From the Archives: Any book that introduces “a sharp implement, a capacity to witness death, and a good amount of blood” as self-evident truths in the business of slaughtering pigs has our attention. Jeffrey Weiss’s new book, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, is much more than spectacle: it’s an authoritative resource on Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques, complete with recipes for traditional Spanish dishes, handsome photography and anecdotes from the author’s personal experience.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: LG’s newest smart watch, Bell’s transformable helmet for mountain bikers, Nike’s new throwback tennis apparel and more.
Pouches For The Pack
Dehydrated meals are the camping food industry’s apex predator. They’re lightweight, simple to make and sold at every outdoor retailer; all that’s required is hot water. But history’s taught us that convenience and quality usually have inverse relationships. We tasted five of the industry’s top brands to see whether an easy, delicious fireside meal was a marketing ploy or a reality.
With the Appalachians to the east and Rockies to the west, the relatively flat American Midwest doesn’t call to mind a hiking destination. But that’s dead wrong. Instead of coastlines there are lakeshores. Instead of continuous mountain ranges, there’s rolling loess higher than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. In the north, terrain varies from the Badlands of the Dakotas and the Pictured Rocks of Lake Superior; in the south are lush forests nestled between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Rethink the flyover states and hit the trailheads of the American Midwest — these fifteen are your starting points.
British author and adventurer
Alastair Humphreys has bicycled around the world; embarked on polar expeditions; completed a self-supported, thousand-mile walk through the Empty Quarter Desert; rowed the Atlantic; crossed India coast-to-coast on foot and backpacked and packrafted across Iceland, among other expeditions. This is a man who knows a thing or two about adventure.
The two-pound wilderness bed
Hammocks are supposed to call to mind carefree days of swinging lazily in the shade of coconut trees, while gentle tropical breezes toss sea-green waves onto sugar-white sand beaches. We tested the Kammok Roo to see if the lightweight hammock delivers on this age-old promise.
New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: Cannondale sponsors Slipstream, Garmin introduces an updated power meter, an app brings pick-up sports to the teammate-less masses and more.
The Bear Essentials
From the Archives: You never know when things might take a turn for the worse. Match up to your skill level and ensure you’ve got the right basic survival gear with our survey.
Today in Gear: Cole Haan’s exclusive shoes for Mr. Porter, Bad Seed Chili Granola, the first permanently sealed waterproof camera and more.
Is a dedicated TV streaming device irrelevant? It depends
It’s easy to think that the ground made up by “TV Anywhere” streaming services from television providers as well as on demand resources like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO have made owning a dedicated device like the Slingbox M1 irrelevant. But is that really the case? After spending a few days testing the newest member of the Slingbox family, the realistic answer is: it depends.
The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph
The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph is Roger Federer’s new on-court weapon, and the first racket change he’s made in 10 years.
Buff male models and scrawny U.S. Open ball boys strolled silently around Ralph Lauren HQ on Monday, standing on platforms and lifting their arms and turning slowly when asked; they were showing off the latest wearable fitness technology, though it was hard to tell. The smart accessories weren’t big-screened watches, blocky chest straps or pinned-on step counters: they were their shirts.
Like Post Secret for Adults
Within the past year, two anonymous social apps, Secret and Whisper, have launched and secured millions of dollars in funding while racking up thousands of new users per day. The question is, should you be using them?
Follow Your Fears
A dirt bike. A parachute. And no fear. That’s what it takes to execute a novel idea in extreme sports. “If everything doesn’t go perfectly to plan then, you know, I’ll move on to the next life”, says Brad O’Neal. The Pro Motox Rider is planning to hit a massive skyward ramp, at 80 mph, without a prayer of landing.