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Cheers Without Fear

Nesting Steel Shot Cups

The days of housing tequila on a Friday night may be in your taillights, but these Nesting Steel Shot Cups ($32) are still a great-looking alternative compared to typical jiggers. Sets of four 24 gauge 1008 cold rolled steel cups are available in slate gray teflon or nickel-plated finishes, and all are made in the…

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Giddily Gutted

Apple iPhone 4S

Oh the torture! Our Pavlovian anticipation for a new iPhone every 12 months has been pushed to the limits this go around, especially after being teased earlier this summer about what to expect from iOS 5 (which, FYI will be available to all current iPhone 4 owners October 12th). Now the news is out and…

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Dig In, Fight Through, Hack Away

Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel

Think of the Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel ($35) as a cross between a camping trowel and a tomahawk. If you happened to formerly be a member of the Special Forces of the Main Intelligence Department of the General Staff of the Russian Army (a.k.a Spetsnaz GRU), this bad boy may even look familiar. It’s…

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A Study on Suds

The Oxford Companion to Beer

Clearly, we’re fond of books that teach us more about the things we love. The subject matter alone of The Oxford Companion to Beer ($38) is enough to tempt most men to flip through its pages, but when you factor in that it’s been edited by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, it becomes a must…

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Style Pick: OWL Eyewear

OWL is a brand new European eyewear company that released their inaugural line of specs earlier this month. Their first three frame styles dubbed, EINS, ZWEI and DREI, are available in midnight, rosewood, and nude colors. Distinguished by thinner plastic frames and precise contours, they represent an excellent middle ground for those in search of…

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Connect and Project

Epson Megaplex Projector

Epson’s new Megaplex MG-850HD projector ($800) is the perfect home base for digital nomads who typically catch up on movies or TV via their smartphone or tablet. It has all of the usual trappings of a basic 720p projector, pumping out 2800 lumens with connections for USB, VGA, and HDMI sources, and even features an…

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Onederous

Nikon V1

Add one more to the great hall of mirrorless cameras with Nikon’s new Nikon 1 System. Using an all new “CX” 10 megapixel CMOS sensor, the flagship camera, the Nikon V1 ($899) will include a 10-30mm lens (27-81mm equivalent), an electronic viewfinder, 1080i 60 fps and an accessory port for add-ons including a mini-speedlight, GPS…

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Style Pick: Junya Watanabe MAN x Duvetica Padded Gilet

Comme des Garcons designer Junya Watanabe has collaborated with Italian outerwear manufacturers Duvetica to create the Jekyll and Hyde of vests for the upcoming winter season. This fully reversible goose-down padded Gilet features corduroy and tweed panelling as well as the a plaid cotton inner, combining bold styling with all the warmth and protection from…

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In Control

Logitech Harmony Link

There are a handful of companies out there already trying to turn your smartphone or tablet into the universal remote of your dreams, but none of them has the home theater chops of Logitech. Now, after years of making the best universal remotes out there for the average consumer, the company’s new Harmony Link ($99)…

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Yachtings Nouveau Riche Cousin?

MetroShip Modern Houseboat by Ballinger & Co.

The words “glamour” and “houseboat” normally don’t mingle in the same sentence — let alone the same book. The MetroShip ($250,000+), however, is inspired by the open floor plans of coveted NYC loft spaces and designed by prefab construction phenom David Ballinger. The impetus of the project was to create a luxurious, yet green housing…

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There's epic miniseries, and then there's this

Band of Brothers & The Pacific Blu-ray Box Set

Two epic miniseries, in 1080p, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, in one limited edition box set. That about sums up the Band of Brothers & Pacific Blu-ray Box Set ($135) which is slated to hit shelves on November 8th. Whether you’ve caught the occasional re-run on the History Channel, or missed these series…

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Smell Top Shelf

Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling

Smelling like a bottle of gin at one point was a bad thing in proper society. Now it seems the tides have changed for fans of the quintessential British spirit. Juniper Sling ($160) is a new fragrance from Penhaligon’s — a boutique brand that has held its own in the men’s grooming world across the…

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Party Foul Proof

Silipint

Most people will take beer in any container they can get it in. Purists, however, tend to place the traditional pint glass above all us. The Silipint ($10) is an indestructible incarnation of the popular cup (sadly it’s the American 16 oz, not a 20oz British Imperial). Made from flexible, food grade silicone, it can…

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Back, to the Future

Land Rover DC100

We don’t envy Land Rover. Upgrading, modifying, or simply touching their icon, the Defender is about as much of a Pandora’s Box as they come. But such is the way of progress, and in just a month, Land Rover will be unveiling their first concept, the DC100 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Like any concept,…

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Impressive Successor

FujiFilm X10 Compact Camera

After the stealing the hearts of photography world with the launch of the X100, FujiFlim is hoping lightening strikes twice with the official announcement of the X10. Designed with the same retrotastic aesthetic as its bigger brother, the X10 features a black magnesium alloy housing and knurled aluminum controls, for a weighty, rich feel in…

