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Today in Gear, Mother’s Day Edition: May 6, 2014

Mother's Day is this Sunday. For those of you who haven't bought a gift yet, here's what we recommend: a Westerlind Felt Hat, a top-of-the-line running shoe by Puma, the Swrve Stationary Tote and more.

Rubbing Sticks Not Required

Two Ways to Build a Campfire Like a Pro

In the wild, a simple fire can save your life. Demyan Hryciw, an instructor at REI's Outdoor School, teaches us step by step how to start two simple campfires.


Think You Know How to Tell a Story? Think Again

Two experts weigh in about why the story is important and how you can tell it well.


10 Best Mugs for the Morning Commute

Keeping your coffee hot (or cold) and your crotch un-burned.


5 Trucks Making a Case for the Mid-Size Pickup

Big pickups are big news, but their mid-size brethren are still formidable trucks. Despite a shrinking market, these five rock on.

On the Docket

The 10 Best Multi-Tools

Be a handyman, wherever you go.

The Most Beautiful Motorcycle Ever Made

Of all the bikes ever created, one stands taller.

The Ace Hotel's Panama City Outpost

Yes, they've got a coffee shop.

Specialized's Roubaix SL4 is an All-Roads Machine

Conquering cobbled, river-washed and dirt roads with aplomb.

Speciality Foods On Your Doorstep

Narrow your scope. Reap the benefits.

A Sportsman's Guide to the .22 Rifle.

Small but mighty.

8 Iconic Movie Watches

From Bond's Rolex to the Apollo 13 OMEGA Speedmaster.

Pasta that Can Stand the Heat

Marc Vetri's farfalle with chorizo and favas.

How to Make: Skirt Steak with Iceberg Wedge

Appreciating the understated glory of secondary cuts.

A Brief Guide to International Plug Standards

The reason why Denmark is such a happy country.

Bourbon Terms Explained by the Pros

Whiskey wisdom.

18 Options Under $1000

Dive Watches that Won't Sink the Treasure Chest


You don't have to dive deep into your pockets to get a respectable dive watch. And that's a good thing.

Fishing for a Nation's Best, One Catch at a Time

Inside New Zealand's Sustainable Fishing


In a small fishing village 60 miles north of Auckland, Lee Fish is a world leader of sustainable and humane fishing practices, all in the name of quality. We paid them a visit to learn how.

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Time to Tidy Up

Elements: Organize Your Desk

Desk covered in junk? Give the vital things a place to belong and give the rest a Viking funeral. To that end, here are some of the best desk organizers out there right now.

Not a Mediocre One On the Lot

The 25 Best Cars Under $50,000

There are 265 car models available in the US market; thus, there are choices. We help narrow them down.

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Four Lists You Missed

18 Dive Watches Under $1,000
Because the water's warming up.
The 10 Best Multi-Tools
Because the you're always prepared.
The 25 Best Cars Under $50,000
Because you're not Floyd Mayweather.
10 Best Mugs for the Morning Commute
Because coffee stains suck.

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Disagreement and an Endangered Climb

The End of Ayers Rock?

Ayers Rock, a huge, flat sandstone summit in the middle of the Australian desert, draws huge crowds. But part of that tourism involves climbing over ground that the Anangu tribe, the owners of the land, consider sacred.

Meet Your Summer Drink

The Michelada Three Ways

A michelada makes a shandy embarrassed to be liquid. We caught up with our friends at The Third Man in New York for three variations on the drink: one original, one with rhubarb and bourbon, the last with tequila and grapefruit.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: May 5, 2015

Timex celebrates over 160 years of timekeeping, Birchbox celebrates 50 years of Baxter of California, Chaco celebrates the Grateful Dead and more.

Advice from Master Storytellers

Think You Know How to Tell a Story? Think Again

The stories you've been telling haven't actually been stories. According to The Moth, an NYC-based storytelling program, you've been slinging anecdotes. We talked to two experts about why the story is important and how you can tell it well.

The Jewel of Oz

72 Hours in Sydney

Sydney is epic. Resting on one of the world's largest natural harbors, it boasts majestic sunsets, iconic buildings, one-of-a-kind craft brews and is within driving distance of a number of grandiose national parks. Here's where to stay, what to eat and what to do with 72 hours in Sydney.

Hot Coffee, un-Burned Crotch

10 Best Mugs for the Morning Commute

Life seems to get difficult quick if you can't bring your coffee with you; but if you spill, your treasured drink can become a mortal enemy. Nobody wants that. The solution: a great travel mug.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: May 4, 2015

Vuarnet amps up the summer style with new sunglasses, Tanner Goods gets playful with geoglyph iconography, a luxury made-to-measure brand pops up in SoHo, NYC and more.

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The Adventure Capital of the World

72 Hours in Queenstown

Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. But it's also teeming with Kiwi culture and culinary arts.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: May 1, 2015

J.Crew's throwback swim trunks, the Robinhood stock trading app for the Apple Watch, charitable summer styling and more.

A 19-Year-Old Restaurant Responds

Is Fine Dining Dead?

In 2009, Logan Brown won Best Restaurant in New Zealand. Six years later, time may have passed the restaurant by.