The Year's Best

Introducing the 2014 GP100: The 100 Best Products of the Year

2014 has been a banner year for gear. Questions remain, though. Which products push boundaries? Which embody excellence and innovation? Which pay homage to the past or dismiss the established in pursuit of something bigger? Those answers lie ahead. The wait is over. The 2014 GP100 has landed and with it our salute to the 100 best products in motoring, tech, style, home, watches, sports, and outdoors. This year we present a vast archive for you to tuck into. So lean forward, cue the music and let the exploring begin. Now, On to the Inductees

New Bird on the Block

The Perfect Thanksgiving Bird Is… A Capon?

From The Horn of Plenty to the myriad mouths to feed, Thanksgiving is all about abundance. Your bird should reflect that. Perhaps on the basis of size alone, turkey is the default -- but there's a better way to feed your folks. A more delicious, more moist, more tender way. Its name: the capon. Chef David Waltuck, of Chanterelle fame, invited us to watch him prepare one the right way.

Stirring Hearts and Glasses Alike

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mixologist

A drink at their place rivals any experience you’ve had at a bar. Their reach for the top shelf is as quick as Mr. Eastwood's draw, at least when you’re around. Seize the rare opportunity to settle your tab this gifting season by arming the mixologist with more tools of the trade. And be sure your generous side prevails -- because in this case, re-gifting is always welcome.

Sensory Overload

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

There’s a word for someone who appreciates the finer details in digital entertainment. (There’s also another word for someone who takes appreciation to a level of obsession, but we’ll focus on the positive one -- it's the holiday season.) After all, anyone worth buying for probably deserves a bit of downtime, and there’s nothing like a splash of A/V newness to stimulate the senses. It’s true that a screen is a screen and a speaker is a speaker, but buy with that mentality and all you'll get is the "I love the knit sweater!" forced smile. Nobody wants that. So start here, with our recommendations to suit the media fanatic in your life.

Out of This World

The 50 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movies

From the Archives: In the fifth installment of the Definitive Men's Movie Collection, we collected our 50 favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: November 6, 2014

Today in Gear: A throne for your Mac Pro, a smart security device, what directors love about movies, and more.

Apple Pay vs CurrentC vs the World

The Trials and Tribulations of Paying With Your Phone

A month ago, U.S. consumers couldn’t care less about tap-to-pay systems. In a flash, that all changed. What does the heated competition between Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and CurrentC mean for the future of your wallet?

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Decrypted: With Health, Microsoft Admits Defeat — and Adapts

Microsoft's newly minted CEO Satya Nadella has no shortage of challenges ahead, with revenue streams from Windows and Office thinning. But the Microsoft Health signals a more forward-thinking direction for the company: focusing on the cloud.

Stay Ahead of Planned Obsolescence

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

In a world cluttered with uncertainties, you can be assured of this: you’ll never be stumped for something to buy if there’s a techie in your life. As the pace of innovation hastens each year, the technology fanatics among us can’t ever seem to find contentedness. That’s bad news for one's wallet, but it’s great for those hoping to send the perfect message this holiday. Have a look at our recommendations below -- just be sure to gear up for one or two massive hugs in return.

Master your domain like never before

5 Essentials for the Well-Connected Home

The next frontier for mobile devices and connected technology is all about the physical domain. Phrases like "smart home" and "the internet of things" are creeping into our collective vocabulary; can those lofty ideas really change your life? Considering the advanced features offered by smart home essentials, and the answer should be obvious.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: October 9, 2014

Today in Gear: Porsche's GTS is back, tools for your beard, Baxter's best shower bar ever, a handheld espresso device, the G-Tech G-Speed Studio R Thunderbolt 2 and more.

So Good, It Skipped Windows 9

Decrypted: Windows 10 Looks Backward to Go Forward

We may never know the truth behind the chosen "10" nomenclature, but we do know a thing or two about the software that’s set to replace Windows Phone and eventually show up on the Xbox.

A Road Warrior’s Best Friend

For Seasoned Travelers, the iPhone 6 Plus is a Worthy Upgrade

Starting at $749, the 6 Plus is also the most expensive iPhone ever produced, but it offers jetsetters, journeymen, and tried-and-true road warriors a few things that no Apple smartphone has before. After traveling around for a week with the 6 Plus, I’m confident in at least one thing: it’s a must-have for those who can’t seem to stay in one place for long.

