This is bomber, save-your-ass gear that’ll get you started with trad climbing, but a word of caution: it’s only as good as the climber using it.
Americana in a bottle
If you’re into vintage — your dad’s aviators, reclaimed wood counters, old military watches — then it doesn’t get much more old school than apple brandy, a spirit distilled from the hard cider of fermented fresh apples and then aged in oak.
Testing the Cotopaxi Cusco 26L Backpack
Cotopaxi’s Cusco 26L pack is a sturdy lifestyle daypack that lends itself to durable longevity, but still offers relevant technical features often overlooked in “lifestyle” packs.
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.
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.
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.
When the Dogs are Barking
The insoles that come with those $100 running shoes are useless slabs of flaccid foam. Do yourself a favor: throw them away right out of the box and get some proper, supportive corrective orthotics. We tested these five off-the-shelf insoles in a variety of outdoor activities.
The two-pound wilderness bed
Hammocks are supposed to call to mind carefree days of swinging lazily in the shade of coconut trees, while gentle tropical breezes toss sea-green waves onto sugar-white sand beaches. We tested the Kammok Roo to see if the lightweight hammock delivers on this age-old promise.
Playing Muddy Waters from the Mud
All-weather bluetooth speakers make sure that you have listening options in any climate, on the edge of any pool or in your pack on any adventure. No plug, no jacks, no need to check the weather report. Just durable music wherever you need it. These are the eight best.
The popular face of the wristwatch is constantly changing. Digital displays, which were once all the rage, fell out of favor long ago; oversized watches boomed and now seem to be over the hump; and gold has come and gone a few times over. But the greatest and perhaps most viable of today’s trends might be the resurrection of the vintage watch trade — new timepieces that pay homage to their roots and celebrate the ever-changing face of an industry from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Weapon of Choice
Planning to do battle…with a pork loin? Arm yourself with a top-shelf chef’s knife. These six are among the best available at a variety of price ranges.
Turn your bike into the ultimate machine for exercise, travel and competition with these five computers.
Looking great at Goodwood
When attending a British motoring event that’s held on the estate owned by someone named Lord March, you can’t just fly over the Atlantic with a day pack full of casual duds and a twin blade razor. We’ve put together a comprehensive kit that takes you from airport to hotel to track and back.
Make those Dogs Bark
Standing desks allow you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the workday, keeping your body moving, your metabolism up and your mind focused. As they become more mainstream, their looks are improving and functionality is increasing. These five will help you take control of your work space and your health.
Minimalism is still alive and kicking
The original minimal movement and natural running got joggers quick stepping on the track and trail. Then came the backlash: those saying minimalism leads to injury, hurting more than it helps. Today, manufacturers are pushing shoe tech to find sacred middle ground — offering lightweight, responsive shoes with enough cushion and stability to prevent injury. These 10 are the best of the new breed.
Bounding and Booming
We put dozens of headphones through their paces on long runs, bike rides and bodyweight exercises to find the ten best sports headphones.
Bertoli? That's crude.
You shouldn’t have to wonder whether your olive oil is the real deal or just grease in a bottle. These are five of the best olive oils available today.
Upgrade Your Skivvies
Made from lightweight, wicking, breathable fabrics like merino wool, polypropylene and a host of proprietary fabrics, sports underwear designed for active guys keeps you cool and dry without bunching up when you move.
classic, affordable, uber-customizable
Three great reasons — one classic, one affordable, and one uber-customizable — to not settle for the doppelgänger shades everyone else is wearing.
Juniper, lime and absinthe
Summer is an olfactory roller coaster, a time to trade in heavy colognes for something lighter. These five fragrances are our favorites.
Heighten your inseam and your confidence
That time of year when you can finally get some sun on your pale thighs is nigh. PSA: the ’90s are over, and beach style has gone full circle. Think Wilt the Stilt on the boards and Connery on the screen. Our favorite swim trunks have higher inseams and louder colors, because the beach is no place to be modest.
From the Latest Tech to the Tried and True
Summer is the enemy of body temperature and presentability. But a crop of new companies is combining technical fabrics and quality cuts for easy breathing style. That isn’t to say we’re willing to ditch our madras and seersucker just yet, but here are 10 of our favorite lightweight shirt options, new and old.
The right gear haulers make the difference between beach misery and beach revelry. We’ve assembled ten great summer carriers that will transport everything from an ATV to personal watercraft to the smaller (but still vital) bits for the shore. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
Don't Sweat It
The best look of summer is the unstructured blazer. We have our six favorites.
The Revolution is Here
If you haven’t yet joined the home brew revolution, you’re missing out on a lot of fun. We test out one starting point, the one gallon home brew kit from Northern Brewer.
Running without water is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. These five hydration packs are among the best on the market, each with unique features that sets it apart from the field.
Pop the Top With Style
Ten different top poppers for ten different kinds of bottle-opening guys.
The Bear Essentials
You never know when things might take a turn for the worse. Match up to your skill level and ensure you’ve got the right basic survival gear with our survey.
Sun's Out, Guns Out
There’s nothing like the old, faded out, ripped-at-the-collar t-shirt. It carries years of stories in stitches and stains. Unfortunately, you’re the only one who knows and respects that history; it just looks like a dirty t-shirt to everyone else. Save it for wing night and keep your wardrobe loaded with fresh, handsome Ts for all other occasions.