Master Your Domain

The Ultimate Tool Kit

This is the ultimate tool kit, tailored to the apartment renter, condo dweller, homeowner and professional contractor.

Blinded by the white

Photo Essay: Cat Boarding at Baldface Lodge

Baldface Lodge is the mecca for powder hounds with a passion for backcountry in its purest sense, boasting over 32,000 acres of unadulterated terrain and 500 inches of fresh throughout a typical season.

time to go hell for leather

Hides to Seek: 5 Best Leather Motorcycle Jackets

Ever since Brando led the Black Rebels, the most iconic and stylish riders have continued to embrace this truth: the confidence a leather motorcycle jacket delivers in the saddle is directly proportional to the levels of swagger its wearer can exude on the town.

The High-Minded Moto Jacket

Aether X Spidi Eclipse Motorcycle Jacket

The Eclipse Motorcycle Jacket by Aether X Spidi is the finest current example of that timeless American style icon, the leather motorcycle jacket.

Induction Charging for Power Tools

Bosch Power Ready Wireless Charging System

The Bosch Power Ready Wireless Charging System is an induction charger built to deliver a boost to Bosch’s entire line of 18V cordless power tools -- before it's needed and on the fly. It's brilliantly simple and it changes everything by changing nothing at all.

Stone Age Upgrade

Vipukirves Leveraxe 2

Chopping wood is the manliest activity we engage in. It provides warmth two ways, enables the cooking of meat and impresses the ladies. But the traditional axe is antiquated and dangerous. Short of slugging back three fingers of whiskey, surrendering your man-card and buying bagged wood, Leveraxe 2 is the safest way get that job done.

The Wheelbarrow on Steroids

Worx Aerocart

The Worx Aerocart is an 8-in-1 multifunctional hauler of all things. Including us.

Adventure Classic

Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

Kawasaki’s standard edition KLR was already regarded as equal, if not superior, to the most advanced adventure touring rivals. With suspension upgrades and a new seat, the KLR650 New Edition is infinitely more engaging, communicative and fun on tarmac. Off road, it's virtually unstoppable, making it the best adventure touring motorcycle on the market today.

Putting competitors on notice

KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Like a caged mechanical pit bull that's been poked and prodded, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R is taut, muscular, angry and simply biding its time. It's a motorcycle that quite simply shouldn’t exist -- at least not yet. The Super Duke R doesn’t just raise the bar for motorcycles of its ilk; it puts everything on two wheels on notice.

Surf's Always Up

MasterCraft X23

The MasterCraft X23 is a purpose-built wave maker. Designed to create the largest and longest customizable inland surf, it delivers an endless summer for lake-locked surfers dreaming of on-demand breaks.

Twelve Gifts For The Handiest of Men

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Do-It-Yourselfer

Today’s handyman is far more than a mere fixer of household problems. Armed with knowledge and the right tools, no task is too complex for their capable hands, from fine carpentry and engine work to maintaining wi-fi-based home ecosystems. They deserve celebration and appreciation -- and yet, as you’ve undoubtedly noticed, they are an incredibly humble breed, their most cherished rewards being the result of a hard day’s work. We’ve put together a dozen gift ideas guaranteed to boost enthusiasm, bolster abilities and foster talents for the do-it-yourselfer in your life.

Roughing it ain't so hard

Tested: Sea to Summit Sleeping Mat

A soft, supportive sleeping pad turns going-to-ground into camping and sleep into slumber. Sea to Summit’s Comfort Plus Insulated Sleeping Mat promises big comfort and insulation without sacrificing portability. We took one for a few nights under the stars to find out if it delivers.

An American Icon, Born To be wild

Viewfinder: The Story of the Chopper

"The Story of the Chopper" explores the surprising birth and history of the world's most recognizable motorcycle style.

Look ma, two hands!

High Five: 5 Best Motorcycle Gloves

Whether you’re piling on the interstate miles, tackling dusty switchbacks or just riding around in a parking lot, an off at any speed will have you palms out and road rashed. Thankfully, there is a world of options out there designed to deliver top protection and performance. To lend, ahem, a helping hand, here's a list of the five best motorcycle gloves, broken down for riders of various styles and disciplines.

