. He has single botte, dual bottle and race vest versions.


Review: Scosche Rhythm+
If he doesn't like earing a chest strap heart rate monitor, the Rhythm+ is a great alternative forearm strap heart rate detector. biometric expert Steven LeBoeuf says the Scosche Rhythm+ is the most accurate for wrist-based heart rate sensing. You can view and use the heart rate data with almost any Bluetooth Smart or ANT+ app, device, or exercise equipment.


Review: Timex Race Trainer
The Timex Ironman Race Trainer is both a great sports chronometer an excellent exercise heart rate monitor. But wait, there's more, you can use the TrainingPeaks web site to track your exercise data and to get customized training programs. I found the watch easy to use, perhaps because I am familiar with Timex sports watches. If your walking man has aging eyes, he will also appreciate the large number display and the night light.


Don't let the K.I.D.S. acronym fool you, this is a lumbar pack for the man who wants to carry more than the bare essentials on his walks. It's a water-resistant pack with two water bottle holders, which come in handy on a long walk or when you are making him do all of the heavy lifting. The large capacity of the pack gives you options for how much stuff you want to take on a day hike.


Review: Exerstrider OS2 Poles
Whether he wants to have better stability on the trail or get a better walking workout on pavement, these walking poles can give him a boost. The OS2 from Exerstrider are beefy trekking poles with ergonomic handles. But you can also use them with the exerstriding fitness walking technique to get an upper body workout. He wants strong shoulders and pecs, right?


It isn't always easy to get outside or get to the gym for a walk or workout. Having a sturdy home treadmill can keep a man active in all weather. This treadmill comes at a bargain price -- often on sale for under $1500. But it has a hefty 3.5-horsepower motor. Sole treadmills have received a "Best Buy" rating from Treadmill Doctor. It has a 60" length deck, wireless heart rate control, and 2.75" rollers, five window display and sturdy 265 lb weight capacity. The 2-year service warranty can't be found on any other treadmills for under $3,000.


Review: Omron HJ-321
This powerful pedometer comes at a bargain price. It's accurate no matter how you wear it - in a pocket, on your waistband, in your pack. That gives the walking man options, especially if he wears a beefy belt that makes it tough to clip a pedometer to. It has a sleek, flat design. The Omron HJ-321 starts counting steps at midnight and resets itself automatically at the end of the day, with a 7-day memory. Besides counting steps, it estimates your calories burned, distance, aerobic steps, and steps per minute.


Smartwool socks are machine-washable and machine-dryable, won't shrink, and are practically itch-free. These are designed for walkers, runners, and hikers. They provide superior natural moisture control and temperature control. What could be a better stocking stuffer than socks?


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