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This Week In Gear: August 2, 2014

This Week in Gear: Indian's new motorcycle, Laphroaig Select, Denon's Dolby Atmos speakers, Yeti's new mountain bike and much more.

two traditional drinks and a classic cocktail with a twist

How to Drink Absinthe Like a Gentleman

Will Elliott of NYC's Maison Premiere shows us the steps to making three types of absinthe drinks: a drip, a frappe and a Sazerac, with a twist.

15 Hikes, 13 States

15 Best Day Hikes of the West

The beauty of the West isn’t up for debate: it’s ubiquitous, grandiose and unchallenged. But hidden within these 13 states are secrets that can’t be seen driving an SUV through the “scenic” route. Only a true day hike can do the region justice. Consider this list your trailhead.

The Beauty of Bare Minimum

Kit: Ultralight Backpacking

Obsessive weight-trimmers with less than 10 pounds strapped to their backs are considered "ultralight" hikers, a term as ubiquitous and unregulated in the hiking retail market as "organic" and "grass fed" are in the food industry. But trust us: the following gear truly is ultralight, perfect for those faithful to the church of long trails and little gear.

The Slow-n-Low Pursuits of one of Montreal's Best restaurants

The Smoker: An Excerpt from the Joe Beef Cookbook

You don't just build a smoker and start cooking in it. Like any other major project, the idea turns into an obsession, which turns into a real possibility, which turns into a mess. Only then can you see what your initial idea has twisted itself into. We know this, and so does Frédéric Morin of Joe Beef. In this excerpt from the restaurant's cookbook, Morin explains the tortuous path from a childhood of smoky fiddlings to an adulthood of...smoky fiddlings. And, ultimately, a working, self-built smoker at Joe Beef in Montreal.

A French-Canadian Gem Prospers Once Again

72 Hours in Montreal

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, Canada’s renegade Francophone province. It's just a quick jump via plane from much of the East Coast of the U.S.; more importantly, it's filled with cultural treasures, delicious food, world-class beer, and is just a short drive from some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Here's what you should do when you visit.

This Week in Gear: July 19, 2014

This Week in Gear: Mercedes-Benz's insane S-Class, Aston Martin's new V12 roadster, retro-inspired Club Monaco Sunglasses, minimalist wallets, rocket skates, DeWalt toolboxes and much, much more.

More Horses, Same Stable

Max Out: Tips for Getting More Horsepower Out of Your Engine

So you've purchased your car of choice and remained within your diminutive budget, only to hope your routes are mostly downhill. You regularly scream, “I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!” a la Montgomery Scott as you try to merge with freeway traffic but are passed by a Biggest Loser contestant on rollerblades. You're in luck. There are ways to bring your car's horsepower to levels higher than Tom Cruise's vertical leap, and they don't have to cost you a large fraction of your annual salary. Just remember one thing, young man: with great power comes great responsibility satisfaction.

Sweat into the home screen

10 Fitness Apps for Any Athlete

Your physical health is your smartphone’s next frontier. Taking advantage of today's data-heavy environment, these apps are squarely focused on everything from your diet to your mind to your core.

You're a lumberjack and you're OK

How to Fell a Tree Like a Logging World Champion

A Swedish World Champion logger shows us how to properly fell a tree with a chainsaw. All you need is some confidence, the right safety gear, and (perhaps) some plaid fleece.

5 Courses, 1 Grill, No Dishes

Master the One-Grill Meal

The life of a dinner shindig can be as simple as quality charcoal, a few tunes and some great beef. Oh, and good beer. The "One Grill Meal" isn't a challenging culinary proposition. In fact, outside of skillet cooking it's about as simple of a trick as they come. And whether your have propane or charcoal it's a pretty damn simple affair and about as American as it gets.

Happy Independence Day

Mark Twain on the Fourth of July

Mark Twain said many things that ought to be remembered, but this speech, simple and succinct as it is, from his visit to Keokuk, Iowa in 1886 just 45 miles or so from his home town, is a great thing to recall on this July 4. Happy Independence Day, everyone.

