Guides & How To

Advice from My Second Time Around

How to Run a Faster Marathon

Sequels tend to suck (Caddyshack II, I’m looking at you), and when they’ve got 26.2 miles of pavement in them, the suck-potential goes exponentially up. After my second marathon, I came up with some advice to my former self, who was still prepping for his first. You can listen in.

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.

Make It Happen

72 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal

The vibrant Portuguese capital is experiencing a cultural renaissance, fueled by a creative society motivated to lead the city out of economic decay.

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.

The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: August 23, 2014

This Week in Gear: Toyota's new concept car, Sony's newest camera, a photo essay from Outside Lands, fantastic Red Wing boots and more.

Race for Survival

How to Race at Altitude

At altitude, you dehydrate more easily, your body has to work harder just to survive and, depending on how high you go, you can be at risk for various degrees of altitude sickness. But sometimes outdoor adventures and competitions call us into the mountains, by bike or by foot. So how do we handle it? Legendary cycling coach Chris Carmichael gives us some tips.

The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: August 9, 2014

A week's worth of gear and gadgets you might have missed. From Adidas CrazyLight Boost Shoes to the ICON A5 Aircraft.

Next stop, Tour de France

Maxed Out: Get More Out of Your Road Bike

Even inexpensive upgrades can make a huge difference when it comes to grinding your way up the local hill or beating out your buddies in a county-line sprint. Now take that baseball card out of your spokes and read on for six other ways to get more out of your road bike.

Sleep well, feel good

The Benefits of Sleep for Recovery

While scientists are far from understanding everything about sleep, the nature of our sleep cycle throughout the night is fairly well articulated. It's time you learned more about sleep's role in the recovery process.

The Gear You Missed

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.

Hint: it involves flying fish roe

Montreal Meets New York, in a Bagel Shop

We get three bagel sandwich recipes from Black Seed Bagels in NYC, where they combine New York and Montreal styles to build the king of donut-shaped foods.

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.

a trojan horse of meat, cheese and fat masquerading as a salad

Recipe: Duck Confit Salad

Preparing duck confit is a quick way to tell everyone you know your way around the kitchen, and an even quicker way to put on a few pounds. It was developed by the French, and mastered by Chef Peter Droste. Here is his take on the classic cooking style.

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.

Brain-rattling bacon from The Forge in Miami

Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Bacon

Bacon doesn't need to be fixed. And so it's with some reluctance that we offer a recipe for making your own bacon, particularly one that requires two days, five different cooking techniques and more than ten ingredients. But once you've tasted chef Christopher Lee's Jamaican jerk bacon with tropical salsa at The Forge in Miami, Florida, you'll be spending plenty of quality time with swine belly and Jimmy Buffet's fifteenth album, Floridays.

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.