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Looking for the perfect gift for a dad that loves to work out? A GPS fitness watch is a great Father's Day gift idea!

We tell you all about the best sport and fitness watches and how to pick one for Dad!

You want to show him you know him by giving Dad a fitness tracking watch that'll upgrade his active lifestyle. But where do you begin when buying a multisport watch for Father's Day?

There's a huge selection of men's sport watches to choose from in the wearable market segment. You'll find GPS smartwatches for running, cycling, golfing, strength training—most do all these and more. Throw in the vast assortment of brands, and narrowing it down to the fitness smartwatch that best fits Dad can be daunting.

In this article, we tell all about the best GPS fitness watches we recommend for the Dad in your life. We've sourced our choices from the top brands and lay out the features specific to each one. Whether it's for your father, granddad, or husband, we're confident that one of these premium multisport smartwatches has his name all over it!

Not sure a multisport watch is the way to go? Read this quick article on some other golf and fitness gift ideas for Dad on Father's Day 2021!

Best Multisport Watch for Dad — Garmin Venu 2

Earn your way to his heart with this Garmin GPS smartwatch that earns every bit of its place on Dad's wrist.

This comfy fitness tracker is oozing with style and advanced activity and health monitoring features such as:

  • 25 preloaded GPS tracking and indoor sports apps
  • Tracking for heart rate, oxygen saturation, stress, sleep, respiration, hydration, energy levels, and more
  • Smart notifications like emails, texts, and alerts on the fly
  • Garmin Pay™ so he can purchase from the wrist
  • On-screen workout animations on the vibrant AMOLED color touchscreen
  • A larger 1.3” display (compared to the original Venu)
  • New advanced strength training that puts weight scaling and strength PRs right on the device with graphics of worked muscle groups
  • Twice the battery life as previous models
  • More music storage space for phone-free listening

Want more details? Check out our extensive articles on this feature-rich premium watch we love!

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Best Watch for Marathons and Triathletes — Polar Vantage V2

Does Dad like to push himself in marathons or triathlons? Or maybe he's training for his first one. If so, we have got the perfect training partner for you to give him on Father's Day!

Dad will me able to train like a pro and recover like a pro with the Polar Vantage V2 premium multisport watch. Here's why:

  • Shows how training strains the body and provides metrics that show when it’s time to recover
  • Has all-day wrist-based heart rate monitoring
  • Training Load Pro
  • Nightly Recharge
  • Running Performance Test
  • Cycling Performance Test
  • Leg Recovery Test
  • Up to 40 hours of continuous training time; multiple power save options boost the battery life all the way up to 100 hours
  • It's a GPS smartwatch with a lightweight, slim form-factor that doesn’t get in the way, whether you’re running, swimming, or sleeping.
  • Comes with access to Polar Flow, an uber-comprehensive training platform that offers extensive training planning and analysis tools, an automatic training diary, progress reports, and much more!

Best GPS Running Watch for Running Dads — Garmin Forerunner 245

Does Dad like to run? Give him a watch that has performance metrics. The Forerunner 245 premium GPS running watch is loaded with them. Like Dad, the Garmin Forerunner 245 premium GPS running watch goes the distance—with multisport features for days, including:

  • Garmin Coach
  • Built-in sports apps
  • Running dynamics on cadence, stride, contact time, balance, and more
  • A comfortable smaller form-factor for runners (38.5 grams)
  • 24/7 activity tracking and performance and health metrics
  • Music storage up to 500 songs
  • Access to Firstbeat metrics—advanced performance analytics for stress, recovery, and exercise

If your pops is just starting his running journey, the attractively priced Garmin Forerunner 45 GPS watch is the perfect Father's Day gift for beginners.

If you want to give him an ultra feature-rich running watch, check out the Garmin Forerunner 945 premium running watch.  


Best GPS Golf Watch and More! — The Approach S62

Is Dad a golfer who's also active off the course? Or is he an athletic go-getter who likes to get a golf game in when he can? Then we've got the best Father's Day gift idea for you!

Check out what Dad can do with the Garmin Approach S62 premium GPS golf watch—on and off the course! Features include:

  • A large 1.3” sunlight-readable color touchscreen
  • Virtual Caddie factors in wind and suggests clubs based on your swing
  • PlaysLike Distance
  • AutoShot
  • Green View
  • Give Dad an edge on any course in the world with 41,000+ golf courses
  • Fitness tracking features, including steps, distance covered, calories burned, and more
  • Tons of available sports profiles, including running, cycling, swimming, skiing, rowing, stand up paddleboarding, and more
  • A rechargeable battery that provides up to 14 days of power in smartwatch mode and up to 20 hours in GPS mode

Get more details about the Garmin Approach golf smartwatch lineup and their features from the PlayBetter blog:

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Best Sports Watch for the Adventurous Dad — The fēnix® 6 Pro

Your dad is rugged and sophisticated — and so is this watch!

The Garmin fēnix® 6 Pro GPS smartwatch is packed with the features that will help Dad hone his stride for regular workouts and recreational activities, such as running, swimming, biking, hiking, golfing, and more! On Father's Day, give him the Garmin sport watch loaded with these features:

  • Cutting-edge design
  • GPS, heart rate, Pulse Ox, VO2 Max, and longer battery
  • Built-in activity profiles, performance metrics, and training load balance readings
  • Added customizable Power Manager lets Dad maximize battery life for efficient use throughout the day
  • Preloaded maps for 2,000 ski resorts
  • Profiles for backcountry skiing
  • Mountain biking dynamics
  • Surfing features
  • PacePro technology for grade-adjusted guidance
  • 41,000+ preloaded maps to golf courses around the world

Best Fitness Smartwatch for Training —

What's super powerful, loaded with advanced features, and the lightest GPS watch of its caliber you're going to find in 2021?

Meet your new training partner for the long haul. And then some! The COROS PACE 2 is a premium GPS sport watch with some serious upgrades and features for the serious athlete.

For starters, it's hyper-lightweight at 29 grams ... which is why we're amazed about this next great upgrade — the boost in power! The processor in this fitness wearable is 1.5x more powerful, giving you 5x more RAM and 4x more storage, while the battery now gives you 30 hours of full GPS use. Factor in the user-friendly COROS Digital Dial that gives you quick and easy access to your stats, and you've got a beast of a watch that won't weigh you down and can keep going the distance.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what this smartwatch can do. Like you, there's so much to get out of it, which is why we think it's one of the best men's sport watches for training!

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