Small State Wields Large Influence

8 Great Things, All Made in Rhode Island

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

Photo Essay: Cayman Sister Islands

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

72 Hours in the Cayman Sister Islands

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

Margin Call: 5 Moleskine Alternatives for the Notetaker

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

A Walk Through the VitraHaus

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.

Finally

The Arrivals Issue

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

Quick Spin: The Arrival of a First Class 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

Testing the Tumi Alpha 2, Concourse-Style

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.

Top Brass

With Midcentury Design, Brass is in the Details

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

Desktop Speakers that Deliver the Front Row Experience

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'.

A trip to (what we thought was) the ragged edge of control

Track Day: At the Fringe with Porsche & Pirelli

Most drivers, including Porsche owners, spend little time at the ragged fringe of control. Daydreams of record-time morning commutes are one thing, but precise, high-speed driving is rarified air for most. Porsche has a solution: driving school. At Porsche Sport Driving School you won't come away with points off your license or a lower insurance rate. Instead, you get a crash-course in precise driving at high speeds.

Killer Pow, Bro

Photo Essay: Skis from a Bygone Era

Skis have become impossibly technical -- not with complicated gadgets and moving parts, but other things that engineers geek out over like ski geometry, core materials and physics. In this photo essay we recall a bygone era of skis when color schemes were impossibly neon, patterns were questionable and bindings were more like door hinges.

Hungry Like the Wolf

Style Guide: How to Dress Like The Wolf of Wall Street

Immorality? Regulation? Terrible ties? Ah, the early 90s. Whether you recall that fateful turn of the decade where the 80s blindly roared into the 90s as a style doldrum (gaping pinstripes and questionable patterns) or a blind, no-holds-barred epoch (let's do lunch!), there's no questioning that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will smash into theaters this Christmas with boom-time style. In anticipation, we’ve put together a big-money style guide inspired by a few memorable scenes to commemorate Scorsese's nearly three-hour celluloid tribute to the infamous "Wolfpack". The 90s may have lacked style, but it's hard to say we don't miss it, just a bit. Fuckin' a.

Incredible Design for a Notable Charity

Photo Essay: Jony Ive & Marc Newson (RED) Auction Preview

Collaborating with Bono and Bobby Shriver for the (RED) charity, Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson have personally curated a collection that celebrates the best in design and innovation. If you appreciate design, engineering, space, music or style and are itching to liquidate your family's trust fund, then ready your paddle. On a kind invitation from the folks at Sotheby's, we made our way to a private viewing of the collection before its auction.

Stalwart of the Skies

At Flight: Behind the Scenes with Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8

747. The Jumbo Jet. Whether you're a million miler or just look for the cheapest thing on Kayak, the 747 is a plane that requires no introduction. You know it has an upstairs. You know that's what Air Force One is. You know it's been around forever and it still imparts second glances through the glass even when you're beelining it for baggage claim. It's a stalwart of the skies. 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.

Impeccable Silence

Stay: Bulgari Hotel London

It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since London last christened a new luxury hotel. Standing inside the Bulgari Hotel London, though, you'd be hard pressed not to call the wait well worth it. Nestled in London's Knightsbridge neighborhood, home of the wealthiest of London's wealthy, Bulgari's latest hotel has quite clearly taken a different path than its brethren: better design, less bling.

A Feeling of Displacement

Track Day: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

Recently, we made our way out to Bilster Berg, a new $45 million dollar track and driving resort tucked into the eastern foothills of Germany. A former British ammunition depot, the 2.6-mile track has quickly launched to must-drive status due to a challenging mix of speed and extreme elevation changes. It was a worthy canvas for painting tracks with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, a 2.0-liter beast.

What to Read, See and Hear

This Week in Culture: September 6, 2013

Aerial Fashion by Joseph Ford It’s fashion week here in New York. All the elbow-rubbing and preening aside, a stunning mashup (photo above) has surfaced in the form of aerial photography and fashion by Joseph Ford. No Ordinary Passenger In this op-doc, Cabell Hopkins tells the story of Stan Dibben, a daredevil of a bygone...

... And we're back

This Week in Culture: August 30, 2013

At the behest of our loyal readers and our own internal editorial auditors, we’re bringing back Briefings. Left to languish for the past several months, Briefings is fresh from “the shoe”: leaner, trimmer and ready for click-open-in-new-tab action. Oh, and it has a snazzy new name: This Week in Culture. From style to science, TWIC...

