Earlier This Week

Flight Time

The Best Pilot’s Watches of 2014

New or old, a pilot's watch much be legible, tough, accurate and reliable, with extra points awarded if it looks good riding the sleeve of a flight jacket. This flock hits those marks.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: December 2, 2014

This Week in Watches: commemorating Raymond Weil, Hublot's tribute to Cricket, Bulova puts out a 24 karat timepiece and more.

A Scotland Travel Guide

The Right to Roam

Welcome to our sprawling travel journal of Scotland's environmental, cultural and culinary riches. Over the next two weeks we'll be sharing our collection of 50 essays, videos, anecdotes, photo essays, travel guides, recipes, poetry and tall tales gathered during one hell of a trip. The journey begins now.

An Adventurer's Breakfast

Postcard: Full Scottish Breakfast

I go to bed each night thinking: I’ve eaten plenty, and tomorrow I’ll have a light, healthy breakfast. Yet here I am, eating my third or fourth full Scottish in as many days.

A Scottish Adventure

Seeking the Right To Roam

The Freedom to Roam, unburdened of fences and posted signs, angry landowners and angrier guard dogs, is a shared dream among adventurers. Scotland codified it in 2003. Within guidelines for respectful use, recreational or educational, that means any Joe Scot can bring a backpack, a tent, a friend and a six pack and saunter cross-country, going where they please among the nation's 30,000 square miles -- many of them unpopulated, all of them free of any major predators besides the biting midges that emerge during the summer months. This sounded romanticized. So we set out to test it.

Coffee and Cigarettes

Postcard: Morning Rituals Aboard the No Worries

I'm on a double dose of Dramamine trying to think of nothing at all. Jay's nursing his third cup of coffee with a smoke hanging from his lip like a young Humphrey Bogart. I’ve lost track of the cigarettes. A bump in the water sends some coffee against his bright orange pant leg and I think that I might lose it.

The Exceptional No-Exceptions Rainwear

Lobstering in the Grundéns Originals Brigg Jacket 310

Grundéns has become the standard in quality, water-proof gear for professional fishermen around the globe and has recently extended to lifestyle-wear with the same pro-grade offering. To see if Originals holds up to the original we took the Brigg 310 Jacket to Maine for a day of lobster harvesting.

The same old magic

Viewfinder: Portrait of a Letterpress Printer

In 1955, letterpress printing was a "father-son affair", according to letterpress printer and instructor William Amer. While the centuries-old technology has largely been replaced, Amer still maintains a space for the old-school metal giants.

The Week's Best Writing

In Case You Missed It: November 24 – 30

Our best articles from the last few days. Just in case, ya know, you missed them: on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, fanatic European soccer fans, the 100 best products of the year & more.

For the 12 Guys of Christmas

The Gear Patrol 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and buying gifts for men is more complicated than running to a sports & outdoors store. After-all, all men aren't the same. Whether he has automotive dreams, always dressing to impress or is constantly on-the-go, there are gifts to meet his style. Here are the best gift ideas for the 12 guys of Christmas.

The Original Barrel Aged Beer

Tasting the Full 2014 Bourbon County Stout Line

If you heard Goose Island Beer Co. was coming into town with their upcoming Black Friday release of their Bourbon County Stout lineup, which features some of the most coveted beers brewed in the US, you’d expect a little fanfare. But when Mike Siegel, innovations manager for Goose Island, carried the lineup in for tasting, it was at room temperature and accompanied by little plastic cups, the sort any corner store would carry.

Embrace interruptions

Viewfinder: Tony Anderson

In many work environments, people undervalue human interaction; some even view it as a distraction. This short documentary follows composer Tony Anderson, who is drawn out of working in complete isolation by a longtime friend.

Shaming Your Old Man's Pop-Up

7 Best Off-Road Trailers

If you're worried your 4x4 doesn't have enough room for your essential gear and creature comforts on a weekend off-road getaway, there's no need to trade up to a custom overlanding vehicle -- all you have to do is hitch up a trailer. We've picked our seven favorite off-road capable trailers that range from stripped-down simplicity to excessive luxury.

Old School and Off Road

7 Classic Adventure Vehicles

Steep slopes, muddy trails, river crossings and scree slopes turn a garden variety trip into a journey. Adrenaline junkies, take note: off-road excursions are just as exciting as transcontinental road trips, if not more so. Set yourselves up with any of these great vintage off-road adventure cars and you'll see why.

Northern Roads Affair

1,000 Miles of British Columbia on 2 Wheels

A fork in the road. Rarely in life does the metaphorical appear in such literal form. Yet there it was, and there we were. Twelve dust-covered motorcyclists on a journey through British Columbia’s beautiful northern interior, faced squarely with two paths and three options: left, right or turn around. This is where the riding stopped and the adventure began.