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King of the Android Hill (For Now)

Samsung Galaxy S II

After months of waiting, Samsung’s top-tier Android super phone is now available stateside, on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The phone will apparently ship in slightly different variations to each network. At their core, all U.S. models will still feature Android 2.3, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of memory, an 8 MP rear camera and measure…

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Skewering the Competition

Sliders

The first man to use a skewer while cooking food over a flame was the undisputed genius of his time. The fire cooked his catch, not him, and he could eat right off of the stick afterwards. Then someone invented plates and botched it all up. The price of progress in this case was mountains…

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Easing the Daily Grind

Breville BDC600XL YouBrew

The intelligent new Breville BDC600XL YouBrew ($280) is a grinder and brewer designed to dish out the perfect amount of coffee your jittery caffeinated-heart desires (as long as it doesn’t exceed 12 cups at a time). Yes, you can do this today by adjusting the amount of coffee and water in your standard dripper, but…

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The Future is Yours

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

A sense of truly free will is an incredibly difficult thing to pull off in a video game. Taking into account a seemingly infinite number of player choices and possibilities just gets messy in the hands of typical game designers. Deus Ex: Human Revolution ($59) still requires some clunky traditional game baggage like boss fights…

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Hot Shot

Sony NEX-7

Sony hopes to shift the tide in the war between micro four-thirds technology and mirrorless DSLRs with their newly announced NEX-7. Its 10.3 ounce, magnesium alloy body contains the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD sensor that has made Sony’s Alpha line of DSLRs the talk of the camera town. Combined with other features like an…

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It's Electric

Cadillac ELR

Looks like things are getting electric at Caddy. The just announced Cadillac ELR (think: Chevy Volt goes to college) utilizes an electric propulsion system comprised of a lithium-ion battery, electric motors and a 4-cylinder engine/generator. Also, the aggressive look you’ve come to expect in modern-day Cadillacs makes its way to the ELR here in the…

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A Detailed Look at Crime from a Keyboard

Ghost in the Wires

Does the name Kevin Mitnick mean anything to you? Unless you happen to work for the FBI or a prominent internet security firm, the answer is probably no. Still, long before groups like Anonymous were practicing their own brand of hacktivism Mr. Mitnick had earned the title as the most wanted computer criminal in the…

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Keep Your Cool

Igloo Yukon Series Cold Locker Coolers

Igloo’s Yukon series “cold locker” coolers ($330+) are a new breed of portable storage capable of keeping contents cool for up to fourteen days(!) on the road. Before your brain starts wandering to week long beer-a-thons on a deserted beach, be clear that these professional grade coolers were built with lengthy hunting & fishy trips…

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Captivating Clip

Anso Titanium Carabiner

The latest project from Jens Anso, the Anso Titanium Carabiner ($125) is CNC milled from thick titanium then beadblasted, anodized and stonewashed in either blue, green or bronze. Measuring 3″ x 1.5″, the 1.2 oz carabiner also features a custom stainless steel spring. Only 24 have been made in the first batch, which means you’ll…

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Pack Light, Drink Right

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filters

Access to potable water is always a concern for adventurers. The Sawyer Squeeze Filter System ($60) is a welcomed new alternative in a field typically limited to iodine tablets, filter pumps, or good old fashion boiling. Its included 12, 16, and 32oz reusable containers are built to hold contaminated water, which is then cleaned by…

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Swing Away

Joe Mauer Quickswing PX4

Does your offensive production in the summer beer league make Mario Mendoza’s career average look good? Joe Mauer’s Quickswing PX4 ($130) can help improve sluggish bat speed and accuracy — as well as provide fielders with double play turnaround practice. Developed originally by the father of sports prodigy and three-time batting title winner Joe Mauer,…

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Torching the Storm

BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860

The new BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 ($TBA) won’t cause Android and iPhone users to defect in droves. The new handset is a welcomed improvement, though, for RIM loyalists in search of an upgrade from the aging Storm I and II. Its 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 traditional touch screen is the biggest ever on a BlackBerry, making…

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'atta boy

K9 H20 Water Bottle

So you’ve got yourself a stainless steel, BPA-free, environmentally friendly water bottle for all your outdoor activities, but when it comes time for Buddy to have a drink it’s still the same ol’ plastic dish. The problem is, no one’s really figured out how to teach our canine companions exactly how to pick up a…

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Recon-naissance

Hex Recon Source Backpack

Featuring a 16 oz. weathered industrial-grade washed canvas shell fabric, Hex Recon Source Backpack ($59) offers up a durable and stylish alternative to the basic MacBook bag. Inside you’ll also find a bevy of internal component pockets, padded organizers and adjustable compartments. There’s even a microfleece-lined front pocket specifically designed for easy iPad/tablet access. Buy…

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Battleship Trailer

Oh yes. That Battleship. Oscar material? Probably not. But Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Decker with Peter Berg at the helm sounds like blockbuster material to us. UPDATE: Well… guess there’s a reason we dont predict box office sales.