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This Week in Gear: November 17 – 21

ood morning, welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single shot serving of an entire week’s worth of killer new gear — pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse over Sunday football and start your Monday completely up to speed. Cheers to another fantastic…

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Demystifying World's Most Famous Bourbon

The Complete Guide to Pappy Van Winkle

I’d say that Pappy Van Winkle is a brand that needs no introduction, except that it does. The truth is that most people don’t know anything about “Pappy”, other than that it’s supposed to be the best of its kind. So let’s set the record straight by getting a couple of basic facts out of the way.

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Freddie Wilkinson’s Best Climbs of the East

Freddie Wilkinson makes his home in the White Mountains, where he climbs and guides most of the year between putting up alpine first ascents on expeditions to Alaska, Nepal, Patagonia, India and Antarctica. These are his four favorite climbing areas out East, plus some inside tips on what to do when you’re in the neighborhood.

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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.

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The Poor Man's Fondue

How to Make Raclette, a Peasant’s Meal for Friends

Seen as an instant fondue, raclette is a variety of cheese and pastime in itself: groups of friends collect around a heat source to melt, scrape, and gorge on delicious, full-fatty cheese. Though the culture has grown to include its own type of conventional raclette-style grills for any variety of gastronomic exploration, we recommend focusing on the essentials next time you and your friends find yourself around the campfire. Read our guide here.

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Gear that Suits the Man and the Machine

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Driver

The holiday season can be stressful, especially if you’re buying for a gearhead. But never fear: if you’re in need of a present for that special guy, there is an array of automotive gifts out there that will suit any driver’s tastes, and enhance his time behind the wheel.

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Bon Appetit

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Chef

Every year, more and more gadgets and gizmos — you know, gear — come out for the kitchen. And every year, there are plenty of food fans that have distinct opinions on all of it. So regardless of if you’re buying for your favorite foodie, friend, or yourself, we’ve curated some of the best, most unique gastronomic options to ensure your present makes the cut.

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Best Choices, Filtered and Purified

A Pro’s Guide to Water Treatment in the Wild

Outdoor survivalists often teach the rough rule of three’s: humans can only survive three minutes without oxygen, three hours without proper shelter (given extreme conditions), and three days without water. H2O is the most suspect of the bunch. We asked an expert to explain the to main methods of treatment, filtration and purification, and recommend the proper gear for staying hydrated in the wild.

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An Excerpt from Bushcraft 101

The Wilderness Guide to Natural Shelters

Shelter is the most important ingredient for wilderness survival. in his book, Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival, expert Dave Canterbury, known for his role in the television series Dual Survival, takes readers through the basic, life-saving natural shelters that can be built without a tarp or tent.

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Judgment-Free Gifts

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Designer

For aesthetically minded design buffs, here’s a list of things that will last for decades — because, unlike the pile of reindeer socks and plastic tchotchkes littering your closets from holidays past, they’re meant to.

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Gifts Meant to be Scratched, Smashed and Destroyed

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Outdoorsman

Everyone knows a man who doesn’t mind a little dirt under his nails. He knows how to tie more knots than you have paisley ties; he casts for fresh fish, you Seamless for sushi. We all know him, and he probably destroyed something or another on his last adventure and is looking for it under the tree. So use this guide to give him something for his next outdoor excursion, and maybe he’ll let you tag along this time.

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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.

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The Well Curated Life

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

The Dapper Man’s the type of guy who takes his time on things and still comes out ahead. He’s an example of a well curated life and considers all the details. These gifts are sure way to show your secret hero you’re on his level, and you got “it” too.

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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.

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Ready for Takeoff

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Globetrotter

Whether it’s a comfortable pair of slacks or the ultimate travel bag, making him feel like travel royalty is only a good buy away. This is the best globetrotting gear of 2014 — gifts so good he’ll feel right at home, even when he’s getting familiar with a TSA agent.

