Whether you’re flying from Cleveland to Chicago in coach or Boston to Bangladesh in business, the reality of flying involves cramped quarters, mediocre wi-fi, and floppy tray tables. That doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Here are three setups — tailored to regional, transcontinental and international flights — to maximize your jetset (or weekly airborne slog) efficiency.
Stalwart of the Skies
From the Archives: Since its birth in the ’60s as a revolutionary way to tackle long distance flights with large passenger loads, the 747 has undergone several evolutions. Today the 4th generation 747, the 747-8 Intercontinental, is, in our opinion, the finest one yet, though its success has been somewhat marred by its misunderstood approach. In the previous decades while manufacturers focused on making their products bigger, newer and faster, Boeing took a different tact with the 747: efficiency and evolution. We got aboard one on an inaugural Lufthansa flight.
5 Courses, 1 Grill, No Dishes
The life of a dinner shindig can be as simple as quality charcoal, a few tunes and some great beef. Oh, and good beer. The “One Grill Meal” isn’t a challenging culinary proposition. In fact, outside of skillet cooking it’s about as simple of a trick as they come. And whether your have propane or charcoal it’s a pretty damn simple affair and about as American as it gets.
Centre Street, before the rush
Nantucket just before the summer tide of tourists rolls in is a special place.
Business Class in All Rows
In the 2015 Chevy Tahoe everyone is treated with business-class comfort. Is this the perfect weekend car? We find out with some time behind the wheel.
Finally, Something to Watch on Netflix
From the Archives: In the golden age of the so-called “art cinema”, college-aged cineastes and middle-aged professorial types needed only to congregate at the local repertory theatre for a fix of the latest and greatest in international film. They could catch a Bergman-Fellini double feature and wile away the evening in a coffee shop discussing the Christ-figure symbolism or whatever. A vast library of international movies are available to watch instantly with the click of a mouse. You too can become a film snob — with very little actual work. We’ve done some of the heavy popcorn lifting for you and picked out forty of the best foreign films available for instant streaming today. Go forth and become a global movie connoisseur.
Reveling in a Moment
10:28 a.m. HST | Kauai, Hawaii — The two mile hike up to Waipoo Falls in Kauai’s Waimea Canyon is by all measurement an easy one, but it underscores what’s best about a quiet hike.
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View All Today in Gear | Follow Us On Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, RSS or Subscribe via Email The Best Summer Films Summer movie season is in full swing. Blockbusters to the indies, thrillers and cerebral, here’s your complete punchlist for the best movies. Read More Reigning Champ x CM Robe Your long weekend may be…
Hawaii's Old Man in the Sea
Volcanic activity lifted Hawaii’s oldest island up from the ocean floor six million years ago, and millennia of rainfall — amounts on par with the highest on Earth — have carved out deep valleys, gorgeous waterfalls and ridges that rise thousands of feet into the air like razors set on edge. In this photo essay we explore both summit and sea.
From the Archives: Sunglasses are sunglasses, right? Nope. You can’t slap on a pair of clearance carousel drugstore shades and expect a great behind-the-wheel experience; nor does spending $300 on top-of-the-line sunglasses necessarily get you the best sunglasses for the road. In this guide we’ve rounded up a few favorites — perfect for negotiating that hairpin like Fangio.
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View All Today in Gear | Follow Us On Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, RSS or Subscribe via Email The Handbook by Valet Our favorite style destination has introduced a massive update to their Handbook, a digital series of lessons and how-to’s that range from living a stylish life to field guides on style. Well illustrated and…
The Dish of Summer
Chef Ken Priest of Genuine Roadside in New York shared this recipe for tacos made with fresh tuna.
From the Archives: In the good old days of train travel a gentleman would have a cavalcade of steamer trunks in tow, housing all manner of wardrobe, knick knacks, accoutrement and what-have-yous. These days, a guy’s lucky if his rolling carry-on isn’t checked at the gate. Thankfully, weary traveler, technology is on your side. We’re pleased to introduce to you the best hard shell suitcases we would find, each a convergence of all the necessary requirements for travel, each unique in its own way.
Best Summer Ever
The team that makes Gear Patrol happen here at our office in New York is a small but intensely passionate crew of journalists huddled around a simple mission: cinematic storytelling and product forward reporting. We’re also having a damn good time doing it. The work is hard, but it’s remarkably fun. We care deeply about our editorial goals (providing a daily roadmap for guys hell-bent on making the most out of their lives), love balancing data and art and hold ourselves accountable to our readers and each other and we’re looking for a few good candidates. Read on.
