The Briefing

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: July 31, 2015

The meaner, slacker new Ibis Ripley LS, Indian's newest Scout update, a way to keep all of your sunglasses organized and more.

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Will you go out with me?

25 Great American First Date Spots

Planning a date isn't like ordering on Seamless. You've got to put some thought into it -- and you can't just get Thai every time. Here are ideas to get you started. Don't forget to send us a wedding invite.

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Finding Love on Your Phone

The mobile dating scene is daunting. Here's where to start.

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Hot Sauces for the Fire-Loving Palate

If you think hot sauce begins and ends with Sriracha and Tabasco sauce, you don't know the true meaning of spicy.

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The Man Behind Surfing's Greatest Magazines

Brendon Thomas, the past Editor-in-Chief of SURFER Magazine and current Director of Operations at The Surfer's Journal shares how surf coverage has changed.

Popular Gear Guides

EDC Knives for the Distinguished Gentleman

Just because you're all gussied up doesn't mean you shouldn't take a blade along.

Essentials for the Ultimate Gym Bag

Here is all the gear you need to get back in shape.

Best Sour and Salty Gose Beers

A revived German legend is the perfect summer beer.

Floor Lamps to Brighten Your Home

Great lighting can drastically improve a home.

Best Pocket Notebooks

The best pocket notebooks are durable, functional, and inspire a desire to write.

Loose Teas to Drink Now

Loose teas can be as sophisticated as fine wines or craft beers.

Best Multi-Tools

Perhaps it's time to try the multi-tool.

Bike Racks for Your Ride

Don't load up the junk in your trunk — use a bike rack.

Apps for Better iPhone Photos

Bring professional-quality edits to your phone photos with these seven apps.

Get Back to Analog with these Eight Camera Films

Looking to shoot film? These are the eight best films for every situation.

Ultimate Home Brewer's Guide

Here are the kits you need for your next home brew.

Foam-Free Boards

Blood, Sweat and Wood

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Some of the world's best wooden surfboards are being made in York, Maine. We spent a day at the Grain Surfboards workshop to find out what they're all about.

All Aboard

The Train to an Outdoorsman's Playground

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A ride through the Canadian Rockies on a plush, window-ceilinged trains tantalizes with views of adventure -- and, at its end, delivers.

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Will you go out with me?

25 Great American First Date Spots

Planning a date isn't like ordering on Seamless. You've got to put some thought into it -- and you can't just get Thai every time. Here are 25 ideas to get you started. Don't forget to send us a wedding invite.

Plan now. Party later.

The Ultimate Summer Music Festival Kit

Having the right gear on hand during an outdoor concert can be the difference between a weekend for the ages or an expensive lesson learned. These items cover the critical bases of comfort, connectivity, hygiene, peace of mind and style. Better yet, most are also made right here in America.

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Earlier This Week

From SURFER Magazine to The Surfer's Journal

The Man at the Helm of Surfing’s Greatest Magazines

We spoke with Brendon Thomas, the past Editor-in-Chief of SURFER Magazine and current Director of Operations at The Surfer's Journal, about his new job, how surf coverage has changed and what he has to look forward to.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: July 30, 2015

A revolutionary messenger bag is Peak Designs' latest, Word. Notebooks calls to the mountains, LAX comes to your living room and more.

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How to Ditch the Desk, Contracts, and Even the Cost

The Secret to Wi-Fi Wherever You Want It

This pocket-sized device is the simplest way to bring a reliable internet connection with you, everywhere in the U.S.

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Watches for the Beach, Mountains or Manning the Grill

The 7 Watches of Summer 2015

Put down the Patek. These seven watches are perfect for summer adventures -- and they all cost less than $1,000.

The Surfrider Foundation

The Group Protecting America’s Surf

What began as a group of surfers protecting their local surf spot has expanded into the largest national organization solely dedicated to America's coastlines.

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Swiped Right. Now What?

How to Plan a First Date

Here's the problem: you are good. First dates are bad. So we talked to three dating coaches to figure out how to plan a perfect first date.

What to see, read and hear

This Week in Culture: July 25, 2015

David Remnick interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dr. Seuss's new book, the first trailer for The Revenant, a profile of Jay and Mark Duplass and NASA finds Earth's older, bigger cousin.