Auto shows are all about the big picture, but it’s the details that always catch our eye. Check out our shots from 2014 Paris Auto Show and you’ll see what we mean.
What to pack for the adventure of a lifetime
Traveling too much of Africa is intimidating. Years of headlines, let alone the complications of getting there, are foreboding enough. But South Africa has come to establish itself as a gateway to the larger continent for travelers around the world. When packing for a South African safari, versatility is key; here’s everything you’ll need.
The lesser-known safari destination that's not to be missed
Witnessing a million wildebeest migrating from the southern Serengeti to Kenya’s Masa Mara reserve looks just as incredible in the flesh as it does in HD on Planet Earth. But to assume it’s the only real way to take in the circle of life on the great African continent is a rookie mistake — as four days spent on safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa made viciously clear.
WHAT'S NEW, NOW
Today in Gear: Nike’s new driver, a great game from Middle-Earth, cases for your iPhone 6, cocktails wisdom from Death & Co. and Vizio’s crazy affordable 4k TVs.
Whats new, now
Today in Gear: Snow Peak shifts into apparel, Tretorn’s collab with MASHBURN, Amazon’s best Kindle Yet, a Brian Cranston bow tie and more.
What makes a good wearable?
From the Archives: What makes a good wearable? Comparing a laundry list of features is one way to start the conversation. The Misfit Shine proves, however, that there’s still something to be said for keeping it simple.
Beware of the dark side
We review Highland Park’s latest edition to their core lineup of single malts, Dark Origins, which is defined by a high percentage of double first fill sherry casks and a peatiness yet unheard of from the brand.
The real gear you'll need to survive when it all falls down
From the Archives: The world didn’t end in 2012 (whew). But things could still get hairy sometime in the future. So, what would you need to carry on after the grid permanently dissolves? What are the necessities, and how could you improve your chances of accessing them over the long haul? As a team of curious souls, we decided to dive into the brain trust of the unsociably paranoid and prepared — the sharers of secrets across dedicated survival blogs and forums — in search of answers.
Discovering an incredible escape plan in the former Portugese colony
Few sunsets beat the one at &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge in Mozambique, where the sun crawls close to the horizon and drenches the local fishermen boats in hues of orange and pink, all while you sit back and order another cocktail.
Is a dedicated TV streaming device irrelevant? It depends
It’s easy to think that the ground made up by “TV Anywhere” streaming services from television providers as well as on demand resources like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO have made owning a dedicated device like the Slingbox M1 irrelevant. But is that really the case? After spending a few days testing the newest member of the Slingbox family, the realistic answer is: it depends.
We're Gonna Need a Bigger Wall
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.
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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.