We are entering the age of Dad 2.0, where modern Dads are no longer completely out of touch with reality, style, technology and the arts. Gone are the days of buying Dads cliches like socks, wrist watches, skinny ties, wooden iPhone cases, leather travel bags, single-malt scotches, monogrammed pocket knives, cocktail kits, burger flippers, slippers and robes.
In a survey conducted by eBates, what dads really want is a new tech gadget.
Has Dad already treated himself to an iPhone X? Can’t afford to buy Dad a Tesla this holiday season? If you want a gift that focuses on quality and practicality, then perhaps consider a new rideable. No, I’m not talking about a beer cooler on wheels (although, that’s another cool gift idea).
Buy Dad a High-End Rideable
A couple years ago, hoverboards got all the attention. They were selling like hotcakes, but mostly as gifts for teens. eBay was selling one every 12 seconds. Shane Chen, its inventor, says that the hoverboard was never designed to go outdoors as the wheels were too small to handle bumps and curves.
I think Dads deserve something that is designed from the ground up to be used outdoors, to get where they’re going in style.
For the perfect high-end rideable for Dad, there are a bunch of factors that must be considered, including quality, price point, portability, ease-of-use, maneuverability, range and speed.
While I’ve looked at a bunch of rideables (there are now more than 300 rideables on the market), including $1500 electric skateboard and one-wheeled fat-tire devices, I think that the best high-end rideable for Dad actually comes from the inventor of the original hoverboard.
The Solowheel is the Best High-End Rideable (Once You Learn How to Ride It)
Solowheel is the premium brand for rideables. I think that the Solowheel offers the best balance between all of the variables I mentioned above, plus it’s a brand you can trust. Their recently launched Solowheel Glide series offers their smoothest ride and easiest learning curve to date.
“Like riding a bike,” the company says, “once you’re up and running, it’s extremely well designed for speed, portability, maneuverability and efficiency.”
The Solowheel is lightweight and portable, with a built-in handle and fold-up pedals, making it easy to carry and store. Depending on which model is chosen, the Solowheel has a top speed of 18.8 MPH with a 31-mile range (Solowheel Glide 3).
While imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, there are several lower-cost Solowheel Chinese knockoffs available, but you get what you pay for and I don’t recommend wading into the shady waters of copycats and counterfeits. Rideable aren’t something you want to skimp on, as you’re gliding at a good clip down a sidewalk or bike trail, and you want something that is going to have your best interest at heart.