Northern Roads Afar

1000 Miles of British Columbia on 2 Wheels

A fork in the road. Rarely in life does the metaphorical appear in such literal form. Yet there it was, and there we were. Twelve dust-covered motorcyclists on a journey through British Columbia’s beautiful northern interior, faced squarely with two paths and three options: left, right or turn around. This is where the riding stopped and the adventure began.

Essentials for your great escape

Kit: Motorcycle Adventure Touring Gear

Heading out on the road with no set destinations and a couple of days to burn is a rite of passage for motorcycle riders. For a long weekend ride through Northern Ontario, Canada, GP's Matt Neundorf turned to the Italians for the right gear: A Ducati for the ride; a two-piece suit, boots and gloves from Dainese and more.

An Angry Bird of Prey

Ducati’s Perfect Tourer, the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo

Every motorcycle enthusiast dreams of taking off for an epic adventure. It's no surprise, then, that adventure motorcycles are the fastest-growing segment on two wheels. Ducati has clearly tapped into that ethos with the design of the Multistrada GT.

You've got skin in the game

Six Proper Motorcycle Jeans: Look Good, Save Your Skin

Full race-spec leathers are the surest bet to save your bacon when the possibility of a motorcycle crash becomes a reality; but practicality, timing and social demands don't always encourage full gear. These are the best motorcycle jeans designed to both resist high-speed abrasion and look good when you reach your destination.

Teaching an old dog new tricks, on two wheels

The Moto Guzzi V7 Special Is a Quirky Beauty

The prom queen is never chosen solely for her personality, and character actors don’t win People's Sexiest Man Alive. These are truths we’ve come to simply accept, and they extend to machines, too. Saying an item has "character" or "personality" implies it has aesthetic, ergonomic, or other flaws. The Moto Guzzi V7 Special ($9,290) has character.

Feel alive, stay alive

Primer: Motorcycle Safety Basics

From the Archives: So now that you’ve chosen which starter steel horse suits you best, you’ve got to figure out just how to ride this thing safely -- the only thing uglier than a bike confined to a garage is one on its side. Getting out with your knees in the breeze is the best way we know to decompress and let the work week wash away, but before you swing a leg over and head out on the highway on your first bike you need to understand a couple guiding principles.

Timeless Styles

Faces of the Decades: 5 Throwback Watches

The popular face of the wristwatch is constantly changing. Digital displays, which were once all the rage, fell out of favor long ago; oversized watches boomed and now seem to be over the hump; and gold has come and gone a few times over. But the greatest and perhaps most viable of today's trends might be the resurrection of the vintage watch trade -- new timepieces that pay homage to their roots and celebrate the ever-changing face of an industry from the 1950s through the 1990s.

Where MPG meet MPH

Smoke and Mirrors: 5 Best Diesel Motorcycles

Diesel engines may just be the perfect fit for motorcycles. They offer bullet-proof reliability, stump pulling torque and the kind of range even Ted Simon can only dream of. Add to that the fact that refuelling doesn’t involve extended time out of the saddle and it makes you wonder why there aren’t more on the market. We found four examples that would look great in our garage on the road.

Six Battery-Powered Powerhouses

The Return of the Quartz Watch

The quartz watch was our introduction to timekeeping -- the gateway drug that spurred our talk of ticks and led to our appreciation of mechanized complications -- and like our first car, it demands respect. Battery-powered watches pack incredible complications, intricate details and robust build quality into an infinitely wearable and affordable package. Even the most ardent watch snob would be proud to strap any of these six quartz watches upon his wrist.

Good vibrations

Tested: Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Tool

With more than a few chores piling up, we powered up the cordless Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Tool to see if the brand's new high-powered portable was worth the investment.

Rise of the machines

Positively Charged: 7 Best Electric Motorcycles of 2014

While electric cars have stumbled in the recent past, motorcycles have readily embraced digital propulsion -- even Harley-Davidson has one in the works. With less mass to motivate, shorter runtime requirements and a complete lack of power-robbing creature features, motorcycles are a natural fit for battery-operated powerplants. Here are the seven best electric motorcycles of 2014.

