The home entertainment arms race has evolved to include factors like pixel counts, connectivity and even screen shape. But the importance of size…that will never change. Meet the TV heavyweights of 2014 that redefine big.
Lots of light, and a little smoke
From The Archives: Amazon’s Fire TV provides the best experience of any streaming device for consumers who’ve spent more than a few paychecks on the company’s media ecosystem. No question about it: if you live and die by Amazon Prime Instant Video, buy the Fire TV and rejoice. But what if you aren’t a card-carrying member of the Bezos fan club? We found a comfy couch and tested it out.
You're a lumberjack and you're OK
A Swedish World Champion logger shows us how to properly fell a tree with a chainsaw. All you need is some confidence, the right safety gear, and (perhaps) some plaid fleece.
Sweet dreams are made of these
You shouldn’t need a reason to get more sleep, but we’ll happily lay the facts out for you anyway. According to National Institute of Health sleep expert Dr. Merrill Mitler, “Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood.” Also, don’t buy into the hype surrounding sleeping less as a trait shared by the uber successful. It’s simply not true for the average joe. In Mitler’s words, “when we look at well-rested people, they’re operating at a different level than people trying to get by on one or two hours less nightly sleep.”
While there are countless factors that can prevent you from getting your fair share of beauty sleep, a poorly equipped place of rest shouldn’t be one of them. The path to a better night’s sleep starts here.
Master Your Smoky Domain
No man should need an excuse to grill. But long summer weekends do provide an excellent opportunity to show off your skills and (hopefully) have others hand-deliver beers to your door. Make sure the stage is properly set for your next backyard bacchanal by having the right tools at disposal.
Adrenaline by any means necessary
Vegas is home to an endless array of entertainment, so much so, that it’s easy to overlook the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities available beyond the plush confines of strip. Interested in driving Supercars at full clip on a professional track? It can be arranged. Ever dreamed you could throw a basketball with an excavator? Vegas can make it happen. Wish you had the skills of Jason Bourne? This town can teach you. But don’t just take our word for it. This list of adventures should will set the record straight.
Today in Gear: Seiko’s murdered-out collab with White Mountaineering, a new cooler for the worksite, Samsung’s quest for home appliance domination, Logitech’s ultra affordable computer speakers, potato vodka from the rockies and a wallet dipped in indigo.
Today in Gear: Patriotic kicks, Grado headphones, smart bulbs and more.
Today in Gear we obsess over a Playstation multiplier, Starbucks for Outsiders, sports writing and more.
Today in Gear: A handsome step stool, keyfob cutlery, a sculpture/knife block and more.
Today in Gear: The last cooler you’ll ever need to buy, an app that lets you cook like Gordon Ramsey, hipster bike chains, punk rock beach towels and more.
Today in Gear: We check out new speakers from Polk, the science behind booze, high tech football pads and more.
Today in Gear: Homage and ESPNs World Cup shirts, Airstreams latest luxe van, Ramsports longboards, a sipping rum by the coffee makers at La Colombe, a new eyewear brand focused on seeing clearly and Gentleman’s Brand Co. grooming products.
Today in Gear: the drill that could stop screw stripping for good, Bang & Olfusen’s new collaboration with Hard Graft, the best game pad for the iPhone yet, a protective wine carrier, Keen’s “Uneek” sandals and an intelligent new cooling solution from Big Ass Fans.
Today in Gear: a plant even the blackest of thumbs can’t kill, a sock of the month club, Zagato’s stunning Gallardo-based concept, Logitech’s latest wireless speaker, Rio-ready polos and Lone Survivor on Blu-ray.
Today in Gear: Apple’s new OS, HP’s Android-powered laptop, the hand truck your back’s always wanted, a more active version of the Galaxy S5, your guide to freediving and a thermometer your iPhone will love.
Dads, Look No Further
Your padre taught you (almost) everything about life you couldn’t learn from the classroom or the cache of treasures stashed under your older brother’s bed. Through his actions, you gleaned the proper way to conduct yourself in a crowd and how not to putt. Deciphering the method to his madness is now clear with the wisdom of hindsight. It is, and always was, about tracing his footsteps while avoiding his detours.
This father’s day, prove he’s taught you well and solidify your position as the favored son by giving him something to help him improve on one of the many facets of his already impressive game.
Here are 80 excellent suggestions.
Today in gear: ASUS’s new “5-in-1″, Treeline Outdoors’s advanced roof tent, the best value HDTV of 2014, Poler’s cast iron skillet, a Swedish take on shaving and a business bag with Parisian swagger.
Today in gear we examine, Onia’s new lounge shorts, Beats’ revised Studio 2, waterproof iPhone cases from catalyst, the Roots X Douglas Coupland collection and DSPTCH’s new dopp kit.
Today in gear: an EDC kit for father’s day, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, the Ducati Monster 821, a new skinny lightbulb from Philips, the ultimate app for water activities and Mission Workshops’ impressive ultralight jacket.
Because Fido's Ready for the Future, Too
The so-called “quantified self” represents one of the next great technological revolutions for man; shouldn’t his best friend get in on the action too? Whistle certainly thinks so. Their eponymous activity tracker was the first of its kind for dogs, serving as the canine equivalent of fitness trackers flooding the tech scene today; it was specifically designed to help owners monitor their pets’ activity levels as well as keep track of other critical info related to medication and meals via Bluetooth and wi-fi. Now with the freshly launched WhistleGPS, the company has added a new and arguably more import feature — keeping tabs on your Pet’s location.
Interested? Then read on to learn more or visit the site.
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Today in gear: Tabasco’s subtle Sriracha launch, Mini’s Superleggera Vision, a smart soccer ball from adidas, a swinging love seat inspired by hot rod culture, Everlane’s first piece of outerwear and LG’s latest G3 flagship complete with laser autofocus.
Today in gear: your dog’s new ultralight dog bed, a laser cut metal version of the Wayfarer, desert boots cut down for the streets, Aecraft’s take on a Smart Cover for MacBooks, a soft pretzel maker for home and a beer cooling device to bury in your backyard.
Today in gear: Chuck Taylors from the 1970s, more storage for your MacBook Air, Golf Gear at your doorstep, your new bathrobe and a bucket hat fedora from American Trench.
Today in gear: Levi’s Vintage shirting from the 1920s, Zoom’s new handy recorder, Filson’s camp chair, a notebook for your Cigar exploration, 3sixteen’s summer selvedge and lightning cables made for a lifetime.
Today in gear: Wolfenstein’s latest incarnation, the ultimate monitor for your dog, Kiehl’s space-age anti-shine moisturizer and Kohler’s retrofitting kit for adding touchless flush to your toilet.
Today in gear: Mircosoft’s latest attempt to kill your laptop once and for all, Clif’s new Builder’s bars, Dodge’s Challenger SRT Hellcat, a Stone IPA with the String Cheese Incident, Ursa Major’s travel solution to a dirty face and Twelve South’s new HoverBar for practically every iPad under the sun.
Today in gear: a new entry level Logitech Harmony remote, the Nuvyyo Tablo DVR for cord cutters, Quixotic Pocket Squares, Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon and BBQ recipes from London.
Today in Gear, we’ve got cool adidas gear, a lens challenger, a freaking hoverbike and much more.