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Friday, April 25th
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Today in Gear: April 25, 2014

Today In Gear: Trying to stump the spies with a privacy-focused iPhone case, the highs and lows of record collecting, your daily chambray shirt and more.

Thursday, April 24th
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Fear No Trail

Best Backpacking Boots for 2014

Whether you’re out for a marathon day hike, or fine tuning your kit for a week long adventure, a pair of comfortable, sturdy boots will keep your feet in working order for the duration.

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Comfort in the High Country

10 Best Sleeping Bags for 2014

These 10 sleeping bags make your duvet look like a washrag.

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15 Hikes, 15 Days

15 Best Day Hikes in the Northeast

By J. TRAVIS SMITH

These day hikes are not pretenders. We surveyed the northeastern U.S. to find the best 15 hikes, spread out across 9 states. If you have a car (in some cases you don’t even need one), you can find an accessible 10 miler with manageable distances, notable views and unique trails for a long, fulfilling Saturday.

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Everyday Carry Essentials: Multi-tools

Keeping a good multi-tool close at hand can save your weekend project, your tailgate, your marriage — hell, even your life. But how do you separate the useful from the useless? Again, we turn to the experts at Everyday Carry for their insights into the utilitarian. Check out their buying guide and be ready for anything.

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Essentials for a quicky with mother nature

Kit: The Perfect Day Pack

Most day hikes require a peanut butter sandwich, a water bottle and maybe some bug spray. But for the weekend warrior who wants to crush in one day what most people stroll in three, there are a few indispensables. Here are our favorite necessities and extravagances for spending a day burning through some miles on the trail.

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Check Yourself

Elements: Plaid

Plaid has a rich history, but it’s also just a handsome pattern. Wear it right — in moderation — and you’ll look dapper.

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Hiking Hut to Hut in the White Mountains

Don’t Underestimate the Whites

From the Archives: For thru-hikers of the AT, the White Mountains are a cruel joke, coming near the end of a months-long journey that begins in the gentle hills of Georgia. But while the Whites can be cruel, they are also kind. Among the rocky steeps is a series of huts where a weary hiker can find a soft bed, warm smiles and hot meals.

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Today in Gear: April 24, 2014

Today in gear we examine, Brooklinen’s dreams of affordable sheets, an innovative mattress that packs down in a box, Evel Knieval’s trip to Oklahoma, NIke’s stealthy new driver, a 6 wheeled ATV and a subscription service for vapers.

Wednesday, April 23rd
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Lots of light, and a little smoke

Tested: Amazon Fire TV

Amazon’s Fire TV provides the best experience of any streaming device for consumers who’ve spent more than a few paychecks on the company’s media ecosystem. No question about it: if you live and die by Amazon Prime Instant Video, buy the Fire TV and rejoice. But what if you aren’t a card-carrying member of the Bezos fan club? We found a comfy couch and tested it out.

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Power plus space, all in one case

Tested: Mophie Space Pack

Mophie’s Space Pack for the iPhone 5/5s combines extra battery power with up to 32GB of additional storage, promising to fixing two of the phone’s biggest shortcomings in one convenient package.

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The filmmaker/editor's secret weapon

Tested: Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Fitting right between the Indie filmmaker’s DSLR and Hollywood studio’s Arri Alexa, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera ($2,000), with its 13 stops of dynamic range and 2.5K sensor, makes filmmakers jump for joy. We took it on a test drive.

Buying Guide
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A Comprehensive Guide to Ignoring Friends and Family

The 50 Best Mobile Games

By K.B. GOULD

Consoles don’t provide much in the way of portability (anyone else ever own this masterpiece of engineering?), and grown men carrying Gameboys often attract the wrong kind of attention, but mobile games offer interactive experiences on the devices that most of us carry every day. They allow us a bit of serenity when we need it most — in the airport, on the subway, at a questionable mid-life Bris. Here, we’ve provided a list of 50 of the best games made for iOS. Play at the risk of your relationship.

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Today in Gear: April 23, 2014

Today in gear we examine Lytro’s professional-grade light field camera, Madden Equipment’s convertible brief, Colson Whitehead’s take on gambling and jerky, Sleepy Jones’ Spalding boxer briefs and RipCurl’s smart watch for surfers.

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Digital Hoarders

Super Storage: Best External Desktop Hard Drives

From the Archives: The best desktop hard drives have, to steal a phrase from our favorite genie, “phenomenal saving power; itty bitty stylish case[s]“. Should you need a little extra room (actually, a lot of room) to move large files from one place to another, or or if you’re storing files temporarily for some other reason, look no further than these, the best external desktop hard drives around.