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The Year’s Best Duffels and Weekenders

Call it the "Goldilocks of Bags" if you like, though sometimes it seems like more of a "Unicorn of Bags": the perfectly sized and properly priced duffel can be elusive as hell.

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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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.

A Brief, of sorts

Tested: TravelTeq Trash

TravelTeq's humbly named Trash meets an extremely wide range of needs and wants, and also includes features that you may not need or want -- but you can’t argue that they're pretty cool.

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Don't Call It a Toilet Bag

The 15 Best Dopp Kits for Any Style and Budget

The dopp kit, or toiletry bag, is vital for traveling, but it's also a big question mark. How much style does the bag that holds your toothpaste need to have? Features? Materials? For our latest survey, we've gathered nearly 15 dopp kits together across a range of prices, styles and functionalities -- all priced well in their respective echelons. Once you've made your pick, all we ask is that you pack it right.

Timekeeping
Keep the revs high

Road Trip Style: Italian Tuneup

One of the best ways to enjoy a summer weekend is a top-down road trip out of town. Pick up a fun roadster like an Alfa Romeo Spider (preferably in rosso corsa) for just these occasions.

Superlative Goods Just South of the Arctic

Böle and the Study of a $7,000 Briefcase

Although Böle, a small Swedish tannery on the northern banks of the Baltic Sea, is producing what may be the best leather goods on the planet, you still haven't heard of them. That might a bit intentional on their part, though.

The Best Running Pack of 2014

Tested: Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20

Rarely does one pack meet the demands of all its intended uses. The Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 ($150), which launches on August 15, exceeds them.

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classic, affordable, uber-customizable

Three Great Custom Sunglass Makers

Three great reasons -- one classic, one affordable, and one uber-customizable -- to not settle for the doppelgänger shades everyone else is wearing.

Simple, clean, and unconstrained

Elements: Unlined, Uncompromised

There’s nirvana in a product made with a singular purpose, done so well that it needs neither embellishment nor hype. Doing away with lining (a feature we've kept ambiguous in these selections, as you'll see) is one such way to pare down a product to its base usefulness.

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Arch Allies

Something Afoot: Socks for Every Occasion

Like all basic garments, the sock performs as essential function and also provides an opportunity to flash a little style. Here are five great options for a variety of occasions.

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Be Short, Not Brief

Under Armor: Five Great Boxer Shorts

The loosest fitting of male undershorts, boxers allow free range of movement for you legs and other parts, and enough soft protection that wearing them is like getting away with loungewear 24/7. From inexpensive to splurge, classic to technical, we've got you and yours covered with these five pairs of boxers.

Octane
Fast fundementals

Kit: Track Weekend

Your normal couch-bound weekend attire won't cut it during a weekend at the track; tarmac-amplified heat and humidity plus the occasional run-in with a troupe of Umbrella Girls nixes that plan. Instead, race weekend is primetime for packing light, multifunctional duds and accoutrements that don't skimp on style.

Check Yourself

Elements: Plaid

Plaid has a rich history, but it's also just a handsome pattern. Wear it right -- in moderation -- and you’ll look dapper.

Professional grade

Tested: F-Stop Camera Backpacks

F-Stop is a relative newcomer to the camera bag scene, and its St. Louis headquarters is incongruous with its focus on packs for mountain sports photography. But don’t let that fool you. Their packs show a design maturity that could only stem from experience and a smart use of user feedback. We tested both the light-and-fast Kenti ($249) and the sturdier, larger Satori EXP ($379) in conditions as varied as multi-day hikes in New Zealand and peak bagging in New Hampshire.

Taking the Alpha Out of Beta

Testing the Tumi Alpha 2, Concourse-Style

Can a piece of luggage have a successor? Tumi, the venerable brand practically synonymous with domestic airports, believes it can with the release of the Alpha 2. The carry-on/check-in sequel incorporates a slew of improvements -- ranging from overdue to practically invisible -- in the gangbusters popular flagship line. Across its 30 improvements, the Alpha 2 boasts an impressive 14 patents. To test its mettle, we made our way to the Alpha 2’s arena: airports.

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Update: Great Duffels For All Budgets

The perfectly sized and properly priced duffel can be elusive (hell, brands can't even decide one way to spell it). When the occasion calls for light packing in something that'll easily fit in the back seat or sling comfortably over your shoulder there are myriad options, but how many of them can be considered worth a buy? What follows are 40 of the best duffel bags to fit every budget. We've stripped out old options and introduced 25 new bags across a wide range of prices. Get packin'.

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Empty Canvases, Waiting to be Filled

Shoot Anywhere With These Five All-Weather Canvas Camera Bags

We know you love leather bags, and so do we. But there are times, say, when you’re toting your photography gear, that you need a more all-weather, utilitarian alternative. In fact, we'll say it now -- leave the leather for trips and commutes. We've rounded up our favorites and put them through their paces to come up with our list of the five best canvas camera bags for the discerning photographer.

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Hungry Like the Wolf

Style Guide: How to Dress Like The Wolf of Wall Street

Immorality? Regulation? Terrible ties? Ah, the early 90s. Whether you recall that fateful turn of the decade where the 80s blindly roared into the 90s as a style doldrum (gaping pinstripes and questionable patterns) or a blind, no-holds-barred epoch (let's do lunch!), there's no questioning that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will smash into theaters this Christmas with boom-time style.

In anticipation, we’ve put together a big-money style guide inspired by a few memorable scenes to commemorate Scorsese's nearly three-hour celluloid tribute to the infamous "Wolfpack". The 90s may have lacked style, but it's hard to say we don't miss it, just a bit. Fuckin' a.

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Be a stylish song reader

Beck x Warby Parker Carmichael Glasses

Music is a language everyone can appreciate, a language many of us can understand aurally -- and a language only some of us can read. Because it's most accessible to the population in its aural form -- that'd be the CDs or MP3s you purchase (okay, vinyl too, hipsters) -- artists generally (always) release their music in a format that can be heard. Beck isn't a typical artist. Case in point, his latest 20-song album, Song Reader, was, in a clever/strange/excellent twist, released unrecorded, in sheet music form.

And so a unique musical release begets another unique release. Warby Parker (they of remarkably affordable and stylish eyeglass/prescription lens combinations) has collaborated with the man himself (he of personal style that is as notable as the music he writes) to offer a line of eyewear -- dubbed the Carmichael -- to ensure those music types among us who suffer from unfortunate vision can read the songs from Song Reader's sheet music release, and to make sure music fans (well, anyone, really) can enjoy strutting around with limited-edition specs perched atop their noses.

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Always Be Closing

Kit: Power Lunch

The present state of business prizes efficiency above all else: large outputs from small teams, multitasking, checking email while jogging, jogging while conference calling, working vacations. In this paradigm a leisurely lunch gums up the works. But the reality is that a face-to-face over charred ribeyes and bone-dry martinis can replace a week’s worth of email exchanges. One good single-pump handshake and a knowing smile is good for a billion retweets. The power lunch, like the double-breasted suit, is not back: it never went away. To do it right you’ll need a few accoutrements, which you’ll find right here. We’ll see you at Dorsia.