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Gifts for the Spartan Renaissance Man

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Athlete

Today’s athlete is a spartan renaissance man, a conglomeration of multi-faceted fitness that culminates in one fine-tuned machine ready for whatever the world will bring. And the modern fitness man requires diversity in gear — something to guide him in excellence in all of his athletic follies. This gear will aid him in crossing the finish first, whatever that finish line may be.

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Because There's Always More to Explore

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Adventurer

Whether you’re a thrill seeker shopping for yourself, a worried parent trying to protect your baby, a best friend looking to help a buddy shred it up, or a tagalong seeking some extra comfort, the best thing about the gift of outdoor gear is that it serves all those purposes simultaneously. These are the best adventuring gifts money can buy.

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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.

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A Study in the Finer Points of Drinking

The Perfect Bar Cart

Alcohol remains an enduring motif in the great American narrative. That’s probably because those that wrote it drank, and drank well — epitomized by the enduring symbol of the most sophisticated of drinking cultures: the bar cart.

What follows is just one interpretation of how the home bar should look and taste. Like with all things great, a great bar cart is a long term investment and requires time to develop. It’s not necessary to stock everything; ours is listed simply to help guide those starting from scratch in the finer points of home drinking. Click, learn and imbibe well.

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The One That Didn't Get Away

How To: Fillet a Trout Like a Pro

Chef Timmy Malloy of Local’s Corner in San Francisco gives a lesson in filleting a fish.

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We asked and you answered.

15 Best Day Hikes: Readers’ Choice Edition

Here they are: the 15 best day hikes, as told by our readers. All of the words and images below are straight from your submissions to our GP best hikes competition. We edited and condensed as necessary (some of you really like to type) and shot for widest possible range of locations and types of stories. What we were left with is a diverse hodgepodge of outdoor activity, organized from west to east, starting with Hawaii in the Pacific and ending with St. John in the Atlantic. Without further ado: 15 favorite hiking destinations, as told by GP readers, for GP readers.

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Can One Jacket rule the shoulder seasons?

Testing the Versatility of Patagonia’s Nano-Air Jacket

The Nano-Air jacket will replace half your closet during the fall/spring. We test the versatile new offering from Patagonia.

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How To: Re-Wax a Canvas Jacket

Before synthetic fabrics were the premium in waterproofing, there were thick, waxed cotton jackets. These are the jackets your father’s father wore while he chopped down trees for the log cabin he decided to build on a whim. If you’re lucky enough to own one, you need to know how to re-wax it properly. Here’s a guide.

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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?

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Wearable Replacement? There are apps for that

Who Needs Wearables? These Smartphones and Apps Might Be All You Need

The ostensible benefit of smart watches and health trackers, as far as health goes, is that they allow you to monitor your calories, heart rate, and step count with previously unmatched accuracy. Truth is, a number of upcoming smartphones paired with worthy fitness tracking apps make fitness-tracking wearables redundant.

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Hollywood is society's compass. It should be the Apple Watch's, too

Lamenting the Apple Watch’s Missed Opportunities, with the Help of Cinema

The Apple Watch may be touted as innovative, but if Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that for the modern, 21st century man, Apple’s latest creation is severely lacking. Take note, Tim Cook: Cinema is here to save your bacon.

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11 States, 15 Hikes

15 Best Hikes of the South

We found the 15 best day hikes near major cities in the South.

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The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: September 6, 2014

This Week in Gear: Land Rover’s Discovery SUV, Bose launches their “best headphones ever,” a layover in Mozambique, and more.

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The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: August 30, 2014

This Week in Gear: The Beatles Boxed Set, underwater cameras, sexy watches, coffee kits and more.

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12 States, 15 Hikes

15 Best Day Hikes in the Midwest

With the Appalachians to the east and Rockies to the west, the relatively flat American Midwest doesn’t call to mind a hiking destination. But that’s dead wrong. Instead of coastlines there are lakeshores. Instead of continuous mountain ranges, there’s rolling loess higher than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. In the north, terrain varies from the Badlands of the Dakotas and the Pictured Rocks of Lake Superior; in the south are lush forests nestled between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Rethink the flyover states and hit the trailheads of the American Midwest — these fifteen are your starting points.