Buying Guides

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.

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.

Offshore for sure

Kit: Racing the Rolex Big Boat Series

Offshore yacht racing may seem like a gentleman’s sport, but underestimate it at your peril. Leave the polo shirt and leather boat shoes in your shore bag for the yacht club after-party. Here’s the kit Jason Heaton used for the Rolex Big Boat Series while crewing for Escapade Racing.

The Cool-Weather Standby Still Stands Up

The Many Great Sweaters of Fall

Beyond just comfort and warmth, the sweater is a utilitarian's dream -- if you upgrade one thing each year to prevent a stagnant closet, this should be it. A strong collection of these secondary layers instantly multiplies your wardrobe choices, so study up on the many styles and choose one that fits you.

A Quick Survey of 8 Boot Styles

The 22 Boots of this Fall

While shoes are busy arguing semantics in a boardroom, boots are out in the garage welding shit. Shoes spend their weekend shanking golf balls while boots are going over, around and through every surface on earth. Boots have long belonged to the movers and shakers of history, and dammit if they’re not going to keep going. We picked 22 of our favorite boots over 8 types to keep every man moving.

Update your food pyramid

Cream of the Crop: The Best American Fruit Beers

Fruit beers have long been the redheaded stepchildren of the beer world. But now American brewers are using more complex bases -- stouts, brown ales, rye ales and barleywines among others -- and taking cues from the Belgians, those oldest of fruit beer brewers, to harness the nation’s harvest, from pumpkins to pluots. These are the best fruit beers of their labor.

Shear genius

Elements: Wool

Wool is a miracle material, known by more names today than ever before. Merino from sheep. Cashmere and mohair from goats. Angora from rabbits. Not to mention those other exotic forms most mortals can't afford. Behold: the versatility of wool.

Falling Away From Summer

Five Great Fragrances For Fall

Whereas summer fragrance is largely dominated by citrus and aquatic notes, a proper curation of fall pays tribute to the diversity and range of the late season’s offerings -- the musty smell of fallen leaves; bourbon by fireplace; ma's pantry of spices wafting from the next room over. The days are falling heavy, so tuck away last season’s picks and choose something that fits the current mood.

Autumnal Autos

Five Great Fall Driving Cars

Whether it's a long weekend in the mountains with friends and family or an afternoon blast through wooded sweepers and switchbacks, not all cars are created equal. Get your hands on one of these seven prime choices, and your September, October and early November should be much more memorable.

Essentials for your next 18

Kit: A Gentleman’s Golf Outing

So you have a “light draw” and you mark a 3 putt each nine. Who doesn’t? Given the onslaught of R&D golf has seen in the last few decades, with the right gear you can still keep your handicap at respectable levels.

Saves Five Strokes, Guaranteed

Sole Provider: 7 Best Golf Shoes

Stability starts from the ground up, taking away slippage in the shoes and keeping your body balanced, from the pinkie toe up. The differences between golfing shoes are plenty, the perks distinct -- so when purchasing your next pair for the Member-Guest, consider your options wisely. These seven shoes are a good start.

A Visual Guide to Spiciness and Flavor

A Cautious Man’s Guide to Hot Peppers

Some chili peppers are more sweet than spicy, better suited to date night than a chest-beating contest with the boys. To learn more about the tamer varieties, we took a walk to the Chelsea Fruit Market. These are ones that interest us and our admittedly fragile tastebuds.

Craft Hot Sauces Come Into Their Own

Five Best Hot Sauces from the Pacific Northwest

The stateside culture of craft hot sauce has had a slow-burn response to veteran heavyweights like Tabasco and Texas Pete, which sacrifice flavor for heat. Enthusiasts today are gazing toward the Pacific Northwest, where artisans are using the quality and abundance of fresh, local ingredients to produce wildly diverse newcomers to our country’s cabinet of hot sauces. We tried five of the best.

Everyone Loves the Hefe

Drink Your Wheaties: The Best American Wheat Beers

If you associate wheat beer with Blue Moon and a slice of orange, this is your primer to the world of American brewers doing something more with their wheat malt. They’re adding aromatic hops. They’re open fermenting. They're cultivating a beer that’s front-palate friendly with a full finish. These ten are perfect examples.