The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: June 28, 2014

This Week in Gear: a weather-resistant Fujinon, custom surfboards, the Samsung Galaxy tab, the LG G Watch, Wigle’s Barrel-Rested Ginever and much more.

The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: June 21, 2014

This Week in Gear: an all-electric Harley Davidson, Marantz’s newest receiver, an iPhone case Bear Grylls would use, and much, much more.

This Week in Gear: June 14, 2014

A look back at the Week in Gear. From the Best Father's Day Guide anywhere to upgraded Grado Labs headphones to eating local, the easy way.

Drinking Andre the Giant under the table

The Best of the American Craft Beer Festival

Amid 622 different beers, we managed to put our buzzing heads together and come up with the 5 best beers of the American Craft Beer Festival, each a flawless example of the style.

This Ain't No 5K

10 Best Triathlons for Beginners

For the "Ironchild" on the road to a true Ironman, or maybe just the casual triathlete, these are the ten best races for the budding triathlete. None of them are easy, but they are all great places to become a fitness fanatic.

Stop Being an Asshole About Soccer

What To Watch: The 2014 World Cup Primer

The FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow. Before you shrug off soccer as boring and then promptly nap in front of an MLB game, consider this: by FIFA’s own humble estimation, 909.6 million television viewers watched at least part of the 2010 World Cup Final. For perspective, America’s most-watched television event in history was this year’s Super Bowl, with 111.5 million viewers. And you don’t need to follow the MLS or Premier League to get your Cup on -- everything you need to know is in this short primer. If you want to know more, we linked out to further reading at the bottom, including the nitty gritty of political turmoil, a breakdown of every team and the history behind the World Cup trophy. But for now, let’s get basic.

No need for directions

Afar with Dad: Father-Son Adventures

Dad's transitioned from a guardian to a friend, and your Father's Day gift should reflect that. He deserves more than a hastily wrapped tie and some tee time vouchers. It's time to go on an adventure together, and these three are plenty out of the ordinary but don't require a year's worth of planning (or salary).

Be handy, man

The Basics of Bike Maintenance

In this how-to we review the basics of bike maintenance: how to fix a flat, how to adjust shifting and how to clean your bike chain.

Dads, Look No Further

80 Perfect Gifts for Father’s Day

Your padre taught you (almost) everything about life you couldn't learn from the classroom or the cache of treasures stashed under your older brother's bed. Through his actions, you gleaned the proper way to conduct yourself in a crowd and how not to putt. Deciphering the method to his madness is now clear with the wisdom of hindsight. It is, and always was, about tracing his footsteps while avoiding his detours. This father's day, prove he's taught you well and solidify your position as the favored son by giving him something to help him improve on one of the many facets of his already impressive game. Here are 80 excellent suggestions.

Where family hordes are far away

10 Forgotten National Parks

10 destinations for untouched landscapes without the crowds or bustle of Yellowstone -- you know, the stuff you were looking for in the first place.

High Fliers

Buying Guide: Flieger Watches

What started as a batch of 1,200 watches made in 1941 for the German Luftwaffe has since become one of the most iconic watch designs in history. Today Fliegers are made by both household-name German brands and a set of potent up-and-comers, in both classic styling and with an artistic license, at bank-breaking prices and for only a couple hundred bucks. Here are our favorites.

$14 Well Spent

Complete Guide to 2014 Summer Films

Summer is movie season, and in a chaotic era of remakes, reboots, trilogies, and $14 movie tickets, it's nice to have a guide. We've gathered a mix of big names, indies that aren't disastrous or unbearably depressing, and some sneaky under-the-radar flicks, all of which should be worth your while. Oh, and we threw the rest at the bottom for you to stream after a long day at the pool.

Have Fins, Will Travel

Three Diving Adventures to Plan Today

Swimming with Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas, exploring the Northern Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef, or crossing the thermocline boundary to explore ghostly WWII wrecks in Papua New Guinea might sound daunting, but whether you have three days or two weeks, there's time enough for one of these adventures.

Spray tans, wine coolers and badminton. Not.

