Good morning and “happy” Monday. It’s the beginning of what we know will be a tremendous week. Have an extra long stretch, delight in your first coffee, enjoy your commute, but before you settle in at work, ingest what we have in store: an ingenious journal (scientifically proven to improve lives), Star Wars for your wrist, the only [compact] camera you’ll ever need and more.

Mind Journal

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Men, more often than not, we don’t do a fantastic job expressing our inner thoughts and feelings (your faithful author included) — because it’s difficult and uncomfortable to do so. But it’s a supremely healthy, helpful, and, truth be told, life-changing thing as well. Gathering your friends for group therapy isn’t necessary; simply writing down your thoughts and concerns will do wonders. Really. This journal is everything we love: high-quality paper; smart, man-made leather; it’s designed to lay flat; it comes with a durable case. It’s also everything we need: questions to draw the deep stuff out of our brains, a helpful guide for beginning journalers, and a promise of more peace of mind.

Nikon DL Premium Compact Camera

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Super capability in a small package — Nikon’s newest is a line of three fixed-lens cameras that punch well above their weight. Innate zoom and macro abilities will come in handy for any skill level; 20.8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensors will pump out super hi-res images regardless; go further and record 4K video at 30 fps.

Timberland Mono Grey Boots

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Timberland is known for their now-iconic yellow boots. Take that same time-tested formula and apply a soft gray monochromatic colorway and you’ve got a 6-inch nubuck boot that’s almost as ready for spring as we are.

Bézi Polished Beard Oil

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From Bradley Hasemeyer, Correspondent: This 100 percent natural blend of rare oils is teeming with vitamins, antioxidants and essential omegas. The oils soak into the skin and hair, providing a polished and healthy look without greasiness. The fresh, sophisticated scent dissipates quickly, leaving a faint spiciness.

Star Wars x Nixon Watch Collection: The Light Side

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Last year Nixon gave in to the dark side and alongside the Star Wars brand created a line of watches designed after our favorite villains from a galaxy far, far away. Maybe it was a New Year’s resolution, maybe they met an tiny, super chill green dude; either way, they’ve seen the light. See-Threepio, Artoo-Detoo (how many nerd points is correct spelling worth?) and the rustic Jedi look are all captured in timepiece form.

Topo Designs Mountain Daypack

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All new for 2016, the Daypack features a U-shaped zipper on the main compartment for easy packing, big side pockets (Nalgene-bottle-sized), a 15-inch laptop compartment and daisy chains for all your other EDC/mountaineering gear.

Reviews and Buying Guides

What You Missed, What to Read

The 50 Best Steaks in America, Chosen By You

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We asked, you answered: hear are the best steaks our meat-loving country has to offer. Read the Story

A Pro Keyboard that May Convince You to Start Gaming

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If you’re on the brink of entering the gaming world, now is a great time to get started. Read the Story

The Culture Rundown: John Oliver on Trump, The Guitarist from ‘Mad Max,’ and Sci-Fi Smut

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All the culture news fit to print for Monday, February 29. Read the Story

Akio Shinya received a lifetime achievement award at the World Ski Awards in 2014 for his work as chief of the Niseko Avalanche Research Institute. He makes the rules for what is in bounds and out of bounds at Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan, famous for its constant snowfall and deep powder in winter. His philosophy balances safety with the understanding that skiers want to explore every bit of the mountain and the belief that people should take personal responsibility for their decisions. Shinya-san still goes out at 5am every morning to check snow conditions, and he was kind enough to take us along with him. ([email protected]) #skiing #backcountry #niseko #GPxJP

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