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Any Way You Want It

Kit: The Las Vegas Bachelor Party

Sure, you assemble the crew and cobble together a bachelor party in pretty much any city, but chances are the party will wrap up before anyone’s moral compass spins out of control if you’re in a city like Boston or Chicago. If it’s excess you seek — indulgent meals, cocktail-fueled pool parties, sunshine practically guaranteed — then the pull of Las Vegas is like that of gravity: a natural phenomenon, an attractive force, and something that inevitably ends with a collision. The beauty of a Vegas bachelor party is that you can create an itinerary that suits any preference for a long weekend: spend an afternoon on the track in a Ferrari, indulge in killer dinner, smoke cigars and play a round of golf (and) or suit up for an epic night out. However you do it, you’ll need to pack the appropriate set of tools.

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The DIY Weekend

Building Bonds: Father-Son Projects Worth Starting Today

You shouldn’t need an excuse like Father’s Day to spend time with your dad. That’s where tackling a project together comes in. The right one can help you learn new skills and more about each other, while avoiding the awkwardness that comes after spending too much time at the table when he forgets his “sexy Betty” is still just “mom” to you. Start hatching plans at this year’s celebration using the thought starters below and remind any cynical (read: jealous) family members that it’s really just about “building, not bonding”.

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Best Summer Ever

Now Hiring for the GP Internship & Apprenticeship Program

The team that makes Gear Patrol happen here at our office in New York is a small but intensely passionate crew of journalists huddled around a simple mission: cinematic storytelling and product forward reporting. We’re also having a damn good time doing it. The work is hard, but it’s remarkably fun. We care deeply about our editorial goals (providing a daily roadmap for guys hell-bent on making the most out of their lives), love balancing data and art and hold ourselves accountable to our readers and each other and we’re looking for a few good candidates. Read on.

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A Reverence for the Overlooked Classics and what they Inspire

The Collector Series, Part Six: Triumph TR6

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 Six: Triumph TR6, then peruse the kit it inspired.

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An Affordable Watch, Shoe Concerns and a dearth of puns

Letters to GP: May 2014

We read all of your letters. Here’s the proof.

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You were looking for something to do?

The 50 Best Festivals in America

Americans, we’re a people who enjoy a good gathering. It’s right there in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution: the right of the people to peaceably assemble, adopted on December 15, 1791 — and darn it we’ve been doing it something serious since then. We caucus to select political representation, we gather around grills on July 4, we congregate in town squares to see who grew the biggest pumpkin. Most of all, we just like to get together and have a rollicking good time.

That’s what this story is all about. It’s a survey of America’s greatest festivals, from a small-town California celebration of the local garlic crop to a skull-rattling military air show to the greatest collection of musical performers at one venue, on Earth. We’ve taken certain liberties in defining a festival, so you’ll also find a few conferences that have made an important impact in popular culture. Mark your calendars. Fill up your gas tanks. Pack some beef jerky. These are the 50 best festivals in America.

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The Collector Series, Part Five: Chevy Corvair Corsa

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 Five: Chevy Corvair Corsa then peruse the kit it inspired.

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A Quick Recap

In Case You Missed It: May 7-13

Don’t miss out on the second time around of: life lessons in Borneo, restoring Mercedes-Benzes, Dangerous Hikes, a Eulogy for Jack Bauer and more.

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A Reverence for the Overlooked Classics and what they Inspire

The Collector Series, Part Four: Austin-Healey MkIII

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: Part Four, Austin-Healey MkIII then peruse the kit it inspired.

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This Week In Gear: May 10, 2014

This week in gear we examined BMW’s most powerful car, Damien Hirst, Naim’s Muso wireless audio system, rooftop camping, craft bourbon and more.

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Finding the Foodie Gems of Israel's Second Largest City

Photo Essay: A Food Tour of Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv-based photographer Danya Weiner and food stylist Deanna Linder share their picks for the city’s best restaurants.

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The Collector Series, Part Three: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

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: Part Three, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale then peruse the kit it inspired.

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This Week in Gear: May 4, 2014

This week in gear we examine, Leica’s new T system, Brooks Brothers x Supreme, Gillette’s new Flexball razor, Vitamix’s new S30, HopBox Brewing Kits and the updated MacBook Air.

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Chris Burkard's Gear

Kit: A Photographer in Oregon’s Wilderness

Photographer Chris Burkard explains his kit for capturing nature in the Oregon wilderness.

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A Quick Recap

In Case You Missed It: April 23-29

You’re a voracious reader, but everyone screws up sometimes and fails to read a great story. Now you have another shot to check out an interview with Fabien Cousteau, a MotoGP photo essay, an essay on being shaved, great hikes, a lot of great mobile games, and a cinema camera for the indie director.

