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Today in Gear: April 8, 2013

Hermes Keychain The spendaholic’s mantra: If you can’t afford luxury, downsize it. $280 (★) Dream Car Any child or adult with a good imagination can release their inner auto designer with these modular toy cars made of walnut, beech and poplar, and coated with chalkboard paint. $65+ A Map of the World: The World According…

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National Geographic State Recreation Atlases

We cling to our smartphones like Wesley Snipes to a tax attorney — but even the coolest apps are worthless when your battery bar’s hurting. A new line of National Geographic Recreation Atlases ($18), described as “part road atlas, part trail guide, part trip planner”, serve as a great old-school solution getting the most out of your next vacation.

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A road map to the map

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

That we take technology for granted is a fact we take for granted. Unlock that flashy smartphone, navigate your bloated American thumb to the map app, and millennia of man’s navigation efforts appear before your very eyes. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks ($17) by Simon Garfield (author of…

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Which way to the theater?

Los Angeles Film Map

While it’s undeniably cool to adorn your home theater with minimalist or unique movie posters (like these, and these), we know your sound-proofed walls need art as nuanced as your taste in film itself. The Los Angeles Film Map (~$40) has you covered in every direction. Littered within its 24 x 32-inch borders are the…

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Where's the beef? Right here.

MoB | Contest: The Great Map of Beef

Update 2: Well fellow Beefeaters, it’s been a long and arduously delectable Month of Beef. You’ve learned how to braise, order beef online and match your cut with your preparation. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed yourself, tried new things and maybe even gained a few pounds of beef weight. What you’ve also done, for the benefit of…

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Fall asleep in New York, wake up in London

Haptic Lab City Quilts

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to sleep one off in the streets of London but can’t leave your Hoboken homestead, you can trust an architect from the other side of Manhattan to have you covered — literally. City Quilts ($219+) are ever-so-soft road maps blankets from Brooklyn based Haptic Labs….

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Comforting Cartography

Soft Cities Blankets & Mapkins

Soft Cities is a fun little enterprise that allows users to rep their hood in a perfectly domestic fashion. Specifically, the San Francisco-based enterprise offers locally made blankets (lightweight fleece) and napkins (100% Kona cotton) that can all be customized via Google Maps. The ordering process starts with picking a location, various map marker styles,…

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A better look at the Texas Capital

Herb Lester Austin on the Hoof Map

Planning on making a pilgrimage to South by Southwest (SXSW) in the coming weeks? Then pack Herb and Lester’s latest edition to their excellent city guide series with you. Like all of their enhanced maps, Austin on the Hoof covers a wide array of attractions, many of which you won’t see mentioned in typical travel…

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Insightful sightseeing

Herb Lester City Guides

For most people, the term travel guide triggers visions of stout books, stuffed to the margins with 10 point font and the occasional over-saturated color photo. Boutique firm Herb Lester and Associates rebels against this stereotype by working with exceptional illustrators and designers to create beautiful guides to the world’s great cities. Each detailed edition…

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Know Your Place

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

The first thing you should know about Maphead ($15) is that it’s written by Ken Jennings. Yes, it’s the same Ken Jennings who won Jeopardy 74 times in a row, taking home $3,172,700 in winnings and claiming the title of all-time leading money winner on American game shows. The second point worth mentioning is the…

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A Taste of What That Other 71% Looks Like

World Ocean Floor Map

The fact that we’ll never be able to check in with Foursquare on any point on this map, or post “I’ve been there” on Facebook, doesn’t detract at all from this accurate illustration of the ocean floor in our book. In fact, that’s half the reason we love it. Sure, it lacks the technical wizardry…

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Show off your travel itch

Luckies Original Scratch Map

Mankind has been in the business of documenting adventures basically since writing was developed. Names like Darwin, Dickens, Jefferson, Melville, Roosevelt, de Tocqueville, Steinbeck, Swift, and Roosevelt, did it, and there are plenty more where that came from. With the hectic pace of life today, many of us don’t have the time — or the…

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Axis Typographic Maps

The combination of cartography and typography is pretty much everything GP could ask for in a print. Clearly we’re not alone in this sentiment, judging by Axis Map’s decision to create the Typographic Maps ($15-$195) series. These prints accurately depict the streets, highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of Chicago or Boston using nothing…

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X Marks Your Wall

Best Made Company Wood Block Print Vintage Maps

If you’ve even read one men’s publication (online, blog, or traditional) then you’ve probably come across the axes by Best Made Company. Justifiably so, they’re gorgeous. Best Made Company isn’t just a one trick pony, though. These one-of-a-kind woodblock print Vintage Maps ($50) harness the same explorer/woodsy feel, and don’t require any backbreaking swinging on…