A World Rally Blur

With the 2015 Subaru WRX, A Rally Car Matures

Since it arrived onto North American shores in 2002 the Subaru WRX has been making the case for unadulterated fun, one four-wheel drift at a time. Vehicles and our expectations of them however, have changed a lot over the last 13 model years. No longer content to merely juke and jive with the best of them, we now demand our cars have styling, more toys than an only child and soft-touch everything. To keep these newly refined ralliers content in their cockpits, Subaru sent the WRX to finishing school. And, if you ask us, it graduated -- with honors.

Portable, with Power to Spare

Best Cordless Power Tool Combo Kits

From the Archives: We tackled a variety of chores, from the simplest deck demolition to re-framing the interior of a house, to help you choose the right path for your cordless cash. Here are our picks for the cordless power tool kits -- including a drill/driver of some sort, a circular saw and a reciprocating saw -- that do it best, along with notes on each individual tool.

First, third or last: Italy always wins

Gran Premio d’Italia

The Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, a 3.25 mile serpent of asphalt nestled within the Tuscan Appenine Mountains just north of Florence, plays host every year to the Gran Premio d’Italia MotoGP race -- the home race for Ducati Corse. With only one world championship to its name (2007) and zero dry-weather victories during the 2013 season, the Ducati Team had the eyes of a nation following its every move this past weekend at the fastest track on the calendar.

Squid Vest not included

Sartorial Safety: Office-Friendly Motorcycle Gear

The office dress code can be a challenge for a motorcycle enthusiast; riding the elevator in an unzipped kangaroo skin onesie doesn’t score too many points with the boss. Thankfully, there's some excellent motorcycle gear out there that provides the protection you need without sacrificing any of your executive flair.

Pikes Peak, Monster, Panigale, Streetfighter and Diavel

Quick Spin: Ducati Full Line

With free reign on development (and deeper pockets) thanks to new ownership, Ducati’s built a lineup that's billed as faster, sexier and more nimble than anything they’ve produced before. After spending a day piloting five models (Multistrada Pikes Peak, Monster, Panigale, Streetfighter and Diavel) through the Catskill Mountains, it became clear that this may be their finest vintage yet, at least for the majority of their models.

Feel alive, stay alive

Primer: Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle

From the Archives: Getting out with your knees in the breeze is the best way we know to decompress and let the work week wash away, but before you swing a leg over and head out on the highway on your first bike you need to understand a couple guiding principles. We've compiled them for you.

The latest in multitasking mastery

Dremel Three-In-One Ultra-Saw

When it comes to tools for do-it-yourselfers in the know, multitasking is key. Tackling a collection of jobs without stopping to hunt around the workshop not only saves time, it makes you look like a pro in the process. For over 80 years, Dremel has been putting that kind of power and panache into the palms of handymen, hobbyists and contractors alike; their Multi-Pro line of rotary tools not only invented that market, the Dremel name defines it.

Explaining Turbocharging and Supercharging

How Forced Induction Works

From the Archives: Air. Fuel. Spark. Take one away from your car and you’re going nowhere fast. Increase one, air for example, and things get interesting. More air equals more power -- the very principle behind forced induction. Two systems, supercharging and turbocharging, make this all happen. Take a deep breath and dive in.

Its a Jeep Thing, now you understand

Octane Icon: Willys-Overland Jeep

The Willys-Overland Jeep not only helped win World War II, it wrote the recipe for every Sport Utility vehicle that followed. In this edition of Octane Icon we dig into how that came to be.

Naked and famous

Octane Icon: Ducati Monster

From every angle, for over twenty years, the Ducati Monster's unmistakably Italian design has simultaneously oozed sex and personified power. This is raw, naked aggression, a motorcycle that defines its very genre and epitomizes an iconic brand.

Fast fundementals

Kit: Track Weekend

Your normal couch-bound weekend attire won't cut it during a weekend at the track; tarmac-amplified heat and humidity plus the occasional run-in with a troupe of Umbrella Girls nixes that plan. Instead, race weekend is primetime for packing light, multifunctional duds and accoutrements that don't skimp on style.