It’s said that driving a slow car fast is one of the greatest automotive thrills, especially when it’s a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive roadster with a rigid chassis, slick manual transmission, phenomenal balance and perfectly-weighted steering — a car like the Mazda Miata. With the latest generation just released, it’s about time we explored the past, present and future of the world’s most popular roadster.
The cult of the Miata lives
Who would’ve imagined that a small, underpowered roadster like the Mazda MX-5 Miata would become the darling of the roadster world? Gear Patrol traveled to the challenging Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, where every version of the iconic Japanese roadster took to the tarmac recently to celebrate the cult of Miata.
Switzerland is not in trouble
“Switzerland is in trouble”, Jony Ive recently said when introducing Apple’s smart watch. But watch collectors have heard those words before, and the traditional wristwatch has survived — prospered even. Which is partly why non-smart watches still have nothing to fear.
Nip Your Audio in the Bud
From the Archives: Earbuds, rather than full-size headphones, are essential for about every possible activity besides critical listening mostly because they are so very compact. If you’re a commuter or jogger or the type of person who can’t balance one-pound earmuffs on your head all day, or prefer to not spend a pretty penny on something that you’re likely to lose or break, these are for you.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: One-day-only J. Crew sneaks, pin-ups on your coffee table, weed-infused chocolate and more.
More Americans now subscribe to in-home broadband than cable television from any of the nation’s nine largest providers. We’re arguably staring at a future where all content — channel based or otherwise — is delivered over the Internet.
Ticking off the week's news in watches
This Week in Watches: Breitling’s new SuperQuartz-powered Cockpit B50, a classicist pocket watch from Jaquet Droz, a watch expert takes on the Apple Watch and much more.
One More Thing Than Apple's Thing
With the release of the Apple Watch, wrist wearables may finally be finding their stride. But who cares? Watches had perfected timekeeping by the time the personal computer was invented. What wearable technology really needs to capture the hearts and wallets of consumers worldwide is a revolution. So from GP’s own department of disruptive innovation comes a proposal: the iBuckle. Here’s a breakdown of its groundbreaking features.
Hollywood is society's compass. It should be the Apple Watch's, too
The Apple Watch may be touted as innovative, but if Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that for the modern, 21st century man, Apple’s latest creation is severely lacking. Take note, Tim Cook: Cinema is here to save your bacon.
Jump from a 500-foot cliff and you’ll free-fall for five or six seconds. It’s a very short moment, but as one yet-anonymous thrill-seeker explains in this short clip, “Your mind becomes so focused on the exact moment that all your senses become amplified. You’re able to hear things, and feel things, and see things that you probably wouldn’t if you weren’t in free fall.”
What makes a good wearable?
From the Archives: What makes a good wearable? Comparing a laundry list of features is one way to start the conversation. The Misfit Shine proves, however, that there’s still something to be said for keeping it simple.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: the first responsive light bulb, Coca-Cola brings Surge back, Lumix introduces a smart camera, an outdoor HD transceiver and more.
Yes, you still have to do the driving
Staying connected to your information — whether that means access to music, social media, restaurant reviews, or navigation — is essential, even when you’re on the road. These are some of the best connected cars on the market today; they range from an affordable hatchback to a racy new minivan and all the way to one of the most luxurious rides on the planet.
The smell of leaves and exhaust
When the temperatures drop from their sweaty heights and the warm hues of fall foliage emerge, the driving experience changes — it’s time for windows-down scenic cruising. Bring along the appropriate warm garb (plus a few other essentials) and you’ll have mastered the fall drive.