The quest for a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be taken lightly and, after spending hours in showrooms full of mattresses, you’d be wise to consider the new Casper ($500-$950) mattress, which seems aimed to catch the traditional mattress world napping.
The future of sleep is here
Introducing ComforPedic iQ™, the world’s first and only mattress to combine Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam with the revolutionary, patented Smart Response™ Technology. Sixteen internal chambers work together to naturally and continuously adapt to your body’s every position—all without motors or electronics.
Sweet dreams are made of these
You shouldn’t need a reason to get more sleep, but we’ll happily lay the facts out for you anyway. According to National Institute of Health sleep expert Dr. Merrill Mitler, “Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood.” Also, don’t buy into the hype surrounding sleeping less as a trait shared by the uber successful. It’s simply not true for the average joe. In Mitler’s words, “when we look at well-rested people, they’re operating at a different level than people trying to get by on one or two hours less nightly sleep.”
While there are countless factors that can prevent you from getting your fair share of beauty sleep, a poorly equipped place of rest shouldn’t be one of them. The path to a better night’s sleep starts here.
Your face is going to take a few hits over the years: the occasional barroom skirmish, a girlfriend’s unpredictable cat, an intimate moment with the bottom of a shallow lake. Take care of it during your morning shave.
The Scent of a Man
There’s much to recommend drugstore deodorant: it’s cheap, reliable and easy to find. But how about spending a few more dollars to smell like bay rum, limes and peppercorns? Sign on the dotted line and check out our five favorites.
Remedy that horrible mistake you just made, or just unclog your sink
You just drilled a three pointer like Kobe. Unfortunately, the hoop was the sink drain and the ball was your wedding ring/contact/paper boat (dear lord, don’t go down after that thing!). All is not lost. In fact, you’re about to both embark on a rescue mission and take a simple opportunity to check on an oft leaky, clogged or corroded piece of plumbing that’s an easy DIY fix: the P-Trap.
Your new resource for all things Braun
Without the radio, there would be no Braun electric razor.
Sounds weird, right? But before Braun started producing cutting-edge electric razors — before they were even Braun — the precursor to the German company made components for radio sets. This was back in 1921, when Max Braun opened up a little shop in Frankfurt. Only eight years later, he began producing the sets himself. Under his vision and commitment to innovation, it wasn’t long before that little shop became Braun, one of Germany’s leading radio manufacturers.
Radios, you say? That’s right. And there’s a lot more about this storied brand, the most recognized name in electric shaving today, that you surely don’t know. In celebration of the new CoolTec razor, we’ve created an entire guide to Braun, including a complete history, a timeline of their most important innovations, a collection of kits for any traveling situation, and even a breakdown of the new CoolTec and its features. You seem to be growing long in the beard already — so click here to see it all.
10 Products for the Well-Appointed Bathroom
Your master bathroom is your sanctuary. It’s where you prepare to present yourself to the world outside. It’s where, somewhere between the toilet and the shower, you will have your most profound thoughts of the day. A space that important deserves more than dust bunnies and the ghosts of your birthday-suited karaoke. Stop underestimating its role and give your bathroom some cojones. Here are a range of amenities — some indispensable, some indulgent — that are all worthy of consideration. Especially if you’re the pampering type
Old School, High Quality, No BS
In the constant pursuit of a high-quality, stylish lifestyle, it’s understandable that we men may stray from the path a time or two — a truck stop frozen burrito here, a discount-grade pair of white socks there. Most times, though, we regret purchasing shoddy products. Owen & Fred, The Store For Men is a response to just such disappointing gimmickry, providing the superbly crafted choice for everything from dopp kits to ties to kitchen accessories and all the rest.
This faucet really blows
There are more inefficient and grosser routines in life, but washing and drying our hands has that certain je ne sais quoi — the feeling that there must be a more sensible, genius solution on tap somewhere. The genius solution comes courtesy of the folks at Dyson; their Occam’s Razor solution is the new Dyson Airblade Tap (call to discuss pricing), a hyper-efficient washer/dryer faucet combo.
12 gifts for the handyman
You lean on him all year-round to assist, assemble and install everything from kitchen cabinetry to those amazing Patagonian rosewood floors you love so much. He tirelessly tackles the disparate demands of Honey-Do lists and familial fixes without so much as a peep. And yet, of all the men featured in our 12 Guys of…
GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST You’re constantly searching for the latest and greatest in personal technology to improve some aspect of your life — be it connectivity, entertainment or productivity. So why are you still sticking with a manual toothbrush, with a basic design that was conceived over 5,000 years ago? Philips has set the bar…
Bathers without borders
If you’re the type who showers until even the lukewarm water is gone, it’s time you broadened your bathing horizons. Similar to the outdoor rinse station at your beach house, the Oborain Outdoor Shower ($3,700+) gives your washing experience an interesting twist — whether it’s for rinsing off after a swim in the pool, soaking…
Pull the wool over your eyes, and everything else
A good blanket is an unsung hero both at home and in the field. The OFS Limited Edition Military Blanket by Faribault Woolen Mills ($170) is the latest addition to our Linus-like arsenal. Faribault Mills is the oldest manufacturing facility in Minnesota (we hear it gets pretty cold up there), having been around since 1865….
