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Check Yourself

Elements: Plaid

Plaid has a rich history, but it’s also just a handsome pattern. Wear it right — in moderation — and you’ll look dapper.

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Hiking Hut to Hut in the White Mountains

Don’t Underestimate the Whites

From the Archives: For thru-hikers of the AT, the White Mountains are a cruel joke, coming near the end of a months-long journey that begins in the gentle hills of Georgia. But while the Whites can be cruel, they are also kind. Among the rocky steeps is a series of huts where a weary hiker can find a soft bed, warm smiles and hot meals.

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Keep calm and read on

100 Essential Reads: The Definitive Men’s Library

From the Archives: Selecting the 100 best books for men requires some audacity — but so does hitting a good tee shot or giving a toast, and we like those things fine.

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Proving Big-Brand Isn't Bad

Tested: Under Armour Speedform Apollo

Under Armour takes its first shot at a race-weight running shoe with the Speedform Apollo. We took a pair for a spin to see how they stack up.

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Off the treadmill, off the road

Switchback Sprinters: 10 Best Trail Running Shoes

From the Archives: After a long day at the office, pounding pavement is just more work. Get in a pair of trail running shoes and get off road.

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A Guide to a Rhode Island's Capital

Seeking Providence

Good things come in small packages. You’re thinking about Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppies. Focus for a second. We’re talking about Providence, RI. Although it’s a city of only 182,000 people spread over 25 square miles, it has the hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters and government-codified milk beverages to punch well above its weight class. Seeking Providence is your guide to a long weekend in Rhode Island’s capital city.

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Nuthin' Wrong With a Little Bump and Grind

Grind it Out: 10 Best Coffee Grinders

From the Archives: You like the line at your favorite coffee shop? We didn’t think so. Start grinding your own beans with these conical burr grinders and make the journey from coffee hack to ambrosia connoisseur.

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Tackling the Great Outdoors without getting bushed

Armchair Adventures

Sure, you enjoy hard-charging adventure as much as the next guy — assuming the next guy is not Conrad Anker — but you don’t mind admitting that your next vacation doesn’t require a global rescue insurance plan. You eat with a knife and fork. You’re interested in a jacuzzi setting. You want a telephoto lens between you and the gorillas. In Armchair Adventures we bring you up close and personal with nature without eschewing the comforts of vacation, offering a few tips on maintaining Weekend Warrior shape in the process.

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Workers of the world, unite!

The Cubicle Workout

Even the cubicle-bound among us want, and can achieve, a basic level of fitness without waking up for 5:30 a.m. brick workouts or going for a long post-work run. We suggest a combination of simple high-intensity interval workouts, stretches and easy lifestyle changes that can make you a relatively fit person.

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Two paths diverged in a deli

Up Your Lunch Game with this Healthy Plan

Most of the time we don’t take a full hour out of our workday for a methodical lunch, instead finding ourselves at the corner store, collecting what we can to fill our stomachs. This is where two paths diverge: some go for a fried cutlet sandwich followed by dessert; others cobble together a reasonably healthy meal followed by an average life expectancy. Read on to find out how to get a healthy lunch next time you’re eating on the go.

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4 Wheels, 5 Skills

Driver’s Education 2.0

From the Archives: Becoming a skilled driver is about more than going fast and having the will to beat everyone else. Understanding physics, driving the line well and having hours under your belt in both your vehicle and the track or road on which you’ll drive all play key roles in maximizing your abilities. The fastest and most comprehensive way to improve these things? Opening up your mind and your wallet to a reputable driving school. Here are our picks for the five best.

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Wisdom for Maturing Gracefully

Better With Age

In Bradbury’s “No Particular Night or Morning”, Clemens is a billion miles from home in a spaceship, conversing with a peer about life. “We’re all fools”, he says, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day… I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.” Fools or not, time can yield both quality and wisdom. Our #betterwithage discussion examines issues of maturity in wine, beer, cheese, cigars and life.

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A Cheese Professional Talks Aging

Caveman Wisdom

If you walked into your place of employ and found mold colonies growing on your workspace, chances an alarm would sound: time to improve your hygiene. Not so for Brian Ralph. In his world, this is just another day at the office. This gives him a particular view of the world — and you can learn a lot from a guy like him.

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True friends stab you in the front

Keep Friends as You Get Older

From the Archives: 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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26.2 Miles Starts With One Step

The Marathon Journal

Marathons are a rite of passage for runners. Some plan their year around it. Some travel to distant lands to compete. Some run them once and then switch to lawn bowling. Whether you want to join the club, learn what makes marathoners tick or just buy some energy gels to snack on, our Marathon Journal takes you inside the cult-like world of long-distance running.

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A Conversation with the Jerusalem Police

Is The Jerusalem Marathon Safe?

Jeremy Berger speaks to Brigadier General Avishai Peled, Deputy Commander of the Jerusalem Police District, about the safety of this year’s Jerusalem Marathon.

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Salomon's Running TV on the Western States 100

The Original

Salomon’s Running TV reaches back to the history of the 20th Annual Western States 100 in “The Original”. The year was 1974, and the Western States (also known as The Tevis Cup) was a 100-mile endurance horse ride in Placer County, CA. Colfax-native Gordy Ainsleigh had been competing for several years. “When my horse went lame in ’73, [race organizer] Drucilla invited me to do it the next year on foot”, he says. “I said, ‘well maybe’, and I was thinking: I’ll have a better horse by then. I didn’t get around to it, so in ’74, as the spring rolled on, I ran.”

