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Today in Gear: December 22, 2014

Justin Chung's new photography book, Blackberry returns to the keyboard, medical marijuana storage cases and more.

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A Scotland Travel Guide

Welcome to our sprawling travel journal of Scotland's environmental, cultural and culinary riches. Over the next two weeks we'll be sharing our collection of 50 essays, videos, anecdotes, photo essays, travel guides, recipes, poetry and tall tales gathered during one hell of a trip. The journey begins now.

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Down Jackets for Every Budget

These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts next spring.

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The 100 Best Products of 2014

The gear of the year in home, tech, automotive, watches, style, sports, outdoors and spirits.

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The Best Travel Apps

Make sure your smartphone is ready.

On the Docket

Dopp Kits: A Survey

Grooming storage options for every kind of traveler.

Your Guide to Home Fragrance

No, Febreeze isn't the answer.

Best Gym Bags for Any Workout

The 10 best bags for being shoved into a locker while you get your sweat on.

Racing the 640 HP McLaren 650S

0 to 60 mph in 2.9 f%&*ing seconds.

How to Grill the Best Steak of Your Life

The magic of the Pinbone sirloin.

5 Facial Moisturizers to Beat Winter

There's no excuse for dry skin.

Triathlon Gear for the Newbie

Everything needed to race your best.

What to Watch & Read this Holiday

Catch up on what you missed.

22 Best Boots of the Season

Find the right boot for every occasion.

The History of In-N-Out Burger

One family's patty-filled chapter in the book of American dreams.

Original Films

Fishing in the Late Light

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Meeting a fishy relative in beautiful Cairngorms National Park.

Photo Essay

Dispatches From Cuba

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Photos and Stories From a 20-Day Journey

Today's Contents

Feature Story

Notes from a WWII POW

My Grandfather’s War

GP writer Bryan Campbell's grandfather became a prisoner of war during WWII's Battle of the Bulge. He was imprisoned for just over four months. Here is a glimpse of his experience from his personal journal, 70 years to the day of his capture.

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Four Lists You Missed

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16 Gifts for the Travelers Under $50
Because adventure is out there
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16 Great Tech Gifts Under $50
Because last year's obsolete
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16 Stylish Finds for Under $50
Because their wardrobe needs updating.
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16 Camping & Outdoor Gifts for Under $50
Because they're one with nature.

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Dan had mentioned his novel idea before our summer trip to Switzerland: we’d go backpacking, in the Alps -- no huts. Bring your sleeping bags and bivy sacks, he said. Brilliant, I thought.

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DELI Scatters the Tourist Herd

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Stop Letting Excuses Ruin Your Workouts

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Light, After 40 Days of Night

Viewfinder: Return of the Sun

Ice and darkness: winters in Ilulissat, a coastal city in northwestern Greenland, are unfathomably severe. After 40 straight days of darkness, the Inuits welcome the sun.

A Scotland Travel Guide

The Right To Roam: The End

It's the final day of our sprawling travel journal of Scotland's environmental, cultural and culinary riches. We spent Day 11 exploring Edinburgh (where we got a trim, drank great beer and met a fellow American), reading great Scottish literature, and saying goodbye to this beautiful country.

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Postcard: The Oldest Barbershop in Edinburgh

2:30 p.m. GMT | Edinburgh, Scotland -- That’s what the guy in the shop selling scarves told us, anyway: that James Wood & Sons, Wood’s for short, was the oldest place to get a cut in Scotland’s capital city.

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A Scotland Travel Guide

Right To Roam: Day 10

Welcome to our sprawling travel journal of Scotland's environmental, cultural and culinary riches. Over the next two weeks we'll be sharing our collection of 50 essays, videos, anecdotes, photo essays, travel guides, recipes, poetry and tall tales gathered during one hell of a trip. On Day 10, we examined the best independent Scotches (and tasted a delicious Big Scotch name), visited the oldest in on Skye and learned a thing or two from a Scottish brown trout.

A Scotland Travel Guide

Right To Roam: Day 9

Welcome to our sprawling travel journal of Scotland's environmental, cultural and culinary riches. Over the next two weeks we'll be sharing our collection of 50 essays, videos, anecdotes, photo essays, travel guides, recipes, poetry and tall tales gathered during one hell of a trip. On Day 9, we talked Scotland's greatest adventures, then feasted on delicious Scottish cheeses, smoked fish and beer.