It started with a photo

30 Minutes With: Chase Jarvis

Ask any photographer to pencil a list of dream clients and it might look something like this: Nike, Apple, Microsoft, Columbia Sportswear, REI, Subaru, Polaroid, Lady Gaga and Red Bull. With notches in his grip for all of those and more, Chase Jarvis has one hell of a career trajectory. Oh, and he’s the youngest person to be named Hasselblad Master. We took a few moments to talk to Chase about his next project and what makes him tick.

Foremost Time & Care: A Walk Through the Bulgari Atelier

European history is rife with stories of natives and immigrants pursuing passions in the name of business. Eponymous brands that have flourished from single-person outfits into enterprises both small and large -- some luxury and other more municipal in nature -- tout their victories loudly. Rightly so. Enormously successful brands almost always have traveled a long, meandering and difficult path to gain their current success. Recently, we were invited to peer into the opulent world of Bulgari (or Bvlgari proper), a company whose unique track has led to excellence in a relatively new niche for the brand: watchmaking.

Putting products on a pedestal

Introducing: Gear Patrol Shorts

We’ve all experienced it before — that overwhelming desire to stop and marvel at something. For some, the response is sparked by the sight of art, a beautiful landscape or even particular members of the fairer sex (uncouth, we know). Certain things in this world simply demand more than a passing glance or two. For people like us, though, it’s all about great things that live at the intersection of impeccable design and remarkable engineering. Chances are you feel the same way. Today, we’re introducing a new way of telling stories — one with fewer words and a higher focus on bringing products we test to life through the magic of short-form video, one perfect for a quick moment of inspiration (or awe) that’s mobile friendly and ready to go. We’re calling them GP SHORTS. Click to watch our first take.

100 Years and Counting

Still Running: Visiting John Deere Horicon Works

Iconic. When was the last time you didn't hear the buzzword spouted in a commercial for something from the worlds of automotive, fashion or interior design? The terminology of agricultural equipment and lawn care is an entirely different story. Well, mostly. A certain Deere & Company, founded in 1837 and known colloquially as John Deere, is a rare exception. We paid a visit to their Horicon, Wisconsin factory to find out why.

Moments from a day on the PCH

Pacific Coast Cruising: Driving California’s Iconic Highway

Twisting against cliffs carved by tempestuous ocean waves, the Pacific Coast Highway is a dazzling drive. Carved by nature and intrepid men armed with dynamite, the PCH meanders through California's natural vistas: endless forests of firs and redwoods, towns steeped in history, pounding surfs, vineyards. It's intoxicating. On the heels of yesterday's dive into the art of the road trip, we thought it fitting to share our photo essay from a recent journey of California's iconic highway.

Summer Starts Here

Coming Next Week: The GP Summer Preview

Smell that? Summer is in the air. For our sixth issue we’re taking an early dive into the throes of summer. We’ve packed three weeks worth of equinox-ready content into a fine assembly of informative guides, buzz-worthy roundups and interviews with the sole intention of making your next project, party or purchase the season’s best....

Individual, Style

Dockers Men of Style: Michael Williams

It's hard to hide from denim. It's everywhere, an absolute staple of most of what men wear. But what about khakis? How about the nonconformist? Proof is in the stitching for Dockers, whose Alpha Khaki has proved a worthy replacement to the tired pair of jeans. In a continuation of the Dockers "Men of Style" series, Dockers has released their latest batch of films -- the first which points a lens on Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean in a pair of Alphas. Click more to watch his film.

Mad for mid-century

Time for Mad Men: 5 Watches of the Era

it's not just the incredible storytelling that's so appealing about Mad Men. It's the style and setting narratives that relive a fabled American decade. Tailored suits and bespoke dresses. Cigarettes. Colors. The Rolling Stones and Beatles. More cigarettes. And the subtle dress watch. We round up 5 stunning watches from the American mid-century in celebration of the season 6 premiere.

Today in Gear: March 11, 2013

Adidas Crazyquick Feedback loops come full circle as adidas introduces Crazyquick. Designed using athlete input, Crazyquick includes specific lines for basketball, football, running and training. The goal? Greater flexibility, traction and foot lock-down. $100 94Fifty A basketball with motion sensor has finally arrived (hello, future) on Kickstarter. Who needs that sweaty, angry, middle-aged coach, anyway?...

