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GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Stay: Hotel Hugo SoHo

Peering over the Hudson River from between two iconically New York red brick buildings, the brand new Hotel Hugo SoHo features a mix of modern urban escape and industrial warmth. This new kid on the block is an excellent place to call home for a brief stay in New York City.

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Get-You-Off-the-Ground Gear

Guide to Beginner Rock Climbing Essentials

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.

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Not Poppin' Bottles

Wine Preservation’s Silver Bullet

Through crafty engineering, some physics, and one medically precise needle, the Coravin 1000 uncorks a world of wine possibilities (without pulling the cork).

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Vintage gear for old Italian roads

The Handsome, Throwback Magic of Italy’s L’Eroica Bike Race

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.

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Roughing it ain't so hard

Tested: Sea to Summit Sleeping Mat

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.

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A place to rest your wheels

Wheels Up: 7 Indoor Bike Racks

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.

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Gear for an Open-Wheel Beating

Kit: Taking on Baja

Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything — because anything can, and will, happen.

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Triathlon on a budget

Gear for the Triathlon Newbie

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.

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Birds of a different feather

7 Synthetic Jackets That Challenge Natural Down

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.

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Don't Leave Home Without It

10 Flasks for Every Type of Sipper

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.

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Duck, duck, goose!

Feathered Friends: 8 Best Down Jackets

These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts next spring.

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Look ma, two hands!

High Five: 5 Best Motorcycle Gloves

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.

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Capital Gains

Five Watches to Burn Your Bonus On

You did well this year. Now — what to spend that bonus on? A wristwatch is the ideal choice.

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Whose Form Follows What Function, Now?

Time Is Money: Braun and the Cool, Unsettling Bauhaus Watch

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.

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Essentials for your great escape

Kit: Motorcycle Adventure Touring Gear

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.

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You've got skin in the game

Six Proper Motorcycle Jeans: Look Good, Save Your Skin

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.

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Offshore for sure

Kit: Racing the Rolex Big Boat Series

Offshore yacht racing may seem like a gentleman’s sport, but underestimate it at your peril. Leave the polo shirt and leather boat shoes in your shore bag for the yacht club after-party. Here’s the kit Jason Heaton used for the Rolex Big Boat Series while crewing for Escapade Racing.

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The Cool-Weather Standby Still Stands Up

The Many Great Sweaters of Fall

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.

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Falling Away From Summer

Five Great Fragrances For Fall

Whereas summer fragrance is largely dominated by citrus and aquatic notes, a proper curation of fall pays tribute to the diversity and range of the late season’s offerings — the musty smell of fallen leaves; bourbon by fireplace; ma’s pantry of spices wafting from the next room over. The days are falling heavy, so tuck away last season’s picks and choose something that fits the current mood.

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Saves Five Strokes, Guaranteed

Sole Provider: 7 Best Golf Shoes

Stability starts from the ground up, taking away slippage in the shoes and keeping your body balanced, from the pinkie toe up. The differences between golfing shoes are plenty, the perks distinct — so when purchasing your next pair for the Member-Guest, consider your options wisely. These seven shoes are a good start.

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The most interesting wearable in fitness

With Athos, Has the Personal Trainer Met Its Match?

Athos is a startup that’s just a few months away from bringing to market one of the most interesting wearables yet: compression clothing capable of monitoring how hard your muscles are working, on top of heart rate, heart rate variability and breathing patterns.

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Looks good in a suit. Forget the rest.

Time is Money: Redefining the Dress Watch, Affordably

Think of a dress watch. Imagining anything you can afford? Truth is, our idea that dress watches need be luxury items is way off. These five fit our new definition: watches that jive with both formal wear and greasy fast food binges.

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Beware of the dark side

Highland Park’s Dark Offering Takes Aim at New Fans

We review Highland Park’s latest edition to their core lineup of single malts, Dark Origins, which is defined by a high percentage of double first fill sherry casks and a peatiness yet unheard of from the brand.

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Ask and you shall receive

Meet the Only Smartphone with Firefly Technology

Search engines changed how we discover information about the world around us forever — not to mention how we shop. Amazon’s new Firefly technology embedded in the new Fire Phone, exclusively on AT&T, is primed to flip the script once again. At its core, Firefly is designed to help users easily identify everything from web addresses and phone numbers to over 100 million products including various forms of media like movies, TV episodes and songs.

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The mobile interface of the future, today

Meet the Only Smartphone with Dynamic Perspective

Sci-fi movies have teased us with the power and convenience of 3D interfaces for years. But Amazon’s newly launched Fire Phone, available exclusively at AT&T, proves that the wait for an advanced smartphone interface that harnesses the full potential of 3D is finally over. So-called Dynamic Perspective is powered by four front-facing infrared cameras that constantly track the position of the user’s head in relation to the phone’s screen — even in the dark. The result is a persistent 3D viewing experience that doesn’t require special glasses or a fancy 3D display.

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Keep Your Backseat Driver Safe

Buying Guide: Car Seats

You baby has arrived. Such a glorious day — but suddenly having a days-old human in your hands makes the world much bigger and scarier than when you checked into the hospital, and now you have to get them home. You can breathe a little easier with your baby strapped into one of these great car seats.

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Slightly Less than Roughing It

Car Camping Done Right

Car camping is all about possibilities, whether it’s in the Adirondacks out East, the lakes of the Midwest or the empty spaces of the BLA land out West. Getting to a campsite on four wheels means you can take along a mountain bike, kayaks, hardcover pulp fiction and a cooler of microbrews. This is the camping you remember from childhood, replete with great, cushy gear — a hissing propane lantern, creaky camp chairs and someone strumming a guitar.

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It worked on your grandmother

6 Classic Colognes to Wear Now

Those funky-smelling bottles stowed in your grandpa’s medicine cabinet were actually love potions you now wish you owned. The best was probably one of these.

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Some very old wine indeed

Tasting Notes: Taylor Fladgate 1964 Single Harvest

Taylor Fladgate, one of the council of elders in the Port world, released a 50-year-old tawny port in 2014. In honor of our other stories about Portugal, we raised a glass of it.

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Is a dedicated TV streaming device irrelevant? It depends

Tested: Slingbox M1

It’s easy to think that the ground made up by “TV Anywhere” streaming services from television providers as well as on demand resources like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO have made owning a dedicated device like the Slingbox M1 irrelevant. But is that really the case? After spending a few days testing the newest member of the Slingbox family, the realistic answer is: it depends.