... And Hopefully Those Damn Stickers Too

Decrypted: The Specifications War is Over

If the topic of mobile technology happens to come up at your local water cooler, it’s unlikely that a fight will break out concerning which colleague’s phone has the most RAM. Tech specs used to be consumers' top priority; what do the numbers mean to us now, with supercomputers in our pockets?

Vintage Finds, the Power of Odd Numbers and More

Style Advice from Frank Muytjens, Head of Men’s Design at J.Crew

From the Archives: Sometimes an outsider's perspective is just what's needed to achieve unique excellence. Frank Muytjens is the Holland-born head of men's design at J.Crew, a proudly American company. Muytjens, who's been perhaps the driving factor at the brand since he joined in 2008, finds his ideas nearly everywhere. We recently had the chance to chat with him and learned about what he brings to the staple brand, how he refreshes beloved classics, and his penchant for odd numbers.

The Week's Best Writing

In Case You Missed It: September 15 – 19

Our best articles from the last few weeks. Just in case, ya know, you missed them: the best boots for fall, following a pro cyclist through wine country, burning your tongue off with hot sauce, playing golf in a democracy, the best fruit beer and more.

One Hike to Rule Them All

Show Us Your Hikes: We Have a Winner

We asked for photos and stories from your favorite trail, and many of you delivered. Actually, a lot of you delivered. Too many, in fact. You made these past few days difficult and emotionally taxing. But, at long last, we've picked a winner.

Opening Sesame on U.S. Markets

Decrypted: What Alibaba Means for Consumers

Even if you couldn’t care less about stocks, IPOs, and imaginary dollars exchanging hands, you’ve probably caught wind of Alibaba. But what does this Chinese giant mean for you?

The Drive is the Destination

American Roads Less Traveled, a Driver’s Guide

From the Archives: Long weekends aren't just for sleeping in and backyard barbecues. Hop in the car, embrace the fresh air and hug the asphalt like you don't have a care in the world. There are a ton of great roads out there, twisty, straight and some off the beaten path. We've listed some of the best (and some less-traveled) for your vacation enjoyment and paired them with the ideal vehicle to maximize the experience.

Snip Snip

Decrypted: Should You Cut the Cord on Cable?

More Americans now subscribe to in-home broadband than cable television from any of the nation's nine largest providers. We’re arguably staring at a future where all content -- channel based or otherwise -- is delivered over the Internet.

One More Thing Than Apple's Thing

Meet the iBuckle, This Autumn’s Must-Have Wearable

With the release of the Apple Watch, wrist wearables may finally be finding their stride. But who cares? Watches had perfected timekeeping by the time the personal computer was invented. What wearable technology really needs to capture the hearts and wallets of consumers worldwide is a revolution. So from GP's own department of disruptive innovation comes a proposal: the iBuckle. Here's a breakdown of its groundbreaking features.

The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: September 8 – 12

This Week in Gear: Destiny, slim EDC Leathermans, minimalist leather wallets, Four Roses Bourbon and the best barrel-aged ciders.

Ask and you shall receive

Meet the Only Smartphone with Firefly Technology

Search engines changed how we discover information about the world around us forever -- not to mention how we shop. Amazon's new Firefly technology embedded in the new Fire Phone, exclusively on AT&T, is primed to flip the script once again. At its core, Firefly is designed to help users easily identify everything from web addresses and phone numbers to over 100 million products including various forms of media like movies, TV episodes and songs.

Just That Easy

The Effortlessness of Unstructured Blazers

From the Archives: Maybe it's cooling down for you. Maybe it's not, but whether you're starting to stack the layers or just need a little extra amp in your wardrobe, the unstructured blazer is hard to beat. Here are our six favorites.

The mobile interface of the future, today

Meet the Only Smartphone with Dynamic Perspective

Sci-fi movies have teased us with the power and convenience of 3D interfaces for years. But Amazon's newly launched Fire Phone, available exclusively at AT&T, proves that the wait for an advanced smartphone interface that harnesses the full potential of 3D is finally over. So-called Dynamic Perspective is powered by four front-facing infrared cameras that constantly track the position of the user's head in relation to the phone's screen -- even in the dark. The result is a persistent 3D viewing experience that doesn't require special glasses or a fancy 3D display.

