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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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New York’s Sidewalk Clock, Beat by Dre, How Amazon Could Save the Postal Service, Working From a Park Bench, Charles Dickens and Life in an Old Packard Plant

The Story Of New York’s Sidewalk Clock In lower Manhattan there is a simple clock with a not so simple story. It has been living in the sidewalk ticking for over a century. Steven J. Pulvirent sweepingly reports its story in this long-form piece. hodinkee.com Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Story of How Monster Lost…

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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.

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23 Year Long Game of Tag, Man’s Guide to the Super Bowl, Joys of an Alaskan Cabin, Inside the Planetarium Projector Museum, Old Man and the Tee, and a 100 Foot Wave

A 23-Year-Long Game of Tag You played tag as a child. You may have even joked around with it in your adolescent years. But now that you’re a grown-ass man, can you recall the last time you actually played tag? These gents can — and they’ve been doing it for 23 years. wsj.com The Man’s…

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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…

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Be Stylish in 31 Days, Coolest Shoe Shop in Hawaii, 11 Things at CES, Hang Gliding Records, Debating the Kilogram and the Grounded Dreamliner

To Hell with Resolutions, Be Better in 31 Days Valet’s fifth annual 31 Days of Style Tips & Tricks is better than ever with enough bite-sized how-to’s to get you on the pages of The Sartorialist. Well, maybe. A definite must-read for you Dapper Dans. valetmag.com This is the Coolest Shoe Shop in Hawaii So…

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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.

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Samuel L. on the N-Word, 10 Toughest Motoring Races, BlackJet, Gentleman’s Guide to Karaoke and an Unbelievable Story of Cyberwarfare

Mr. Samuel L on the N-Word In a role reversal, Samuel Jackson asks Jake Hamilton the hard question. The rest is history. youtube.com 10 Toughest Motor Races in the World Jalopnik answers the question you’ve been asking yourself every morning while moseying up your gravel driveway: “What, really, are the toughest motoring races in the…

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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…

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#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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This week, on the internet...

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…

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Dashing... through the snow

Merry Christmas

From all of us here at Gear Patrol, here’s wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas.

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Black Jack would be proud

Breaking Down Oak Street Bootmakers’ New Trench Boot with Design Director, George Vlagos

After nearly five years of design and numerous prototypes, designer George Vlagos of Oak Street Bootmakers has created what may just be his finest boot yet, the Trench Boot ($426). First, a little background on the humble Trench Boot. With American wartime roots, the Trench Boot first came into service as a replacement for the…

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For the Procrastinating Santa

Rewind: 12 Guys of Christmas Gift Guides

The Adventurer He shows up at Christmas dinner with new scars and less digits from his latest cage dives and winter Alpine ascents. His tales, most of them true, scare Aunt Betty to tears and enchant the kids. And while the adventurer’s gifts for you usually amount to a carved tribal trinket or a rock…

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Whole latte love

Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione

Yes, it’s adorned with enough chromed steel to outshine a Kansas City bound Freightliner. Yes, it’s breathtakingly expensive. But for the truly dedicated, the Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione ($2,100) is the closest thing to espresso nirvana we’ve ever had the chance to pull a shot from. Less white-gloved show pony and more workhorse, the Evoluzione…

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Number Wonder

HP 12c 30th Anniversary Edition Scientific Calculator

One day, we may all look back at today’s digital gadgets with loving fondness. Call it a hunch, but we’re pretty certain a 3rd generation iPod Nano won’t quite conjure up quite the same nostalgia that vinyl does today. Digital treasures do exist though, and here in its latest guise, the quintessential HP 12c 30th…

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About those points...

Points for Presents

Some people care more about earning loyalty points than others. You know, the measure by which you make everyday purchases a game, or just love to watch add-up. Some let the points tally up over time, others get — well — fanatical. But for most of us, we check in every once in a while…

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A silk tie this is not

GORUCK The Man Tie

From the men that brought you the hardcore rucksack comes the first, yup, military-grade tie. Shrugging off the worst any properly bedecked man is likely to encounter, The Man Tie ($65) is made from the same 1000d Cordura material as their rucks — and built with durability in its details. Two variants (narrow or classic)…

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Happy Thanksgiving

There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. – O. Henry From all of us here at Gear Patrol — above and afar — we hope your Thanksgiving is a great one. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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Seeking Effervescence: Harvesting Champagne with Veuve Clicquot

The straightforward instruments used to harvest grapes by hand haven’t changed much through the years: A pair of picking shears (sharp and oiled, please), a generously proportioned basket and, God willing, decent weather and bottomless espresso. The process itself remains just as simple an affair. Choose a starting point within the grapevine row, look for mature grape clusters, aim shears slightly below the attached stem — snip — gently place cluster into basket. Repeat until basket is full.

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Digging for gold

Hunting eBay: Cameras

For our last Hunting eBay post (for now), I’ve turned the focus to cameras. When it comes to photography gear, eBay is packed with listings — occasionally even leaving you wondering where to begin. But even if you’re the type who likes to dig around eBay for store-beating deals on DSLR kits and lenses (free…

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The Name's Week. Bond Week.

Welcome to Bond Week: 5 Days of All Things Bond

What’s more masculine than a month dedicated to beef? Easy: James Bond. Bond fights for the good guys, but to call him merely a hero would be an injustice. Beyond 007′s ability to deliver equal parts charisma and carousal, the man manages to do it all: defuse bombs, win showdowns (fisticuff, gun, or blade), evade…

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Knockout On Wood

Design Spotlight: Allied Maker

Upstart Allied Maker is one of those stories we love exposing. All the elements are right. An individual pursuing a passion, an obsession with making things and a handsome product. Craftsmanship. The most overused word in recent history, but we’re saying it anyway. The young man behind Allied Maker is self-taught woodworker Ryden Rizzo. But…

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Style Pick: Everlane Cashmere Sweater

A good cashmere sweater varies the price gamut. $80 at Uniqlo, $225 at J.Crew, $395 at Billy Reid, $500+ at Etro; but considering its recent vault into wardrobe stapledom, what’s a guy looking for quality without breaking the bank to do? Ever-innovative Everlane proffers a solution in their new cashmere sweaters — and just in…

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Beyond the Survival Kit

Roundup: Hurricane Gear

As Hurricane Sandy furiously barrels on like a scorned woman — and the East Coast grinds to a halt — we thought we’d leave you with a parting post today recapping some of our recent survival and outdoor gear. Keep in mind: this doesn’t include a basic survival kit, which we assume you already keep…

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Bass Pro

Low Innovations: In-Depth with Mercedes-Benz FrontBass

It doesn’t feel like that long ago when adding aftermarket amplifiers, separates, and elephantine subwoofers (remember the Bazooka?) seemed like the right thing to do to your car. We’ve come a long way since then; and when we checked in with the families and friends at the office, not one could even recall the last…

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Digging for gold

Hunting eBay: Menswear

For the third Hunting eBay I’ve turned the survey to menswear. It’s worth noting my submission into the vast world of fashion comes with a note of diffidence — style is highly subjective, and there’s no shortage of highly tuned eyes on the vast array of good things out there for a man. So instead,…