Welcome to Summer 2014

People who live in the tropics have a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s nice to drive around with the top down all year; on the other, most guys seem to end up with too-slick hair, too few closed buttons and a CGI tan. (Not to even get into the issues of equatorial squalor.) For the rest of us in multi-season climates, the arrival of longer days, fewer layers and colder beers is eagerly anticipated. Last we checked it was 72 degrees outside GP HQ, so we’ve decided to pull the trigger on our 2nd annual Summer Preview a few weeks shy of the solstice. What’s in store should keep you plenty busy until things really heat up: we’re visiting legendary car races, debating the best films of the season, taking you along on the summer’s biggest bike race, visiting the best festivals in America, mixing up the Michelada three different ways and much more. Axial tilt be damned: summer starts today.

Going Down?

Weird Happenings in Elevator History

As Jay-Z's recent run-in with his wife's sister in an elevator at the Met Gala has shown us, our daily lifts into the sky can be a source of great intrigue. In fact, Solange's flurry of fists and stiletto kicks represents only a minor blip in the elevator's sordid history. Here are a few of our favorites that don't have to do with farts or gruesome deaths.

Collateral Damage

Godzilla, The Small-Scale History of a Big-Scale Monster

Sixty years ago, a sweating young man named Haruo Nakajima put on a 220-pound lizard suit and trounced a miniature version of Tokyo. Today, Legendary Pictures’ irradiated Godzillasaurus, three times the size of the original, is crashing through Hawaii and San Francisco on screens across the country. This is the story of how $1.5 million and a rubber suit launched a billion dollar franchise.

Work Hard AND Smart

Rewind: (Fitness) Knowledge is Power

In sports and fitness, training plans and pounding the pavement can take you a long way. But sometimes it takes more than a blue collar work ethic: it helps to have bits of wisdom from seasoned vets, deep scientific insight and cleverly-designed products. Since kicking off Limits, we've scraped together knowledge about everything from the effect of caffeine on endurance to importance of VO2 max testing. We still fall down at stoplights occasionally, no amount of wisdom can prevent that. Here's what we've learned.

Bring An Enemy

10 Most Dangerous Hikes

Stick anyone next to a cliff and they'll inch forward and peek over; put anyone in a supercar and they'll double the speed limit. We all want to stay safe and comfortable, sure, but in those moments when we lose our footing and time slows to a crawl, we are undeniably living in the moment. Call it suicidal or call it truly living. Here are ten trails that return hikers to their baser need: staying alive.

And they said the West was wild

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part Two: The East

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we've broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the East -- Japan, China, Russia, India and Australia -- flexes its stuff.

15 Hikes, 15 Days

15 Best Day Hikes in the Northeast

These day hikes are not pretenders. We surveyed the northeastern U.S. to find the best 15 hikes, spread out across 9 states. If you have a car (in some cases you don’t even need one), you can find an accessible 10 miler with manageable distances, notable views and unique trails for a long, fulfilling Saturday.

Essentials for a quicky with mother nature

Kit: The Perfect Day Pack

Most day hikes require a peanut butter sandwich, a water bottle and maybe some bug spray. But for the weekend warrior who wants to crush in one day what most people stroll in three, there are a few indispensables. Here are our favorite necessities and extravagances for spending a day burning through some miles on the trail.

A Compendium of Wearable History

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part One: The West

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we've broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the West -- America, Britain, Germany, France, and the unlikely Brazil, Argentina and Peru -- flexes its stuff.

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.

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.

From Seed to Smoke

In Aging Cigars, a Newer Frontier

Aging is a well-known part of the cigar-making process. Ask for specifics beyond that fact, though, and things get murkier. The deeper questions of why the process works, how long it takes to make a good cigar great, and the exact role of aging before and after cigars are rolled get little attention, so we asked Jesus Martinez, owner of Martinez Cigars, a store that's been family-owned and running for 40 years.

Two Experts, Three Cellars, and a Lot of Big Beers

Cellar’s Market: A Guide to Aging Beer

In our own beer cellar, we've got a couple bottles of Brooklyn Black Ops, a Firestone Walker Parabola and a Perennial Abraxus -- all great beers, but we could use a few additions. For some new suggestions, as well as some tips on beer aging, we contacted our friends at The Cannibal NYC, who run extensive cellaring collections, both personally and professionally.