Big Boned Bikes

Fat Bikes to Start Riding Today

From the Archives: The Global Fat Bike Summit reported that fat bike sales doubled from 2011 to 2012, then doubled again from 2012 to 2013. So on and so forth. The category is growing, and the ease with which the oversized tires float over sand, snow and technical rock sections is to thank. Whether you’re looking for something to ride casually through the winter months or a race monster, we’ve got five bikes to cover your needs. Oh, and a few races to strive for.

Like Post Secret for Adults

Decrypted: Navigating Anonymous Social Media Networks

Within the past year, two anonymous social apps, Secret and Whisper, have launched and secured millions of dollars in funding while racking up thousands of new users per day. The question is, should you be using them?

Moving on up

Kit: Sophomore Year

A year's worth of college puts you on a separate plane than the eager fresh faces that've just been let off the parental leash for the first time in their lives. There's a wisdom that comes with knowing the ropes -- like avoiding classes that meet more than twice a week, or where to find grease at any godforsaken hour. You've also made friends (some probably for life) and finally have a say over where you live and who you live with. Craft a smart plan, lean on your parents, and with a little bit of luck your new home might actually be a house. You've earned the extra space, now make it your own.

Timekeeping from across the pond

The British Watch Issue

From the Archives: Before the Swiss stole the show, it was the Brits who were the masters of keeping time. Today, London's calling watchmakers again, and British-based brands -- Bremont, Chris Ward, Pinion and more -- are on the rise. We explore Albion's greatness with a watch shootout, a history lesson, an interview and more.

Stay safe with genuine Canon products

Nobody Wins with Counterfeit Batteries

Counterfeit Canon batteries and battery chargers cost less than their genuine counterparts for a reason: they lack the heat management technology that's critical for safety. The underground nature of their production also ignores factors like quality control and worker well-being in favor of earning a quick buck. By buying fake Canon products, you're not just supporting these criminal groups, you're also putting your camera equipment and potentially even your own safety at serious risk. Learn how to spot fakes here.

GP x Petrolicious

The Collector Series, Part Fourteen: Porsche 914

Vintage is in something fierce. You can blame the cliche and assign Mad Men all you want. But vintage is deeper than that. A stretch of tough times and the "planned obsolescence" of today has refocused our attention to history even more than ever. New doesn't always equate to better and some things really don't work like they used to. The Collector, a new Octane series in partnership with the classic car experts at Petrolicious, acknowledges the automotive gems of yesteryear that have gone overlooked for one reason or another. As a series, the selections we'll share stand as both a group of savvy buys we'd base our personal car collection around and as a source of inspiration for life in the wake of ownership. Head to Petrolicious to read The Collector Series, Part Fourteen: The Porsche 914, then peruse the kit it inspired.

New school. New gear.

Kit: Freshman Year

Our college years have faded into the past, but that hasn't stopped us from rethinking what we'd pack if we could do it all over again. Whether you're matriculating this fall and looking for a leg up on your classmates, or a (clearly hip) parent prepping for one last spending hoorah before crossing your offspring off the books for good, consider your packing list officially started.

GP x Petrolicious

The Collector Series, Part Thirteen: Ferrari 400i

Vintage is in something fierce. You can blame the cliche and assign Mad Men all you want. But vintage is deeper than that. A stretch of tough times and the "planned obsolescence" of today has refocused our attention to history even more than ever. New doesn't always equate to better and some things really don't work like they used to. The Collector, a new Octane series in partnership with the classic car experts at Petrolicious, acknowledges the automotive gems of yesteryear that have gone overlooked for one reason or another. As a series, the selections we'll share stand as both a group of savvy buys we'd base our personal car collection around and as a source of inspiration for life in the wake of ownership. Head to Petrolicious to read The Collector Series, Part Thirteen: The Ferrari 400, then peruse the kit it inspired.

Keeping the good times always close at hand

The 50 Best Festivals in America eBook

Today we're happy reintroduce our guide to the 50 Best Festivals in America in the form of a handy, downloadable eBook (PDF) that's been revamped with even more photography, insight and trivia than before. It's a ready-to-go handbook for your iOS, Android or Kindle device -- never out of reach the next time the road comes calling. Oh, and it's free. Download it here.

The future of sleep is here

Rest Better with ComforPedic iQ

Introducing ComforPedic iQ™, the world’s first and only mattress to combine Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam with the revolutionary, patented Smart Response™ Technology. Sixteen internal chambers work together to naturally and continuously adapt to your body’s every position—all without motors or electronics.