It's Never Too Cold

Kit: Winter Running

It’s not like getting up for that pre-work run was easy during the summer or fall. Now it’s pitch black, relentlessly cold and the streets are covered with ice, snow and salt. But a brisk jog before sunrise is a one-way ticket to a fulfilling day, not to mention a long winter of staying fit despite a dining regimen of braised short ribs and mashed potatoes. The right gear will keep you warm, dry and, most importantly, stable when the ground beneath you isn't.

Full Contact High

10 Best Snow Tires

American drivers are starting to learn something Europeans have known for a long time: winter tires do wonders for traction in snow, slush and ice. The extra edge in slippery acceleration, braking and steering is worth the hassle of swapping rubber with the seasons. We researched top-performing winter tires for various types of vehicles to compile this ultimate list of winter treads for your car, truck, SUV or sports car.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: November 28, 2014

Today in Gear: The Mandrake fixed-gear bicycle, Epaulet's collaboration bomber jacket, a GPS dog collar and more.

Keep Calm and Read On

The 100 Best Books

Selecting the 100 best books for men requires some audacity -- but so does hitting a good tee shot or giving a toast, and we like those things fine. We figured the best way to do an honest job of it was to imagine ourselves as audience members: What do we want to read? The answer we discovered, after some hemming and hawing, was simply something we'll enjoy.

Shelf Life

Our 500 Favorite Movies

Stuffing, football, and a damn good action flick -- these are the things that define Thanksgiving. We've got 500 of the best films, ripe for the pickin'.

Really, You Can't Miss

144 Perfect Christmas Gifts for Every Man

Gifts for the mixologist, driver, chef, designer, outdoorsman, mediaphile, sharp dresser, DIY-er, globetrotter, athlete, adventurer, and techie. We've got it covered.

Hot Coffee, Unburnt Crotch

5 Best Commuter Travel Mugs

Life seems to get difficult quick if you can't bring your coffee with you; but if you spill, your treasured drink can become a mortal enemy. Nobody wants that. The solution is a great travel mug -- one that keeps your coffee hot, your sips accessible and your crotch free of searing pain and disappointment. Finding the best mug for your cup holder (or mesh slot on your favorite backpack) isn't as easy as you'd think, but we've gone ahead and done it anyway, because hell, it's the Fortnight of Coffee. Here's five great mugs, ranging from 12 to 17 ounces, for the backcountry hippie to the sharply dressed office warrior.

Is That Half-Off Slingbox Worth It?

Decrypted: An Argument to End Black Friday

It's that time again. No, not Thanksgiving. That time of wasted money, squandered vacation time, dishonored holidays, and tramplings: Black Friday. This year, ask yourself: Why?

Just Try and Stay Out of The Red

Elements: A Black, Friday

Stay home, avoid getting pepper-sprayed over a discounted 42-inch Panasonic, check out the best blacked-out gear on Black Friday.

Carving a Winner

Prepare A Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey, Like a Pro

The Thanksgiving turkey is the one dish each year that’s make or break, and it’s all yours. Get the turkey right and you'll be giving warm handshakes and sipping bourbon all night; dry it out and you’ve brought a dark cloud over the extended family. The good news is, roasting the big bird is easier than running the fumblerooski against the in-laws -- and that works every year. To find the most direct route to turkey perfection, we consulted with chef Harold Moore for his foolproof recipe.

In [hot] vino veritas

Mulled Wine, 3 Ways

Mulled wine is the perfect drink for the holiday season: just pleasant and alcoholic enough to warm everyone up, but not like handing out rounds of high-octane Manhattans that could turn Thanksgiving dinner into an episode worthy of Jenny Jones. We tapped the expertise of Jane Elkins, former and current barkeep at some of New York City's best cocktail haunts, for three variations of mulled wine, each rooted in tradition and brushed up with ingenuity from behind her bar.

Recipes From Acclaimed Chefs

7 Best Fall Cookbooks

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.

New Bird on the Block

How to Prepare the Perfect Thanksgiving Capon

From The Horn of Plenty to the myriad mouths to feed, Thanksgiving is all about abundance. Your bird should reflect that. Perhaps on the basis of size alone, turkey is the default -- but there's a better way to feed your folks. A more delicious, more moist, more tender way. Its name: the capon. Chef David Waltuck, of Chanterelle fame, invited us to watch him prepare one the right way.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: November 26, 2014

Today in Gear: a modern De Nîmes Jacket, Brooks England's practical rain cape, Rukket's acclaimed practice net, Belgian Grand Prix prints, everyday smart gadgets and more.

The search for answers around Bourbon's resurrection

Why is Bourbon Booming?

We've been making a lot of noise lately about our shitshow of an adventure in Kentucky. We got a team of three together, flew to Kentucky, ate great food, drank at the local bars, sometimes too much, interviewed the new and the old of bourbon -- politicians, brewers, drinkers -- you name it, we tried do it.