Waxing Season

Elements: Waxed Canvas

Though it's gradually becoming usurped by more high tech materials, waxed canvas still remains one of the coolest-looking ways to wick away precipitation. These nine waxed canvas products give bad weather the middle finger and look good doing it.

Wear Them Well

The State of Wearables, 2014

Wearable tech is a growing and increasingly diverse market; they all track distance and calories, and most tell time. They all have their pitfalls -- battery life, compatibility, reliability, size, price -- but what determines the best device is your individual needs. Do you need to streamline your workflow or measure how streamlined your backstroke is? Do you need a sleek timepiece or do you dig the outright nerdy look? Weigh your responses and use our guide of the best options.

Yes, you still have to do the driving

Motoring on the Grid: The “Connected” Car Comes of Age

Staying connected to your information -- whether that means access to music, social media, restaurant reviews, or navigation -- is essential, even when you're on the road. These are some of the best connected cars on the market today; they range from an affordable hatchback to a racy new minivan and all the way to one of the most luxurious rides on the planet.

The smell of leaves and exhaust

Kit: Fall Driving Essentials

When the temperatures drop from their sweaty heights and the warm hues of fall foliage emerge, the driving experience changes -- it's time for windows-down scenic cruising. Bring along the appropriate warm garb (plus a few other essentials) and you'll have mastered the fall drive.

Looks good in a suit. Forget the rest.

Time is Money: Redefining the Dress Watch, Affordably

Think of a dress watch. Imagining anything you can afford? Truth is, our idea that dress watches need be luxury items is way off. These five fit our new definition: watches that jive with both formal wear and greasy fast food binges.

Barefoot Except for the Shoe

10 Best Barefoot Running Shoes

The musculoskeletal therapist says it’s all good. The running ancestors give the the nod. And calves like grapefruits can’t be wrong. Embrace footwear devolution with these barefoot running shoes.

Let's Get Cookin'

The Complete Guide to Camp Stoves

The best way to decide which stove you need is not by referring to a standard “best of” list, but instead considering where you fit in amid a wide range of stoves designed with specific types of campers and trips in mind. The best stove for brewing a cup of coffee won’t be the same one you bring on a road trip to Yellowstone to feed a family of four. The ideal, one-size-fits-all camp stove is still far off, so consider your own specific flame-based needs and parse our guide.

The Best of the IIHS's Top Rated

10 Safest Cars of 2014

When purchasing a new car, crash safety ratings tend to fall below other priorities like style, fuel economy, performance, amenities, cost and even brand loyalty. That’s unfortunate, since more than a handful of cars will consistently fail to perform well in the one situation we all hope to avoid: a serious accident. If you're smart, and especially if you have kids in tow, you'll take the time to bone up on which vehicles are the safest. Of the 22 cars that received the highest safety rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), these are the absolute best.

Keep Your Backseat Driver Safe

Buying Guide: Car Seats

You baby has arrived. Such a glorious day -- but suddenly having a days-old human in your hands makes the world much bigger and scarier than when you checked into the hospital, and now you have to get them home. You can breathe a little easier with your baby strapped into one of these great car seats.

Not just for sailors and prisoners

Elements: Stripes

Stripes are tricky, but when done right they say a lot more than a plain navy getup ever will. These, our favorite striped products, fall from prison-garb cartoonish to vintage-style chic and everywhere in between.

Slightly Less than Roughing It

Car Camping Done Right

Car camping is all about possibilities, whether it’s in the Adirondacks out East, the lakes of the Midwest or the empty spaces of the BLA land out West. Getting to a campsite on four wheels means you can take along a mountain bike, kayaks, hardcover pulp fiction and a cooler of microbrews. This is the camping you remember from childhood, replete with great, cushy gear -- a hissing propane lantern, creaky camp chairs and someone strumming a guitar.

Two Horological North Stars

Want This, Get This: Bremont Terra Nova or Alpina Alpinist GMT 4

A good expedition watch must be a jack of all trades, with water, shock, and magnetic field resistance plus a compass bezel. For explorers, both the Bremont Terra Nova and Alpina Alpiner GMT 4 fit the bill; one is just significantly less expensive than the other.