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Today in Gear: April 30, 2014

Today in gear we examine, the ultimate tea brewer, Apple’s update to the Macbook Air, Harmon Kardon’s special take on the HTC One M8 for Sprint, Trident’s Iceni Sports car, Gilette’s FlexBall handle system and Topo Design’s minimalist trail pack.

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A Reverence for the Overlooked Classics and what they Inspire

The Collector Series, Part Two: 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle

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: Part Two, 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle then peruse the kit it inspired.

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Choosing wisely has never been easier

Device Decisions: Picking the Right Tablet for You

Navigating the ever-expanding tablet market doesn’t have to be complicated. Honestly answering some basic questions can help quickly narrow your focus. Are you really looking to just triage work emails, browse the web and review spreadsheets, or is editing photos and playing PC-quality games the goal? Your responses make choosing between Intel’s Atom and Core i processor line the natural place to start. Next, what about Android or Windows 8? How about screen size? Chances are, there’s an Intel-powered tablet available that meets (and beats) all of your requirements. Our buying guide video breaks down some of the best options on the market today, giving you more time to focus on far more important things, like correcting that slice.

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Love, Hate and Caramel Waterfalls

Letters to GP: April 2014

You guys really like to write. We’re talking real letters here, longer and broader in scope and, in a few cases, more passionate than we’ve ever received before.

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Everyday Carry Essentials: The Flashlight

You think your smartphone can light your way in a pinch — until you’re alone and the library’s/church’s/old cabin’s/hospital morgue’s circuit breaker trips. Avoid learning the hard way and check out Everyday Carry‘s guide to the best EDC flashlights. They’ve put together a list of eight small-but-mighty suggestions that are bound to come to the rescue one of these days.

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Why choose when you can have both?

Twice the Device: Tracking the Rise of the 2-in-1

Sick of juggling multiple device? You’re not alone. So called 2-in-1s can offer the best-of-both-worlds solution, combining the productivity of a laptop with the fun and convenience of a tablet. Check out our video for a rundown of this growing new gadget category and start plotting your new streamlined future today.

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Today in Gear: April 11, 2014

Today in gear we examine a wooden suit for the PS4, the perfect stout glass, Omega’s latest astronaut watch, the global launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, Bellroy’s new slim wallet and a Hoover vacuum that ditches the cord for good.

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Today in Gear: April 9, 2014

Today in gear we examine Lightroom’s move to the iPad, Isoara’s take on sweats, a jump rope for cross fit and Black Magic’s new Studio Camera.

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Best of Show

Best Watches of SIHH 2014

From the Archives:Every year we come away from Salon International Haute Horlogerie, the world’s most prestigious watch show, feeling privileged and awed. After we’ve returned home and slept off the jetlag, we like to poll our team of Timekeeping contributors for their picks from the preceding week. So with our further ado, here are our favorite watches of SIHH 2014.

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Everything you want, and more

Touch Down: Inside the Evolution of Tablets

We imagined tablets long before they ever found their way into our daily lives — maybe that’s why they fit in so quickly. But don’t let their prominent science fiction legacy mislead you: there’s plenty of innovation still to be had. In fact, the category is already evolving at breakneck speed, thanks largely to the breakthroughs in processing technology being made by companies like Intel. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out the video above to see just how far tablets have come and where they’re headed tomorrow.

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Walk a Mile in Our Shoes

Opinion: Raising Money Through Marathons

In New York, over the past six years, the number of charity runners has doubled, meaning that twice as many people are on Facebook, flexing in running gear and asking for money. Is it a distraction or beneficial? Gear Patrol debates.

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Today in Gear: April 2, 2014

Today in Gear we examine Ray-Ban’s new customizable remix program, Nike Soccer’s revised away kit for team U.S.A., the return of the Omega Seamaster 300, your new guide to alpine training and Bluelounge’s key-sized charging accessory for Android.

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Today's the last day to sign up for the Affordable Health Care Act

PSA: Beat the Deadline for Insurance

Today is the final day of the six-month open enrollment window for medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Help spread the word.

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True friends stab you in the front

Guide to Life: Keep Friends as You Get Older

Like many things in life, maintaining friendships turns out to be more work than originally expected — not that it’s unpleasant work, but there’s more to it than paying for the 30-rack of Bud or lending the car for a Wendy’s run at midnight. Friends require time and attention, commodities that seem ever more scarce as we get older. We asked GP staffers in their 20s, 30s and 40s — the age range of our crew — to weigh in on the challenges and triumphs of keeping friends as they get older.

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A Five-Star Gear Patrol Dining Survey

The 25 Best Restaurants in America

From The Archives: These 25 American restaurants are the places we’d send a friend if he had time for one meal in Chicago, Denver, Houston or any of the other cities on this list. One city, one suggestion, one good meal. Thank you. You’re welcome.