Top Marks for the A

Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon may not do things first, but they sure make great decisions. Need proof? The Coolpix A, Nikon's new flagship Coolpix, which comes loaded with a DSLR-sized sensor and a 28mm f/2.8 prime.

Measured Insanity

2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

Small car. Big engine. The 2014 A45 AMG is a guaranteed recipe for ear-to-ear grins and a way for Mercedes-Benz to prove they still know the magic elixir well. This beast of a hatchback, debuting early next month, gets a whole range of the badass treatment from our favorite German mad scientists (AMG): a new look and a big upgrade under the hood.

The Man Who Shot Osama is Screwed, How to Make a Wall Work, Photos of Mount Everest Gear from 1963, Oral History of Pulp Fiction, and Motivational Articles Suck

The Man Who Shot Osama Bin Laden is Screwed Phil Bronstein reports for Esquire in this riveting tell-all about the Navy SEAL who fired the three shots that killed Osama Bin Laden. Tremendous reading. Bronstein’s account of the government’s failure to help our cherished heroes move on in life is astonishing and frustrating. esquire.com How...

Small Wonder

Meridian Explorer Headphone DAC/Amplifier

Terms like all-metal enclosure, analog, and hand-made may conjure up thoughts of exorbitant price tags -- most often you'd be right -- but Meridian proves that occasionally pigs do fly. The British audio stalwart, known for stratospheric priced speakers and components, has unveiled the Meridian Explorer ($299), a pocket-sized USB DAC and headphone amplifier, and we got to try it out.

The Big Chill

Grinding Nemo: 10 Things to Occupy Your Time

BioLite CampStove Because the only thing better than a camping stove is one that fires up enough juice to charge your iPhone too. Read More » Honda Hybrid Snow Blowers Because you won’t be able to help that shit eating grin as you help clear out your neighbor’s Prius from under a snow drift. Read...

Coming This February on Gear Patrol: Fortnight of Coffee

It's frosty out there, but we're fired up for February. For this month's issue (previously Beef and Bond) we'll be turning the collective braintrust to the wonderment of cupped lightning. The entire team will be doning our coffee aprons as we deliver up a piping hot pot of pretense-free knowledge, caffeinated lore and the best tools of the brew. Instant to drip, pour-over to cold brew, prepare yourselves for our dark roasted crash course for the budding enthusiast, serving mid-February.

Testosterone, Best Cult Sports Books, How to Watch Two Teams You Hate (and the Hottest Women of the Century), How Much Military is Enough, and Aaron Swartz Through the 21st Century

A Week of Testosterone The ever on-point Art of Manliness dives into a week’s worth of testosterone, covering everything from benefits, know-how and ways to increase the big T naturally. Their in-depth coverage should be atop your reads of vigor. artofmanliness.com Best Cult Sports Books You read the news, you watch the stats, but how...

Chasing Waterfalls

Cascada

Just when you think you've grown a decent pair of cojones -- you know, conjured up enough bravado to hit the next level rapid -- out comes Cascada, an adventure film that blends bold cinematography and gut-wrenching paddling. Cascada follows seven audacious paddlers as they make their way through the Mexican jungle in search of the perfect waterfall (from where we're sitting, they achieve it) with ultra high definition cameras in tow. It's unbelievable stuff; we're not surprised, because the film is the latest from the mavens at Forge Motion Pictures.

PC gaming in the palm of your hand

Nvidia Project Shield

Taking the iconic mantra “think different” to a whole new level, Nvidia — a company known for the graphics chips powering some of the best hardware on the market — has released what we think is either one of the coolest or zaniest releases at CES: Nvidia Project Shield. Either way you cut it, the...

#nofilter #kinda

Canon PowerShot N

You can go ahead and file the Canon PowerShot N under stopgap product, but until someone figures out how to cram a big ol’ sensor and lens into a tiny lil’ package, there’s going to be a divide between what your smartphone’s camera and a real camera can capture. The PowerShot N’s approach is to...

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Manly Origins of Cheerleading, Robots, Two Guys Talking, Neil Armstrong’s Gaffe and Self-Acknowledged Narcissism

Manly Origins of Cheerleading What do Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart and Tom DeLay have in common? They were all cheerleaders. thesocietypages.org Better Than Human Wired’s Kevin Kelly postulates the questions: What would happen if 7 out of 10 Americans were fired tomorrow? What would they all do? With special guest...