We’ve all been there — the reeking gym bag, the musty sweater drawer — you can’t escape the stink. That is until Fresh Threads ($8) came out with their specially portable clothing fresheners. Available in three different scents of subtle citrus, soft amber and classic clean, these fresheners can fit anywhere you keep your clothes….
Fall asleep in New York, wake up in London
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to sleep one off in the streets of London but can’t leave your Hoboken homestead, you can trust an architect from the other side of Manhattan to have you covered — literally. City Quilts ($219+) are ever-so-soft road maps blankets from Brooklyn based Haptic Labs….
Save lives in style
Preparing for the worst is especially trendy now. Whether you believe nuclear war is about to break out, a zombie infestation is inevitable, or think the Mayans really had the inside scoop on the apocalypse – many individuals across the country have taken a liking to ‘prepping’. And, as with any trend, style and aesthetics…
Cooler heads prevail
Hot steamy nights are the stuff dreams are made of, but when it’s time to lay your head down for the sleep portion of the evening, it’d be nice to cool off with a pillow that doesn’t keep you sweating until dawn. And with the summer months coming up quickly, the timing couldn’t be better…
Walk into any fraternity house bathroom and you may begin to understand the accidental genius behind Restoration Hardware’s 1930s Stainless Steel Laboratory Collection. Obviously made with more refined guys in mind, the bathroom collection of vanities and storage cabinets boasts zinc hardware and rounded finishes throughout, as well as customizable Italian marble tops and beveled…
Wine is a subject we prefer studying with a glass, friends, and a good meal. However, if you’re looking to read up on the subject, Matt Kramer on Wine: A Matchless Collection of Columns, Essays, and Observations by America’s Most Original and Lucid Wine Writer ($12) is a great resource. The title is a little…
It may look like something snagged for three cents out of the bottom of a bargain bin, but bedroom style is a necessary bedside sacrifice for a particular type of sleeper. You know — the kind who could doze through a taser to the jugular. The Thunderclap Alarm’s 113-decibel ringer provides the same get-the-hell-up-and-go drive…
The Mood Rocking Bed ($3,000) is creative a project from Etsy seller Shinerinternational. Founder Joe Manus got his start making furniture for high-end nightspots using a mixture of landfill-destined materials, and those origins are clearly visible in the mood bed’s whimsical style. Frankly, the curved carbon steel frame combined with a mix of pine, oak,…
Shaving is making a comeback. Good shaving, that is. The use of bargain shave gels and foams is taking a back seat to more sophisticated products that are also better for your skin. Okay, so you don’t have time every day to lather up with a badger hair and ceramic brush, but you do have…
Start being a pill
You may not be able to do anything on mankind’s modern-day reliance on pills, but that doesn’t mean you’re helpless to its tired packaging ways. Transforming the design of a classic test tube, the Pill Tube ($150) uses a solid copper (or silver) mirror-polished surface that’s purposely non-lacquered to allow it to develop a natural…
Ready for duty
If you’re celebrating 180 years of service as a perennial favorite, you must be doing something right. Woolrich’s combination of quality, great customer service and unique products keep us coming back for more and this time it’s for their Civil War Cavalry Blanket ($120). Woolrich supplied these same blankets to the troops from 1861-1865 and…
Plenty of gadgets get the sexy factor right, but in all of our product trawlin’ years we’ve never seen a humidifier look this good. Built like the lovechild of K.I.T.T. and a high-end subwoofer, the William Ultrasonic Humidifier’s ($230) 1.5 gallon tank can fill rooms up to 1,000 sq ft in size while measuring an…
Now, Please Go Burn Your Paisley
Rough isn’t an adjective one likes seeing associated with bedding, but in the case of Tricia Rose’s work will cut her some slack. Through her time spent in abroad, Rose was inspired by the land and vintage textiles she later discovered in France and London’s fine fabric houses. After years of searching, she eventually came…
We know sofa beds aren’t the sexiest of products, but for those really short on space sometimes they just make sense. The Dile Sofa Bed ($5,760) in particular is one of the most attractive solutions we’ve ever seen and seems perfect for studio dwellers looking for seating and a place to sleep. Alternatively it could…
Don't Leave Your Eco-Conscience Hanging
You won’t catch us driving solar powered scooters or living cut off from the energy grid, but we at Gear Patrol do appreciate an occasional nod to the environment. Especially when it’s a brilliant, simple idea and only costs $7.99 The Rethink Hanger by Chinese designer Xuan Yu is essentially a hook that old plastic…
Leaving that nice new razor on the bathroom counter, or worse, exposing the blades to the counter surface, is contradictory to a clutter-free bathroom (you have a clutter-free bathroom, right?). Problem is, the options at Bed Bath & Beyond aren’t just dime-a-dozen, they’re also painfully absent of good design. The Kontextür Viktor Razor Holders ($45)…