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Bottles that chill, filter and fold

Water Bottles for Every Activity

Choosing a water bottle is like buying bar soap: you can penny-pinch and get a three-pack of Dial for two bones, or you can upgrade to Dr. Bronner’s and enjoy the marginal benefit of bathing in citrus oils every morning like a refined gentleman. Your old Nalgene Silo? Dial. Fortunately, the options for an upgrade are abundant, ranging from straightforward bottles for the gym to handheld bottles for marathon runners to double-walled glass vessels that could double as flower vases.

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May God have mercy on your quads

Photo Essay: The Jerusalem Marathon

Every religion has its pilgrimages, many of them to Jerusalem. Christians visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Muslims, the Dome of the Rock. Jews pray at the Western Wall. Running, while not an official religion, is nevertheless a sport of the pious, and its acolytes meet once a year at the Jerusalem Marathon. We were on hand at this year’s race to take in the struggle and the glory of the scenic 26.2-mile course.

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The Complete Guide to Running Your First Marathon

From the Archives: In the marathon origin story, Pheidippides runs from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message of victory and then promptly dies. Though we’ve come a long way since 490 BC, running 26.2 miles is a feat, and doing it can be taxing on the body. Still, with the right training anyone can do it. Looking to join the club? We’ve got some tips, tricks and advice from experts to get you most of the way there. You’ve still got to run the damn thing.

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A Handbook to Two-Wheeled Commutes

The Commuter Issue

Commuting by bike is more than just getting from A to B on a two-wheeler. It’s a lifestyle chosen by a community that includes everyone from spandex-clad hardos on race machines to models in sundresses riding Dutch-style step-thrus. The ever-growing population of commuters is becoming yet more inclusive with bike share programs from Providence to Sacramento. Our commuter issue explores the world of bike commuting, with stories about the best bikes, accessories and photos of cyclists in their natural environment.

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To and From, safely and in style

Kit: Bicycle Commuter

If you’re thinking about joining the bike commuter set, you’ll need the essentials: bike, helmet, lights, lock and a handsome leather wine bottle carrier. We’ve got it all in this Kit, plus much more.

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Seriously fashionable cyclists

Photo Essay: New York Bike Style

New York City has the largest bike-share system in the country, with 600 stations and 10,000 bikes, not to mention more than 600 miles of bike lanes. But as photographer Sam Polcer’s new book, New York Bike Style, shows, the cyclists themselves — and their style — are a city treasure. Polcer, who regularly photographs cyclists in New York for his blog, Preferred Mode, shared a preview of his book with GP.

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Design Director at Easton-Bell Sports

30 Minutes With: Alex Valdman

When we think of influential people, we often default to Time 100 types — Oprah, President Obama, Steve Jobs. But what about the guy making your bike commute more comfortable, creating fabrics and garments that can replace your typical urban attire with performance-oriented equivalents while keeping your crotch area breathable? This guy moves mountains in our world, and he’s Alex Valdman, Design Director at Easton-Bell Sports. We caught up with him to talk about his work with Giro, his perfect last meal and his inspirations.

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A look beyond the usual suspects

Baggage Claim: 10 Modern Takes on the Commuter Bag

From the Archives: Once you’ve got your bike, which you should by now, the next step is to pick up the appropriate accessories. For commuters, second only to a helmet is a suitable bag that holds the necessities and, beyond that, meets specific, personal work- or looks-related criteria. The next thing to consider is the style of bag — backpack, messenger or something else entirely? We’ve got all of the above, with a preference toward backpacks.

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Laptop, upgrade thyself

Guide to Life: Breathe Life Into Your Old Computer

When you pull a brand new MacBook Pro out of the box it looks so neat and sleek and immortal; it’s hard to imagine a day when that thing will be so slow it’ll make you want to drive an adze through it. But age, lack of space and low memory have set their marks on it. Computers get old and tired and confused, just like people. Fortunately, computers are easier to freshen up than people, and if your machine is three or four years old and lagging, there are some easy solutions to improve its performance, saving you some money and frustration in the process.

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In the Kitchen with Chef Hervé Malivert

High Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide with a Master

We’ve come to the ICC in New York specifically to meet with Malivert, a native of the Rhône region of France and the man who oversees anything having to do with centrifuges and liquid nitrogen. His knowledge of food and cooking is apparent. He’s both professor and craftsman, dressed in a crisp white uniform and tall chef’s toque, presenting eloquently about sous vide cooking while simultaneously demonstrating.

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Cooking under pressure

Tested: SousVide Supreme

Cooking sous vide, French for “under vacuum” allows us to bypass this obstacle by cooking at a low and very precise temperature; it’s the equivalent of walking up to the dartboard and pushing the dart into the bullseye. While it’s a technique that’s been around for professional chefs, Iron Chefs and DIYers for ages, the technology has only been available to the average home cook since 2009. As more machines hit the market, we decided to test the one that started the home sous vide revolution, the Sous Vide Supreme ($500).

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Excerpts from an Intro to Spanish Butchering

Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

Any book that introduces “a sharp implement, a capacity to witness death, and a good amount of blood” as self-evident truths in the business of slaughtering pigs has our attention. Jeffrey Weiss’s new book, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, is much more than spectacle: it’s an authoritative resource on Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques, complete with recipes for traditional Spanish dishes, handsome photography and anecdotes from the author’s personal experience. In this excerpt, provided to GP by Agate Publishing, Weiss describes taking part in a matanza (“pig slaughter”) in Extremadura, a rugged region in western Spain.

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Bringing wild shores to your mundane coffee table

Photo Essay: Distant Shores

Surf photographer Chris Burkard’s latest project is a 180-page hardcover with photos from diverse locations including Alaska, Chile, Iceland, India and Japan. These photos, which Burkard shared with GP, document his adventures traveling across the world as he captured photos of surfers and the natural world they inhabit.