In terms of age, Tel Aviv is practically an adolescent amongst its Middle Eastern siblings. The city was founded in just 1909 and that youthful exuberance can be seen in every corner of the thriving, secular scene. Its burgeoning creative community and coastal vibe harken a sense that Tel Aviv has no qualms giving Miami a run for its money. But instead of sprawl and house music, the city treats its visitors with endless Bauhaus architecture, a formidable music scene, fascinating cultural visits and excellent food — and a rousing nightlife. Following up his trek across Cuba, GP’s Jeremy Berger recently traveled to the “The White City” to spend two weeks immersing himself in the city’s offerings, speaking with local experts on hotels, design, food and beer — even making an ambitious trip southeast to Israel’s earnest municipal, Jerusalem, to run the marathon.
Take a Break from Work for a visit to Hanapepe, Hawaii
Tucked away behind a small industrial complex in Hanapepe on the Island of Kauai lies a hidden local treasure: Glass Beach. And just a short walk east from the parking area, one can find an even cooler gem — a naturally formed lava arch and keyhole cave on a jagged dark amber shoreline, where firm breezes make the tumbling waves a sight to behold.
Small State Wields Large Influence
You may be able to drive through Rhode Island in a half hour, but the diminutive state’s influence extends beyond its borders. While the local economy relies less on manufacturing than it once did, the state still produces a raft of excellent goods — and not just what they’re making at Raytheon. Here we’ve picked a few of our favorites from the Ocean State, ranging from the artisan to the heirloom-worthy. Think of them as souvenirs from our Seeking Providence issue.
121 Leagues South of Miami
Unlike Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac don’t have car dealerships, fancy restaurants, banks or clubs. The only company is the companion you flew in with, red-footed boobies, and disarmingly laid back residents who are quick to smile and even faster to offer help. Visit once and you’ll return for life.
Littler, but Just as Grand
A Caribbean island can be perfectly indulgent, but the trappings of modern resort life can also bring a modicum of staleness. That’s why you go the extra mile. Or, in the case of the Caymans, 60 miles. Just beyond Grand Cayman are the Sister Islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, both refreshingly Caribbean and just a puddle-jump away.
Pen to Paper
Call us old fashioned, but even the proliferation of apps like Evernote hasn’t swayed our confidence in the permanence of hand written notes — despite the convenience of the cloud. Some of our best missives, essays and lists have come from the flip of a page and the click of a pen. But with the…
Haus Sweet Haus
Though opened nearly four years ago, the VitraHaus remains a pilgrimage-worthy menagerie of design. Located in the German town of Weil-am-Rhein and built by famed builders Herzog & de Meuron, the VitraHaus is series of stacked longhouses filled with an assemblage of classic and contemporary design goods for the home. Visitors are encouraged to not just gaze in the standard museum sense, but to touch and interact with everything. A walk-through had us rethinking our own homes.
The Arrivals: those cars that make us gasp “finally” as we turn the key and hit the road. From the unveiling of three conscientious supercars to a retrospective on five cars that have finally hit their prime, this issue is for all those times you’ve wondered, “will they ever get it right?”
Head of the C-Class
In its past several generations, Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class has promised drivers excellent entry-level luxury — a promise on which the car has never quite delivered. GP editor Eric Yang travels to the South of France to find the soul of the new C-Class using his right foot.
Taking the Alpha Out of Beta
Can a piece of luggage have a successor? Tumi, the venerable brand practically synonymous with domestic airports, believes it can with the release of the Alpha 2. The carry-on/check-in sequel incorporates a slew of improvements — ranging from overdue to practically invisible — in the gangbusters popular flagship line. Across its 30 improvements, the Alpha 2 boasts an impressive 14 patents. To test its mettle, we made our way to the Alpha 2’s arena: airports.
You don’t need us to tell you that the killer lines and hushed materials like brass of midcentury design are having a moment. All but gone or relegated to steampunk design (RIP, thank you very much) for the past decade, brass is back and it’s never looked better — especially in small doses. The affordable…
Thump the room, and finish that TPS report
From the Archives: Most of us have accepted the mediocre phonics that ooze through the speakers of our laptops and PCs, or the enclosed experience headphones provide. It’s a let down really, seeing as how a small investment can transform a cubicle desk into a burgeoning soundstage. Arcade Fire at the 40-Watt Club versus an iMac on an Ikea Malm.
To pump some potency into your desktop listening experience, we’ve assembled this collection of excellent stereo monitors sure to have your ears buzzing. They don’t have to break the bank (though they certainly can, if you’re the splurging type), but this range of portable blasters to music studio monitors provide the chops to enliven any Netflix, Spotify, or Steam session. Now get jammin’.