When the Dogs are Barking

Buying Guide: Orthotic Insoles

The insoles that come with those $100 running shoes are useless slabs of flaccid foam. Do yourself a favor: throw them away right out of the box and get some proper, supportive corrective orthotics. We tested these five off-the-shelf insoles in a variety of outdoor activities.

It worked on your grandmother

6 Classic Colognes to Wear Now

Those funky-smelling bottles stowed in your grandpa's medicine cabinet were actually love potions you now wish you owned. The best was probably one of these.

Old School and Off Road

Vintage Explorers: 7 Adventure Vehicles for the Perfect Off-Road Trip

Steep slopes, muddy trails, river crossings and scree slopes turn a garden variety trip into a journey. Adrenaline junkies, take note: off-road excursions are just as exciting as transcontinental road trips, if not more so. Set yourselves up with any of these great vintage off-road adventure cars and you'll see why.

Shaming Your Old Man's Pop-Up

Seven Off-Road Trailers For Your Next Adventure

If you're worried your 4x4 doesn't have enough room for your essential gear and creature comforts on a weekend off-road getaway, there's no need to trade up to a custom overlanding vehicle -- all you have to do is hitch up a trailer. We've picked our seven favorite off-road capable trailers that range from stripped-down simplicity to excessive luxury.

Pouches For The Pack

Backcountry Cuisine: 5 Best Dehydrated Meals

Dehydrated meals are the camping food industry’s apex predator. They’re lightweight, simple to make and sold at every outdoor retailer; all that’s required is hot water. But history's taught us that convenience and quality usually have inverse relationships. We tasted five of the industry's top brands to see whether an easy, delicious fireside meal was a marketing ploy or a reality.

Best of both worlds

Want This, Get This: Breitling Aerospace Evo or Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic XLS MT

The analog-digital watch came into its own in the 1980s, joining the traditional three-handed watch with the functionality of digital timepieces. Breitling has been at the forefront of analog-digital watches since those early days, and today we feature the latest in its vaunted Aerospace range along with an alternative from Victorinox Swiss Army that does almost as much for far less.

Garb for the Green on Eighteen

Kit: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Walking the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach with all manner of beautiful automobiles at your fingertips calls for some dressy duds and proper accessories. It's far more than just a car show; it's an automotive cultural event like no other, and just about everyone comes decked out to the nines. But it's also no time to break out the tuxedo. Hence, this simple, handsome kit.

For Better Biking

Kit: Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Take 104 miles of dirt road, pavement and single track; mix in over 12,000 feet of elevation gain; sprinkle in oxygen-deprived mountain air and -- voila! You’ve got the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. This is the kit GP's Peter Koch took with him to best this deceptively brutal course.

Playing Muddy Waters from the Mud

Eight Great Rugged Bluetooth Speakers

All-weather bluetooth speakers make sure that you have listening options in any climate, on the edge of any pool or in your pack on any adventure. No plug, no jacks, no need to check the weather report. Just durable music wherever you need it. These are the eight best.

Best Supporting Timekeepers

Screen Time: 8 of Cinema’s Coolest Watches

Watches generally hold two positions in movies: they’re either part of the story, or part of the character. In either case, given the right circumstances, movie watches can reach icon status for watch enthusiasts and movie buffs alike. These are our eight favorite silver screen timepieces that have made a huge impact on both cinema and the watch world.

Dressing Like the Macleans

A Style Guide to A River Runs Through It

While watching A River Runs Through It to inspire ourselves for this issue we couldn't help but also take stock in its unforgettable style (and Oscar winning cinematography). Oxfords, waistcoats, felt, and not a single pair of shorts in sight. What proceeds are 28 modern interpretations of a squarely 1920s look -- a handsome one at that. Wade in and who knows, maybe you'll catch a few items of your own.

Same fish, different methods

Rods and Reels for Any Kind of Fishing

Before getting on the water, you need the right gear for your fishing goals. We've got you covered with affordable, mid-priced and dream setups for fly fishing, surf casting, spinning and baitcasting.