In 2014 bike parlance, L’Eroica is the ultimate gravel grinder, a 38-204 kilometer ride along the strade bianche (“white roads”) of Tuscany, Italy, with ascents steep as 23 percent grade and sketchy, sandy downhills as a reward for the hard work. Unlike the Dirty Kanza, though, you won’t find riders toeing the line in Gaiole in Chianti with carbon bikes, electronic shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. L’Eroica’s done old school.
Vintage gear for old Italian roads
Roughing it ain't so hard
A soft, supportive sleeping pad turns going-to-ground into camping and sleep into slumber. Sea to Summit’s Comfort Plus Insulated Sleeping Mat promises big comfort and insulation without sacrificing portability. We took one for a few nights under the stars to find out if it delivers.
Home in the Heavens
Tantalus Hut has no power or running water. But by backcountry standards, it’s still a luxurious pad. Situated in the Tantalus Range of British Columbia, the hut is an ideal base camp for the adventurous and daring who want to take aim at mountain peaks.
Beauty in the eye of every beholder
How do you take a spectacular Jaguar roadster that the world has anticipated for decades and make it divine? According to Jaguar you give it a hardtop and the option of a 550 horsepower V8. That’s what they’ve done with the 2015 F-Type Coupe ($65,000), which builds on one of our favorite cars this year, the 2014 F-Type convertible.
All Hail the Disc
Giant has emerged as a super power in cyclocross with weaponry that puts it ahead of the pack in the form of the TCX Advanced Pro 0 ($7,450), a fierce machine that’s fully strapped with everything that’s changing the game.
Recipes From Acclaimed Chefs
Whereas summer is defined by freshness and abundance, fall is marked by the chef’s creativity and skill in the kitchen. Kitchens center around the pantry, the chef’s color palette. These cookbooks showcase the distinctive fall flavors of acclaimed chefs from around the world.
It’s an elegantly powerful ultra-supercar. It’s capable of crushing more expensive, higher-profile autos on tracks and streets alike. And it’s surprisingly rare. So instead of waiting around, GP went to the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to try out the 2015 McLaren 650S.
A place to rest your wheels
City bikes need a place to rest inside — enter the indoor bike rack. Whether it’s standing in the corner, blending in with wall decor or just plain out of the way, the method comes down to you (and your wallet). These indoor racks will keep your bike dry and safe at night.
Gear for an Open-Wheel Beating
Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything — because anything can, and will, happen.
A 'light truck' that's actually light
The Ford F-150 is the reigning champ of the truck world, having been the most popular truck in America for 37 years and — get this — the most popular overall vehicle for 32. Even more impressively, the 2015 Ford F-150 is not just miles ahead of the competition; it’s miles ahead of its former self.
Stow and Go
Meet the folding commuter bike that will steamroll your fixie.
Bien sûr !
For the 11th installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re presenting an OMEGA Seamaster Professional “SHOM” ($3,500), designed for the study of French coasts in 1973 by the Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine.
Daily green without the groan
From miserly compacts to full-sized fuel-sipping sedans, you can have your cake and eat it, too, with both style and a serious salute to the environment. These five excellently executed everyday hybrids meld style and sensibility.
Volvo's flagship, reborn
We meet the 2016 Volvo XC90 — the face of the new Volvo right down to the new, getting-down-to-business logo.
Triathlon on a budget
Here’s a little secret: You don’t need to spend a lot to race in your first triathlon. These affordable options will get you to the finish line with enough money in the bank for a post-race beer.
Birds of a different feather
With the price of down in flux and recent innovations in synthetics, you can now get a jacket that warms like down but performs better in wet weather. These are the best synthetic down jackets.
Don't Leave Home Without It
Use a flask wisely and you’ll have a great hint of lawless confidence; the look of wonder in your buddies’ eyes as you swig your just-so-uncouth booze will be all the sweeter. (Smokier, if it’s Balvenie 18.) These ones deserve a place in your coat pocket.
Duck, duck, goose!
These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts next spring.
Look ma, two hands!
Whether you’re piling on the interstate miles, tackling dusty switchbacks or just riding around in a parking lot, an off at any speed will have you palms out and road rashed. Thankfully, there is a world of options out there designed to deliver top protection and performance. To lend, ahem, a helping hand, here’s a list of the five best motorcycle gloves, broken down for riders of various styles and disciplines.
You did well this year. Now — what to spend that bonus on? A wristwatch is the ideal choice.
The GTI of GTIs
Why even talk about something we can’t have? Because when VW knocks on the door and hands over their forbidden fruit — the 2015 Golf R Euro-spec — no human of motoring integrity could say no; and we didn’t either.
Whose Form Follows What Function, Now?
While testing out the new Braun BN0035 Chronograph, I find out why the midcentury modern design makes me (and many other watch collectors) feel uncomfortable.
Essentials for your great escape
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.
An Angry Bird of Prey
Every motorcycle enthusiast dreams of taking off for an epic adventure. It’s no surprise, then, that adventure motorcycles are the fastest-growing segment on two wheels. Ducati has clearly tapped into that ethos with the design of the Multistrada GT.
Nothing Poor About It
For the tenth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re selling a “Poor Man’s Heuer”: a 1960s Hamilton chronograph just off of a fresh service in remarkable condition for $1,700.
You've got skin in the game
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.
Teaching an old dog new tricks, on two wheels
The prom queen is never chosen solely for her personality, and character actors don’t win People‘s Sexiest Man Alive. These are truths we’ve come to simply accept, and they extend to machines, too. Saying an item has “character” or “personality” implies it has aesthetic, ergonomic, or other flaws. The Moto Guzzi V7 Special ($9,290) has character.
Offshore for sure
The Cool-Weather Standby Still Stands Up
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.